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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Conference Fun


Several of our members attended Killer Nashville last weekend. It's a very popular writer's conference with many terrific speakers, learning opportunities, and great networking. I have asked them to share their experience. First up is Susan Keene. And please check out the links to her books at the end.  

Killer Nashville by Susan Keene
Patti Tierney, Shirley McCann, Lois Curran and I went on a road trip. Our destination was Killer Nashville International Writers’ Convention for mystery and thriller writers. We had a little bit of a heads up before we arrived, because Patti had attended a couple of years ago.
It was a non-stop learning and networking opportunity from late Thursday evening until mid afternoon on Sunday.
Every hour you had a choice of a panel or lecture on any subject that interested you. Some of the subjects were networking, publicity and marketing, crime and detection, the business of writing and genres. I might not have gotten all of them listed, but you get my drift.
There were at least five or six to chose from each hour.
You were busy all the time and during the breaks between pods, we met some of the most interesting and talented people you could imagine.
To make things even more interesting, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation set up a crime scene in one of the rooms, all the way down to the dead body on the bed. Then you went to YouTube and watched the video interrogations of all of the suspects.
Finding the murderer was the easy part. They had over a hundred tests that could be run on the evidence and it was up to us to figure it all out. We did it together and got about two-thirds of it correct.
If I had enough room here, I would go into more detail. I do want to mention that Clay Stafford, Max Allen Collins, and Chris Graberstein were there.
I feel we each made friends and learned things you can only learn from other successful authors.
If you have a chance, look into attending Killer Nashville next year. The four of us shared expenses and had a great time. Any of us would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the conference. I urge you to attend one big event like this, you won’t regret it.