What I Learned at Luv is Murder

I’ve been entering my notes into the computer about what I learned at the mystery writer’s conference Luv Is Murder in Chicago.

Snow is beautiful coming down and piled high on cars in the parking lot–but hard to get around in. Also I’m certainly glad I don’t have to shovel out my driveway, sidewalk and porch in order to go somewhere.

The people in Chicago who love mysteries are very friendly. I already knew the mystery writers were. Because author and friend Mary Welk invited hubby and me to her home at the end of the conference for a nice visit, I got to see a bit of a neighborhood in Chicago. Certainly different than anything I’d imagined–looked like a Christmas card.

I learned how to murder someone in various ways that I’d most likely get away with it from Dr. Emoehazy–a fun person.

I was on a horror panel with some fascinating authors including Rob Walker who would like to see more monsters return to horror fiction. He also gave us some insight into how he gets inside the heads and minds of the terrible people he writers about. Scary stuff! Beautiful and young, Michelle Gagnon admitted watching scary movies with her 11-year-old daughter. (Then I admitted that all five of my kids would watch scary movies with me, and then they all slept with me–that was even scarier.)

I learned multi-published author, Carolyn Haines, likes to throw snowballs. Hubby joined her and several others in a snowball fight in the courtyard of the hotel.

William Kent Krueger is still a really nice guy even after winning a zillion awards.

Fellow Mystery Turtle Blogger, Morgan Mandel, Karen Syed, Echelon Press Publisher, and Terri Stone gave me tons of new Internet promo ideas.

Sue Smiley and Honora Finkelstein taught a lucky few of us how to make delicious curry which we taste tested. Can hardly wait to try it at home.

I also learned I’m still star-struck when it comes to some of the more famous authors like Lee Child and Tess Gerritsen who gave some wonderful presentations.

Luv is Murder was great fun and worth it despite getting up at 4 a.m. to catch a 7 a.m. plane that didn’t leave until after 10 a.m.

Next on the agenda is heading over to the coast and joining some fellow Sisters in Crime at the Arroyo Grande library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th. Maybe I’ll see some of you there.



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