I’ll be speaking on a short story panel this Saturday, July 17 at 10:00am PST for an awesome literary festival celebrating storytelling. It’s my first event for 2021 and it’s free to register!
I’ll be on with Steph Cha and Nikki Dolson with Ed Aymar moderating.
This discussion will focus on the state of short stories in crime fiction, its past and how social changes are affecting theform. Steph Cha was recently the new editor of the celebrated series, the Best American Mystery Stories, and her stewardship promises to bring forth an exciting new era in crime fiction. And Sarah M. Chen and Nikki Dolson are both celebrated practitioners of short fiction who can discuss the history of the form and what the future promises.
A big thank you to Janet Lynn and Will Zeilinger for inviting me to participate on their YouTube channel “Chatting with Authors.” We discussed short story writing and the novel-in-stories concept. I hate listening to myself talk (and especially watching myself) so hopefully I’m making sense!
My friend and co-editor, E.A. Aymar, writes a column for the Washington Independent Review of Books. His latest features short stories and he asked two very talented short story writers, Art Taylor and Tara Laskowski (who by the way are also in The Swamp Killers!) to name their favorites. Oh, and he also asked me.
So if you want an escape from all this craziness but still find it difficult to break away too long from the endless updates, then a short story is your answer!
Read the column for some excellent recommendations. I don’t really have a favorite short story but I do have a favorite short story writer. Read on to find out who!
It’s out in the world now! The anthology that I’m in featuring short stories inspired by the songs of The Go-Go’s is available for purchase. My story “Fading Fast” is a revenge tale gone horribly wrong.
All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood which really makes me happy. And the Foreword is written by Jane Wiedlin! Thank you to Holly West for making this happen and for being an amazing editor. Purchase links below!
My short story “A Real Scorcher” was selected out of hundreds to be included in British publisher Fahrenheit Press’s first short story collection aptly titled NOIRVILLE. It’s about a couple who go on a “let’s save our marriage” road trip to Mexico only to unexpectedly stop in Plaster City, a town nobody visits on purpose.
Towards the end of 2017 Fahrenheit Press launched a short story competition to showcase talented crime fiction writers from all around the world.
Our crack panel of judges whittled down the hundreds of entries we received to the 15 stories contained in this anthology. We believe these authors represent some of the most exciting crime fiction being written today.
Gutter Books has come out with a killer anthology that features songs inspired by Johnny Cash. It’s a great lineup of authors like David Corbett and Rob Hart and is edited by Joe Clifford. I’m thrilled to be part of JUST TO WATCH THEM DIE with my story “Missouri Waltz.”
There are also stories by Jen Conley, S.W. Lauden, Danny Gardner, Angel Luis Colon, and Renee Asher Pickup, among others. Here’s the full list on author Max Booth III’s blog:
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!
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