It was a small group and agent Meg Ruley and author Lisa Gardner mingled with everyone and invited us to ask them questions at any time during the conference. I surprised myself by being very nervous around Meg Ruley. Usually I can talk to anyone - I was practically tongue tied. I'm planning on setting a mystery in Portland, Maine and I met lots of people who can help me with my research. I loved Meg Ruley and Lisa looks very young as you can see from her picture. Lisa presented an informative and entertaining session on Writing Romantic Suspense.
A detective from the Atlanta police department, Danny Agan, presented a great session on crime scenes and investigation. As I listened to his southern drawl I could picture my Savannah detective in my RS. He also gave us his email if we had questions - a great resource for Shattered
The overwhelming message I received, especially from Meg Ruley is: Write what you're passionate about. It shows.
Focus on what you want to write rather than flitting from one thing to the other trying to find the next hot thing.