Since The Famous Author will be appearing again this year on several panels, and blogging live on his strange quest, we thought we'd point out that New Jersey's own Crime and Mystery convention, DEADLY INK, will take place June 27 and 28 in Parsippany.
This year, crime writers and fans will honor LINCOLN CHILD, award-winning author of UTOPIA, DEATH MATCH, DEEP STORM, and TERMINAL FREEZE, co-author with Douglas Preston of RELIC, RELIQUARY, CABINET OF CURIOUSITIES, STILL LIFE WITH CROWS, BRIMSTONE, DANCE OF DEATH, BOOK OF THE DEAD, THE WHEEL OF DARKNESS, MOUNT DRAGON, RIPTIDE, THUNDERHEAD, and THE ICE LIMIT, as the Guest of Honor.
Toastmaster is JEFFEREY COHEN, author of AS DOG IS MY WITHNESS, a FAREWELL TO LEGS, FOR WHOM THE MINIVAN ROLLS, IT HAPPENED ONE KNIFE, AND SOME LIKE IT HOT BUTTERED. Jeff has a new one out right now, A NIGHT AT THE OPERATION.
Other authors scheduled to appear include Kate Gallison, Roberta Rogow, Jack Getze, E. J. Rand, Cheryl Solimini, Steve Rigolosi, Robin Hathaway, KB Inglee, Ilene Schneider, Dennis Tafoya, Liz Zelvin, Renee Gardner, Elena Santangelo.
Bennett Books will be running the book room.
We caught TFA in a mellow mood last night. He'd feasted in Asbury Park on pasta and chianti, and agreed to a short interview. He's off tomorrow for the ten-day Writers Retreat Workshop in Erlanger, Kentucky to both work on my fourth adventure, teach a little to the newbies, and learn something from his betters.
"So what's your favorite thing about DEADLY INK?" I asked him.
"Trying to make Jeff Cohen laugh."
"Really? That seems strange."
"You don't know Jeff. He's a very funny guy. You read his books, you know the guy has this incredible sense of humor."
"But it's tough to make him laugh?"
"Damn near impossible. In over a year of trying, I've managed only two smiles. I've not giving up until a get a belly laugh."
TFA says he plans to blog live on his efforts to amuse Jeff at DEADLY INK this year, and may even report a bit on what's going on at New Jersey's biggest and best congregation of homegrown mystery fans and authors.