Posts Tagged ‘Kathy Reichs’

Well, she’s certainly more than just an author. She is herself, an accomplished forensic anthropologist. She is an author. She is the producer of the hit show ‘Bones’. She was also a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

She’s written two academic books and 19 novels. Where does she find the time?
As I’ve learned over the years, you don’t find time to write. You make time to write.

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ThrillerFest is a great venue to listen to and on occasion meet these spectacular authors. I had the opportunity to listen to her speak on several panels and found her very cordial, funny, and with an under current of extreme intelligence.

It was certainly a pleasure getting to meet her. My wife and I have enjoyed the show ‘Bones’ for many years now. And as I had the chance to tell her, I like coming away from entertainment where I feel I learned something. Her shows and books, although very dramatic and character/conflict driven, still teach us little known facts about forensic anthropology. And I like that. I don’t just want to be entertained. I need to come away with something other than ‘wow – glad the main character survived – again’.

All in all, I’d have to say that after hearing what she has to say and meeting her, I’m probably an even bigger fan. The show ‘Bones’ has not re-signed for next season. Yet. And they neatly wrapped up most every story line in the ongoing saga. But her books will continue to come out and we can enjoy what she has to say for a long time.

Check her out:
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ThrillerFest is the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers. A community with over 3,000 members in 28 countries and nearly 3 billion books in print!

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This was my third year attending the conference and I couldn’t be any happier. For the second year in a row I attended the Master CraftFest class which is an 8 hour, intensive course examining your work with an ultra successful author in a class of only 10. And let me tell you, you learn a great deal from this one day event.

But that’s not all.

That was just Tuesday of last week. The next day and a half you have hours of tracks and classes by a variety of instructors. And let me tell you, there not just any authors giving instruction. They’re Best Selling authors giving you the goods on what they’ve learned over time.

Steve Berry, Peter James, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell, Andrew Gross, James Scott Bell….geez. The list goes on and on. To see a list of all authors, go to their website: ThrillerFest.

And that’s not all.

The second half of Thursday gets you the opportunity to pitch to many, many agents looking for authors. Even if an agent is not interested, most of the time you will learn something new about your book, your story and how to tell it/sell it to others. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned just trying to pitch my work to an agent.

But….there’s more.

Then ThrillerFest starts. It’s two days of panels and interviews, coupling some of the greatest Thriller authors we have on this planet.

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It is like drinking from a fire hydrant of knowledge. Half the time I’m scratching down notes from the instructor/author and the other half I’m scratching notes to address all the new ideas they’ve helped me spawn in a session.

If I could only go to one conference, ever, I would chose ThrillerFest.

BTW, I volunteered this year to help the organization. If you attended ThrillerFest 2015 – and another BTW, it was their 10th year, I probably handed you your swag bag full of books, water bottles and a hat.

Come empty handed because you’ll be buying books galore to have your favorite authors sign them.

If you’re into Thrillers, this is the BEST place to go.

I’ll be posting more on the individual authors and experiences I had this year. Too much to cover in one short post.

See ya soon,

Peppi