Yes, I know that yesterday I said that I’d post my Romantic Times schedule “later today.” I, of course, meant a Mercury-length day.
Anyway, here’s where to find me this week:
WEDNESDAY: 11:15 - 12:15
MYSTERY: BAD GUYS WE LOVE TO HATE
What makes a villain compelling rather than cartoonish? How do writers create their bad guys, and what do readers love and hate about them? Join these bestselling authors to see how to make a bad guy come to life … BYO fava beans and chianti, as you never know who might be served for dinner.
Captain: CJ Lyons Panelists: Brett Battles, Juliet Blackwell, Diana Rowland
WEDNESDAY: 5:00PM - 6:00PM
PARANORMAL: INFUSING PARANORMALS WITH A CAST OF UNIQUE CHARACTERS
From antiheroes to kick-ass heroines, bestselling authors will discuss why their characters’ quirks not only make them unique, but irresistibly intriguing.
Captain: Patrice Michelle Panelists: Ann Aguirre, Stacia Kane, Cheyenne McCray, Diana Rowland
THURSDAY: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
THE MYSTERY CHIX AND PRIVATE DIX
It’s no mystery why this Mystery Mixer is a perennial fav at RT! Join us for free food, free books and other goodies, as well as the chance to meet your favorite mystery writers. Over a dozen mystery and suspense writers will unveil their latest creations and give readers a sneak peak into future whodunnits.
Hosted by: Lori Armstrong, Brett Battles, Juliet Blackwell, Robert Gregory Browne, Toni McGee Causey, Carole Nelson Douglas, Harley Jane Kozak, Julie Kramer, Sophie Littlefield, CJ Lyons, Rick Mofina, Brad Parks, Diana Rowland, Hank Phillippi Ryan
FRIDAY: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CRAFT: WHY BAD CAN BE SO GOOD: HOW TO WRITE DELICIOUSLY EVIL VILLAINS
The hero may always win but the villain has more fun. Villains get to break the rules. They don’t have to play nice. Lying, blackmail, kidnapping, torture, murder, illicit sex … a villain forces your hero into the dark places we’re supposed to shun, and readers can’t wait to go along for the ride. We’ll discuss our favorite bad guys and girls, and the motivations for their amoral behavior. Learn how to give readers what they want, a wicked guilty pleasure.
Panelists: Mario Acevedo, Juliet Blackwell aka Hailey Lind, Mark Henry, Diana Rowland, Jeanne C. Stein
I’ll also be at the Book Fair on Saturday. Otherwise, look in the bar!