Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Return to Indiana!

I'm going back to some old stomping grounds this week. Wednesday, I fly off to Indianapolis for the Bouchercon International Mystery Convention. I'll frolic in Indy with mystery friends (both authors and readers) then drive up to West Lafayette, IN, to visit for a few days with a dear friend.

First things first, though, is the convention. I love going to conferences. Mainly because I love meeting people. Seeing people I've met before and developed relationships with is a special treat. Fellow Cozy Chicks Deb Baker and Kate Collins will also be there at the conference, so fun is guaranteed. I'll be on a panel on Thursday, October 15, at 3:00 pm with several other mystery authors who also involve a "friendly shop setting" in their books. Kind of like, retail murder, I guess. Anyway, we'll talk about how we handle all things retail as well as murder. But don't expect us to stay on track, folks. With Monica Ferris on the panel, believe me, anything can happen. And usually does. If you're at the conference, please drop by and say hello.

The Indy Bouchercon gang has done something different this year by organizing various craft sessions throughout the conference. One-hour FREE sessions. I'll be doing a session on Friday, October 16, at 9:00 am on Knitting a Simple Scarf. Monica Ferris will be doing one, as will many, many others. So, make sure you take advantage of the free opportunity to learn something new. Oh, by the way--did I mention it was free?

After the conference, I'm going back to where I actually put down some roots in Indiana--West Lafayette. My family spent fifteen years at Purdue University while my husband was a professor there. We arrived with two little girls and went on to have two more little girls while there. Both of them were actually born in Indianapolis. My oldest daughter, Christine, went to Purdue and graduated in Engineering. While there, she met her future husband, Tim, who grew up in Crown Point, IN. So, we've definitely got some Indiana "roots."

I'll be staying with my dear friend, Claudia Edwards, in West Lafayette, and having a grand time. Claudia and I always have a grand time. We can be in a room alone and have a hilarious time telling each other stories. We'll also be having a gathering of book lovers and fiber lovers and people who just like people while there, too. Claudia and I love an excuse to "party." Any excuse will do.

So--if any of you folks are in Indiana or neighboring states, why not head over to Indy this week and join a whole bunch of mystery authors and reader/fans. I can promise you it'll be quite a party.

Anyone planning to come?