Sunday, July 21, 2013

Weekend Mystery Roundup for July 20, 2013

Upcoming Mystery Conferences

The Creatures, Crime and Creativity conference is in Baltimore this year, September 13th through the 15th. Keynote speakers include Jeffery Deaver and Christopher Golden. Lots of great events are planned, and several agents will be available for author pitches. Plus, there's a Kindle contest. Check out the web link for more details.


One more month until Killer Nashville begins, August 22nd, with headliners Anne Perry and D.P. Kyle, MD. And of course, this conference is where the winner of the Claymore Award will be announced. Many past winners have gone on to successful writing careers. It's not to late to register for the conference. Submissions for this year's award are closed at this point, but you can enter next year's contest.  And wouldn't this look nice on your mantle above the fireplace?

How would you like to take in depth classes on writing crime fiction from some of the best writers in the genre, including George Pelecanos and Jonathan Santlofer? You can, at Crime Fiction Academy. Fall workshops and classes are available and will be held on E 47th Street in Manhattan. Past teachers have included stellar authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child and Meg Abbot.

Tips on How To Find A Missing Person (For Writers)

At some point in your fiction, you may want to look for a missing person. If you've ever wondered how your character goes about finding someone, check out this blog post by Shaun Kaufman and Coleen Collins (the Writing PIs) on Tracking Missing Persons. It will give your fiction a touch of credibility, and makes for fascinating reading.

Pittsburgh Professor Played A Major Role in Outing JK Rowlings

A professor from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA played a large role in discovering that the true author of The Cuckoo's Calling was none other than JK Rowlings. Patrick Juola used technology he developed to determine that Rowlings was the most likely author of the novel. The analysis was done at the request of a reporter from th Sunday Times. You can read more about this little known story in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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