Well just back from 7 days in Hawaii attending the Left Coast Crime conference. It’s my first LCC and was both interesting and a bit overwhelming. After a rather harrowing trip to the islands (http://www.pabrown.ca/lcc.htm) I was on 3 panels, one called Not Just Another Straight White Guy, the other about Canadian characters and the last one about how TV has changed our writing. All interesting, all fun in their own way. I was on Not Just Another Straight White Guy with Neil Plakcy who as always is a great speaker. On the Canadian characters panel I sat beside Anthony Bidulka and I was only too happy to let him upstage me. Anthony, if you haven’t seen him at one of these things, is often hilarious and always entertaining. One very talented guy. It turns out he and Neil are getting their two characters together in a future book. I felt really out of place on the last panel since I was the only non-professional there — all the others were lawyers or forensic anthropologists. I didn’t have any books to flog, but still managed to talk up both L.A. Heat and L.A. Boneyard. MLR had a nice ad in the Mystery Scene magazine which included my book. It’s going to be out soon! I’m so excited.
I have to confess I didn’t spend the whole time talking books. I spent a few nights in the hotel bar (those Midori coladas are something else), snorkeling, kayaking, and chasing sea turtles and those little tiny geckos that are all over the place. Cute little buggers.
On a personal note, on the way back home I stopped over in L.A. (again) only this time instead of sitting in the airport for hours, I got to meet our own Ann Hoyt and have a Starbucks with her. We’re already making plans to go the next LCC in L.A.