I also attended Malice Domestic this year, which I have done for the last several years. Itâ€™s for cozy mystery authors and fans, and itâ€™s held near Washington, D.C. Right afterward is the Mystery Lovers Festival in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, just up the river from Pittsburgh, where I grew up. Of course I go there annually, too. Itâ€™s a good excuse to visit family. I was dismayed, though, that Malice conflicted this year with the L.A. Times Festival of Books, which I wound up missing. Theyâ€™re different weekends next year, though, so hopefully Iâ€™ll get to both.
This year the Romantic Times BOOKClub annual conference was also in Pittsburgh, a couple of weeks before Malice. Iâ€™d considered attending, but figured Iâ€™d be better off, time and money-wise, choosing one.
As a mystery writer as well as a romance writer, I find there are a lot of really appealing conferences annually. Next yearâ€™s Left Coast Crime, in February, is in Hawaii. Iâ€™m definitely tempted. This yearâ€™s Bouchercon is yet to come, in Baltimore–near Glen Burnie, where my husband and I have a vacation home. But Iâ€™m unlikely to make it this year because of some other travel plans. I did attend the Printers Row Book Fair in Chicago since it coincided with my future daughter-in-lawâ€™s bridal shower in the area–an excellent excuse! Itâ€™s always great when there are additional reasons to choose a particular event. However, I wonâ€™t get to the West Hollywood Book Fair this year since thatâ€™s the weekend my older son is getting married.
Some day, I want to attend ThrillerFest. And to attend the Edgar Week celebrations of the Mystery Writers of America in New York City. And then there are the fun-sounding mini-conferences held by RWA chapters all over the country. And by Sisters in Crime chapters. And–
Well, for this week, at least, Iâ€™ll take a deep breath and be glad to stay home!
Linda O. Johnston
Linda O. Johnston is the author of 14 romance novels as well as the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime–and has 2 Silhouette Nocturnes and a Nocturne Bites upcoming!