Every year, for years, I spend one July week in New York. To join all of the other tourists in the sweltering heat and crowds? Hardly! I’m not from the NY travel bureau.  To catch up on the latest Broadway shows and the incredible restaurants? Well, maybe one or two–of each. But, truth be told, I barely leave my air conditioned hotel. So, what then would explain my annual sojourn?

In a word, or three, to attend THRILLERFEST, clearly the best weeklong conference for thriller writers, the professionals who represent them, and the fans who love to read and meet them. I go to renew and make new acquaintances and friendships, to learn new tricks of the trade, and to say hello to those who are kind enough to read what I write.

I’m so smitten with this event and the great people who organize and frequent it that I even wrote a “whodunit” murder mystery based on it,  Payback published this past March!

World events have caused the real world weekly event to be cancelled this year. That’s a bummer, but there are some rays of sun shining through the clouds!This year, ThrillerFest will persist virtually. You can attend without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home. (Those who want can still responsibly go out for a walk around the block before logging in.)

This is truly a chance to turn lemons (the cancellation of the live event) into lemonade (the chance to still see it all, and at a tiny fraction of the normal cost), to see how your favorite authors do it and to see if perhaps you might just have a novel in you!

I’ll be there. I hope you will too.

How can you register, you ask? (You did ask, right?) You can do it right here (and not in the pretty graphic below, that’s just for show, including demonstrating my complete lack of ability to make that pretty red Register Now! button a live link. ☹)

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