I’m heading to Phoenix this Thursday through Sunday for Left Coast Crime 2016. There’s lots of exciting stuff happening all weekend, but below is a guide for how you can find me…or just look in the hotel bar.
What: A freelance editor, creative consultant and former lawyer. She teaches writing across the country, as well as at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. The author of the non-fiction series on writing THE QUICK AND DIRTY GUIDE TO… she has also published numerous flash fiction and short stories. She is also editor for the Romantic Times Digital Extras magazine, creator of the Anthony Award-nominated Sirens of Suspense website, and Fan Guest of Honor at Left Coast Crime 2016.
Where: New York
Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.
Welcome! You were recently named Left Coast Crime Fan Guest of Honor for 2016. What kind of shenanigans and hi-jinx can we expect from you in Phoenix this February?
I’m still waiting for the message from the LCC board that this was all a big mistake. But, if they’re too embarrassed to tell me, I’m going to milk it for all it’s worth. Definitely stealing the light rail train that runs in downtown Phoenix, or as I now call it, “Chantelle’s Mystery Train”. And that’s one of the tamer plans. I’ve heard talk of a sedan chair. People tell me I have an issue finding the line between “not boring” and “massive embarrassment”.
As many of you reading this blog already know, I do weekly author interviews every Monday. It’s probably one of my favorite parts of the week—getting to connect with another writer and finding out how they tackle this monster.
So, it’s always fun for me when the tables are turned. Today, Holly West gives me the third degree over at DO SOME DAMAGE.
Also, it’s not too late to win a signed copy of BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION. Just visit my guest blog post over at THE SIRENS OF SUSPENSE and leave a comment for your chance to win! That post is all about why bars and crime/mystery fiction go hand-in-hand.
S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.