I woke up to the amazing and unbelievable news that my little noir novella CLEANING UP FINN is a Lefty nominee for Best Debut Mystery. I am so honored and thrilled and don’t know what to do with myself. I’m in such great company too and am so excited for all my talented writer friends who are also nominated for Best Debut, Best Humorous, Best Historical, and Best Mystery!
A HUGE thank you to the awesome guys at All Due Respect Books, Mike Monson and Chris Rhatigan for believing in FINN.
Here’s the official Press Release: lcc-2017_lefty_award_nominations
Thank you, Left Coast Crime folks….Honolulu, here I come!
Today I’m up on Writing Wranglers and Warriors talking about the difficulty of getting back in the swing of things, what with post-holiday blues and the uncertainty of our future as a progressive open-minded society. I find comfort in what some may think is frivolous but hey, if it helps…
Check out Will Viharo’s blog Digital Media Ghost where he suggests what to get for that crime fiction lover in your life. Very nice to see FINN listed among some incredible books and authors.
So excited to see FINN get a mention on Derrick Horodyski’s Best of 2016 list over at Out of the Gutter. It’s a fantastic lineup of incredible books and authors that I’m honored to be a part of.
And there are 7 All Due Respect authors listed – woo hoo!
Big thanks to Derrick and Out of the Gutter!
Today I’m honored to be up on Type M for Murder where I discuss what every writer needs or wants for the holidays. Books on writing! Actually, that’s a lie. At least for me it is.
A fantastic book (so I hear) that I am sadly not reading.
Thank you to Sybil Johnson, fellow former SinC/LA board member and frequent lunch pal, for the opportunity to babble on Type M.
Thank you to Dan Malmon for writing up a killer review for FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS, out now with Short Stack Books. And he even gives my story “Besties & Blow” a nice shoutout!
Check it out here: CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE
I’ll be heading to Crime Bake this weekend in Dedham, MA for the launch of Level Best Books’ anthology WINDWARD: BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES edited by Kimberly Gray, Harriette Sackler, Shawn Reilly Simmons, and Verena Rose. My story “Grateful Touring” features Deadheads, cigarette smuggling, and leaf-peeping.
Crime Bake is one of the first mystery conferences I ever attended, back in 2008, and I absolutely loved it for its intimacy, informative panels, and camaraderie.
I’m really looking forward to this trip. Everything that’s going on post-election is so troubling and seriously getting to me. It will be nice to get away for a bit to concentrate on what I love: books and crime fiction. Plus I absolutely love Boston.
Hope to see many of you fellow writers and book lovers there!
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Today, I’m lucky to be a guest poster on Motive Means Opportunity. I discuss the new anthology that I’m thrilled to be a part of FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS, out now with Short Stack Books. It’s a collection of stories all inspired by the decade of decadence, the 1980s.
I grew up in the 80s so for me, it brings back fond memories. I talk about what I remember the most and what inspired me to write “Besties & Blow,” a story about a young SoCal woman on her quest to see Oingo Boingo at the Greek Theater. There’s plenty of bitchin’ music, back-stabbing, and blow.
Thank you to E. Michael Helms for inviting me and to MMO for having me!
It’s Happy Pub Day to FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS: EIGHTIES-INSPIRED NEON NOIR edited by Michael Pool. My short story Besties & Blow is one of 18 stories in this bitchin’ collection by Short Stack Books. Besties & Blow has Danny Elfman, the Greek Theater, Oingo Boingo, spoiled SoCal girls, and of course lots and lots of cocaine.
It was a blast to write and I’m honored to be in this totally awesome collection along with such talented writers as S.W. Lauden, Sam Wiebe, Dietrich Kalteis, Eryk Pruitt, Preston Lang, Greg Barth, Jen Conley, Kat Richardson, C.S. DeWildt, and many others. Thanks to Michael Pool of Short Stack Books for putting this over-the-top totally radical collection together!
If you want to know what inspired all of us to write our 80s stories for this collection, go to Dietrich’s blog Off the Cuff.
The event at the Manhattan Beach Library Monday night 10/17 was really fun. Lida Sideris, Sybil Johnson, Jennifer Chow, and I discussed writing mysteries in the South Bay. We all live in the South Bay except for Lida who I didn’t realize grew up in Hermosa Beach.
Here are some pics. Manhattan Beach Library is a beautiful recently-renovated library.
Thanks to all who came!