Absolutely Thrilling

I loved every moment of ThrillerFest VI. It was a chance to see old friends and meet a lot a great people. It meant dinner at Bistango (with, from L to R, Avery Ames, Rochelle Staab, Jamie Freveletti, and Lynn Sheene) and a party at the Mysterious Bookshop. There was a Debut Authors Breakfast on Saturday morning, an awards banquet Saturday night, an afterparty, and then an after-afterparty (at what may be NYC’s worst karaoke bar). I got to discover new (at least, new-to-me) authors, listen to stellar talents (such as Karin Slaughter and R.L. Stine), and meet some of my writing heroes, including Jeffery Deaver. Karin Slaughter’s very wise words from the Debut Authors Breakfast are still ringing in my ears. “Read, read, read,” she told us. “If you don’t, it shows in your work.”

With Shane Gericke, whose TORN APART was nominated for a Thriller Award.

With Patty Garcia, Tor/Forge’s resident rock star (she’s not only head of publicity, she’s the bass player for NYC band The Rats!)


With Avery Ames, Brad Parks and Sophie Littlefield. I think this was afterparty #1.

PS Some people have put together terrific Thrillerfest reports. Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert wrote a terrific summary of the Debut Authors Breakfast. For a more personal take, check out this post by Jennifer Hillier, author of the just-released CREEP.

PPS WordPress is giving me grief about uploading photos, so if you want to see more from Thrillerfest VI, check out my album on Facebook.

4 Responses to “Absolutely Thrilling”

  • Robin Spano Says:

    You know what I love about creeping your photos online? Your dresses. You always wear something hot and original.

  • Hilary Says:

    Robin, you are such a sweetheart! The dresses in these shots are both from my favorite vintage store on the planet, the shockingly affordable Courage My Love in Toronto’s Kensington Market. Pam Callow has suggested a vintage-shopping excursion in St. Louis during Bouchercon, and I think you need to come with us…

  • Lynn Sheene Says:

    It was so wonderful getting to spend some time with you. Bistango is permanently on my favs list! And your dresses are hot! Another reason to visit Toronto. Can I tag along on the Bouchercon vintage shopping trip?

  • Hilary Says:

    Lynn, it was wonderful to see you, too — and to finally get my copy of your fabulous THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS signed. I was already planning to drag you along on the St. Louis vintage hunt, so I’m very happy you’re willing to come with us!

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