Key West Literary Seminar–Week One

by Barbara Ross

Still in Key West, eking out the last of the warmth before packing up to take the l-o-o-ong trek home on Friday.

While here in Key West, I had the chance to attend both sessions of the Key West Literary Seminar. The seminar occurs annually in January and examines literature and writing from a different perspective every year. (In fact, author Lucy Burdette had a lot of fun with the seminar in the second book in her Key West Food Critic Mystery series, An Appetite for Murder. All characters are fictional, of course!)

This year the topic was The Dark Side–Crime Writing. Here are some of the provocative/interesting things the authors said in Week One of the seminar.

Sara Paretsky Joyce Carol Oates Scott Turow Gillian Flynn Alexander McCall Smith Attica Locke Carl Hiassen Les Standiford Stephen L. Carter Megan Abbott Laura Lippman Gillian FlynnDiscuss.

Note: If you want to see quotes from the first week of the Key West Literary Seminar, including authors Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Elizabeth George, Michael Connelly and many others, see my post today on the Maine Crime Writers blog.

17 Thoughts

    1. Hi Joe

      Joyce Carol Oates revealed that her grandfather , a Hungarian immigrant was murdered in 1917, and as a result her mother was given up by her mother to be brought up by another family. She wondered, “Do most crime writers have an unsolved mystery in their lives?”


  1. Barb, I love these quotes! Reading them is like all of the best takeaway thoughts from an education. You have this little list in your head, and you are inspired and know where to go when you need to know more.


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