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Library Signings

Beth Terrell joined me to sign at the Manchester, TN Public Library in January 2010 (left). Wife Sarah and I sit behind the table at the Cheatham County (Ashland City, TN) Public Library in September 2009. My Silver Falchion Award stands in front of Sarah.


The Serenade at Mysteries & More

These lovely ladies, known as the Pizazz Quartet, serenaded me during a Christmas season book signing at Mysteries & More in the Lenox Village area of suburban Nashville. They sang a novelty number about my being naughty and not likely to get any presents for Christmas. I got the last laugh, though, when Santa stopped by the store and bought a book.

Bangkok Writer Tim Hallinan Visits Nashville

Author Tim Hallinan, who writes the Bangkok mystery series featuring expatriate travel writer Poke Rafferty, spoke to my Sisters in
Crime Chapter in Nashville in September. He does most of his writing in Thailand and Cambodia. With us after the meeting is our chapter Vice President Beth Terrell.

Character Comes to Life at Signing, June 7, 2008

A real character joined me at a recent signing in Spanish Fort, AL. That's Wayne Fought with his copy of The Marathon Murders tucked under his arm. Wayne won a contest I ran a few years back to have a character in one of my books named after him. If you've read the book (and if not, why not?), you'll remember TBI Agent Wayne Fought. The real Wayne lives in a small town near the Alabama Gulf Coast.


The Marathon Murders Launch Party, February 16, 2008

The book launch party for The Marathon Murders was held in the old showroom of the restored Marathon Motor Works administration building in Nashville. Standing with me at right, holding his copy of the book, is Barry Walker, owner and renovator of the defunct company's plant and offices, now called Marathon Village. Sitting with me at left is Kathleen Mays, the neighbor who suggested I use the Marathon company in a book. Her father worked at the plant in 1914, the year my fictional victim was murdered. My wife, Sarah, stands in front of a restored 1914 Marathon touring car. Party attendants enjoyed browsing around the old cars.


Mayhem in the Midlands/Wedding on the Beach, May 2007

The "60 Is the New 30: Senior Sleuths" panel at Mayhem included, from left, Moderator Doris Ann Norris, Radine Trees Nehring, Mary Saums, Chester Campbell and Camille Minichino. At right: four generations of wife Sarah's family at granddaughter Brandy's Florida beachside wedding May 18. From Sarah at right, great-granddaughter Taylor, granddaughter Tina, the bride, and daughter Judy. Subtitle: Barefoot Babes.


Midwest MysteryFest, St. Louis, Sept. 16/Bouchercon, Sept. 30, Madison, WI


Shown at my Midwest MystertyFest panel (left photo) are, from left, Lonnie Cruse, Katie Compton and me. My panel at Bouchercon (above photo) included, from left, Simon Wood, Julia Pomeroy, Chester Campbell, Mike Abrams and Barbara Fradkin. Both panels brought lively discussions from the audience.    


MWA Skill Build, Nashville, TN, Aug. 5, 2006

Presenters at the MWA Southeast Chapter Skill Build in Nashville were, from left, Chester Campbell, Courtney Mroch, Beth Terrell, Chris Roerden, J.B. Thompson, Kelly Nichols (a.k.a. P.J. Parrish), J.T. Ellison and Clay Stafford.


ConMisterio Conference, Austin, TX July 14-16, 2006

We shot these panels at the ConMisterio Conference in red-hot Austin, TX. At upper left, Pari Noskin Taichert (center) and Mark Troy listen while Libby Fischer Hellman makes a point about the difference between thrillers, suspense and mysteries. Upper right shows Radine Trees Nehring (left) and Margaret Maron at a panel I moderated on writing as a second career. At lower left, cowboy-hatted Randy Rawls discusses timing and location with Radine Trees Nehring and me. Lower right shows a panel on setting with (from left) JF Margos, Keith Raffel, Margaret Maron, Pari Noskin Taichert and Libby Fischer Hellman.


MWA Skill Build - Fairhope, AL May 6, 2006

The Mystery Writers of America Southeast Chapter's Fairhop Skill Build got rave reviews from participants, thanks to the speakers and behind-the-sceners. Kneeling in front is Carolyn Haines, headline speaker and SB chair. From left in back are Chester Campbell, River City Editor Gail Waller, Jack Gonzalez and Holly McClure (Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency), book doctor Steve Greene, short story writer John Floyd, Margaret Fenton and Aleta Boudreaux.

March 2006 - Opry Mills/Emerald Coast Writers Conference



I took part in a local author showcase at Barnes & Noble in Nashville's Opry Mills Mall in mid-March (left). After that I spoke at the Emerald Coast Writers Conference in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. While there I met New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin (center), who did the cover blurb for Designed to Kill. My talk covered setting and description (right).

SleuthFest - Fort Lauderdale, FL March 3-5, 2006

We had a great time at another great SleuthFest conference put on by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. I forgot the camera until the last event, when Sarah shot these photos. At left is Sisters in Crime President Libby Fischer Hellmann, who sat beside me at the "Technicolor Characters" panel on Saturday. With me at right are the SleuthFest co-chairs, Randy Rawls, in his ever-present cowboy hat, and Christine Kling.

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