Back from Left Coast Crime!

The blog was more silent than usual last week; I was finishing up a project and out of town for the Left Coast Crime conference – a fantastic West Coast mystery convention, organized by volunteers, that takes place in a different location every year. This year’s conference, “Honolulu Havoc” — took place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort in Waikiki (O’ahu, Hawaii) Later that morning, I spoke on the Historical Mystery panel with Rebecca Cantrell, Ovidia Yu, Ann Parker, and fantastic moderator Noel Hynd: Later in the weekend, I moderated a panel on Religion in Crime Fiction, attended even more

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Off to Japan . . . Almost!

Later this week – Wednesday before dawn, to be exact – I’m heading off to Japan! Due to my travel plans, I won’t be posting reliably here at the blog until my return on November 14. However, I do plan to hop in periodically and share a few photos and highlights of the trip, so please check in – and I’ll return to my usual blogging schedule on November 15! (Also: don’t worry about the seahorses and other residents of my reef. My husband is staying home this trip, so he’ll be here to take care of the house, the cats,

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Preparing for Japan – and a Ninja’s Daughter Signing!

A little less than a month from today, I return to Japan! I’m heading over to teach at the Japan Writers’ Conference (held at Tokushima University, October 28-29, 2016 – registration and attendance information here) and then for seventeen days of research on the next few Hiro Hattori novels. Sadly, I won’t get back to Hiroshima Prefecture, so I won’t be able to enjoy Itsukushima’s Great Torii:

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