If you like a good thriller, if you like getting your teeth into a mystery, if you enjoy your crime with a touch of the X Files… then you might like to come along to this event.
Killers, Crims & Cops, Ceylon Inn, Thursday 28th, 2013. It’s being hosted by ClanDestine Press and Sisters in Crime (but Brother in Law are welcome, too!)
I’ve found that readers often read across several genres and writers often write across several, so here I am in my RC Daniells incarnation. (My book The Price of Fame is the only one with a touch of paranormal. The others are straight thriller and crime). It’s an evening of good food, wine and talk about killers, crims and cops! Meet Katherine Howell, Sandy Curtis, Lindy Cameron and me. (Click on poster to see larger image).
Most writers I know don’t just write the one thing, or for the one age group. I’ve written for kids and young adults, written short stories and book length fiction. Next March, I have a para-crime (no sparkly vampires, I promise) is coming out with ClanDestine Press.
I’ve been to SF conventions, both national and world cons. I’ve been to the romance writers conference. This weekend I’m going to the crime writers convention in Melbourne. SheKilda, run by Sisters in Crime, the Australian branch of an international organisation. I’ll be catching up with Marianne, who’ll be there in her Marianne Delacourt persona. Last year her first Tara Sharp book won the Davitt Award. (Think Janet Evanovich set in Australia). There’s a just a hint of the paranormal in Marianne’s Tara Sharp series.
There’s no paranormal elements in Sandy Curtis’s new book, Fatal Flaw. She writes romantic suspense, which means there’s a man and a woman in danger and they fall in love, but she’s certain to deliver a thrilling mystery along the way. I think this is her seventh book. And now her back list are available as e-books.
Crime/mystery/thrillers cover a lot of territory, from gritty realism through lovers in danger to humorous girl with a gift for reading people’s body language and then there are the paranormal mysteries that venture into dark fantasy. There’s something for everyone. Which is why I’m going to SheKilda.
I’ll be meeting fellow writers, attending panels and generally having a fun time. I just know I’ll come home with dozens of signed books to [ile onto my already groaning bookshelves. But hey, that’s what conferences are for!
Good friend of mine, Sandy Curtis, is running a writing retreat at Kellys Beach Resort. So if you live up that way, near the coast in central Queensland and you’d like to spend 3 days at a lovely resort with a published mentor going through your book, short story or play …
Writers retreat to the beach!
Three storytellers will each offer their unique insights into writing at a mentoring retreat at Kelly’s Beach Resort, Bargara on the coast near Bundaberg, in Queensland.
The Bundaberg based professionals will mentor emerging novelists, short story crafters and playwrights over three days from 15-17 October 2010.
Mentoring the Muse is proposed as an intensive retreat-style development program similar to iniatives like the Varuna Manuscript Development Awards in NSW or the QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program. These have been highly successful at supporting writers to improve their work to publishable standard, resulting in numerous publishing contracts for participants.
There is nothing like getting away from family and work and concentrating on your writing in a beautiful environment with other writers, while being mentored by someone who ‘gets’ your writing!