I’m stoked that my short story “The Donut Dealer” (originally published in All Due Respect, Issue #6) is featured on Great Jones Street – for the second time! If you haven’t checked out this awesome short story app yet, you should. It’s got killer stories by some up-and-coming writers as well as award-winning established ones (like Hilary Davidson and David Corbett).
Here’s what Great Jones Street says about “The Donut Dealer”
“The Donut Dealer” which you can also listen to is a 14-minute read and 21-minute listen. It is a story about Tea who gets in over his head with a couple of gangsters shaking him down at his Aunt’s donut shop. Chen’s story has a surprise twist which breaks down the nail-biting aspect of this thriller into something altogether more touching. I won’t ruin the surprise here. One of the things that I love is its depiction of Southern California and a sliver of the Asian American experience in Southern California in particular. Stories are rarely perfect — perfection can come off as an industrial process designed to eliminate waste — but this story has that kind of efficiency. Though it’s more like a perfectly carved bowl than perfectly polished chrome.
Thank you, Great Jones Street! High praise indeed. Click on the link here to download the app:
I’m really excited to attend Bouchercon this year in Toronto for many reasons, but now I have an even bigger reason to be excited! I especially love that this is the first year there is a Best Novella category so it’s truly an honor to be shortlisted.
Best Novella (8,000-40,000 words)
- Cleaning Up Finn – Sarah M. Chen [All Due Respect Books]
- No Happy Endings – Angel Luis Colón [Down & Out]
- Crosswise – S.W. Lauden [Down & Out]
- Beware the Shill – John Shepphird [Down & Out]
- The Last Blue Glass – B.K. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 2016 [Dell]
It’s tough competition and it’s even tougher because three of the nominees are my friends: Angel Luis Colón, S.W. Lauden, and John Shepphird. There’s going to be some epic throwdowns in Toronto, I have a feeling.
And I owe all this to my publishers over at ALL DUE RESPECT BOOKS, Chris Rhatigan and Mike Monson. Love these guys and hope I make them proud! Go ADR!
Here’s the link to the entire list of Anthony nominees:
Hope to see many of you in Toronto!
It’s here! A new episode of the awesome crime fiction podcast WriterTypes hosted by the always entertaining Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden.
Guests for this episode include Catriona McPherson, Tom Pitts, David Zeltserman, Eddie Muller, Shaun Harris, Scott Montgomery, Mike McCrary, and Gabino Iglesias. Wow, what a lineup, right? Plus reviews by Dan and Kate Malmon from Crimespree Magazine. And wait, there’s even a reading of my short story “A High Ridge Homecoming” published over at Shotgun Honey.
So get to listening already and become a WriterTypes follower!