I had the great pleasure of attending a mystery writer’s conference sponsored by the Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop < https://www.mysterybooksonline.com/ >
Murder As You Like It is a one-day conference for mystery readers/fans. It’s a chance to rub elbows with your favorite authors and to meet new authors. Authors will talk about writing their novels and you’ll have a chance to ask questions.
Held at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg, the conference was broken down into three main sessions with authors Philippa (Pip) Ballantine and Tee Morris (husband and wife duo) serving as the luncheon keynote speakers. (Victorian era steampunk mystery series)
Session 1: how authors manipulate their characters to get the story they want.
Session 2: “speed dating” with authors (round robin Q & A with authors serving on both session 1 and 3 panels.)
Session 3: writing mystery series vs. stand-alone mysteries
Featured authors: Barbara Early/Beverly Allen, Don Helin, Nancy Hughes, Eleanor Kuhns, Jane Kelly, Greer Macallister, Dennis Royer and Randall Silvis.
VERDICT? The conference was engaging and entertaining and packed full of great information for new authors, seasoned authors and mystery readers alike. I would DEFINITELY recommend this conference to others and plan on attending any future murder mystery events.