You can have real-life conversations with your favorite authors, or with other dedicated readers at mystery or crime fiction conventions! Here's a short list of some of the biggest, and a few of the smaller ones, too!
Bristol, UK: CrimeFest! Writers from the UK and Nordic writers, and readers from all over!
Various locations west of the Mississippi: Left Coast Crime is smaller than Bouchercon, and warm and friendly. Next year it's in Hawaii!!!!!
Various locations all over North America: Bouchercon is one of the biggest--this year in New Orleans.
New York City: ThrillerFest welcomes writers and other professionals who love thrillers.
Baltimore: Malice Domestic celebrates the traditional mystery--but all are welcome!
Las Vegas: Public Safety Writers' Conference--it's small, but chock full of current and retired law enforcement, EMTs, and other public safety professionals, and writers who write about them.
If you've never been to a mystery or crime fiction convention, it's well worth a visit. You meet the most interesting people, and can make new friends for life!
Gigi Pandian, Matt Coyle, and two other talented writers share what they know at 2016 Left Coast Crime.