Avid readers and writers of crime fiction make up a warm and supportive community, both IRL (in real life) and online. This fact often astonishes folks outside this community. Isn’t it odd, they ask, that people who spend lots of time steeped in criminal activities of all kinds—even if it is fictional—are so nice?
|Debra H. Goldstein & Kay Kendall, 2014, Killer Nashville|
On Saturday, January 4 at 4:30 pm. (location: 2342 Bissonnet Street) you’ll find us doling out cookies, tea, wine, and opinions aplenty about reading and writing mysteries.Debra writes funny cozy mysteries and will talk about her newest book, Two Bites Too Many. I write historical mysteries and will discuss my latest, After You’ve Gone.
Watch this space for news of a live feed on Facebook!
Debra and I are both bloggers here on the Stiletto Gang, but our pal-hood predates that by several years. We first met at the Killer Nashville conference in the summer of 2014 and hit it off immediately. Both of us came to our mystery writing later in life.
She had been both a successful labor lawyer and one of the youngest individuals appointed as a U.S. Administrative Law Judge. I had won international awards in my two decades of corporate communications. Both of us then cut our careers short (hers as a judge was a lifetime appointment!) to become fulltime mystery writers. Since meeting five years ago, we’ve each published more books and participated in several organizations promoting crime novels. This year our paths crossed again as members of the national board of Mystery Writers of America, with Debra representing the Southeast Chapter as president, and me as president of the Southwest Chapter.
I always have fun when Debra is around, and also learn lots of interesting things. I know you will too. If you are lucky enough to be in Houston on January 4, swing by Murder by the Book and see us. And everyone can see our live feed (and/or later video) on Facebook. We guarantee a great time!