Angela Cray is on Dru’s Book Musings! The kind and wonderful Dru Ann Love has included my blog piece in her “Day in the Life” feature. Read it here.
On January 16, the release date for ANGELA CRAY GETS REAL, I’ll have a guest post at the wonderful site, The Book’s the Thing. The topic? How a book improved my appearance. One might think writing a book would have the opposite effect. Typically that’s probably the case—unless you’ve got a character in your life like Angela Cray. This piece explores the sometimes blurry line between fiction and reality. A huge thanks to Erika from The Book’s the Thing for her graciousness and hospitality!
Wonderful five-star (!!!) review for ANGELA CRAY GETS REAL from Lady J71’s Reading Nook. A special thanks to LadyJ71 for reviewing the book and to the Cozy Mystery Review Crew for facilitating the review.
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Happy to report my story, “Off-Off-Off Broadway,” was recently accepted by Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The story is about a photographer who finds herself cast in a dangerous drama between an actress and her unfaithful husband. This piece took a while to find its final form. A huge thanks to my short story critique group from Sisters in Crime for their help.
Here in DC, protests are the new Happy Hour. This means I’m not getting my weekly recommended dosage of alcohol. This is also altering my reading list. As the daughter of an immigrant, I’ve always been interested in stories about immigrant experiences. Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart, described as “self-immolating,” (!) is hilarious and intense. Roth’s novel, The Plot Against America, is on my list.
That noise you hear? It’s me, jumping up and down with joy. I’m one of five finalists for a Freddie Award for Writing Excellence for my unpublished mystery, Angela Cray Gets Real. The winner will be announced in February at the SleuthFest conference in Florida.
A recent listserv exchange about “boy” versus “girl” stories got me thinking about two of the most powerful noir novels I’ve read—and whether my response was, at least in part, gendered. Probably. Very different novels but both propulsive and perfect for the spooky season: Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet and In the Cut by Susanna Moore.
How do you make a successful comedy out of suicide, aging, and death? Check out: A Man Called Ove. I have to go way, way back to recall another funny movie so full of suicide (Harold and Maude).