Derringer Awards

I’m so excited to announce that my story “Hotelin'” won a Derringer Award for Best Long Story from the Short Mystery Fiction Society!

It’s an honor I’ve wanted since I started writing crime fiction short stories back in 2007! I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ron Earl Phillips of Shotgun Honey for accepting my story and publishing it in Shotgun Honey, Volume 4: RECOIL.

It’s especially exciting to be a winner along with my friend and writer group buddy, Travis Richardson. Yay!

Here’s the official announcement: Short Mystery Fiction Society Announces Derringer Winners!

Chatting with Authors YouTube Interview

A big thank you to Janet Lynn and Will Zeilinger for inviting me to participate on their YouTube channel “Chatting with Authors.” We discussed short story writing and the novel-in-stories concept. I hate listening to myself talk (and especially watching myself) so hopefully I’m making sense!

Derringer nominations are announced

I’m so excited to say my short story “Hotelin'” is a Derringer nominee! The Short Mystery Fiction Society awards the Derringers every year to the best mystery short stories in 4 categories: Flash, Short, Long, and Novelette.

Since I’ve been writing short stories, I’ve submitted my story for consideration for a Derringer. And now finally, 30 short stories and 14 years later, I’m a nominee! Don’t ever give up, people.

“Hotelin'” is in the Long category which are 4001-8000 words.

“Hotelin'” was published last year in the Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: Recoil anthology. It’s about a single mother struggling to raise two girls as they move from motel to motel.

If you’d like to read the story, click the link below!

Winners are announced May 1!

Low Down Dirty Vote, Vol. 2 Event

We’re celebrating National Voter Registration Day! Join us on Tues 9/22 at 6:30PM PST for readings, interviews, cocktail recipes, and book giveaways! I’ll be reading from my short story “Unit 805.”

And our awesome publisher, Mysti Berry, will be signing a $10k check for SPLC! Woot!

Here’s more info:

The authors of Low Down Dirty Vote, Volume II are celebrating National Voter Registration Day:

  • Writers will interview each other, and some will read a page or two from their stories in LDDV Vol II. 
  • Readers & fans who attend and can show proof of voter registration can win a free copy of LDDV Vol II.
  • We’ll share the recipe for Pisco Punch (a San Francisco invention, like cipino and the Hangtown fry!). 
  • We’ll show the $10k check as it is signed and put into an envelope and addressed to SPLC.
  • Answer attendee questions.

Please join us for this free event!

Sisters in Crime / LA presents House Arrest

Tonight I’ll be reading along with 5 other authors at Sisters in Crime / Los Angeles’s virtual reading series. There will even be a cocktail recipe! It’s an awesome lineup that includes Kellye Garrett, Paula Bernstein, Jennifer Dornbush, Laurie Stevens, and Pamela Samuels Young!

I’ll be reading an excerpt from my short story “Unit 805” which is included in Mysti Berry’s anthology Low Down Dirty Vote, Volume II.

7pm PST. Register at the link below!

House Arrest

Stop the World: Snapshots from a Pandemic Roundtable Discussion

Tonight is a virtual conversation between the editors of Stop the World and a few of the contributors, including me and Keith Snyder. Creating Conversations is hosting and it’s at 6:00pm PST tonight!

Click on this link to register for the event!

Writing from the Depths of Lockdown

Today CrimeReads published a roundtable discussion between Lise McClendon, the editor of Stop the World: Snapshots from a Pandemic, and four of us from the anthology. We discussed the inspiration behind our essays. My piece is “The Five Stages of Coronanxiety” which are telephone transcriptions between me and my dad (who lives in Taiwan) in the early stages of the pandemic.

Check out the anthology here!

D.C. Virtual Noir at the Bar

Tonight is Noir at the Bar! I’ll be reading along with some fantastic writers. What an incredible lineup! Plus there’s a mixologist and a jazz pianist who is amazing! Should be a fun time so tune in at 5pm PST.

There will also be links to buy books from indie bookstore Mystery Loves Company.

Here’s the link to register:

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/d-c–virtual-noir-at-the-7

Hope to see you tonight!

Stop the World: Snapshots From a Pandemic Releases Today

The anthology from Thalia Press is out today! This collection features essays, poems, and short stories from 40 writers from all over the globe and is edited by Lise McClendon with Gary Phillips, Kate Flora, and Taffy Cannon.

My essay “The Five Stages of Coronanxiety” features phone conversations between me and my dad during the early days of the pandemic in February and March.

All proceeds go to charity. I’m honored to be a part of this collection and hopefully it will offer some hope and humor for readers.

Book description:

Once you may have wished for a pause to take a breath, to stop your hectic life, to enjoy a stay-cation with so much time on your hands. Then, it happened, suddenly and terrifyingly. What do you do with these scenarios, this odd time, this creativity that doesn’t stop? How do you handle it?

This collection of fiction, essays, and poetry shines a light on moments in the times we live in during the global pandemic of 2020, when the world stopped. It offers a record of people’s lives and imaginations, a snapshot of enduring creativity— a happy, sad, funny, reflective, deep, shallow, and/or thought-provoking slice of our lives.

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The Faking of the President New York Times Review Tour

Last night we chatted presidents and politics with our esteemed editor / publisher Peter Carlaftes. It was a blast! We also read excerpts from our stories in The Faking of the President. To watch, click on the YouTube link below!

Buy links for The Faking of the President, a New York Times Editors’ Choice!

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