LA Times Festival of Books

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

Mysterious Galaxy – booth #368   3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Hope to see you there!

Ink-Quisitions with Jesse Rawlins

I’m up today chatting with Jesse Rawlins over at Story & Grit. Jesse is launching a new feature called Ink-Quisitions where she interviews various crime fiction authors. And I’m her first victim! It was a lot of fun as we discussed FINN, my contribution to the Johnny Cash collection, “Missouri Waltz,” and my favorite South Bay eats.

Check it out!

 

Book Bites Interview with author Steph Post

I’m up today on Steph Post’s blog where she features mini interviews with authors. It’s called Book Bites: Short and Sweet Interview for Readers on the Go. I answer 5 questions and if you’re curious what research didn’t make it into FINN, come check it out!

And if you’re looking for a great Southern crime fiction noir, check out Steph’s latest release, WALK IN THE FIRE. Just got my copy and I can’t wait to dig into it.

BOOK BITES – Thank you, Steph!

There’s also a nice mention of THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD!

Daly Prose blog

I’m up live today on fellow crime fiction author Charles Daly’s blog where I talk about FINN and setting crime fiction stories in the South Bay. We met on Twitter and I’m still amazed at the power of social media. The post looks cool and I love the way he laid it out with the quotes he pulled. Thanks, Charles Daly! And thank you Twitter!

DALY PROSE: Sarah M. Chen’s Redondo Beach Noir

One week until Bouchercon!

The countdown is beginning. In exactly one week, I’ll be in Toronto at BOUCHERCON – the biggest mystery conference in the world. I’m extremely excited and nervous. It will be a little different too since FINN is up for an Anthony Award for Best Novella. I’m already giddy and stressed at these conferences because of the panels I have to prepare for and/or moderate but now that’s like being multiplied by 100. Or 1,000.

Don’t get me wrong. I love going to these conferences. These are my people, my tribe. I get to see people I only know online or just see a couple times a year. I get to meet authors/bloggers/readers/publishers I’ve always wanted to meet. I just have to remember to take time out for myself to just chill and re-group so I don’t go into socialization overload shock.

I’ll be participating in the Author Speed Dating on Thursday from 8:00 – 10:00AM. That’s something I’ve done before and it’s always a fun time. I’ll pitch myself and FINN for 2 minutes to 160 people. It’s exhausting, especially having to be there at 7:30AM, but it’s always worth it to meet new readers and authors.

On Friday, I moderate the “Meet the Editors of your Best Anthology Nominees” at 10:00AM.

On Saturday, I’ll be on the “Meet your Novella Nominees” panel at 8:30AM.

Why is everything so damn early in the morning??  

Anyway, I’m excited and it’ll be fantastic to explore a new city. I always come back re-energized, inspired, and seriously motivated to kick ass on my WIP. And yes, hoarse and a little disheveled, but we won’t think about that. 🙂

Anthony Nominee!

 

Cleaning Up Finn Book Makeover

My publisher All Due Respect Books, the lowlifes of literature I’m proud to call them, is now an imprint of Down & Out Books. I’m a big fan of Down & Out and Eric Campbell so I’m very excited.

They have re-issued FINN. It’s now bigger and badder than ever! It’s also now available at Barnes & Noble and iTunes…plus any of your favorite indie bookstores can now order FINN.

I’m very grateful that FINN gets a makeover and look forward to a successful and productive partnership with Down & Out!

CLEANING UP FINN is up for an Anthony Award!

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:

http://bouchercon2017.com/anthony-awards/

Hope to see many of you in Toronto!

Book Festival Season is Here

Here’s my blog post over at Writing Wranglers & Warriors in anticipation of my signing copies of FINN at the LA Times Festival of Books. It’s my favorite time of year and I couldn’t think of a better place to work all weekend!

James Ellroy 2010 – I’m working The Mystery Bookstore booth

Hope to see you there!

Sisters in Crime, #367 – Saturday, April 22 from 12pm – 1pm

Mysterious Galaxy, #368 – Sunday, April 23 from 12pm – 12:45pm

CLEANING UP FINN wins an IPPY award

I’m very excited that FINN has won a Silver IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction in the West – Pacific category.

The IPPYs are the Independent Publisher Book Awards which honors those books published with small presses. It’s a fantastic organization that supports indie publishing and it’s an honor to be recognized. Woo hoo!

IPPY AWARDS 2017

WriterTypes podcast

This is a great podcast hosted by the multi-talented crime fiction authors Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden. I listened to the first two episodes and was blown away. Interviews with Megan Abbott, Reed Farrel Coleman, Joe Lansdale, Lou Berney, and Steph Post to name only a few, plus short stories, and reviews by Dan and Kate Malmon.

I was stoked to find out I’d be included in Episode 3 which had outtakes from Noir at the Bar on March 5. Travis Richardson and I read from his short story “Stranger in a Bar” which is included in the inaugural issue of SWITCHBLADE magazine. I read the part of the wannabe stripper whore, of course.

AND I was delightfully surprised to hear Kate Malmon sing FINN’s praises. That made my day!

Check out the podcast here and if you haven’t heard the first two, you need to catch up already.