I’m excited to announce that I will be moderating a panel at the Left Coast Crime conference in Reno, NV this month. It’s titled “That Old Black Magic: Paranormal Suspense.
My panelists are:
Alice Henderson (Voracious, Shattered Roads)
Alice has an interesting background in science and paleo-climatology, and she has traveled to wild places around the globe, so I’m sure she will have much to say about the accurate portrayal of “place” in fiction.
I’d also like to find out how she landed her sweet gig of writing books for Star Wars, Buffy and Supernatural!
Eileen Magill (House of Homicide)
Eileen actually lived in a house that was haunted by a serial killer, so the ghost questions will be directed to her first.
Interestingly, when the house was put up for sale, there was a bidding war and it sold for $111,000 over the asking price!
Margaret C. Morse (Murder Casts a Spell, Murder Lifts the Spirits)
Margaret was a lawyer in her previous life, so we’ll delve into writing witchcraft as a lawyer. That should be interesting!
Danna began writing after a car accident left her faced with the challenge of relearning basic skills due to cognitive impairment. That interests me since I have resumed writing after suffering a stroke two years ago.
Danna says she began her TV show to improve her speaking skills, and now she has two popular segments airing in Sacramento and has won awards for a dozen short films, as well as publishing a three-novel series.
Since the audience will consist of writers and readers of suspense and crime fiction, I think I’ll begin by asking, “What do you think is the main thing that distinguishes paranormal suspense from other suspense and crime genres? And what do readers demand from paranormal suspense books?”
Please help me prepare for the panel by telling me: what questions would YOU like to ask a paranormal suspense panel?
The conference is next weekend, so I’ll report back here shortly and let you know how it went.
Thank you in advance for your comments!