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 I’m one of five finalists for a Freddie Award for Writing Excellence for my unpublished mystery, Angela Cray Gets Real.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).
If you haven’t read it already, check out my new 700-word story, “Ick or Okay?”, on the wonderful website, Shotgun Honey. A huge thanks to the readers who kindly commented on the story.
Yay! Shotgun Honey, here I come. Proud to be part of a webzine that publishes “fiction with a kick.” Gave flash fiction a try to see how noir I could go. The 700-word limit was, ahem, character building. My short stories tend to be novelette length. My story, “Ick or Okay,” is tentatively scheduled to appear on Oct. 17. Thank you, Ron Earl Phillips, managing editor.
After some critiques, I am polishing up my crime novel, Angela Cray Gets Real, to release to the world. It’s a fun story (so I’ve been told!), which is amazing as it was written in the midst of much sadness, including the death of my wonderful mother. With thanks to the ladies upstairs for giving me Angela Cray.
Jodie is a wonderful editor (and person!) who helped me tremendously with The Overthrow. She’s used some of my work in her book, Captivate Your Readers.
Thank you to Robert Lopresti for including “When I’m Famous” in his round-up of the year’s best stories. I’m deeply honored to make the list. Congratulations to the other writers highlighted as well. Check out his “All the best from me to you” column on SleuthSayers:
Where’s the champagne? Am thrilled by a nice mention in Mystery Scene magazine about my short story, “When I’m Famous.” In his column, “Short & Sweet,” Bill Crider writes: “Dara Carr makes a notable debut with her first short story…” and “When I’m Famous’ is Dara Carr’s first story, but the voice of the narrator here is so distinctive and assured that it sells the story from the first paragraph.”
YAY! The column mentioning my story begins, “Now and then I read an article about the importance of ‘voice’ in fiction. If you want to get a master class in practical examples of how voice can make a story work, just pick up in the June 2014 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (EQMM).”
Super cool to be mentioned in an impressive round-up that includes Dave Zeltserman, Bill Pronzini, Liza Cody, Marilyn Todd, Robert Lopresti, Roger Jones, and Amy Myers.