Guest Blogger: Cara Black

Book Passage adIn this short Q&A, bestselling novelist Cara Black discusses why she enjoys participating in Book Passage’s Mystery Writers Conference, which will be held from July 24-27, 2014 in Corte Madera, CA. She is the author of the Aimée Leduc mysteries set in Paris. Her latest book is Murder in Pigalle. “If the cobblestones could speak they might tell a tale as haunting as the one Black spins,” notes the New York Times. She is a member of the Marais Societe Historique, received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris, bestowed on those supporting French culture. Black is a San Francisco Library Laureate, and her books have been Washington Post Notable Picks, IndieNext Picks and shortlisted for the Northern California Independent Bookseller Best Novel award.

What is the most rewarding part of teaching at the conference?

The camaraderie of the students, how heart pumping enthusiastic they are, hanging with fellow writers, the support of the BP staff, the killer lunches…whats not to love? Seriously, being an alumnae (sp) of the first two Mystery Conferences years ago, I feel grateful and honored to be able to give back in some small way for everything I’ve learned. Here are some of the golden moments I cherish –  when a excited student bursts out – ‘Since last year I’ve finished my book, found an agent, signed a contract etc.’ and they happen every year at the Conference.

What advice do you wish you received when you were a new author?

Set your story in a place where you might be ‘living’ for awhile – especially if you’re writing a series. ie Florence, Cancun.

What do you hope aspiring writers will get out of this conference? 

Confidence and a fresh way to look at their work, gained with tools and techniques from the Conference. Also ideas to experiment with their story and write what they’re passionate about.

About the 21st Annual Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference
The Mystery Writers Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get publish
ed. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work. We’re proud of the successful mystery writers who began their careers at this conference. More information:

BLACK caraAbout Cara Black
Cara Black lives in San Francisco with her husband (a bookseller) and son. She’s a San Francisco Library Laureate, President of the Northern California Mystery Writers of America and member of the Marais historic society in Paris. Her award nominated Aimée Leduc Investigations are set in different districts of Paris. Murder In Pigalle, the fourteenth Aimée Leduc mystery, is a thrilling follow-up to her 2013 New York Times bestseller, Murder Below Montparnasse.

Download the FREE ebook Aimée Leduc Companion, which will bring you up to speed on previous books in the series. Tour the arrondissements of Paris with interactive maps that show places featured in the series, as well as Cara’s favorite cafes, bistros, and shops in Paris, and various other nooks and crannies of the City of Lights.  Amazon | | iTunes | Scribd

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