It’s been a busy week. Bouchercon, the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina was incredible. Great to hang out with friends, pick up some killer new books, learn a ton and otherwise lounge around bars and restaurants for four days with interesting people. The Noir at the Bar event that Eryk Pruitt organized was definitely a highlight. I was thrilled to read alongside Johnny Shaw, Les Edgerton, Jedidiah Ayres, Christa Faust, Ed Kurtz, Jen Conley, Thomas Pluck, Tom Pitts and Joe Clifford. I also got to sit in for a taping of Authors on the Air with Pam Stack and Tom Pitts who invited a room full of reprobates ranging from Brian Panowich, Nik Korpon and Warren Moore to Danny Gardner, Chris Irvin and Jack Getze. Shot some video of Jay Stringer and Angel Colon, too—we’ll see how that turns out.
The photo up top of me with Pam Stack, Tom Pitts and Joe Clifford is one of my favorites. It was shot by Absolutely*Kate. This one of me reading at Noir at the Bar in Raleigh was shot by the amazing Michelle Turlock Isler.
Yesterday, I posted a guest blog over at Do Some Damage. I was invited by awesome author Holly West who was somebody that I’d had a few intense conversations with at Bouchercon. My column is about being a new author and trying to figure out how to get the word out about your book. You can read it HERE.
Last night I hosted a panel at the Burbank Public Library. The topic was Rock & Roll and Crime Fiction and I was lucky to be joined by great LA-based writers Josh Stallings, Craig Faustus Buck, Anonymous-9 and Eric Beetner. Some microphones were set up, so if the audio turned out I will be sharing snippets from that interesting conversation with you sometime in the next two weeks.
This Saturday I’ll be part of Lip Service West at LitQuake LitCrawl in San Francisco. Also on the bill are host Joe Clifford and readers Tom Pitts, Blythe Baldwin, Mk Chavez, Jim Ruland and Patrick O’Neil. This one should be interesting because it is a storytelling series, which means no fiction. I plan to read about the time I ran an absinthe bar in Eastern Europe. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of my tale, for obvious reasons, but it should be entertaining.
Last but not least, my debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is up over at Goodreads. If you have the time, please click the link and tap the “Want To Read” button. That’s a great way to help me spread the word.
Thank you all. More to come very soon.
S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books on November 3, 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.