Bouchercon Nashville!

See you in Nashville! We’re organizing a trip to Skull’s Rainbow room. Contact us if you want to meet up!

ThrillerFest 2024

Left Coast Crime 2024:
Seattle Shakedown

Visit us at the panel “The Politics of Character” on Friday, 2:45 PM for a great conversation about politics and crime fiction!

Moderator: David Corbett
Panelists: Mysti Berry (me!), John Copenhaver, GP Gottlieb, and Terry Shames

Bouchercon Nominee!

Low Down Dirty Vote Volume 3: The Color of My Vote has been nominated for an Anthony Award 2023 for Best Anthology!

I’m also thrilled to report that two stories from LDDV 3 have won nominations and accolades of their own:

  • Gabriel Valjan‘s story “C.O.D.” has been nominated for a Best Short Story Anthony 2023. You can read his story in this PDF.
  • Faye Snowden’s story “The Obsession of Abel Tangier” has been accepted into Best American Mystery and Suspense 2023, edited by Lisa Unger and Steph Cha.


Thrillerfest is once again at the Sheraton New York Times Square May 30-June 3, 2023

Saturday 8:00 AM in Gramercy: Onsite, Online, or On the Job: Researching Your Novel moderated by Michael Bradley. Fellow panelists: Melissa Larsen, Brian Nelson, Polly Stewart, and Tony Wirt.

Left Coast Crime 2023 panels

So excited to be on two panels this year!

So excited to be spilling the tea with Sarah, Elizabeth, and Holly!
Can’t wait to hear more from Dianne Freeman, Rob Osler, Michael Sears, and Marty Wingate about secondary characters in crime fiction!

Bouchercon 2022 panel

Woohoo! Off to Minneapolis for the 2022 Bouchercon celebration. Catch me on Saturday for a social media panel! I’m moderating the fabulous Manju Soni, Michelle Cox, Chris Norbury, Jenn Vance, and Jamie Mason. Should be a lot of fun!

Reading of my short story Brewery Gulch

The best pet sitters in San Francisco, Dani’s Barks and Rec, are owned by neighbors of ours. Keith Churchill, Manager of B&R, reads to his family fairly often, and he recently selected my short story, Brewery Gulch, for a reading.

Keith Churchill reading “Brewery Gulch”

PW Booklife interview

PSWA Conference 2022

The gang at Public Safety Writers did it again, another intimate, fun conference for public safety writers and people who write about them. I moderated a social media panel and won $140 in Orleans slots!

Conference photos

Reading with Yuvi Zalkow in San Francisco!

I haven’t read live in San Francisco since a LitCrawl way back in the oughts, so it was my pleasure to read alongside Yuvi Zalko on July 13, 2022 to celebrate his literary fiction novel I Only Cry With Emoticons. We talked about a lot of writerly stuff and had a lot of fun at Green Apple, whose staff are the best in the business!

ThrillerFest 2022

Join me and Brian Andrews, Reed Bunzel, Al Pessin, and Brad Taylor along with Panel Master Nina Sadowsky as we talk all about pacing in Sauntering, Sprinting, or Skydiving Friday, June 3, at 2:40 PM.

ITW Panel Schedule

Launch Party for LOW DOWN DIRTY VOTE Volume 3

You can see the whole party here:

Left Coast Crime 2022

See you in Albuquerque at Left Coast Crime–for reals this time!!!!!!

Looking forward to Left Coast Crime in Albuquerque, New Mexico April 7-10, 2022.

I can’t WAIT to see my writer peeps!!!!!!

Also I’m on a panel: “Celebrating the Short Story” with Craig Faustus Buck, Amy Drayer, James D.F. Hannah, and Robert Lopresti, ably moderated by Conda V Douglas.

Malice in Memphis February 13, 2021

I’ll be chatting with Malice In Memphis chapter of Sisters in Crime about how I publish my charity anthology Low Down Dirty Vote. I’ll start with my favorite part of the process (reading other writers’ stories) and end with how no one should ever ask any writer to work for free.

Register for Bouchercon before October 4:

National Voter Registration Day

We celebrated September 22, 2020, National Voter Registration Day, with a give-away and interviews and readings. Check it out here:

Left Coast Crime 2020: Murder is a Beach
March 12-15, Marriott Mission Valley, San Diego, California

Panel: Feminism, #MeToo, and all those “Girl” books: The contradiction of women’s roles in crime fiction
Halley Sutton (M), Mysti Berry, Elizabeth Little, Alexandra Sokoloff, Kelli Stanley

We were the last panel of the conference. Cancelled after the first day! It was my pleasure to be on the panel with Erica Ruth Neubauer, though I sorely missed chatting with Ms. Little, Ms. Sokoloff, and Ms. Stanley! Ms. Neubauer’s new book is winging its way to me right now.

CANCELLED The Edgar Awards
April 30, 2020 Grand Hyatt, NYC

CANCELLED BoucherCon 2020: Murder is a Capitol Crime
October 15-18, Hyatt Regency and Sheraton, Sacramento

Favorite Past Appearances

Mysti at Bloody Scotland
I was the intro act for Ashley Jensen and M. C. Beaton at 2018 Bloody Scotland crime fiction festival. Such an honor, and I learned so much!
That time I opened for Walter Mosley (Bay Area Book Festival 2016)

2010-now: Panels and presentations at PSWA, BoucherCon, Left Coast Crime, and assorted technical writing conferences.

LitQuake 2006: LitCrawl Reading at The Elbo Room: The Schoolbooks
I remember having to shout to be heard–no pictures, no blackmail.