S.W. Lauden At Bouchercon 2016

Hey there! If you’re in New Orleans next week and want to get together for a drink, to break some bread, or to plot world domination, here are a few good places to start looking:

nb-boucheronNoir at the Bar—Bouchercon (Reading)

Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, now in LaGalleries 6 (moved from LaGalleries 4&5)

Start off your Bouchercon right with a special Wednesday Noir at the Bar speed reading event. 20 authors doing super short readings and then a FREE BOOK giveaway. It’s fast and fun and the perfect way to kick off your Bouchercon right. Spread the word. Look at that freakin’ line up!!!

Skid Row Chatter with Tom Pitts (Podcast)

Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. (Somewhere in New Orleans)

Details are sketchy, as is the host.

Down & Out Books—Fifth Anniversary Party (Reading)

Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Cosimo’s Bar (French Quarter, New Orleans)

Down & Out Books is celebrating 5 years! AND–We want to celebrate with YOU! Join us for a special night of drinks and readings featuring: James Ray Tuck (AND he will be our MC), Eric Beetner, G.J. Brown, Jen Conley, Jeffery Hess, Dana King, S.W. Lauden, Gary Phillips, Tom Pitts, Ian Truman, J.L. Abramo, Grant Jerkins and Danny Gardner.

“Born On The Bayou”—Louisiana Stories (Panel)

Saturday, 3:00pm-3:50pm, LaGalleries 6

Bill Fitzhugh (M), S.W. Lauden, Bill Loehfelm, O’Neil DeNoux, Harley Jane Kozak and Jaden Terrell

All Other Times

I’ll be the author hanging around the hotel bar. You won’t be able to miss me.

You can always get info on my whereabouts at my snazzy new author website.

BCC Cover FinalS.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, will be published in Sept. 2016. His standalone novella, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books.

Interrogation—Jon Jordan

Who: Jon Jordan

What: A Milwaukee native who has devoted most of his free time to reading going back to childhood, almost all of it mysteries and comics. He and his wife Ruth publish Crimespree Magazine and are fan guest of Honor in New Orleans at Bouchercon. They have also won three Anthony Awards and been given the Raven by mystery Writers of America. Jon also drinks 4-6 pots of coffee a day.

Where: Milwaukee

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

You recently posted on Facebook that you and  will once again be handling the panel programming for Bouchercon 2016. What initially got you interested in taking on this role? 

It started with the Madison Bouchercon. The ladies doing the programming were friends and I had mentioned if they Crimespree 1needed a hand let me know. They reached out and I spent a few days brainstorming with them. Ruth also pitched in and it was fun.

A few years later Ruth was running a Bouchercon in Baltimore and that’s the first time Judy and I did it together. I think for me it’s a total of f times including New Orleans. I’m also doing programming each year for Murder and Mayhem with my partners in crime, Ruth, Penny Halle and Erica Neubauer.

What has your time at Crimespree Magazine taught you about dealing with authors in general? 

I give everyone three strikes. One or two bad interactions don’t mean someone is a bad person, everyone has an off day. Three in a row, I’m out. 99.5 % of authors I have met are wonderful people, and I would take a bullet for some. The .5% I wouldn’t push over a cliff into water if they were on fire.

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Interrogation—Ingrid Willis

ingrid cu blackWho: Ingrid Willis

What: Chair of Left Coast Crime 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. She has been a devoted mystery conference attendee since she discovered the Bouchercon convention in 2002. She has attended almost every Left Coast Crime, Bouchercon, and Malice Domestic since then, and was Chair of Bouchercon 2014 in Long Beach, CA. Ingrid has worked for more than twenty-five years in the entertainment industry. She left her position as Executive Director of Marketing for Columbia Pictures in 1997 to start her own company specializing in digital post-production. She is also a mystery writer and insatiable mystery reader.

Where: Los Angeles

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

You’ve been “a devoted mystery conference attendee” since you discovered Bouchercon in 2002. What was so magical about that first convention?

I had just left my studio job to start my own post production company.  I was thinking about writing a novel, and having worked in the music and entertainment field I wanted to check out the publishing “industry” before I did so.  I mean, what if I hated the business? What if it was as cut-throat as the entertainment & music? I went to Bouchercon in Austin, Texas without having been registered. (There wasn’t online registration in those days.) While in line to register I met Elaine Viets who was so gracious and encouraged me to write. Everyone was so welcoming.  It was great.  I realized I’d found my long-lost family I hadn’t even known I’d misplaced. I made acquaintances that have since become some of my best friends. Bouchercon literally changed my life and took me in a direction I could never have imagined.

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Bouchercon, Blogs, Burbank, Bay Area

Motley Crew

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.

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Interrogation—Eryk Pruitt/ Noir at the Bar, Bouchercon

NOIR BAR RALEIGHWho: Eryk Pruitt

What: A screenwriter, author and filmmaker living with his wife Lana and cat Busey.  His short films FOODIE and LIYANA, ON COMMAND have won several awards at film festivals across the U.S.  His fiction appears in The Avalon Literary Review, Pulp Modern, Thuglit and Zymbol, to name a few. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Derringer Award for his short story “Knockout.” His novels, DIRTBAGS and HASHTAG, are available in e-book and paperback. He is also the founder of Noir at the Bar, Durham, and organized Noir at the Bar,  Raleigh Bouchercon.

Where: Durham, N.C.

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

How did you first find out about Noir at the Bar? Did you attend Noir at the Bar events in other cities before you launched the one in Durham? 

I kept stumbling upon them across the internet and wanted to attend one, possibly get the stones to read at one after a while. I traced them back to Jed Ayres and asked him what Durham had to do to get one, so I could experience it. He said “You got to start one yourself.” He helped me find authors who would drive to Durham and it was a blast. We had great readers and afterward, I had a night on the town with Grant Jerkins, Peter Farris and Charles Dodd White, which could not be beat. The next one we did featured eight authors from the immediate area. We had another. I’ve read in Baltimore and at Shade in New York City. It was my first time up there and man, it was a total hoot. I’ve never met nicer people.

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Interrogation: Eric Campbell

E Campbell-2012Who: Eric Campbell

What: Owner of Down & Out Books, an Indie publisher focused on great crime fiction with a slant on the harder side of life.

Where: Florida

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Tell me about the moment that you knew you were going to start Down & Out Books. What was the inspiration? 

The short answer is that in 2011, after Ben LeRoy and I sold Tyrus Books (I was an investor and CFO), I still had an itch to be in the publishing business. So I blew the dust off of a business plan I had put together in mid-2009 and started D&OB. The initial goal was to be a vehicle for authors, who didn’t want to self-pub, to have their titles published as ebooks. I had no intention of releasing previously unpublished books, but the company soon blossomed into that arena.

Texas NoirWhat was the first book that D&OB published? What did you like most about that manuscript and/or author?

The first title published by D&OB was Crimespree Magazine #40. Jon Jordan and I had been talking about Tyrus publishing the ebook for him. With the sell, he said why don’t you do it under D&OB.

The first book published by D&OB was TEXAS NOIR, a short story collection by Milton T. Burton. He was a wonderful writer and someone I enjoyed calling a friend (he passed away on December 1, 2011). When I told him I was starting D&OB, he said I had to publish a short story collection for him. Who was I to say no?

Ladies-Night-CoverWhat is the most recent book that you published? What did you like most about that manuscript and/or author?

Well, I had four books drop on June 1, including: OVER THEIR HEADS by JB Kohl & Eric Beetner; LADIES’ NIGHT: Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles 2015 Anthology edited by Naomi Hirahara, Kate Thornton and Jeri Westerson; RULES OF HONOR by Matt Hilton, and TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE by Rob Riley. Continue reading