I continue to be amazed and astounded by the extraordinary kindness and generosity of other writers. I have just had the honour of meeting with Dennis Lehane and he has kindly taken a copy of A Simple Act of Violence to read.
Earlier I met with Lee Child, John Connolly, Laurence Block, Harlan Coben, Steve Hamilton, Ed Wright, Linwood Barclay, and many more, and every single one of them demonstrated quite effortlessly that writers are some of the very best people you could ever hope to know.
The book dealers here - Mike Bursaw (Mystery Mike) and Steve Warne (CHC Books) specifically - have been tremendously supportive, and have been convincing people to buy my books. Ali Karim (Shots), Jeff Kingston-Pierce (Shots), George Easter and Larry Gandle (Deadly Pleasures), agents from Writers' House and Fineprint...all of them so encouraging and supportive of whatever you are doing. It has been a whirlwind of activity, and though you are all too aware of the necessity to sleep, you just don't want to because of what you might miss.
I, for one, will be sorry to leave Baltimore behind, but all too pleased to remember that I have made so many friends here that I hope, and honestly believe, will now be friends for life.