I dream of being a mystery author who “only” has to write for a living — in reality, I’m part of the majority who instead have “paid work” that has to get done on time, with writing (my passion!) fitting into the hard-earned gaps in the schedule.
But sometimes things are better than that — like this coming Friday through Sunday, with the New England Crime Bake putting the craft of mysteries front and center. I’ll do what it takes to get all my “paid work” done ahead of time, so I can focus for three exhilarating days on what we do and why we do it.
I’m especially eager for Friday’s Master Class with Peter Abrahams, “Writing the YA Mystery.” Peter Abrahams earned the 201o Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery for his book Reality Check. I want to know how he decided to move from his middle-grade mystery series (and to put on hold his grown-up thrillers) to write this fast-paced suspense — and what he discovered about the differences among his three “hats.”
He’ll also be the “lead author” for our Saturday mid-day panel, “High School Murder” — moderated by drama pro Julie Hennrikus, and including also yours truly (www.BethKanell.com), plus Kate Burak (Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things) and Kim Harrington (The Dead and Buried). I’ll have their books with me — I want to ask the authors to sign them, of course, but even more than that, I’m giddy at the notion of talking craft with such a focused and exciting group. If you’re considering writing a YA mystery, or deliciously obsessed with reading them, I hope you’re joining us!
Crime Bake is ahead of the curve in providing these two awesome YA mystery events. This year’s Bouchercon — the major internationally attended US mysteries fan convention that hosts 1200 people — had only one YA presentation, but announced that next year it will probably have an entire YA “track” for the conference. Well, we’ve really got that already, at our Dedham, Mass., gathering.
Best of all, with a filled registration of 250 mystery lovers who enjoy supporting each other and celebrating our successes together, we’ve got the best possible gathering to attend. I think my dream is closer to reality than I often admit! Here’s to a phenomenal Crime Bake ahead!
PS – If you didn’t register for Crime Bake 2013, keep an eye on this blog; we (your SinC New England team) promise to fill you in on the suspense and solutions, right here …