Left Coast Crime Conference Experience

Earlier this month I joined nearly 500 published authors, as-of-yet unpublished writers and readers for the Left Coast Crime conference. This year the conference was held in downtown Los Angeles, California. The Omni hotel was great and we pretty much had the facility to ourselves where we all but took over the entire second floor.

I had the opportunity to feature my debut thriller STACCATO in The Mystery Bookstore set up for the conference, as well as at the Rue Morgue table. Exposure was excellent for the debut authors where we took the spotlight during one morning’s breakfast to present our titles to all those in attendance.

Kris Neri, author of the recently released Revenge for Old Times’ Sake, and High Crimes on the Magical Plane (nominated for The Lefty Award at the conference) was kind enough to introduce me to a slew of published authors.

I met Eric Beetner, co-author with K.B. Khol of One Too Many Blows to the Head, also released by Second Wind Publishing. Eric did an excellent job on his two panels, one about noir fiction, the other featuring newly published authors.

Biggest honor was appearing on the panel “The Art of the Short Story” with venerable award-winning authors Gar Anthony Haywood and Toni L.P. Kelner who co-edits anthologies with Charlaine Harris (famous for her Sookie Stackhouse True Blood series).

I’m currently reading Gar’s literary crime fiction novel Cemetery Road and must say, this is an incredible novel. One word description: Magic.

I hope and intend to keep in touch with the authors I had the pleasure and honor to meet. I look forward to seeing my new “friends” at the Bouchercon conference in April.

Deborah J Ledford is the author of the debut suspense thriller novel STACCATO, now available from Second Wind Publishing, Amazon, Kindle, and independent bookstores.

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6 responses to “Left Coast Crime Conference Experience

  1. Deborah – and it was so great to meet you in person. Glad to hear Anthony’s book is good. I’ll be signing with him and a few others at the LA Times Festival of Books later this month. I’ll have to pick up Cemetary Road.
    See you at Bouchercon!

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful — and constructive — time. I wish you all the best with Staccato. It deserves a wide readership.

  3. christinehusom

    It sounds like a great conference and I’m glad you and Eric got to sit on panels and get more exposure. Keep it up!

    • It was a blast, Christine. Appearing on a panel in front of an audience was little terrifying at first, especially when one of my literary hero’s, Gayle Lynds, sat down in the third row.

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