Last weekend, I had the pleasure of finally putting a face to the name of John Rector. He was out at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale for his signing of The Cold Kiss, and being that I was only 45 min away, I made it a point to get down there to meet him and pick up a copy of his book.
Great decision on my part. John is definitely a cool cat, and it was well worth the trip. He was there with Keith Rawson, editor of CRIMEFACTORY magazine, so after the signing, we all headed over to the Hotel Valley Ho to have a few drinks. During those couple of hours, I learned a lot from John and the publishing industry. I was instantly impressed with John’s organization and focus on what he needed to do to promote his book, not to mention, he holds a lot of the same ideals of writing that I do, and I can’t wait to meet up with him again this winter when he returns to Arizona to promote his second novel, The Grove, due out November 2nd.
In any case, if you’re in the Minneapolis area next weekend, August 7th, try to catch him at Once Upon A Crime. He’ll be there from 1:00 to 3:00. You can meet a great guy, a talented writer, and pick up a copy of The Cold Kiss for yourself. It’s a terrific read, fast-paced and full of suspense and you won’t be able to put it down. What’s most impressive about this debut novel is just how smooth the writing is. I’m fairly certain that we’ll be hearing a lot about John Rector in the months to come.
Till next time,