Thirteen Years Ago in Toronto…

Later today I will be leaving for Bouchercon and this one is special for me. Thirteen years ago I attended my first Bouchercon – in Toronto – as a wide-eyed noob with no publishing credits and some very naive ideas about how long it would take me to get my first novel published. But I made some amazing friends, (including at least one of the people in this photos).

Now this year, I attend with two novels for sale in the book room, published short stories in anthologies available in the book room, a third novel contracted for publication next year, and several books I edited also for sale in the book room. So thanks to everyone who has given me a hand along the way, and even the jerks who made a difference.