Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Love Story at Boucheron

These Two Authors Met at Bouchercon Two Years Ago
And Return To the Conference As Husband and Wife

When author Tasha Alexander attended Bouchercon 2008 in Baltimore, she met author Andrew Grant.

Now the two authors return to Bouchercon October 14-17 in San Francisco…as husband and wife.

For America’s new literary couple Bouchercon obviously holds a special place.

“Personal or not, we'd be unlikely to miss Bouchercon because it is the best,” said Alexander, who will be discussing her upcoming novel DANGEROUS TO KNOW (Minotaur, November). It is the latest in her award-winning Lady Emily suspense series set in Victorian England. Grant’s latest thriller is DIE TWICE (Minotaur).

Alexander recalls like yesterday when she and Grant met at the conference. “The action was centered around the bar. I was sitting at a table with a group of friends when Andrew strolled over, leaned elegantly on the bar, and ordered a drink, “she said. “I couldn't resist going over and introducing myself.

“We connected immediately. By the end of the evening, Andrew was already joking about moving to Chicago,” said Alexander, a resident of the Windy City. “Like they say, there's truth in every joke. We're both extremely open and straightforward, and knew exactly what we wanted our lives to be like. When you're in that frame of mind, you know right away whether the person you're talking to could be a good fit.

“We’d both been previously married and didn’t know if either would go down that road again,” she continued. “Then, in the middle of a late-night conversation, we both realized those assumptions were wrong. We got married in Chicago in June of this year.”

So Bouchercon is annually on the Alexander-Grant calendar.

“Bouchercon is always a blast, and it's even more fun given our romantic history,” Alexander said. “The crime fiction community is so supportive and wonderful--any chance to spend time with this group of people is an opportunity not to be missed.”

But don’t look for them on the same panels. “We write such different kinds of books. I write historic fiction and Andrew writes thrillers. We rarely get to share the stage,” she explained.

But they share a soft spot for Bouchercon.

About Andrew ~ 

Andrew was born in Birmingham, England. He went to school in St Albans, Hertfordshire and later attended the University of Sheffield where he studied English Literature and Drama. After graduation Andrew set up and ran a small independent theatre company which showcased a range of original material to local, regional and national audiences. Following a critically successful but financially challenging appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Andrew moved into the telecommunications industry as a 'temporary' solution to a short-term cash crisis. Fifteen years later, after carrying out a variety of roles including several which were covered by the UK's Official Secrets Act, Andrew became the victim / beneficiary of a widespread redundancy programme. Freed once again from the straight jacket of corporate life, he took the opportunity to answer the question, what if ... ?  

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About Tasha ~ 

Tasha Alexander attended the University of Notre Dame, where she signed on as an English major in order to have a legitimate excuse for spending all her time reading. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Grant, divide their time between Chicago and the UK.   

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