I'll be attending Bouchercon by the Bay in San Francisco this fall (October 14 — 17, to be precise), and it will be my first outing as a published crime author in a crowd of mystery experts. I attended last year's conference in Indianapolis — and ate the best shrimp cocktail of my life at St. Elmo Steak House — but I was just another nameless guy with a book coming out. I'm not sure my profile will be that much higher in San Francisco, but I am hoping to meet some of my fans. I've received lots of mail from the west coast and am eager to discuss The Poacher's Son with a few of my correspondents.
I'm also hoping to meet some of my own literary idols. Michael Connelly, Laurie King, Kate Atkinson, Val McDermid, Lee Child, Robert Crais—the list goes on and on. I'll also enjoy catching up with my fellow Minotaur team members. And a few days in the City by the Bay doesn't hurt either.