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 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!
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!
E.A. Aymar and I are featured on Episode 3 of Michael Pool’s Crime Syndicate podcast. We talk about The Night of the Flood and other writerly issues that hopefully make us sound smart. We also read brief excerpts from our stories in The Night of the Flood.
There are some technical difficulties which I blame solely on Ed but if you stick it out for a few minutes, Ed won’t sound like he’s under water.
Thank you, Michael, for having us!
So the Q&A for Urban AMA was a lot of fun. Our stats were pretty good too! #2 on the app within that 24-hour period with over 21,000 views. (Ed and I made it to #1 within 72 hours). Not bad!
In case you want to view it in its entirety (or just want to view part of it), it’s up on YouTube for anyone to check out:
Hey, I’ll be answering questions on this new platform (at least new to me) called UrbanAMA where you can “ask me anything”! You download the U13 app (but only with an iPhone. I had to borrow my ex-husband’s iPad to do this) and then send in your questions. Ed and I will be answering them tomorrow night Wed 3/21 at 5:00 PM PST. Or you can tweet us your questions using the hashtag #TheNightOfTheFlood. I answer the questions with a 40-second video (at least that’s the goal – I’ve never done this before, remember!)
So send in those burning questions…or send me adorable sea otter photos. Either works!
I’m on the Unpanel! Check out the latest episode of the Writer Types podcast where they do a segment called the “Unpanel” in which several writers answer one question. This episode, they kindly feature several collaborators from The Night of the Flood and ask us “what was it like working on a collaborative novel?”
You can hear what E.A. Aymar, Gwen Florio, Alan Orloff, and I have to say…plus interviews with Alison Gaylin, Owen Laukkanen, and Dharma Kelleher, and many more.
I’m up live today talking about, what else? THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD of course! Its big release date is less than two weeks away and I’m thrilled with the amount of buzz it’s generating already. I guess it helps to pester people to interview us. 🙂
Seriously, though, everyone has been so generous with the interviews and guest blogs about our upcoming anthology. Not only with Ed and I but the other contributors as well. We’re everywhere!
So if you want to check out the latest interview about how we all collaborated, our editorial process, and why Pennsylvania was chosen for the setting, be sure to go on over to author Dana King’s blog, One Bite at a Time. And I guarantee, at the very least, you’ll appreciate the photos. I know I did.
I’m up today at author Greg Levin’s blog Scrawl Space where he lists Five Under-the-Radar Authors of Fun, Gritty Fiction You Need to Read. It’s an honor to be listed alongside Mike McCrary, Jen Conley, and Eryk Pruitt. Their work I’m already familiar with and wholeheartedly agree with Greg on this. Now I need to check out Scott Kelly as well!
Thanks, Greg, for the shoutout! He also gives some love to the upcoming THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD that I co-edited with E.A. Aymar.