Thursday, August 21, 2014

Deadly Deeds Underway at Killer Nashville Downtown

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM


Typically when you put several hundred people in a confined space with murder on their minds, you get … the hell outta there as fast as you can. But organizer Clay Stafford has turned Killer Nashville, Music City’s annual conference for the writing, researching and publishing of crime fiction, into a veritable Grand Ole Opry of literary skulduggery.

Following in the bloody footsteps of previous visitors such as Peter Straub and C.J. Box, this year’s guests of honor have made their killings on the bestseller list: William Kent Krueger, creator of the Cork O’Connor mystery series, who published the stand-alone novel Ordinary Grace last year to acclaim; and Lisa Jackson, the specialist in serial-killer thrillers who’s left bodies strewn from Savannah to San Francisco. Today's guests include Boston investigative reporter and award-winning crime novelist Hank Phillippi Ryan (The Wrong Girl).

For those wanting to get in on the ground floor of gore for profit, there’ll be more than 60 sessions as well as manuscript critiques, networking opportunities, wine tastings, roundtables with editors, agents and publishers, the presentation of the annual Claymore Award for the best first 50 pages of an unpublished work, and even the chance to investigate a mock crime scene … or is it? Now there’s an idea for a book.

The event runs through Sunday at the new Omni Nashville downtown. Day passes range from $118-135; a three-day pass is $230, with other events extra. The full release is below. Click here for more information.

For Mystery and Thriller Lovers:
A Fun, FREE Weekend of Author Signings and Sessions

Maybe you've been there. You've read the last Jack Reacher, Kinsey Milhone, or Stephanie Plum. Your usual go-to authors are between books, and you find yourself in desperate need of a new author. Or maybe you'd just like to spend a weekend with like-minded readers and writers, perhaps with a chance to meet your favorite authors face-to-face. What to do?

This coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Aug. 22-24) at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, the Killer Nashville International Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Literature Conference is offering its two reader tracks FREE to the public. The eighteen panels, held over all three days of the conference, include debut novelists, award-winning and best-selling novelists, and more. Hear author Lee Goldberg talk about what goes on behind the scenes with MONK. Hear guest of honor Lisa Jackson and other romantic suspense authors talk about heating things up. Help Murder, She Wrote authors Donald Bain and Renee Paley-Bain celebrate Jessica Fletcher's 25th Anniversary. On Sunday, join award-winning children's author Kimberly Dana for a one-hour talk on teaching kids how to write suspense.

In addition to the two free tracks, admission to both on-site bookstores and all book signings are FREE OF CHARGE. Seating is limited, so first come, first served. General sessions and sessions in the writing and forensics tracks are not included. These require a Killer Nashville full-day or weekend pass.

Killer Nashville 2014 will be held on August 21-24, 2014 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, with the fan tracks running from 10:00 AM on Friday, August 22 until 12:20 PM on Sunday, August 24.

The fan tracks are made possible by the generous support and sponsorship of Clay Stafford, American Blackguard, Jaden Terrell, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Barnes & Noble, Mysteries & More, and others. For a complete list of sponsors, please visit our website:

Held annually and now in its ninth year, Killer Nashville was created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature from around the world. For interviews or more information:,, 615-599-4032.

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