Posts Tagged ‘Book Tour 2011’

San Diego

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We arrived in San Diego to typically lovely weather, rented a car and drove straight to El Indio restaurant. I am a Guy Fieri/Diners, Drive-ins and Dives disciple and fully expected to be blown away…and wasn’t. We have much better Mexican food back in Muscatine (the guacamole was an outrage). We made up for it with a visit to Ghiradelli’s for hot fudge sundaes, normally a treat that occurs only on Comic Con visits.

Speaking of which, having visited San Diego for the Comic Con for countless years, seeing the exterior of the convention center populated by a handful of businessmen and not hordes of superheroes and zombies was weird. Ditto for the Gaslamp District. We only know San Diego as Comic Con-ville, and Barb and I felt like we’d wandered into one of those post-apocalyptic movies where only a handful of humans had survived.

The signing at Mysterious Galaxy went extremely well. We hadn’t been to this MG location and were mightily impressed by the mix of science-fiction. horror and mystery. What a great bookstore! Friendly, smart staff, too. We had a great turnout, and a group that appeared to have come for Heller got very interested in the ANTIQUES novels, because Barb presented herself and our series very, very well. Some Spillane interest, too. We just talked and took Q and A and had a delightful time.

A gentleman named Fred told us of a wonderful encounter with Mickey Spillane on the 1994 Comic Con trip that preceded Mickey coming to Muscatine with me for his role in my indie film, “Mommy.” Mickey was very, very sick, and I tried to talk him out of coming back for the shoot — we could bring him in at the end, I told him, after he’d recovered from a serious infection in his leg. Fred told a story of Mickey having to cut short an appearance promoting the MIKE DANGER comic book because of his illness, but then the next day (still sick!) recognizing Fred from the audience of the truncated appearance, and taking him aside for some personal time, signing Fred’s books. Typical Mick.



Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The first day of the book tour took us to the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the great and most influential mystery bookstores. A well-attended discussion moderated by owner Barbara Peters with both myself and Barb plus historical thriller writer William Dietrich (nice guy!) can be viewed directly below:

We had a nice turnout and sold lots of books. We also signed store stock and you can order signed copies of ANTIQUES KNOCK-OFF here.

And BYE BYE, BABY here.

It’s beautiful in Scottsdale but incredibly hot — 116 degrees worth. This morning we toured Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home/school, and it’s incredibly beautiful. You can’t really appreciate his work fully just from photographs. My favorite moment – spotting Ayn Rand’s ATLAS SHRUGGED in his bedroom library…but not THE FOUNTAINHEAD!

We are staying at Valley Ho, a hotel circa 1956 that looks it, in a good way. You expect to bump into the Rat Pack around every corner.

Next stop: San Diego.