The Mystery Writers of America, of which I am a card-carrying member, are convening a thing they call MWA University today at the W Hotel in Seattle. I’ll be there at 8 AM, coffeed up and ready to learn from the masters and mistresses of the art.
All the arcana of the mystery tale will be on the docket: plot, settings, characters, as well as some ineffables like, “Where do you find the time?” and “How do you catch all those typos?”
The faculty includes Daniel J. Hale, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Brian Thornton, Reed Farrel Coleman, Kat Richardson, and Jess Lourey, who are all notorious mystery writers, with more awards and bestsellers between them than any group of speakers gathered for the purpose in a long time.
This comes at the perfect moment; a review of the How-To of the Who-Dunnit just as I’m about to put the final coat of polish on my new medical thriller, The Neah Virus.