Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Favorite Places & Favorite People

I just spent several days in one of my favorite places---the beautiful Spanish colonial town of Santa Fe, New Mexico---eating delicious food, exploring again the lovely sights of Santa Fe, and getting together with some of my favorite people----readers and fellow authors. Left Coast Crime is a great mystery conference that is always held in the western United States. Last year it was in Los Angeles. Left Coast Crime has appeared in Seattle, Alaska, Denver, El Paso---to name a few spots. However, attendees congregate from all over the U.S. I've always liked LCC because there's a more relaxed "feel" to the conference.

This year, the conference was located at the beautiful and historic La Fonda Inn. If you are ever visiting Santa Fe, you owe it to yourself to stop in at this picuresque and gracious hotel and browse around, enjoy the architecture and artwork that decorates the walls. And if you really want to treat yourself, stop in La Plazuela restaurant in the heart of the hotel. Fountain in the middle, sunny glass rooftop, and colorfully decorated windows. Plus, the food is outstanding. You won't regret it.

While there, I was able spend time with fellow Cozy Chick Deb Baker, which was great fun. Deb also writes as Hannah Reed and has the delightful "Queen Bee Mystery Series." The first in the series was BUZZ OFF, and the next will be MIND YOUR OWN BEESWAX. Deb brought along her "boy toy," (aka her husband, Jim). :) They are such a fun couple and great friends. These conferences are also a great opportunity to meet new authors and readers and make new friends.

My return flight landed in Denver Sunday night and a shuttle returned me to Fort Collins around 10:00pm. Yesterday, Monday, instead of diving into the current Kelly-Flynn-in-progress, I drove back to Denver to be the keynote speaker at the Colorado Association of Librarians Spring Workshop. Librarians are some of MY VERY FAVORITE people. And I always jump at the chance to speak to them. Librarians are a direct conduit between those of us who write fiction and our audience---the readers. Besides---they're always a lively and fun group. I also take a first edition hardcover copy of my latest release to give to them for upcoming fundraisers.

As a novelist who began her fiction career writing historical novels, librarians are VERY important to me. They are "resource" people. They know where to search out obscure topics, find out of print books, and help search for dusty long forgotten periodicals from yesteryear. Librarians are a researcher's lifeline.

Book people and favorite people. Who are some of your "favorite people?"