Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Murder on the Menu

Debby Giusti here!

Mix close to 100 readers with thirteen authors. Add four panel discussions where authors talk about books and writing, lots of time to mix and mingle, a yummy lunch as well as a book signing and what do you get? Murder on the Menu.

Friday, I drove to Montgomery, Alabama, for the annual event that benefits the Library System in nearby Wetumpka. That evening, authors and readers enjoyed a delicious Chinese dinner where the conversation focused on mystery and suspense.
L to R: Susan Hayes, Library Director, Susan's hubby, Debby McCarley,
Friends of the Wetumpka Library Programs Director, and author Sara DuBose.
L to R: Annette Barnes, Fran Holland, President of the Friends of
the Wetumpka Library (FOWL), and Debbie Herbert, FOWL Secretary
L to R: Authors Jennie Bentley, Debby Giusti, Lexi George,
and Laura Hayden
R to L: Keynote speaker and best selling mystery author Dean James,
Neal Lynn and author Vincent O'Neil.
The next morning everyone gathered at the Wetumpka Civic Center. The mayor, along with library director Susan Hayes and event coordinator Tammy Lynn, were there to welcome us.
Debby with Mayor Jerry Willis
I met so many delightful folks who love books and enjoy chatting with authors. Special thanks to Deb Hoyt and Muffin Hand for their gracious hospitality throughout the weekend. I feel like we're old friends.
Everyone had a good time!
Lots of interesting panel discussions.
L to R: Muffin Hand, Deb Hoyt, Lucie Barnes and Beth McGuire
add fun to the day in their movie star attire.
A special thank you to all those involved in hosting the event and to all the wonderful people in Wetumpka.

Happy reading! Happy writing!

Debby Giusti
www.Debby Giusti.com


By Debby Giusti

Trusting the Wrong Person Can Be Deadly...
Lillie Beaumont's dark past has just turned up on her porch--fatally wounded. The dying words of the man imprisoned for killing Lillie's mother suggest hidden secrets. Criminal Investigations Division special agent Dawson Timmons agrees. He has his own motive for seeking the truth, and it gives Lillie every reason to doubt him. But even as they reluctantly begin to face painful secrets together, Dawson fears that a murderer is waiting to strike again. And this time, Lillie is right in the line of fire...


  1. Sounds like a great event. I read Jennie (I love cozy mysteries) and I've read Laura for years. I remember one of her early ones that had a full-figured heroine.
    I love writer events.

  2. Writer events are so fun. I adore meeting other writers. Only another writer can understand the voices in my head.

    People who love to read are simply the best. I'm glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  3. Hi Debbi, I love to read your wonderful suspense stories, glad to see you over here at the Craftie Ladies today. Love all the pics today. Lot of smart savvy women there. You guys really know how to have fun and work too...
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  4. Pam, Jennie is from Norway and has a delightful accent. So fun to get to know her!

    Laura has been a long-time friend.

    I found a new author: David Hill. I bought and am reading his latest release, THE HIDING PLACE. Excellent suspense.

  5. Hi Pat!

    A fun day is always made even more enjoyable when I can talk about books and writing with others! :)

  6. Hi Paula,

    Murder on the Menu was so much fun! Loved getting to know the great folks in Wetumpka!

    Thanks for your kind words about my stories. You've touched my heart.


  7. The event sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing Debby!

  8. Hi Sandra,
    It was wonderful! I felt so honored to be invited to participate!

  9. Hi Debby:

    With all this talk about interesting panel discussions I’d just love to know the topics you covered. What’s hot today?

    CSI techniques?
    Deep POV?
    What’s selling?
    Types of crime?
    Paranormal crime?



  10. Wow that would be so cool as a reader to get to meet and dine with authors.

    I cant wait til May to meet a few authors in America and in Spokane WA meet a few authors and readers.

    On the wrist front its sprained and slowly improving and today I get to see the Occupational Therapist today to get help at last.

  11. Hi Vince,

    Here are the panel topics:

    The Life of a Writer: Balancing home, work and the need to write.

    Location, Location, Location: How settings enhance the story.

    Which Came First? The Body or the Killer? Building a mystery.

    I Don't Know These People! Building a great character from scratch...or not!

    Remember mystery was the main focus with some suspense writers added to the mix. I was privileged to be included.

  12. I thought I had replied but as I lost my modem and have mobile its very hit and miss.

    I would love to go to one of these events it would be so cool.

    Cant wait til May when I get to meet some authors.

    On the wrist front saw the OT today and we have ordered a new brace and it could be a few months before its healed. If I am still having issues I may need an MRI and then surgury which could take quite awhile so we are praying its going to heal on its own.

  13. My dh and I just drove through Montgomery early in January on our way to and from FL. I love Alabama!

  14. I'm praying for your wrist to heal without surgery, Jennie!

  15. HI Lyn,
    Montgomery is a great town. Just the right size with wonderful folks who are so warm and welcoming!

    Although, today GA and AL have storms and tornadoes. Praying for everyone's safety!

  16. I'm a day behind in seeing this post, Debby, but it looks like a FUN weekend! Thanks for sharing all those photos too.
    Hugs, Patti Jo :)

  17. Hi Debby:

    Thanks for the topics. I would have liked this event.

    I am also very much into mystery books.

    This discussion:

    “I Don't Know These People! Building a great character from scratch...or not!”

    makes me think of a class I just had which went into how P.D. James changed mystery writing by knowing about and giving full dimension to every character.

    Also, I think you fit well with mystery writers.



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