BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2016

I’m so excited my short story “Grateful Touring” has been selected for inclusion in Level Best Books’ WINDWARD anthology. It should be available just in time for the Crime Bake Conference in Dedham, MA this November. I’m hoping to attend the conference (on the waitlist) as it’d be great fun to be there as an anthology contributor. It’s a fantastic conference anyway!

This is the first time the editors have opened up the anthology to writers who aren’t residents of New England (stories must be set in New England) so it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’m honored and thrilled to be part of such a fantastic group of writers.

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“Grateful Touring” features leaf-peeping, cigarette smuggling, and Deadheads on a foliage tour of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

HARDBOILED: DAMES AND SIN BY DEAD GUNS PRESS

I have a new short story out in “Dames and Sin,” the last installment of Dead Guns Press’s HARDBOILED series. It’s entitled “Pig Boy” and I’m pretty proud of it. It’s a little different than what I usually write in that it’s not set in L.A. or Boston. It’s not even set in America. It features a young woman stranded in Taichung, Taiwan who must resort to her limited skills to survive. It’s pretty dark and messed up – more than what I usually write – which may be why I love it so much. There are some other amazingly talented writers in this issue as well.

Paperback available on Amazon.

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BLINK INK MYSTERY TRAIN #23

I received my contributor copy for Blink Ink’s issue #23 which is called Mystery Train. It includes 50-word stories that all have to do with trains. My story is called “Solo.” Since you need to subscribe to Blink Ink to read the issues (4 issues for 1 year is only $10 so by all means, subscribe if you wish!), I’ll post my story here. It’s a very cute artsy book that also has stories by pals Craig Faustus Buck and Gay Degani. Artwork is awesome as well.

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Cover done by artist Woody Lewis.

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“Solo”

 

 

CRIME FACTORY ISSUE 18 IS OUT!

I’m excited to see the new issue of CRIME FACTORY, which includes my short story “A Summer Drive.” This is a story of four people who aren’t having a very good day as they drive through various L.A. neighborhoods. If you buy the print edition of issue 18, you will get the Kindle version free after purchase. And what a cool cover!

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HARDBOILED: DAMES & SIN

I’m thrilled to announce my short story “Pig Boy” will be included in the anthology Hardboiled: Dames and Sin by Dead Guns Press. The crime fiction anthology showcases 13 short stories that feature femme fatales doing bad things. For those who listened to us on Noir on the Radio at Left Coast Crime, you may recognize “Pig Boy.” I read an extremely condensed flash version of it. It features a young woman who finds herself stranded in Taiwan so she makes the best of her limited skills. This should be a fun collection so be sure to keep an eye out for it in May. Tentative release date May 16, 2016!

LEFT COAST CRIME WRAP-UP

I had a blast at Left Coast Crime in Phoenix. I got to catch up with people I haven’t seen in a while like Holly West and Brett Battles. I met talented writers like C.S. DeWildt, Lida Sedaris, Dale Berry, M.H. Callway, and Grant Goad.  I got to hang with writers that I’ve only met once or twice like Rob Pierce, Brian Thornton, and Josh Stallings. Overall, it was a fantastic time with plenty of opportunities to talk about writing, the future of publishing, short stories, and to read some killer flash fiction.

Noir on the Radio was one of the LCC highlights for me for sure. Special thanks to Michael Pool for hosting and I had a great time sharing the mic with S.W. Lauden, Josh Stallings, Brian Thornton, Rob Pierce, and  C.S. DeWildt.

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Brief Dance with Death panel with Dale Berry, M.H. Callway, Stephen Buehler, and Mysti Berry. I was moderator.

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Short Fiction panel with Holly West, Rob Pierce, Susan Cummins Miller, and Dharma Kelleher.

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Short Fiction panel with Holly West, Rob Pierce, Susan Cummins Miller, and Dharma Kelleher.

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Noir on the Radio LCC discussion with C.S. DeWildt, Michael Pool, Brian Thornton, S.W. Lauden, Rob Pierce, and Josh Stallings.

 

 

 

 

 

THE SHORTEST STORY I EVER WROTE

I received news that Blink Ink, a print-only publication, has accepted my 50-word story entitled “Solo” for inclusion in their upcoming March issue #23. The theme is “Mystery Train” and my story features  a young girl going on her first train ride with her mother.

It’s a pretty cool concept they have and I’m thrilled to be part of it. For more information on Blink Ink, check them out!

 

NEW FLASH FICTION UP ON SPELK

My flash fiction story “The Benevolent Man” is up live today on Spelk Fiction!

It’s a little different than what I usually write. It’s creepier and focuses on an extremely disturbed fellow. I was inspired to write it after reading a troubling blog post about a stalker/writer.

Hope you enjoy the read!

BETTY FEDORA ISSUE #2 IS OUT IN THE WORLD!

Today is release day for my short story “Sensible Sleaze” in Betty Fedora, Vol. 2, a short story collection featuring kickass women in crime fiction. I’m thrilled with the cool-looking cover and can’t wait to read the other stories. Purchase as e-book or print here: BETTY FEDORA, VOL. 2

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OUT OF THE GUTTER

Check out my flash fiction story “Molly Nights” up live today on OUT OF THE GUTTER/FLASH FICTION OFFENSIVE, a web site run by the talented crime fiction writers, Joe Clifford and Tom Pitts.

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