Monday, December 04, 2017

UNPUTDOWNABLE: The Art and Craft of Writing Gripping Scenes

Would you like to sharpen up your scenes and learn how to keep your readers turning pages? Then join me at USM's Glickman Library in Portland, Maine on Saturday, February 24, 2018, and I'll tell you everything I know.

I'm putting on this five-hour workshop in collaboration with the fine folks at Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, an organization I enthusiastically endorse. It's open to members and nonmembers alike, but either way, registration is required. Click through for details. I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Appearance: Noir at the Bar, 11/19


Mainers! The latest installment of Noir at the Bar Portland is this Sunday, November 19 at Bull Feeney's. The event runs from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and admission is free. Jen Blood, Brenda Buchanan, Richard Cass, Bruce Robert Coffin, Kate Cone, Vaughn Hardacker, Maureen Milliken, Sandra Neily, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Brendan Rielly, and yours truly will all be reading. Kelly's Books to Go will be on hand if you wanna bring a little something home. (Books make lovely gifts.) I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

BLOOD BUSINESS is Now Available!

Yesterday, I had elections on the brain, so I failed to celebrate a bit of book news: Hex Publishers' latest anthology, BLOOD BUSINESS, is now available!

BLOOD BUSINESS, edited by Mario Acevedo and Joshua Viola, is actually two anthologies in one—each featuring its own cover. (The image I've included here is the back cover, because, well, my name's on it.) All of the stories are gritty crime tales, but half of them take place in the real world, while the other half contain supernatural elements. My story, "The Group Home," is the latter.

No matter your preference, the lineup—which includes Paul Goat Allen, Betsy Dornbusch, Jason Heller, Stephen Graham Jones, Mark Stevens, and Alyssa Wong, to name but a few—can't be beat. I'm honored to be counted among them. Grab a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Hex Publishers today!

Wicked Baked

New England Crime Bake is this weekend! I confess, it snuck up on me this year (hence the lateness of this post), but I'm delighted to be taking part. If you, too, plan on chilling in Woburn* this weekend, here's where you'll find me:

MASTERS OF SUSPENSE: The Key Elements of Suspense
Lisa Gardner, Chris Holm, Gayle Lynds, and Joseph Finder (m)
Saturday, November 11
9:00 to 9:50 AM

First Page Roundtable
Saturday, November 11
1:45 to 3:00 PM

As ever, if you see me around, please feel free to say hello. The full (and I do mean full, because it is action-packed) schedule can be found here.

*Fun game for people who live outside of New England: try pronouncing Woburn. No, I'm sorry, you're incorrect.