BoucherCons I have loved

Ah, BoucherCon.

So many memories.  I wrote about some of them, over the years.  Such as:

The Vegas Con: just… surreal.

Washington, DC, a month after 9/11, and the comfort of friends.

Albany, NY: my birthday, in a post-apocalytic setting…

…with good friends…

And you can’t get better than being a Con’s guest of honor, as I was in San Francisco in 2010.  I mean, how great is it to have personalized napkins in the hospitality suite?

But I have to say, 1997 was a kick. I was pretty new to the BoucherCon community, having only been to three before—and new to writing in general, since I only had six books out, three Martinellis and three Russells. But this was sufficient toe-hold in the writing world to invite people up to my house, some 20 miles from the site of the Monterey conference—and it was a quirky enough invitation that people came.

Sheila and HRF Keating (Harry wrote a murderous short story about my hot tub.)

The hostess with the frazzled hair, Laura Crum, Val McDermid

Dean James, Beth Foxwell, Sheila Keating, Michael Allen Dymmoch

Mary Wings, Adrian Muller, [?]

Kate Charles (I think??), Dean James

Val McDermid, Susan Moody, RD Zimmerman

I wonder what friendships will come from the upcoming BoucherCon in Dallas?

What about you–what friendships started for you at a mystery conference?

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  1. Suzanne Portello on September 19, 2019 at 11:50 am

    What wonderful pix (and memories) – thank you for sharing them, and especially the 1997 one at your place that shows HRF Keating & Sheila Mitchell – charming picture! Made me go back and read about the both of them.

  2. Dean James on September 20, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Some great memories here, Laurie. I remember Noel telling me I was quite a large young man. 🙂 He said it so charmingly I had to smile. Great times and probably my favorite Bouchercon experience.

    • Laurie King on September 20, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      “Large” to Noel generally meant height and attitude, not girth. Hard to think it was that long ago!

  3. Kate Charles on September 20, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Yes, that was me, all right. What a wonderful weekend it was.

    • Laurie King on September 20, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Odd camera angle, it was hard to tell. And yes, it was great fun.

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