WHEN DO YOU GIVE UP ON A STORY…OR DO YOU EVER?

Today, I’m a guest on Do Some Damage thanks to Holly West where I discuss short story submissions. It’s a constant process of revising / resubmitting / revising / resubmitting / hating it and throwing it in the trash / pull out of trash / revising / resubmitting…well, you get the picture.

 

THE FORCE OF NOSTALGIA

Today I’m up on Writing Wranglers and Warriors where I reflect back, not on the past year, but many years and galaxies ago. What draws us back to particular stories we adored as kids? Is it the desire to capture that pure joy we felt when we first experienced the movie/book or is it the storyline itself?

And more importantly, what’s the big deal about 3D?

 

 

NEW FLASH FICTION UP ON SPELK

My flash fiction story “The Benevolent Man” is up live today on Spelk Fiction!

It’s a little different than what I usually write. It’s creepier and focuses on an extremely disturbed fellow. I was inspired to write it after reading a troubling blog post about a stalker/writer.

Hope you enjoy the read!

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY 3 DAYS…

Noir at the Bar Seattle was a blast! I met so many talented and friendly writers like Brian Thornton, Michael Pool, Will Viharo, Frank Zafiro, Robert Dugoni, Jim Thomsen, Vince Keenan, and Eric Johnson. Of course, Danny Gardner is always great company and a fabulous reader. I’m glad I didn’t have to read after him. I’m forever grateful to Michael Pool for organizing such a fun event and hopefully I’ll be back next year when my novella CLEANING UP FINN (which I read an excerpt from) comes out! Cheers!

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reading from CLEANING UP FINN (photo by Jim Thomsen)

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The Noir at the Bar gang – minus Ingrid Thoft (photo by Jim Thomsen)

NOIR AT THE BAR SEATTLE TONIGHT!

I’ll be at Noir at the Bar Seattle at The Alibi Room tonight, Dec. 9 at 7:00pm. Hope to see many of you Seattle-ites there. Looking forward to meeting new peeps and seeing old friends! 12184131_1545472169076593_6025240962579114269_o

BETTY FEDORA ISSUE #2 IS OUT IN THE WORLD!

Today is release day for my short story “Sensible Sleaze” in Betty Fedora, Vol. 2, a short story collection featuring kickass women in crime fiction. I’m thrilled with the cool-looking cover and can’t wait to read the other stories. Purchase as e-book or print here: BETTY FEDORA, VOL. 2

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MY SPLIT BOOK PERSONALITY

I’m up today on Writing Wranglers & Warriors where I talk about the part of my personality – my book personality – that feels split down the middle. Kind of similar to my post about being an extroverted introvert. There’s definitely a theme with me.

And if you’re willing to read yet another Top Books of 2015 list, I offer my top 6.

NOIR ON THE AIR

It was so much fun last night to discuss all things noir with talented authors Michael Pool, Tom Pitts, Joe Clifford, Anonymous-9, Mike Monson, Rob Pierce, and Danny Gardner. Michael Pool was a fantastic host and many thanks to Pam Stack for organizing the event. If you missed it, don’t despair, you can still click on the link to hear all of us reading our stories and making fun of each other.

Authors on the Air

NOIR ON THE AIR FLASH FICTION THROWDOWN

On December 2 at 6pm PST, I’ll be participating in Noir on the Air, a special Authors on the Air show, guest hosted by Michael Pool, fellow ADR writer, Noir at the Bar Seattle organizer, and founder of Crime Syndicate Magazine. I will be reading flash fiction alongside such talented writers as Tom Pitts, Joe Clifford, Rob Pierce, Mike Monson, Danny Gardner, and Anonymous-9.

Listen in live on Wednesday night by clicking on the Authors on the Air link above and don’t be afraid to call in with questions!

BEING AN AUTHOR ACTUALLY REQUIRES TALKING TO PEOPLE

I’ve been invited to guest blog on Do Some Damage by my friend and fellow crime fiction writer (and fellow former SINC/LA board member!) Holly West. I discuss the importance of virtual and face time with readers and fellow authors. The key is to fool everyone into thinking it’s easy, even yourself. Now I actually have fun doing it too.