The most wonderful time of the year is when my new book releases at the same time as my most favorite conference!
It’s July, so of course I headed to NYC for ThrillerFest, which is THE place to be if you’re a writer (or fan) of the genre. Can you believe this was my fifth trip? FIFTH!
As usual, it was a whirlwind trip, filled with lunches and dinners and panels and interviews and work stuff and fun stuff, oh my.
The fun stuff:
An evening at the Comedy Cellar in the West Village with my good friend David Batista, where Aziz Ansari just happened to stop in and do a set! Followed by a killer dinner at my new favorite Cuban place, Cuba.
|Waiting for the subway at Grand Central. Darren and I were trying to pretend as if we were real New Yorkers, but if David hadn’t been with us, we have gotten so lost.|
Dinner with my good friends Alex and Dean in Chelsea at GustOrganics, my new favorite organic restaurant.
|This was actually at Bareburger, where we had fattening milkshakes for dessert AFTER our extremely healthy dinner. Gotta keep it balanced, ya know. Alex and I always do a selfie when we get together – why break tradition?|
Uh… can you tell I love food? Every food is my favorite food while I’m eating it!
The work stuff (which also happens to be fun stuff):
An on-camera interview with Jessica Mazo from Martini Productions.
|This was very cool! I’ll a post a link when the interview is up on their site.|
My panel, called “Going Out or Going Online?”, where Chelsea Cain, Christopher Rice, Heather Graham, LA Starks, and Lisa Gardner and I discussed book tours vs. social media promotion, with our panel master Jenny Milchman. Our panel was packed! Standing room only.
|A savvy panel attendee pointed out the shattered glass in the picture behind where Chelsea and I were sitting. Bullet hole? Sling shot? It was, like, SO TOTALLY APPROPRIATE.|
|You can’t tell how tall Owen actually is from this picture. He scrunched down for me.|
A podcast interview with Cary Barbor from Books and Authors, in a very cool studio.
|Fun times at the studio! I’ll post a link to this one too when it’s up.|
I finally got to meet Shannon Raab, the Creative Director of Suspense Magazine. I wanted to hug her but refrained – after all, we just met! But Suspense Magazine has been so, so good to me, and to my books.
|This never gets old.|
By the way, the book is out today! Yay! Click HERE for buy links… or go look for it at your local bookstore!