It’s no mystery why crime fiction writers gather each year for Bouchercon! Colette Bancroft, book editor of the Tampa Bay Times just wrote this terrific article on the 2018 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, a 100% volunteer run conference held in a different city each year. This year it was held right here in St. Petersburg, Florida, and I had the pleasure of being a guest of honor as Toastmaster.
Writing is necessarily a solitary enterprise, so conferences like this offer us a rare opportunity to connect with our tribe. I loved every minute of this — lively discussions, parties, charity auctions, time with old friends, meeting new ones, connecting with people I’ve only known online. There’s something special about being with people who are as crazy — about story, about character, about writing — as I am! I always suggest this conference to aspiring and newly published writers because it’s one of the few places to feel a part of a community that is spread out across the world. Next year, Bouchercon will be held in Dallas — and it’s never to early to sign up! Hope to see you there!