Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Left Coast Crime 2013

On the first full day of the conference, I sat in on a very interesting presentation. Even more interesting were the two women I sat next to.

They each looked like everyone's favorite aunt, maybe even grandmother. I overheard part of their conversation. Knitting, patterns, a craft magazine. I fell for it. 

After saying hello, I asked them what type of crime fiction they most enjoyed reading. The woman nearest me answered, "I like a little violence in mine." Then she thumbed to her friend, "She likes even more."

Since my mama didn't raise me to be stupid, I immediately handed each of them a bookmark. Lo and behold, one of them had The Missings on her phone. How cool was that?

Here are a few photos:
LJ Sellers, Marlyn Beebe,
Gayle Carline, Andrew E. Kaufman, moi, and Jodie Renner

At my first ever signing table!

Fellow Colorado author, Chuck Greaves and I 
at the Sisters in Crime reception.

L.J. Sellers talking to a fan.

Mark Stevens and Darrell James

Laura DiSilverio and a nice looking guy.

The Awards Banquet

Toastmaster David Corbett

Guest of Honor, Laura Lippman

Guest of Honor, Craig Johnson
NOTE: The new season of Longmire begins in June!

Special Guest Lou Diamond Phillips who plays
Henry Standing Bear in the Longmire series.
(Thanks to Lourdes Venard for the photo.)

It's all better with friends.


  1. Wonderful conference. Thanks for the memories.

  2. It was a good one, that's for sure. I've already signed up for next year's conference in Monterey. Hopefully with a third book under my belt.

  3. Great photos! We sort of met at LCC. Always so much going on ;)

  4. I know, Gigi. I was aware of your beautiful and expressive face out of the corner of my eye. Hopefully we'll meet for real soon.

  5. Made me wish I'd gone. But I am signed up for LCC in Monterey. Won't be any snow there.

  6. Marilyn, I would have loved to have spent some time with you! The snow was actually beautiful. It was the venue that was a problem. Too much geography and stairs for a lot of the participants. The days leading up to the conference were beautiful, and the days immediately following were beautiful. The regional airport was an issue, but those flying in and out of Denver didn't have a problem.

    I look forward to meeting you in Monterey!

  7. I really enjoyed your panel, Peg; I learned a lot. And I had to laugh at the knitters' tastes in crime novels. This was only my second conference, and I kept marveling at how "normal" all the authors look, given the types of criminals and dastardly deeds that fill their books!

  8. I'm tickled you were there, and even more tickled that you enjoyed it!

    Speaking of looking "normal" vs. what we write… my poor husband says he now sleeps with one eye open!

  9. It was a fun conference and nice to meet you. Next time, I'll take more photos. Yours are great!

  10. So nice to see your smiling face, Peg! Congrats on the First Signing Table!

  11. Kathy, it was nice to meet you too. Congratulations on your debut novel!

    Shannon, I loved your panel with Craig Johnson et al. Your insight and love of the Hopi people you write about was wonderful.

  12. Peg, it was SO nice to finally meet you! Wish we lived closer so we could get together more often.

  13. Getting to know you a little better, Gayle, was a highlight for me. Your humor is amazing, but all of the "deep stuff" is just wow.