Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Appearance: Noir at the Bar, 4/2


Noir at the Bar is exactly what it sounds like. A bunch of crime writers reading their darkest, funniest, and/or punchiest stuff in a dimly lit room that smells vaguely of beer.

Looser and more freewheeling than a bookstore reading (have I mentioned there's beer?), it also happens to be a worldwide phenomenon. You don't have to take my word for it. Keith Rawson assembled an oral history of the event for LitReactor a few years back. Jen Conley wrote a terrific piece about it for the Los Angeles Review of Books. And just this week, the first Noir at the Bar Australia took place in Melbourne.

I've participated in Noir at the Bars (Noirs at the Bar?) in locales as far flung as Boston and Long Beach. This Sunday, April 2nd, I'm delighted to be reading at one in my adopted hometown of Portland, Maine, alongside some of the finest crime writers New England has to offer.

Wanna come? We'll be at Bull Feeney's at 375 Fore Street from 3PM to 5PM. Admission's free. Kelly's Books to Go will be on hand if you feel like taking something home with you. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Plattsburgh's Press-Republican Reviews RED RIGHT HAND

Thomas Grant Bruso, book reviewer for the Plattsburgh-based Press-Republican, had this to say about RED RIGHT HAND in today's issue:
"A high-octane, fast-moving read... The writing is taut, teasing and terrific, and the mind-blowing plotlines will keep readers engaged, turning pages as fast as the affairs unfold."
Thanks, Thomas! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm always delighted to get reviews from Upstate New York publications, since that's where I grew up*. Believe you me, readers, it doesn't get much more upstate than Plattsburgh.

*According to city-folk, at least. The people I grew up with are way likelier to say "Central New York."

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Maine Crime Wave 2017


New Englanders: On Saturday, April 22, join me, Tess Gerritsen, Gayle Lynds, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, and many more at Maine Crime Wave!

I'll be participating in a couple panel discussions (including one on querying that features agent Ann Collette) and leading a craft session on writing gripping scenes. The lovely and talented Katrina Niidas Holm (who, okay, I'm married to, but who also happens to review for Kirkus Reviews, Mystery Scene Magazine, and Publishers Weekly) will be moderating a discussion between Tess Gerritsen and her agent, Meg Ruley. And interested attendees will get the opportunity to read aloud two minutes of their own work! (I would've killed for an experience like that when I was starting out. And, as far as you know, did.)

That's a whole lot of awesome for one day. Don't miss out. Register now!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Casting the Pod

Not long ago, I chatted with Harry Marks for his Covered podcast. Today, that episode went live. Click through to give it a listen!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Give a Little, Get a Little

Fair warning: This is a political post. If you enjoy my writing but have no interest in engaging with me on that level, kindly navigate away.

If you're still reading because you're not yet sure which way I lean politically, take a moment to peruse my Twitter feed. If you and I aren't ideologically aligned, kindly navigate away, and feel free to direct any all-caps rants about how you plan to return, throw out, or burn my books to idontcare[at]nofucksgiven[dot]com.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Scene of the Crime

On Monday, January 30th, Portland Stage is doing something pretty cool: they're putting on staged readings of works from several local crime writers. The folks they've invited to participate are a talented bunch. Gerry Boyle. Brenda Buchanan. Paul Doiron. Julia Spencer-Fleming. And, uh, yours truly.

They asked us each for several excerpts from our novels that might play well on stage. I couldn't resist sending along a couple short stories too. I thought it'd be a kick to see one performed in its entirety. Apparently, the fine folks at Portland Stage agreed, because in addition to killer excerpts from Gerry, Brenda, Paul, and Julia, they'll be tackling my darkly comic short "Eight Pounds," which first appeared in Thuglit in '09.

The event is open to the public and pay-what-you-can (I understand $10 is pretty standard). A complimentary wine and beer reception kicks off at 6:30PM. Performances begin at 7:00PM. If you'd like more details, you can check out the event page here. Hope to see you there!

EDITED TO ADD: Bob Keyes was kind enough to write a piece highlighting this event for Maine Today. You can read it here.