Sue Myers and I were in charge of the Love is Murder table in the tent we shared with Echelon Press. We had the task of selling all of our overstock of sweatshirts and tee shirts and by Sunday at 4 pm we'd done it!!! We also handed out almost 900 Love is Murder cards and had at least a dozen people say they were excited and would try to come.
Sue and I stayed in downtown Chicago and had a wonderful dinner at the Italian Village with the contingent from the midwest chapter of Mystery Writers of America. The food was delicious and the company superb.
As you can see by the photo above, Sue and I were out bright and early for a nice Starbucks breakfast before the tents were even opened up. There was a threat of rain for Sunday, but it didn't come. For the most part both days were absolutely perfect. Not too hot or too cold, but pleasant and dry.
I had the opportunity to have two time slots at the Mystery Writers of America tent on Sunday for signing books and talking to potential readers. It was so great to sit between J. Michael Major (One Man's Castle) and Clare O'Donohue (Someday Quilts Mysteries and Kate Conway Mysteries). The three of us worked together to make sure people were aware of one another's work. Clare along with MWAMW President, Tim Broderick, encouraged me to get in front of the microphone for a short interview. Like I told the audience, "I'm a shy girl, with a great book." I made it through without fainting and am grateful to Clare and Tim for their encouragement.
All-in-all, this was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with many mystery readers and to get to know my fellow mystery writers better. I'm worn out, but can't wait to do it again!
Until next time.