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!