Left Coast Crime
Report and Photos by Marsali Taylor
Panels lasted 45 minutes, and there was a half-hour break between them.
moderated by Mar Preston.
Her professionals were former police officer Robin Burcell, undercover officer
R T Lawson, retired police captain T K Thorne, and prison officer and psychiatrist James L’Etoile.
Are the authors still passionate about writing? Thorne: ‘Oh gosh, yes!’ L’Etoile: ‘After the first draft the flame goes out, then revives as you keep working.’ Burcell said that Clive Cussler paid better than her own books,. When she started, like all of us, she dreamed of hitting the top league, but then she saw an advert for a co-writer for James Pattinson, and thought, ‘I could do that.’ She’s a very different style of writer from Cussler, but finds they work well together – every so often she has to pick him up on police procedure: ‘You just can’t do that!’ Lawson admitted having been talking into a non-fiction book, again under his undercover alias. L’Etoile took his hat off to historical fiction writers – ‘So hard to do!’ but is working on a paranormal thriller; Burcell also has an idea for a paranormal cop story. She found her writing therapeutic; ‘As a cop, you mustn’t unload your bad day on the family. Writing could make things that had gone wrong have a happy ending – and you could kill off the boss!’ Lawson is working on opium warlords – what makes them tick.
was moderated by Lisa Preston, with participants D. P. Lyle, Alec Peche, Madona Skaff and Ingrid Thoft.
this panel consisted of Laurie R King, Ilene Schneider, Kenneth Wishnia and Suzanne M Wolfe, chaired by Steve Steinbock. The authors gave an interesting discussion on their own connection with religion, why they brought it into their books, how writing formed their own opinions and research / plot balance in their books.
|Linda McNab, William Deverell and Collen Glynn|
S. G. Wong, all contributors to the 14-story anthology, and it was chaired by the editor, Sam Wiebe.
was discussed by panellists Brenda Chapman, Catherine Mairisi and Barbara Nickless, chaired by Corey Lyn Fayman.
with Ian Hamilton, Kelly Oliver and Laurie Rodenbeck,
moderated by Dara Carr.
Ellie Alexander, Christine Carbo, Owen Laukkanen and Margaret Mizushima, moderated by Dave Butler.
That evening, Saturday, was the Gala Awards Dinner, and I was co-hosting a table with Ovidia Yu, from Singapore – we were the convention’s furthest travelled authors, and we’d had great fun beforehand deciding on what to give our guests: a book of course, and postcards, Shetland bookmarks, and I found coasters with Shetland dialect words on them, while Ovidia brought chocolate Singaporean money and pens. I thought our table looked good – everyone’s did! - and we had a lovely evening with our guests.
with Cathy Ace, C J Box, William Deverell, Maureen Jennings, and Don and Jenn Longmuir
being interviewed by Matt Coyle – and then, sadly, it was all over.
Time for me to say goodbye to a host of new friends, shoulder my rucksack, and head for home.