Bouchercon, the annual World Mystery Convention, is in the can for another year. This was my first year to attend this fan-based conference designed to introduce readers to mystery, suspense, and thriller authors. Held in New Orleans this time, it was a great year to start; and our hotel sat down in the French Quarter, mere steps away from voodoo shops, marvelous restaurants, and jazz clubs.
The convention organizers did a terrific job setting up panels where authors could talk about their books, their lives, and the writing life, as well as interviews with special guests of honor Harlan Coben, David Morrell, R.L. Stine, and Craig Robertson.
My favorite panel?
A panel of ATF agents talking about their work and an explosives detection demonstration by Special Agent Katherine Barton and her yellow lab Ting. Here are photos of Ting posing with her handler, and of Ting and me getting to know each other. What a sweet girl!
I also walked down by the river and took a picture of some paddleboats, which I’ll post on my author page on Facebook. I had a great time, but it was good to come back home to a quieter place in Colorado with my husband, our dogs, and our cat. Now it’s time to get back to work on book three of the Timber Creek K-9 series.