KILLER NASHVILLE 2014
Dr. D.P. Lyle is a cardiologist and a forensics expert. Forensics for Dummies is one of his many nonfiction books, and he's written several novels. He said he's willing to answer forensics questions emailed to him by mystery writers, a statement confirmed by my author friend, Janet Martinez (author of Drop Dead Killers), who has asked him several.
Authors come up with some very creative ways of promoting their books at these conferences! On the right is Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D., standing next to a cave diver dummy representation of the murder victim in his mystery novel Limestone Gumption.
Dr. Robinson is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed professional counselor, and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has authored thirty nonfiction books. Limestone Gumption, his first novel, won the 2014 Beverly Hills International Book Award for Best Mystery.
Jessie Bishop Powell is a Montgomery, Alabama, writer, but grew up in southwestern Ohio and attended the University of Kentucky. She promoted her new book The Marriage at the Rue Morgue by hiding a few stuffed orangutans under chairs in several conference rooms. Attached to each was a picture of the author and book cover, along with the promise of a copy of the book to anyone who found the orangutan and returned it to Jessie. I was lucky enough to find one, and with the help of another conference attendee and aspiring author, Brandon Jett from Kettering, Ohio, found Jessie.
Killer Nashville was held in the Omni Nashville Hotel on 5th Avenue in downtown Nashville. The place is huge! I lost count of how many times I hiked that carpet shown in the picture to get from one presentation room to another! So not only did I have a great time meeting other writers and learning a lot of new things, I also got a helluva workout! Glad I wore sensible shoes and not heels like some poor women I saw!