Mystery writers are a strange breed. Agatha Christie had imaginary friends well into adulthood, Stephen King killed off his alter-ego Richard Bachman with cancer of the pseudonym, and Patricia Cornwell reportedly had an unhealthy obsession with unmasking the identity of Jack the Ripper.
Learn what makes modern-day mystery authors tick at the 2011 Poisoned Pen Conference at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. The three-day event includes a roundtable discussion of classic British and historical mysteries, writers' workshops, a Saturday night pajama party featuring author readings, and signings with noted authors including Juliet Blackwell, Marcia Clark, April Smith, and Peter Lovesey.
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Why are mystery stories so appealing to readers? People love the journey from the rent in societal fabric to the resolution, says Poisoned Pen owner Barbara Peters. And in a mystery series, people get attached to the characters -- both lead and ensemble cast -- in the same way that viewers get absorbed in soaps or film franchises. Which, when you think about it, isnt so different from Christie and her imaginary pals.
June 24-26, 2011