It was another fantastic Deadly Ink. I sat on two panels–the first, “Pros Vs. Amateurs”, covered the difference between using a professional (cop, PI, etc.) as a protagonist versus an amateur. It was moderated by Jane Cleland, who did an absolutely fantastic job. The other panelists were Sheila York, R.G. Belsky, Annette Dashofy and
After that, the second panel was “Get Your Facts Straight,” about the importance of research. The moderate was Roberta Rogow, and she did a great job keeping what could potentially be a dry topic very lively and entertaining. Kim Kash discussed her wonderfully loopy Ocean City series, and S.A. Solomon talked about how getting credentialed with a number of different forensic and investigative certifications helps give her deeply disturbing, psychological fiction its particularly creepy bite. KB Ingles and Roberta Rogow gave the biggest boost to the research process, because their historical mysteries (and Roberta’s sideline as a Sci-Fi writer) literally live or die on the quality of research.
On a personal note, I was gratified when the couple running the book room told me that there was a run on my books after the two panels–I was apparently their best-seller for the day, and I was thrilled to meet so many new readers and fans. It was the first time I have sold out of books at an event, and I sincerely hope it’s not the last.