The summer fair: hot dogs, mini doughnuts, and crime. Free to read online at Mystery Tribune.
On nasty neigbours and the new Guppy anthology
I’m on Lois Winston’s blog today, talking about writing my story “The Ass-in” in Hook, Line and Sinker.
A new Christmas story
Vancouver in wartime is the setting for my latest short story, published in longtime UK magazine The People’s Friend. I love the illustrations the magazine commissions for their fiction.
Why I Left The House That Smelled of Death
My latest story, “Why I Left the House that Smelled of Death,” about a holiday visit with family, is free to read in the Yellow Mama webzine. A bit of a departure from my usual style but that’s what’s so wonderful about short stories – you can try new things without committing a year to the process.
Sometimes the idea for a story comes like a bolt from the blue, with a story that almost writes itself. At other times, the inspiration builds slowly over time. I describe the process for my latest short story on the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine blog.
A Book to Remember
I have a post today on the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine blog, Something is Going to Happen on how good writers can create memories of people and places that seem real to readers and stay with them for years.
Scholarships for Surrey
Surrey International Writers Conference is one of the best conferences around for new and aspiring writers. They have two scholarships available this year.
The SiWC Diversity Scholarship offers a full conference pass (a $625 value) to SiWC 2019 to writers over the age of 19 who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference.
The Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers is available for writers between the ages of 15 and 22.
Deadline for applications is September 15.
A Locked Co-op Mystery
In my latest short story, published this week in Mystery Weekly magazine, the mayor was alone in the locked apartment where his family had once lived. The crowd of people outside had watched him enter and would swear no one had gone in before or after him. But he was dead.
A Locked Co-op Mystery, is another adventure for Rebecca Butler and other characters in Murder is Uncooperative, a housing co-op mystery.
I have a new short story, Stealth, just out in The Desperate and the Damned, a new anthology published by Toe Six Press. In this story, a vulnerable woman struggles with the paranoia of dementia, but what if the threat is real?
Where do writers get their ideas?
I’m guest blogging today on Lois Winston’s Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers as part of series on where writers get their ideas. I talk about how a photo from my grandfather’s album inspired the novel I’ve recently finished writing and more.