The Unconventional Convention!

I’m on my way to Hawaii tomorrow–first time there. This year’s Left Coast Crime is the “unconventional convention” and it promises to be a slap-bang load of fun and frolic and originality … and with events like movie nights and a theatrical production and a dessert spectacular, it truly is unconventional.

While I’m flying tomorrow–in between writing deadlines–I’ll be thinking about the journey that brought me to Kona. NOX was nominated for the Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award, and what an amazing, incredible honor to be listed with fabulous writers I admire so much: Rhys Bowen, Laurie R. King and Tasha Alexander. And I’ll be thinking about my family and friends, and how they teamed up to figure out the economics of getting me to the Big Island. And I’ll be thinking about the writing community, and what a wonderful, generous and supportive group it is, and how privileged I am to be a part of it.

I’ll be thinking about noir, too–I’ll be giving a talk about film noir for one of the “Talk Stories” at LCC, fifteen minutes of author freedom. And I’ll be researching and writing, too.

Above all, I’ll be giving thanks. No, it’s not November … and yes, I’m a noir writer. But writing about noir also means being able to appreciate what we have and how lucky we are to have it.

I’m also thankful that I wasn’t a writer when Dorothy Parker was a reviewer … I came across this quote the other day: “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” I don’t know the book she was describing–and that’s exactly the point. 😉