And I’ll be on a panel! My first one, and I’m very excited.
In case you’re wondering what Bouchercon is, it’s a huge conference for fans and writers of crime fiction. You can learn more about it here.
The panel I’ll be on, 4pm on the 13th, is called “Noir Comes in Many Flavors“. The other participants, Moderators Chantelle Aimee Osman and Craig Foustus, along with panelists Steph Cha, Chris Holm, and Fuminori Nakamura, are
either incredible mystery/thriller writers or editors, and you would be doing yourself a favor to check them out.
Here’s the photographic proof:
Hope to see you there! If you miss the panel, then at least look for me in the bar.
Sorry for the lag in posts. I’ve just started writing a new book, a book which I believe will really rock. I’ve also been getting over the few readings I did, and then I got sick.
Anyway, here I am.
The Berkeley reading at Books Inc. was completely awesome. The crew there really took of me, and they had some great, GREAT signage up. Check it out:
Walking up to the store and seeing that was a wonderful way to start the evening. Here’s a sample of the crowd that showed up to support Mallen:
It was also the hottest day of the year to that date. Just roasting.
A week later, I went to the San Francisco Books Inc. Marina store. Again, another great crew. AND to top it off, I finally got to meet some of the authors from an online book group I’m in. Meeting (L-R) Sere Prince Halverson, Anne Barnhill, and Amy Franklin-Willis was so much fun. To connect with people in person that you’ve only interacted with online is always a blast. And where at the Berkeley reading it was the hottest day of the year, a week later it was cold and drizzling in the city.
Great storytellers, and great people.
Here’s one of me looking like a priest reading from the Bible:
Good times. Honestly, I enjoy doing readings, however, I must admit to really stressing out in the days leading up to the event. And another good sign of how things are going is that both events were well-attended. Everyone is telling me that Critical Damage is better than Untold Damage, and that’s what you want as an author: to be getting better and better with each book.
(I also love how I always seem to be reading about violence, death, and sexual depravity in front of the children’s book section.)
See ya soon. Next up: the cover reveal of the 3rd Mallen book!
(UPDATED 1/30/14 WITH ANOTHER READING! SEE #3) The 2nd Mark Mallen book, Critical Damage arrives in less than three months. April 8th. Can you believe it? Where does the time go? Not only did I make some business cards (see above), I’ve already scheduled a couple events I’d like to invite you to (if you’re in the bay area when they happen):
1. The Critical Damage launch party will be held at Diesel Books in Oakland on Thursday, April 10th @ 7pm. There will be some food things to nibble on and of course wine, beer, and maybe even Johnny Walker Black. (How could I have a Mallen party and NOT supply Scotch?) My thanks goes out to the Diesel Books event coordinator, Cheryl Ryan. She did a great job working with me to get this set up.
2. I will be giving a reading at Books Inc. Berkeley, on Wednesday, April 30th @ 7pm. Special thanks goes out to Anna Fonte, the Berkeley Books Inc. events coordinator. Such a warm and welcoming, helpful person.
3. I’m not also giving a reading at Books Inc. S.F. Marina, on Thursday, May 8th @ 7pm. Special thanks goes out to Amylia Pounds, the Chestnut Street Books Inc. event coordinator. She rocked at helping to get this set up.
And support your local independent book store, people! It would be a very sad, gray world without independent bookstores!
That’s all the news that’s fit to print right now. I’ll be having two or three contests/giveaways, so stay tuned. You need a Mark Mallen bowling shirt, yeah?