Man, I am still recovering from Bouchercon. My back is sore, and I am still completely worn out. But then again, I just expended a lot of energy; it's not easy having to make sure you never say something offensive or stupid unintentionally, and add alcohol to the mix...well, you see my concerns.
Anyway, my panel was on Friday morning: "Got to Be There: Real Housewives and Other Dangerous Women." Moderated by the superb Laura Lippman (who has won every crime writing award under the sun), my co-panelists were all spectacular, award-winning writers as well: Edgar winners Lou Berney (who went on to win the Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards that weekend) and Alex Marwood, along with two time Edgar finalist and Shamus winner Alison Gaylin. Megan Abbott, who has also won everything under the sun, was supposed to be on it, but had to cancel out at the last minute. The panel was a lot of fun; it was sort of a do-over of our "Real Housewives of Bouchercon" panel from Albany, with some of the same people but missing some, and Lou brilliantly added to the mix. Laura Lippman is an exceptionally great moderator; asking insightful questions that made us all think, and we also all had a really great chemistry/camaraderie where we could all joke and tease each other. The audience really seemed to enjoy it, and I, as I said before, sold out all of my books at the signing afterward--which has never happened at a Bouchercon before and was really a lovely feeling.
I also cannot recommend my co-panelists' books enough.
We talked about a lot of things, like who is the most dangerous woman in our latest book (mine was Vernita Godwin; even though she is only in one chapter--she's that kind of poisonous woman who is unhappy so takes malicious delight in other people being unhappy...), and of course the Real Housewives, and then we had some great questions from the audience. It was a great experience.
I was actually kind of thinking I might skip Bouchercon next year--but went ahead and marked it off on my calendar and have started looking at budgeting.