With everything going on in our country and local communities – and around the world really – I’ve been hesitant to add to the noise unless it’s to boost those voices who need boosting.
But Mysti Berry is publishing an anthology of short stories next month – July 4, actually – that I’m hopeful will make a difference in the upcoming election as well as ensuring our right to vote. It’s called Low Down Dirty Vote, Volume II and it’s about voter suppression. It includes one of my stories “Unit 805” and I’m honored to be a part of it. All proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center. You can pre-order the book here: Low Down Dirty Vote, Volume II
I also want to add that this will be my last Thrill Begins post. Ed Aymar, our tireless editor, is leaving his post so all of us have decided to leave along with him. I’m sad but so grateful I got a chance to be a part of The Thrill Begins and Murderer’s Row. Hopefully we will all work together on a different project or blog so stay tuned!
I’ll be speaking on the Crime and Mystery panel at the Corona Public Library tomorrow at noon. It’s the Friends of Corona Library’s 6th Annual Author Luncheon and I’m thrilled to be part of it. I know Ivy Pochoda (her book WONDER VALLEY is fantastic) and am looking forward to meeting Anthony J. Tata, Christopher Swann, and Paddy Hirsch. Sadly, I think my friend, Craig Faustus Buck, will be unable to moderate so it will be a surprise who fills in for him.
Today I’m interviewing the always charismatic Danny Gardner over at Los Angeles Review of Books. Danny is an author, screenwriter, comedian, director, and sometimes philosopher. His debut novel, A NEGRO AND AN OFAY, is out now with Down & Out Books and it’s one helluva read.
Today, I’m a guest on Do Some Damage thanks to Holly West where I discuss short story submissions. It’s a constant process of revising / resubmitting / revising / resubmitting / hating it and throwing it in the trash / pull out of trash / revising / resubmitting…well, you get the picture.
On December 2 at 6pm PST, I’ll be participating in Noir on the Air, a special Authors on the Air show, guest hosted by Michael Pool, fellow ADR writer, Noir at the Bar Seattle organizer, and founder of Crime Syndicate Magazine. I will be reading flash fiction alongside such talented writers as Tom Pitts, Joe Clifford, Rob Pierce, Mike Monson, Danny Gardner, and Anonymous-9.
Listen in live on Wednesday night by clicking on the Authors on the Air link above and don’t be afraid to call in with questions!
Please be patient while I work on my new website. In the meantime, you can check out my blog post on Writing Wranglers & Warriors live today where I talk about the personality type I most identify with.