Thrillerfest 2012 will remain in my memory one of the best experiences I’ve had, not only in terms of the people I met, such as Sandra Brown, Lee Child, David Morrell, Steve Berry, Douglas Preston, Catherine Coulter, Ted Dekker, and countless others, but because of the camaraderie we all shared as aviaries of a like plume. Of course, there were the fan boy moments where I found myself in awe of meeting several #1 NY Times bestselling authors who agreed to interviews on my internet radio show DIAGLOGUE: Between the Lines, but some of best memories were spending time with facebook friends whom I met for the first time in person, such as Aaron Patterson, Vincent Zandri, CJ Lyons, J.E. Fishman, Jeff Ayers, Alan Jacobson, and an whole entourage of their friends as well.
Thrillerfest is sponsored and organized by The International Thriller Writers organization, and exists to bring writers in this genre together as well as nurture both aspiring and debut authors. The awards dinners and debut author dinners were inspiring as well as lavish. And guess what the party favors were? That’s right, books! I was fortunate enough to snag an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Justin Cronin’s sequel to “The Passage” entitled “The Twelve,” which will go on sale on October 16th, 2012!
I love New York, not only because I grew up there, but because of its energy, creative vibe, and overall coolness. The people I met in the service industry (taxi, hotel, airport) were all very friendly and helpful. The entire experience felt like I was being pampered (what with the free upgrade in hotel room because the original room had been given away before I checked in, the complimentary breakfasts and free beverages, and the newly renovated grounds), and it didn’t hurt a bit that we got to stay at the Grand Hyatt, NY, which is right above Grand Central Station, a historic icon in itself.
If you’re a writer, or a fan of thrillers and suspense, I highly recommend Thrillerfest. There were great panel discussions, mass book signings, and opportunities to meet your favorite authors in real life. Check it out!
Here are some of the NY Times Bestselling Authors I talked to: