Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to meet a ton of well known authors. I decided to “name drop” and put the list here. I met the vast majority of these authors at book signings at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore (an independent mystery book store) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Others were attending conferences or seminars.
After each name I added a bit of info about their writing, the name of a book current at the time or character names. Hang on, here we gooooo …
Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder, Bernie Rodenbarr, Vic Tanner); James Lee Burke (Dave Robicheaux); Laura Parker Castoro (“A New Lu”); Lee Child (“The Killing Floor”); Michael Connolly (Harry Bosch); Clive Cussler (“Raise the Titanic”); Jeanne Dams (American writing British cozies); Jeffery Deaver (“The Bone Collector”); Janet Evanovich (number series, “Seven Up”); Vince Flynn (“Memorial Day”); G. M. (Jerry) Ford (“Who the Hell is Wanda Fucha?” – Leo Watterman-4 homeless alcoholics); Sue Grafton (alphabet mystery series, Kinsey Milhone); L C Hayden (Aimee Brant and Harry Bronson mystery series); Dame PD James; Laurie R. King (“Beekeepers Apprentice,” Sherlock Holmes is the apprentice); Steve Hamilton (“Ice Season”); Charlaine Harris (several series and TV “True Blood”); Tony Hillerman (SW, Navaho lawmen, Joe Leaphorn & Jim Chee); Mary Lynn (mss prep and style, The Writer contributor); Dennis Lehane (“A Drink Before the War”); Gayle Lynds (“The Last Spymaster”); Val McDermid (“Mermaids Singing,” 2 other series); Michael McGarrity (SW series, “Tularosa”); David Morrell (Rambo, “First Blood”); Sylvia Nobel (Kendall O’Dell mystery series); Carol O’Connell (“Mallories Oracle”); Thomas Perry (Indian woman who helps people disappear, “Dance of the Dead”)
One of these days, I will become an overnight success like these folks.