Key West Literary Seminar–Week Two

Hi. Barb here. I’ve been in Key West all month and was lucky enough to attend both weeks of the Key West Literary Seminar.

The seminar is held annually in January and celebrates a different aspect of literature and writing every year. In fact, Lucy Burdette’s second Key West Food Critic Mystery, Death in Four Courses takes place during a fictional version of the seminar during a year when the focus is on food writing. I was at a reception where I said to one of my tablemates, “Lucy Burdette killed someone at this very event. Right over there!”

This year the subject was The Dark Side–Crime Fiction.

Vicki Doudera wrote about the seminar last week, going into depth on one of the topics–plausibility versus authenticity.

Today, I’m taking a broader look at the interesting and provocative things the authors said during the second week of the seminar.

Lee Child

Tess Gerritsen Elizabeth George Michael Connelly Sara Gran Percival Everett Alafair Burke James W. Hall Michael Koryta Malla Nunn Thomas H. Cook William Kent KruegerLyndsay Faye


Note: If you want to see quotes from the first week of the Key West Literary Seminar, including authors Scott Turow, Gillian Flynn, Alexander McCall Smith and many others, see my post today on the Wicked Cozy Authors blog.


About Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at
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7 Responses to Key West Literary Seminar–Week Two

  1. Jule Dupre says:

    neat write-up….obviously worth the trip…

  2. Gram says:

    Wonderful. Thanks again.

  3. What a stellar group! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sarah Smith says:

    Words to live by. (BTW, a special shout-out for Lyndsay Faye, to the few people who aren’t already following her. These books are just splendid. Write faster, Lyndsay!)

  5. Lil Gluckstern says:

    Thank you for these. Just so fascinating.

  6. Brava!
    thanks for more pithy quotes, after the week one winners, Barb.

    also, there is archived audio which eventually should have 2014 – yes? i think:

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