First, I had to learn how to actually pronounce Bouchercon. It’s pronounced like voucher only with a “B” instead of a “V” and for a moment I thought perhaps it was just the Texas accent and I wasn’t understanding.
Once I got that figured out, it was on to panels ranging on everything from research, using the McGuffin, getting ideas from actual headlines, to hearing law enforcement officers discuss the true nature of police work.
So far, I have four favorite panels:
- Red Herring: The Art of Misdirection: Great examples of what a red herring is and being sure not to cheat your audience.
- The Long Blue Line: Writing accurately about the police and their work in crime fiction.
- Mother May I Sleep With Danger: Focusing on women’s stories, particularly as portrayed in mystery fiction. A fabulous panel of mostly women writers.
- Keep Those Pages Turning: The best ways to keep readers wanting more. Another great panel providing excellent ways to improve your writing.
I have taken copious notes for future blog posts, and Saturday holds another day of panels. My friend, Kathy, from Illinois (we haven’t seen one another in 20 years) are having a blast attending panels and exploring downtown Dallas.
I’ll write about the James Patterson interview and LIFT fundraiser on the first evening when I return to Minnesota. Suffice it to say, Patterson is a huge supporter of literacy and I gleaned all sorts of new information on the topic.