New York Times Bestselling Author


January 31, 2019, 1-3 pm
Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning
Santa Fe, NM

On Thursday, Jan. 31, I’ll give a talk from 1-3 pm about Thomas De Quincey, the real-life fascinating main character of my Victorian mysteries: MURDER AS A FINE ART, INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD, and RULER OF THE NIGHT. De Quincey invented the concept of the subconscious a half century before Freud. He stalked Wordsworth. He inspired Edgar Allan Poe, who in turn inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes. Mass murderers fascinated De Quincey and became the subject of one of his famous essays, “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts,” in which he invented the true-crime genre by recreating the first publicized mass murders in English history: the Ratcliffe Highly murders of 1811. I’ll use slides to discuss my long literary journey with De Quincey and his murderous obsession. My talk will occur in the public meeting space at St. John’s Church on Old Pecos Trail at the corner of Cordova in Santa Fe, NM.

April 27, 2019, 11 a.m.
New Mexico Press Women’s conference
Albuquerque, NM

On Saturday, April 27, I’ll be on a panel at the New Mexico Press Women’s conference at the Canyon Club in the Four Hills Section of Albuquerque. The topic is Western Movies. I’ll have handouts about Gene Autry and Glenn Ford. 11 a.m.


Western Writers of America conference
Tucson, AZ

I plan to attend the WWA conference in Tucson. Might be in a stage play. Details soon.


July 9-13
ThrillerFest, NYC

I normally attend this exciting conference for authors and readers of thrillers. It will occur, as usual, at the Grand Hyatt in NYC, This year’s Thriller Master is John Sandford.  The special guests include the great Stephen Hunter and publisher Margaret Marbury, who coincidentally was one of my students when I taught at the University of Iowa.


August 22-25, 2019
Killer Nashville

For years, I’ve been hearing great things about the Killer Nashville readers/writers conference for mysteries and thrillers (in Nashville, TN). I thought it was time I went there. It’s too soon for specifics, but I’ll probably give a 3-hour talk about how to write a novel and another talk about how to write comic books (with examples from my Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine comic books).

Oct. 31-Nov 2, 2019
Dallas, TX

Bouchercon is the world’s largest conference for readers and authors of crime fiction, which includes mysteries and thrillers. I registered to attend. It’s too soon to know my schedule, but I look forward to being there. Bourchercon gave me its Lifetime Achievement Award a few years ago. The conference fills early. To register, go to

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