Here and Gone
As a writer, I have the opportunity to meet lots of great people. Last week I was a speaker at the Rocky Mountain High-IG AG, the convention of MENSA. Yes, those super-brainy folks. And yes, they invited me. And no, it wasn't for experiments.
I sat on a panel, It Can Be Murder: Writing Mystery Novels,
from the local chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. The authors were Bonnie Ramthun, Bob Spiller, Sarah Hoyt, and myself. Here are Bonnie and Bob after the panel. By then, Sarah had activated her cloaking device and zoomed away.
Thursday I did my part and supported Lighthouse Writers by attending Mixed Taste
presented by The Lab at Belmar
What do Tamales and Memoirs have in common? Jorge de la Torre, chef and Dean at Johnson and Wales University, and Michael Henry, co-founder of Lighthouse, try to explain.
Then sadly, some people we almost meet and then circumstances pull us away. Last year I was asked for a blurb on The Devil's Mambo
by New York writer, Jerry Rodriquez
. Here was the blurb I gave him:
Double-barreled, 12 gauge pulp. A wallow in gratuitous violence, cheap thrills, and debauchery. You'll love it!
I had hoped to meet Jerry at the Debut Authors' Breakfast at ThrillerFest 2007. Unfortunately he couldn't make the conference because of pneumonia. Okay, we'll meet this year. Now I found out he died on June 22, 2008 from cancer. Jerry was 46 years old.