So excited to see BOLO Books come out with their Top Reads of 2018. It’s always a treat to see which books make Kristopher’s list. I always learn of must-read books so it’s great for holiday shopping (for myself too!). But it was even more special to see The Night of the Flood as Top Anthology of the Year. Thank you, BOLO Books!
I’m thrilled to be in this all-female special issue of Switchblade. It’s the Stiletto Heeled: Women of Noir issue. All women authors featuring stories with protagonists who are women and edited by Lisa Douglass, who is yes, a woman. How cool is that?
It’s my first publication in this anthology and it’s about time. Scotch Rutherford started this killer magazine a couple years ago and it’s already made quite a name for itself in the noir community.
This special issue includes my short story “Influencers” set in the world of hip hop and YouTube. It’s available on Kindle now and the print will be released in a few weeks. So check it out!
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.
Saturday, October 20, noon
I was humbled when Ron Earl Phillips asked me to contribute a story for an anthology honoring the late great William E. Wallace or “Bill” to those who knew him well. He was an investigate reporter, crime fiction writer, devoted fan of the genre, and ardent supporter of all of us in the crime fiction community.
I met Bill only once. It was at Left Coast Crime in Portland. Travis Richardson, Stephen Buehler, and I hosted an Author / Reader connection where we discussed short story writing with anyone who wanted to sign up (and hey, we offered free books and drinks!). Bill signed up and I knew Travis had met him before. Travis had nothing but praise for Bill and I immediately agreed when I met him. Extremely intelligent, kind, and witty. After that we became friends on social media and I found myself looking forward to reading his thoughtful posts. They were encouraging, humorous (often times with a dark twinge to it), and introspective. A true gentleman and talented writer who is missed by all of us in the crime fiction community.
All proceeds of this anthology go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Here is a lovely post that Ron Earl Phillips, editor of Shotgun Honey, posted: DEADLINES
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I’ll be speaking at the Sisters in Crime / LA panel at the Pasadena Central Library on Thursday, September 13 at 7pm. This is a panel featuring 11 of us writers in the latest SinC/LA anthology The Last Resort.
Hope to see some of you there!
SISTERS IN CRIME/
LOS ANGELES PRESENTS
Thursday, Sept. 13 • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Donald Wright Auditorium
The Thrill Begins has a series called “Pay It Forward” in which each contributor recognizes an author or a book that inspired them. It could be someone living or dead, a short story writer or a novelist, an author friend or a literary idol from your childhood. I think it’s a wonderful series and look forward to each week’s spotlight.
So imagine my surprise when I wake up to find out that today, it’s ME! E.A. Aymar, the managing editor of The Thrill Begins and also my co-editor for The Night of the Flood, wrote a lovely, eloquent piece about me and I’m floored. He’s a sneaky little bastard. 🙂 Thank you, Ed.
He even managed to find my short story “The Donut Dealer” on Medium.
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!
I’m so excited to be part of this upcoming anthology “Murder-a-Go-Go’s” inspired by music of The Go-Go’s. Holly West is our awesome editor and she’s worked so hard on this. AND all proceeds go to Planned Parenthood which is my favorite part of all. But the lineup is finally announced and wow, it’s so fun to see who else is in this book. A stellar lineup, for sure!
And did I mention…Foreword by THE Jane Wiedlin!
My story “Fading Fast” is dark (OK, nothing new, right?) but it was inspired by a news story I read about a young couple who thought they were doing the right thing (or at least the righteous thing) but it ended up going horribly wrong. It really stuck with me and so it became my inspiration for “Fading Fast.”
Coming soon by Down & Out Books!
My book review is up today at Los Angeles Review of Books of Alison Gaylin’s latest psychological thriller If I Die Tonight. What a compelling, gripping read!
If you want to learn more about it, check out my review. And hopefully it will inspire you to read her book, if you haven’t picked up a copy already.
It’s that time of year! The LA Times Festival of Books! I look forward to this every year and I’ll be there signing copies of The Night of the Flood and Cleaning Up Finn.
It’s this weekend Sat 4/21 – Sun 4/22 at the USC campus (boo! Go Bruins!) and there will be books everywhere plus food trucks, panels, kids stuff, poetry readings, and giveaways. It’s heaven for book lovers!
Come find me on Saturday 4/21:
Sisters in Crime – booth #367 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Mystery Writers of America – booth #376 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Hope to see you there!