This was my first time attending ThrillerFest, the annual conference of thriller writers held in New York City, created by the International Thriller Writers organization, of which I’m a member. As my book was released in the year leading up to this conference, I was part of the Debut Authors panel, and was given the opportunity to briefly speak about my journey as a writer to the entire conference. It was a magnificent experience. Both being back in New York City, a place I love, after several years away, and meeting so many wonderful, interesting, and welcoming writers. The panel, the parties, the networking, the awards ceremony, it was, to put it simply, a great and valuable time for me. My fellow debut authors are people I hope to be friends with for a long time.