Mystery on the Shelf: FREE Conference at Downtown Public Library
April 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
April 15: Mystery on the Shelf, an all-day free conference with speakers at the Downtown Central Library, which is co-hosting the event. We are using 3 locations within the Central Downtown Library: the auditorium, the fifth floor with Jaffe room, and the signing space near the library bookstore (books may be purchased through the bookstore and then taken to the author signing space a few steps away).
- Auditorium – Keynote: Cara Black “How I, and maybe you, got into a life of crime”Growing up in a family of readers and with a grandfather who told endless stories, primed my pump to write. But it was the story I heard in Paris that I became passionate about and using the framework of a detective story enabled me to tell it. I’ll explore, how I and you, can translate a vivid experience into crime fiction.
- Auditorium – Keeping it Real: Law Enforcement and Private Investigations
Learn how the pros who lived the facts write the fiction.
with Terry Ambrose and David Putnam (moderator: Matt Coyle)
- Cara Black signs
- Lunch Outside (Preorder Lunches by April 11th to save time)
- Terry Ambrose, David Putnam and Matt Coyle sign
- Auditorium – Keeping It Mysterious: Carolyn Wheat
What distinguishes a mystery novel from other fiction is that the villain’s identity is hidden from the reader for as long as possible. Today’s mystery writer must plant clues pointing to the killer, and then hide those clues to give the reader the experience of solving the crime along with the detective. Sounds like work? Maybe–but it’s also the fun part of writing a mystery.
- 5th Floor – Keeping it Suspenseful: Lisa Brackmann
Lisa Brackmann will discuss how techniques for writing crime fiction can be applied to nearly every genre, Learn how suspense and mystery can help drive narrative and keep your readers turning the pages.
- Kate Carlisle signs
- Auditorium – Keeping it Cozy: Kathy Aarons, Kate Carlisle, Carlene O’Neil and Diane Vallere
Hear how the modern cozy or traditional mystery keeps the excitement balanced with charm and humor (and maybe a hobby or two).
(moderator: Kim Keeline)
- 5th Floor – Keeping it Noir: Corey Lynn Fayman
A discussion of the qualities and permutations of noir and its continuing evolution as a contemporary genre. “Giving murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse.” (Raymond Chandler).
- 1pm workshop authors sign
- Auditorium – Keynote: Kate Carlisle “The Best Advice”
Kate covers all the advice she’s been given over the years–and whether she followed it or not.
- 2pm workshop authors sign
Lisa Brackmann is the critically acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author of the Ellie McEnroe novels set in China (Rock Paper Tiger, Hour of the Rat, Dragon Day), and the thrillers Getaway and Go-Between. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books and CNET. She lives in San Diego with several cats, far too many books and a bass ukulele. You can find her online at www.lisabrackmann.com.
National best selling author Carlene O’Neil is a former television writer, and is currently a commercial real estate broker in the Los Angeles market. She grew up in the heart of wine country in northern California, and is accredited by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Currently she lives in Valencia, California. The Cypress Cove Mystery Series is set along the central California coast, and the similarities between the fictional town of Cypress Cove and the stunning town of Carmel are no accident. One Foot in the Grape is the first in the series published by Berkley Prime Crime. Her second novel, Ripe for Murder, was released March 2016. You can reach Carlene at her website at carleneoneil.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/CarleneONeilAuthor
During his 31 years in law enforcement, David Putnam has worked in narcotics, violent crimes, criminal intelligence, hostage rescue, SWAT, and internal affairs, to name just a few. He is the recipient of many awards and commendations for heroism. The Vanquished is the fourth in the Bruno Johnson series, following the best-selling and critically acclaimed The Disposables, The Replacements, and The Squandered. Putnam lives in Southern California with his wife, Mary. His website is: https://dwputnam.wordpress.com/
After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. THE DECORATOR WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, #4 in her Madison Night Mystery Series, comes out April 2017. Diane is the president of Sisters in Crime. She also writes the Samantha Kidd, and Lefty Award-nominated Costume Shop and Material Witness mystery series. She started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.
Carolyn Wheat is an Edgar-nominated mystery writer who teaches novel writing online through UCSD Extension. Her book How to Write Killer Fiction has been called an “indispensable addition to a writer’s bookshelf.”