It was a terrific discussion with Steve of his work, his writer's journey, his publishing and life experiences, his upcoming plans for more books. In addition to being a great mystery novelist, he also has a race car company and a brand-new real estate license. He served as New England Chapter President of the Mystery Writers of America, and is a member of Sisters In Crime (Steve and I are both part of that great organization).
This was great prep for Steve, who will soon be interviewed by investigative journalist and mystery writing superstar Hank Phillipi Ryan, who's also appeared at the library.
Then he'll be at the annual Crime Bake mystery conference again, which fans in New England can't wait for. And I'm quite happy about being on the Ask the Experts panel there, signing copies of my books and taking part in the launch of the new Level Best Anthology, Red Dawn: Best New England Crime Stories, which has a story of mine in it.
Steve had a solid crowd of mostly-new fans, and was pleasantly surprised that so many had devoured the books and could discuss the plot points and character motivations in depth. Always gratifying to a writer to see people who seriously absorb the good writing.
After the talk, Steve met with folks to sign autographed copies.
Well, yeah, I'd already read this one, but I did have to get a copy of his latest...