And now, something completely different: Murder and Mayhem, or, learning while in bed during the apocalypse

Murder & Mayhem is an annual Chicago conference featuring Chicago’s top mystery writers. The 2020 conference was, obviously, cancelled—and the organizers moved at lightening speed to put it all online.

So I spent my Saturday in a slightly elevated position in bed nursing my psychosomatic (probably not Covid19) sore throat learning from Chicago murder mystery authors, and now I have such a fabulous new-to-me reading list.

The conference hit more than 900 online attendees at 1 pm MST!

Criticism: I’m just hyper-aware of this because of what went down with RWA, but, wow, until Angie Kim came on in the last session, it was an all-white conference.

Our stats in publishing are pretty bad, and I know this kind of homogeneity does not happen by conference designers’ design… but when it’s the default mode of unexamined decisions, that’s as damaging, in the results, as planned exclusion.

Anyway—I learned a lot! And my throat hurts less, and tomorrow I plan to leave the deathbed and perhaps interact with the children. Maybe THINK about writing.

I am very, very grateful the organizers.

For more information about Murder & Mayhem:

And if you’re looking for CUPID IN MONTE CARLO…








About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes the non-fiction collection of essays ROUGH DRAFT CONFESSIONS: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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  1. Pingback: On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle: cozy mystery for romance lovers #minibookreview | m jane colette

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