Virtual Dada Salon – The Americas

I’ll be part of the Three Rooms Press virtual salon on Tuesday, November 7 at 4pm PST which features contributors of Maintenant 17: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art. The theme is Peacefire. I’ll read an excerpt from my piece entitled “Now a Word From Our Sponsor.” It should be a fun time!

Here’s more info:

Three Rooms Press and Jefferson Market Library present the 2023 International Virtual Dada Salon a compelling night of DADA performance and poetry by maverick artsts from the Americas.

The event featured contributors to the internationally-renowned MAINTENANT 17: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art (2023, Three Rooms Press), which features more than 250 visual and literary works by artists and writers from 33 countries on 6 continents. The virtual event takes place Tuesday, November 7, 7pm EST and will be livestreamed to Facebook via the Three Rooms Press group page (

Performers include renowned contempoarary DADA artists Liz Axelrod (Albuquerque, NM), C. Mehrl Bennett (Columbus, OH), Sarah M. Chen (Los Angeles, CA), Kathleen Florence (Almonte, Canada), Annaliese Jakimides (Bangor, ME), Gary Lawless (Nobleboro, ME), Mercedes Lawry (Seattle, WA), Marc Olmsted (Portland, OR), Suzi Kaplan Olmsted (Portland, OR), John Olson (Seattle, WA), Mado Reznik (Mexico City, Mexico), Travis Richardson (Culver City, CA), Beatriz Seelaender (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Sheree Shatsky (Melbourne, FL), W.K. Stratton (Round Rock, TX), Daina Surrealism (Chicago, IL), Ingrid Wendt (Eugene, OR), Gerald Yelle (Amherst, MA), and Maggs Vibo (Ewa Beach, HI). Three Rooms Press co-founders and MAINTENANT editors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges host.

MAINTENANT 17: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art is the latest of the ongoing annual MAINTENANT DADA journal series, established in 2008. This year’s issue features 250 contributors from 34 countries and 6 continents, offering work on the theme of PEACEFIRE. With searing cover art by renowned Georgian artist, Uta Kaxniashvili, MAINTENANT 17 elaborates on dada’s original premise as an antiwar movement.

Maintenant 17: A DADA Journal of Contemporary Writing & Art is Out Now!

It’s release day for the latest issue of the Maintenant DADA Journal that Three Rooms Press puts out every year. This year the theme is Peacefire. I’m thrilled to have my story “Now a Word From Our Sponsor” included. It’s a satirical take on conflict resolution or what not to do.

Here’s the book info:

When a war ends provisionally, the agreement is called a ceasefire. But when peace ends, there is only war. War and peace are co-dependent. What might be best would be a “Peacefire.”

In Maintenant 17: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, 254 artists from 34 countries on 6 continents explore the concept of the end of both war and peace, providing provocative outsider ideas as dada has done since its inception.

With searing cover art by Georgian artist Uta Kaxniashvili (“Child Under Bombs”), this issue of the renowned journal elaborates on Dada’s original premise as an antiwar movement.

The Maintenant series, established in 2008, explores themes of politics, humanity, philosophy, and current concerns from an antiwar, anarchic (and often eye-opening) perspective. Past issues include work by artists Mark Kostabi, Raymond Pettibon, Joel Hubaut, Heide Hatry, Avelino de Araujo, Pawel Kuczynski, Inas Al-Soqi, Giovanni Fontana, Nicole Eisenmann, Syporca Whandal, and Kazunori Murakami; past writers have included Gerard Malanga, Charles Plymell, Andrei Codrescu, Harry E. Northup, Malik Crumpler, Maw Shein Win, and more, with a strong contingent of artist-writers from the world of punk rock, including Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Bibbe Hansen, and more.

MAINTENANT 17: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art,edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges

Maintenant 17 Dada Journal: Peacefire

My story “Now a Word from our Sponsor” is included in the upcoming Maintenant 17 Dada Journal: Peacefire from Three Rooms Press. Out July 2023!

Here’s the summary of the theme:


When a war ends provisionally, the agreement is called a ceasefire. But when peace ends, there is only war. War and peace are co-dependent. What might be best would be a “Peacefire.” Stand up against the War that never ends and the Peace that never comes. Provocation is simply a media mogul selling fear as clickbait. Peace would make them poorer.

My story is a commercial advertising Peacefire Ambassadors, special-trained operatives who “keep the peace” so you don’t have to. It was a lot of fun to write.

Check out this cool book trailer!

Composite Sketch at BOLO Books

Today I’m featured on one of my favorite segments: the Composite Sketch at BOLO Books! I was so thrilled when Kristopher asked me to participate. I always enjoy reading these little known facts about people in the crime fiction community. I had a lot of fun answering the questions. Thank you, BOLO Books!

Author Spotlight

I’m featured on author Amy Nielsen’s website today! Amy is a very gracious host and interviewed me about my publishing journey.

I know Amy through our awesome YA Twitter support group #WantYANeedYA. I love how we cheer each other on and offer advice. There are also great author chats and webinars. It’s such an incredible group and I’m so grateful for finding them!

Amy is a former librarian and has written books on autism. She also is a freelance writer for various magazines and online publications. Her debut YA novel Worth It is coming out in 2024 with Wild Ink Publishing! Woot! I’m so thrilled for her and can’t wait to read it! Hopefully one day soon, I’ll have my YA debut out too!

Witnesses for the Dead: Stories

Today is release day for Witnesses for the Dead from Soho Press, edited by Gary Phillips and Gar Anthony Haywood. I’m so excited to be a part of this stellar line-up of authors. All proceeds go to The Alliance for Safe Traffic Stops.

The premise is inspired by people who witness crimes and do something about it, most notably Darnella Frazier, the seventeen-year-old girl who recorded George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin.

My story “A Family Matter” takes a look at the complicated politics in Taiwan when Vanessa Chu witnesses a stranger’s murder while staying at her father’s home in Taichung. Just before I wrote this story, I had been reading about a bookstore owner who fled Hong Kong during the mass protests in 2019 and opened his store in Taipei. Four days before he was to open his store, unknown assailants threw red paint on him while he sat outside at a cafe. Three men were later arrested. They were upset by the bookstore’s commitment to disseminating democratic ideals and free speech. I was struck by how the bookstore owner wasn’t concerned for his own safety but for the safety of those who helped him open the store.

Here’s the full description of the book:

How does witnessing a crime change a person? This powerful collection of stories by a star-studded roster of contributors examines this very question, with proceeds benefitting the Alliance for Safe Traffic Stops.

Inspired by recent true events, the all-original stories in Witnesses for the Dead are set in motion by the act of witnessing. The characters who populate these pages are not themselves the perpetrators of the crimes they see, but as they grapple with what to do—take action or retreat into the shadows—their lives are indelibly changed.
In “Envy” by Christopher Chambers, a sweet, shy wallflower looks on as something horrific happens in his neighborhood—revealing something horrific about himself. Agatha Award–winner Richie Narvaez’s “The Gardener of Roses” sees a Puertorriqueña college student on the run from the FBI for her accidental involvement in a “terrorist” plot. Anthony Award–winner Gary Phillips confronts police corruption in “Spiders and Fly.” And the protagonist of “A Family Matter” by IPPY Award–winner Sarah M. Chen investigates the murder of a stranger, leading her to question the political structure of Taiwan entirely. Other stories feature a brothel, the film industry, immigrant detention centers at the Mexico-US border, World War II–torn France, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The stories are incisive, unflinching, wry, dark, and, in some cases, terrifying. You’ll ask yourself: If I saw what they saw, what would I do?
Edited by Anthony Award–winner Gary Phillips and Shamus Award–winner Gar Anthony Haywood, the collection includes contributions from NAACP Image Award–winner Pamela Samuels Young, New York Times bestsellers Cara Black and Tod Goldberg, Edgar Award–winner SJ Rozan, Agatha Award–winner Richie Narvaez, and more.

Pick up a copy at the following links!


Barnes & Noble


The First Two Pages

Art Taylor took over the blog series “The First Two Pages” from B.K. Stevens after her death in 2017. This popular series features essays that analyze the openings of short stories and novels – hence the name “first two pages.”

When it came time for me to analyze the first two pages of “Riviera Red,” I had a difficult time initially. Mostly because I had so many stops and starts when writing this story that I had forgotten why I decided to open the story the way that I did. After going through my very early drafts and copious notes and research, I was able to recall “oh yeah, that’s how I thought the story would go but Janice [my eventual main character] refused to stay silent.” Thankfully, I didn’t delete all those early drafts or throw away my notes!

To read my essay on my writing process for this story, click here: The First Two Pages

Low Down Dirty Vote, Volume 3 release day!

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 15, 2022 is launch day for Low Down Dirty Vote, Volume 3! Esteemed editor Mysti Berry has once again put together an anthology that addresses the attacks on our democracy and voting rights. This volume’s theme is “the color of my vote” and based on early reviews, it sounds like there’s a common thread among the stories: rage.

My story “Riviera Red” features a beach community torn apart by a secession campaign where the wealthy southern part of the city wants to break away from the northern. The wife of the secessionist committee president learns the hard way that remaining on the sidelines isn’t an option.

To purchase the book, go here: Low Down Dirty Vote, Volume III

Sunday, May 15 is our virtual launch party! At noon PDT, I’ll be reading an excerpt from my story and / or I’ll talk about what inspired me to write about secession and the growing power of the AAPI vote. Here’s the link to register:

Hope to see you there!

Author Spotlight with Three Rooms Press

Peter Carlaftes, the publisher of Three Rooms Press, features an author every month on their website and for the month of May, it’s yours truly! I had fun chatting with Peter who I’ve worked with on several projects, including The Faking of the President anthology and Maintenant 15: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art. Hopefully we will work together on another project sometime soon!

To read the interview, click here: The Threads Underlying Crime Fiction.

Black Cat Weekly

My short story “Grateful Touring” is getting another life with an appearance in the latest issue of Black Cat Weekly e-magazine. Barb Goffman selected it as part of her Barb Goffman Presents short story series. Thank you, Barb!

“Grateful Touring” was originally published in Windward: New England Crime Stories 2016 by Level Best Books. I was so excited because I’d been wanting to be in the New England Crime series for a while. Every year I submitted to the anthology as well as the Al Blanchard Award but was never selected. The anthology launches at the Crime Bake Conference which was one of the very first mystery conferences I went to. It remains one of my favorite conferences. I went to Crime Bake in 2016 even though I wasn’t registered so I could meet the other contributors of the anthology and participate in the signing. I had so much fun and I even crashed a panel featuring Hank Phillippi Ryan (don’t tell anyone).

“Grateful Touring” was inspired by a good friend of mine who is a tour director and does the foliage tours every fall. He’s a big Deadhead like my protagonist Jack. My friend doesn’t smuggle cigarettes on the side, although he agreed that it would be pretty easy to do while on tour so who knows, maybe I gave him something to think about.

Here’s a brief description of my story:

As the director for New England foliage tours, Jack has an easy side hustle smuggling cigarettes while entertaining a motor coach of leaf peepers—as long as he’s teamed up with his driver, Chris. Things get complicated, though, when Bob announces he’s the new driver and Chris is MIA. Fearing the worst and with the trip still on schedule, Jack braces himself for a bumpy ride.

If you’re not a subscriber to Black Cat Weekly (and why aren’t you?), you can pick up the issue here: Black Cat Weekly, #34.