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!

International Thriller Writers interview

Ed and I are up today over at The Big Thrill where we chat with Basil Sands about our novel-in-stories The Swamp Killers.

Check out the interview by clicking on the cover below!

Jungle Red Writers Interview

Art Taylor interviews Ed and I about truth in fiction and how it shaped our novel-in-stories The Swamp Killers. It’s up today at Jungle Red Writers.

FYI: Art has a story in the anthology, “A Close Shave,” that Ed and I both agree is fantastic and wraps everything up perfectly.

A big thank you to Jungle Red Writers and Hank Phillippi Ryan for hosting us and to Art for the thoughtful discussion!

If you read and comment, you can enter to win a copy of The Swamp Killers!

Meet THE FAKING OF THE PRESIDENT Authors

The Faking of the President comes out April 21, 2020 but if you’re curious who is in this anthology (besides me!), check out this fun Q&A. Three Rooms Press asked us TFOP “cabinet members” why we chose our specific president to write about and who our favorite president is. Find out the answers by clicking on the cover below!

Hope Within the Violence: An Interview with E.A. Aymar at LARB

So my interview with the awesome E. A. Aymar is up today at Los Angeles Review of Books. We talk about his excellent crime fiction novel, The Unrepentant, which is one of my favorites of this year. Despite its dark subject matter of sex trafficking, it has heart and humor. Ed and I talk about his fascination with violence and the daunting task of examining the impact of violence against women when writing The Unrepentant. It was no small undertaking to tackle this subject yet he pulls it off with grace and wit. As always, I enjoyed our conversation and his stupid jokes.

The Thrill Begins Interview with Dea Poirier

I’m a little late posting about this but I interviewed debut thriller author, Dea Poirier, about her new book, Next Girl To Die. Normally I don’t read serial killer thrillers but this was a good one. Lots of hot and heavy romance too! To learn more about Dea and her book, go to The Thrill Begins.

Off the Cuff with Dietrich Kalteis

Vancouver crime fiction author Dietrich Kalteis hosts me over at his blog Off the Cuff today. He’s the talented author of Triggerfish, House of Blazes, and Zero Avenue. We were both in Short Stack Books’ 80’s anthology Fast Women and Neon Lights.  I first met him at a Noir at the Bar here in L.A. a couple years ago and enjoyed meeting a fellow Canadian (I was born in Vancouver and most of my mom’s family lives there). Plus he’s a super cool dude.

Check out the interview! Dietrich Kalteis: Off the Cuff

The Advocates: Maddie Margarita

Today’s my first post as an official member of Murderers’ Row over at The Thrill Begins. And I can’t think of a better way to kick it off than paying tribute to someone who has done so much for the crime fiction community. The Advocates series is a wonderful feature where each of us write about someone who has supported or championed writers whether it’s bookstore owners, bloggers, or organizations.

For my piece, I chose Maddie Margarita, the hard-working host and producer of Lit Up! OC. Find out why: The Advocates: Maddie Margarita

Wicked Cozy interview

Today, Ed Aymar and I are being interviewed by Alan Orloff, a The Night of the Flood contributor. Thank you to Sherry Harris over at the Wicked Cozy website for making this happen!

And yes, Ed and I are still talking about this “novel-in-stories.” But this interview isn’t the same old, same old. Toward the end, we discuss our upcoming project with a similar “novel-in-stories” approach. It will have most of the same authors as Flood, plus a few new ones.

AND if you leave a comment at the end of the interview, you are entered to win a free copy of The Night of the Flood!

Alex Segura’s Stuff & Nonsense newsletter

A big thank you to author Alex Segura for inviting Ed and I to chat about The Night of the Flood in his latest Stuff & Nonsense newsletter. We list 6 things we learned editing this anthology…and one thing I never did learn.

The newsletter also featured an essay from author William Boyle and his new book, The Lonely Witness, that will be out May 1, 2018.  It sounds right up my alley and I don’t know why I haven’t read him before.

If you’re not reading Alex Segura yet, you should be. His latest Pete  Fernandez book is coming out soon from Polis Books. You can preorder Blackout here!

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