Noir at the Bar Redux

As Bruce Coffin noted yesterday, on Sunday a group of us gathered at Bull Feeney’s in Portland for Noir at the Bar, thanks to the great organization of Brenda Buchanan. Each of us read a small passage from one of our works.

I had invited some friends and one couple showed up with their daughter who wants to be a writer. Talking with her before Noir started reminded me what a benefit events like that are, and also what a benefit groups like Maine Crime Writers are. As we all know, writing is a very solitary endeavor. Certainly, there are parts that are not solitary. There are many opportunities for collaboration and critique groups and the like, but writing is primarily a digging deep into ourselves and our imaginations. Sometimes, after a lot of digging, we find water (or oil, depending on what we’re looking for), but sometimes that hole can get a little deep and dry.

Events like Noir remind me what a wonderful, supportive community we all write in. It is a joy to hear smart people put pieces of their imagination on display.

It inspired me. And I hope it inspired my friends’ daughter.

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About Brendan Rielly

Brendan is the author of An Unbeaten Man, the first installment in the thriller series featuring Bowdoin College microbiologist Michael McKeon. An Unbeaten Man won Best Crime Fiction at the 2016 Maine Literary Awards. “…a first-class thriller”—Douglas Preston. “If you like spy thrillers, this is your cup of ricin.”—Gayle Lynds. “…sit back, strap yourself in, and enjoy the thrill ride.”—Steve Berry. Brendan is chair of the litigation department at Jensen Baird in Portland and lives in Westbrook, Maine with his wife, Erica, and three children. Brendan is the President of the Westbrook City Council.
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