Thursday, November 08, 2007

Literary Men of Mystery

Last Saturday, I participated in Men of Mystery, a whole day event in Orange County. There were roughly 50 authors there. 500 people attended to have lunch and interact with authors working in the Mystery, Crime, Thriller genre. My second novel "Talking to the Moon" was about the aftermath of a hate crime. This was enough to warrant an invitation to this amazing day. (Well, support from masters of the genre like James Ellroy, Eddie Muller, and Naomi Hirahara didn't hurt either)

I didn't know what to expect, but I had never been so "on" at a literary event. From the moment I got there (8:30am) till I left (4:30pm) I was constantly interacting with people. There was a bit of of a please-buy-my-book-please-please-please feel to the event. I have to say that these mystery writers are a different brood from those working in literary fiction. First of all, the mystery writers are the most outgoing bunch of people you'll ever wanna meet. It seems that this genre is just as much personality as it is writing. And second, they all seemed to have a great sense of humor. Unlike sullen literary writers that I know, these guys were having a good ole time. And I got caught up in it.

New York Times Bestselling writer Vince Flynn (pictured) gave a talk. He discussed how he self-published his first book, hand sold it until it became number one in the twin cities. From there, he's been flying ever since. Thus far, both presidents Clinton and Dubya Bush have read his work and are apparently quite impressed with his attention to detail--perhaps too much detail on how America spies on others.
What made me laugh was that Flynn talked about "The Secret." He is not the type the person who believes that good things will happen just becuase he thinks it. Indeed, he usually thinks the worst things will happen and hopes that it won't. Here's to negative thinking and hoping for the best--uh, which sounds closer to the way I think.


Liz said...

That difference in personality is really interesting.

I also tend to think of the worst, but I justify it by saying that if I think of the worst, I won't be surprised when it happens. But, the truth is that the worst is always a surprise. I can never quite imagine what turns out to be the ultimate doomsday scenarios.

Cheryl said...

I think I like these party-loving, doom-minded mystery writers. We introverted, wistfully hope-minded literary writers can learn a thing or two.

Don Cummings said...

I LOVE negative thinking! As long as it isn't compulsive. It's so refreshing. "Yeah, you and me, we're going to die one day." Might sound negative, but it's so true and so fun!
Rock on, Noel, in Crime and Mystery land. Sounds like a blast.