Sunday, February 26, 2012


In 2005 (or maybe it was 2006, my memory is a bit murky with dates), I attended my very first mystery writing conference.


And I had an absolutely wonderful time. I was just learning the ropes, and I was in awe of all the successful mystery writers in attendance. I went to a ton of panels and learned a lot about the craft of writing, and about the publishing business, and about how to hang out at the bar like a writer. I met a lot of great writers, both published and unpublished, and began many lasting friendships.

I liked it so much, I returned the following year (2006 or maybe 2007. Did I mention my memory is a bit murky?), met a bunch more great people and honed my technique for hanging out at the bar.

I had another absolutely wonderful time.

That’s why I’m so excited to be returning this year. If you’ll be there, I hope you’ll consider coming to one of my panels:

On Friday, March 2, from 9:00 am to 9:50 am -
The Traditional Mystery: It isn’t gone, it’s evolved.
Panelists: Alan Orloff (that’s me), Toni LP Kelner, Dana Cameron, Joelle Charbonneau. Moderated by Elaine Viets.

On Saturday, March 3, from 11:00 am – 11:50 am -
Get A Job! Finding the right occupation for your sleuth.
Panelists: Jamie Freveletti, Alan Orloff (me again), Donna Andrews, Ellen Crosby, Keith Thomson. Moderated by Sandra Balzo.

If you can’t make it to either of the panels, I’m sure you can find me hanging out—at the pool or at the bar or just riding the elevator. Come up and say hi!


Monday, February 20, 2012


For those of you who have been waiting for a way to get a personalized inscription, by the author, on a Kindle book—your wait is over!

Check out kindlegraph!

All you do is click on the title you’d like “inscribed,” send an email, and wait for the magic to happen (I think).

You don’t even have to own the book to get an inscription.

Here’s my author page. Try it out today!


Monday, February 13, 2012

What’s So Funny?

I’ve blogged before about my stand-up shtick, but here’s a recap of my recent DEADLY CAMPAIGN launch party, in pictures:

Launch 14

Me and my larger-than-life book


Launch 12

Me trying to lead the group in Simon Says


Launch 3

Bookmarks for all!


Launch 10

At least someone thinks my stuff is funny


Launch 5

Standing room only - I guess they heard about the free cake!


Deadly Campaing cake

And speaking of the cake, it was the funniest thing of the afternoon!

(Look closely…)

(This entry is “simul-posted” on InkSpot)


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Zak Thanks You, Too!

The Taste_cover for websiteA big thanks to Jennifer for the very nice review of THE TASTE on her book review blog, Can’t Put It Down.

Click through to read it, and then start following her blog. She’s a definite book lover!