Tentative Schedule

9:30 – 10:00 am: Registration

10:00 – 10:05 am: Welcome


10:05 – 10:50 am -> Panel: There’s a Mystery for Everyone

                              Categories of mysteries include cozies, thrillers, true crime, historical, locked room, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, and police procedural. Within those categories there is a huge variety of books. For example, if you’re a crafter or love cooking or love tea those are just a few of the subjects of cozy mysteries. (Think Murder She Wrote.) If you love to learn a bit of history while reading a good mystery, you want a historical mystery. (Think Anne Perry). Want be kept on the edge of your seat…thrillers will be your cup of tea gin. These authors cover cozy, history and thriller. (Think David Morrell.) Or, some of us love them all

       Moderator:      Robert Walton

       Panelists:        Sheryl C. D. Ickes (Cozies)

                               Rich Kisielewski (Police Procedural/Thriller)

                               Christine Trent (Historical)


10:50 – 11:00 am: Break


11:00 am – 11:45 am -> Panel: Before the Book Part II

                                    Have you ever wondered what authors did before they started writing books? Many of them have had (and still have) very interesting careers. Our 2018 “Before the Book” event was one of the highest rated events of that year. Readers were fascinated and totally entertained by these two authors at that event. They have even more tales that they’ll share with us during this panel.


       Panelists:        R. G. Belsky

                              Tj O’Connor


11:45 am – 12:15 pm: Lunch Break (book signings)


12:15 pm – 1:10 pm: Author Read Dating


                                   A favorite activity at past conferences. You’ll have a chance to meet with each author for a few minutes to hear about their books and ask questions.

1:10 pm - 1:20 pm: Break


1:20 pm – 2:05 pm -> Panel: Researching the Perfect Crime


                                Whether the crime took place in a different century or in today’s world, research plays an important part in the plot. Get a “fact” wrong…and you might just hear from your fans.

        Moderator:      Don Helin

        Panelists:        Bernard Schaffer

                               John Gilstrap

                               Greer Macallister

2:05 pm - 2:15 pm: Break


2:15 pm – 2:50 pm -> Panel: Fiction vs Non-Fiction


                                Which is harder…making up the details for a murder mystery…or reporting on the actual details of a real event?

        Moderator:      Dennis Royer

        Panelists:        Eileen Haavick McIntire (Fiction)

                               David Reichenbaugh (Non-Fiction)