Thrillerfest Day Three

So another Thrillerfest comes to a close.

Today began quite early, with the Debut Authors Breakfast at 8am. Since the gifted and very sweet Hilary Davidson was among this year’s class, I forced myself out of bed and slumbered into the banquet hall where each of the 40+ authors, including Hilary, pitched their novels to the 100+ in attendance. Some of these novels sounded absolutely terrific, and I wish I had endless pockets of ducats with which to purchase them all.

One of the more interesting panels I’ve ever attended was held shortly thereafter. JT Ellison led a discussion on “How Do Male and Female Writers Approach the Page Differently.” Among the panelists were Allison Brennan, Anna Destefano, Shane Gericke, Rick Mofina, and Erica Spindler. Quickly the discussion shifted from the approach of male and female writers to the stigmas attached to male and female writers, with one woman vociferously announcing that she would never read a male author because she likes books that provide her with an emotional connection. Ohh-kayy.

My own panel was later that afternoon, and the aforementioned Ms. Brennan led myself, Gary Birken, Patricia Gussin, Gar Anthony Heywood, Karen Dionne, and Amy Shojai in a discussion on the writer-reader relationship. I thought the discussion itself went quite nicely, and I’ve a feeling that the eight people in attendance enjoyed it too.

Then came the adornment of the jacket and tie for the Thrillerfest banquet. Last year’s food was…well, the less said about it, the better – if only because as the evening progressed it tasted less and less like food. Tonight’s meal was a delicious surprise, a filet mignon with some assorted shrimp, a few zucchini spears, and a hillock of mashed potatoes. The awards ceremony itself was a treat as well, with my pal JT Ellison winning for Best Paperback Original and with RL Stine delivering a hilarious speech upon his acceptance of the Thrillermaster award.

This brings us to, well, now. There is an after-party downstairs and I’m about to slip out and join it, but as I’ve no idea how exhausted I’ll be when I return, I figured it best to write this blog before rather than after. See, sometimes I have brief moments of wisdom. Don’t worry – they pass.


  1. says

    Interesting book. The crimes of dismemberment were a bit rough for me but I enjoyed your prose style and your literary references (those I did not miss, of course.) I suppose the aforementioned acts are good for selling books. That can’t be a bad thing. Your picture made me smile ( Cain42) because you look a bit like my son-in-law and my grandson so, of course, you are just “way cute” with that bemused grin. How great to be a teacher of English and drama as well as a writer. Are you following your bliss? Rhetorical question cuz I presume you are. Esme and her entourage are great. Keep up the good work!

    • says

      Thank you, Mary, for enjoying my novel (and my awkward author photo). And I do apologize for some of the grislier scenes. I am a pet lover myself and it always breaks my heart when an animal is killed in a novel – even one of mine.

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