Monday, September 29, 2014

Charles & Caroline Todd Remember Their First Bcon

CHARLES:  I remember my first Bouchercon clearly.  We’d just published our very first Rutledge, A TEST OF WILLS, and it was up for an Anthony for Best First.  I was the new kid on the block in Monterrey, excited and amazed to find myself elbow to elbow with authors whose names were already legends. Many of these authors have become close friends. But what was really impressive was the warm welcome I was given by the mystery community.  We didn’t win, but it didn’t matter.  We were accepted by fans and writers alike.  Bouchercon is big, but it isn’t overwhelming, and I guess I got hooked by that feeling of community. That’s why I’ve been to so many more since then.

CAROLINE:  I didn’t make it to Monterrey with Charles, but I’ve been to many Bouchercons since then.  And Charles is right, there’s a strong sense of community among mystery fans and mystery authors. Each year you enjoy different programs, different cities, but all those familiar faces make it a homecoming.  I planned one of the panel arcs in Las Vegas, and I found out just how hard the committees work to get the best combinations of talent possible. Ever since then, I’ve had a great respect for what goes on behind the scenes!  Which is my favorite Bouchercon? Each one has had so much to offer that I can’t possibly decide. But interviewing Anne Perry in Albany last year was an absolutely marvelous experience!


  1. Charles, Monterey was my first Bouchercon also. My wife, Cindy, and I were there for ten minutes and found ourselves stuffing the book bags for the attendees. It really is a community.

  2. It was my first Bouchercon, too! I made so many great friends that first year. The mystery community is the best!

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