Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Maine Crime Wave

On Saturday, April 19, two of my favorite things on this planet will intersect: talking crime fic with crazy talented authors, and my adopted hometown of Portland, Maine.

The first annual Maine Crime Wave features appearances by Julia Spencer-Fleming, Paul Doiron, Tess Gerritsen, me, and many more! Fans and writers both will find a lot to love in this event, because there are panels and workshops galore. The full schedule can be found here. And if you'd like to read some early coverage courtesy of the Morning Sentinel, I've got you covered there, too.

Obviously, if you live in Southern Maine, this event's a can't miss. But for those of you from farther-flung locales who're on the fence about making the trip, let me say this: Portland is home to some of the best food and drink you'll ever find, and our working waterfront's a sight to see. The fact that you'd also get to hang with some luminaries of the crime-fic world makes this event too good to pass up. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Left Coast Crime Schedule

Folks, Left Coast Crime is soon upon us, and I for one am psyched*. If you'll also be in Monterey March 20-23, here's where you can find me:

FRIDAY 10:15-11:00
Don’t Kill the Messenger: Reviewers Discuss Mysteries**
Ted Hertel (Moderator)
Jordan Foster 
Terry Jacobsen
Maggie Mason
Katrina Niidas Holm

SATURDAY 11:30-12:15
Pulp Fiction & Beyond: Very Untraditional Mysteries
Juliet Blackwell (Moderator)
Dale Berry
Chris F. Holm
Richard Kadrey
Gary Phillips

I'll also be co-hosting a table at the awards banquet Saturday evening with my good friend Sara J. Henry, so if you plan on attending, we'd love to have you at our table. We'll hang out, eat some tasty food, and send you on your way with snazzy freebies.

And I'm always happy to grab a drink at the bar***, or chat pretty much wherever****, so if you see me and feel like saying hello, please feel free.

*To escape the frozen hellscape that is the Northeast. And for my first trip to California. And also for the con.

**Okay, fine, I'm not on this panel, but my lovely wife is, so I'll be front and center cheering her on.

***Although I reserve the right for said drink to be nonalcoholic/heavily caffeinated, depending on time, mood, and level of jet-lag/sleep deprivation.

****Restrooms excluded.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Derringer Nom!

I'm thrilled to report my short story "Pretty Little Things," which appeared in the July 2013 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, is a finalist for a 2014 Derringer Award! The story was inspired by a phone call my wife and I received one Saturday morning a few years back; you can read about it here.

Thanks to this year's judges for choosing my story, as well as ace editor Janet Hutchings for publishing it in the first place. And congrats to my fellow nominees!

Oh, and if any of y'all reading this are members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, I'd love to have your vote.