What’s a girl to do when the World Mystery Convention hits a town near her? Uh, get a sitter, grab a Hubsy and run I say! Until this year, I’d never heard of Bouchercon. It’s the World Mystery Convention traveling to a new location each year. Bouchercon had never visited Ohio in all its decades of traveling. This year, it hit Cleveland. Only an hour from me, I had to go. I’m so glad I did.
While I read the occasional girlie style cozy and never miss a Stephanie Plum book, I’m definitely a YA reader — if you wanted to slap a label on me. So, I missed out on some of the awe other crime lovers had at the sight of their favorite authors signing and distributing their ARCs for FREE. I still got in line, of course, I mean, they might be MY new favorite author. So, my stack of books is fabulous. I am a happy girl.
I met so many amazing authors including Avery Aames, author of the Cheese Shop Mystery Series. I won her raffle basket and LOTS of great stuff inside. I also met Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books and brain behind the True Blood series. It took me a while to get up the nerve to approach her…but I did! I was also on a panel discussion with several authors of well-known crime novels. I learned enough to make my head explode, or at lease try my hand at a cozy.
We kicked off the event on Thursday night with a ride on Lolly the Trolley to the Rock and ROll Hall of Fame, courtesy of Thomas & Mercer. It was an exclusive event, the Rock Hall was rented out just for us and hey, the first drink was free. *happy face* I saw Janis Joplin’s Porsche and the teacher from Another Brick in the Wall. It was very very cool.
We stayed at the Cleveland Renaissance and I ate like a writer. Panels began at nine sharp, but I slept until then, walked to a Starbucks and hit the Tower City food court for a lovely breakfast of Japanese and Diet Coke around 10:30 followed by more pop and coffee and cookies as lunch then Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. I’m so healthy. I stayed up late finished a new YA novel, Pushing the Limits which was major intense, and hung with Hubsy every minute I could. It’s not often I see that guy without our three sidekicks wanting something. Who would’ve thought, the “Crime Rocks!” Convention would be such a romantic getaway?
LOL Now, I shall leave you with this: If you are a reader or writer with a chance to go meet authors, get free books, hone your craft, whatever. GO. Make it happen at least once. I met the absolute most amazing people. Many couples just like me and Hubsy, enjoying a few days away from things. I swapped emails and twitter handles and have no doubt made many friends who will last a lifetime. Books are like that, they draw us Word Nerds together. So, go, and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to the people in the elevator. Ask where they’re from. Chances are they’re just as overwhelmed as you and in a crowd of a couple thousand, a friendly face an make such a difference. I’m going to leave you with a few more pictures…