Thursday, February 9, 2012

Weekend Fun with Mystery/Suspense Writers and Readers

Debby (L) with Murder in the Magic City
Chairman Margaret Fenton (R)
Debby Giusti here!

I spent last weekend in Alabama with a group of mystery and suspense writers.  We were the guest authors at Mystery in the Magic City on Saturday and at Murder on the Menu on Sunday.

Saturday's event was held in Birmingham and hosted by the local Sisters in Crime Chapter.  Margaret Fenton was the overall coordinator and organized the activities on Saturday.  She's a delightful gal who made everything look so easy.  Margaret greeted us at the hotel on Friday night with snacks and sodas, arranged for our transportation and had a delicious meal catered for us after Murder in the Magic City.

We spent Saturday with about 100 readers who came to hear the various panel discussions, enjoy a yummy lunch and buy books at the signing, following the talks.  Everyone was so warm and welcoming, and I felt right at home.
At the book signing following Saturday's event.
Sunday, we traveled to Wetumpka, Alabama, near Montgomery, for Murder on the Menu.  Tammy Lynn was the go-to gal and bookseller for the day.  More than 130 readers enjoyed a lovely luncheon, and the proceeds benefited the Wetumpka Library.  The authors ate early and then rotated tables during the actual luncheon and chatted with the folks attending the event.  
The authors had lunch with the Mayor of Wetumpka
and the Chief of Police and Deputy Chief prior to Murder on the Menu.
Both days allowed me to meet wonderful Alabamans and see more of that beautiful state.  I also enjoyed getting to know the other authors.  As you can guess, we spent most of our free time talking about writing.
Some of the wonderful folks I got to meet at
Murder on the Menu.
Thanks, Margaret and Tammy and all those who worked with them, for making the weekend so much fun.

What reader events have you attended?  Did you have fun?  What was the best part?

Wishing you abundant blessings!
Debby Giusti


  1. Debby, this sounds like a wonderful event. I'm so glad you were able to attend.

  2. Ooh, I love the title Murder on the Menu :) I've never gone to a readers' event as a reader, but I have a couple I'm speaking at on Valentine's Day...given the day, I think they'd rather I talk about the romance side than the suspense. LOL

  3. Hi Merrillee,
    Any reader events in your area of the country?

  4. Sandra, where will you be speaking?

    FEB 14th will be a great day to talk about romance!

  5. Hi Eva!

    Both events were delightful. I felt honored to be included in the lineup of authors.

  6. What a fun time, Debbie! And to support a library too. Love it.

  7. Hi Linda!

    Yes, the money for Sunday's event went to the Wetumpka Library. Susan runs the place, and she's delightful. So is her hubby who was helping out.

    Also they have a great mayor and chief of police--a woman--and deputy chief.

    They told us a meteor hit that area 85,000 years ago and leveled four miles of terrain!


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