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How I Came to Write This Story: “Zinger” from “Roachkiller and Other Stories”

I guest-posted this today on Patricia Abbott’s loverly blog. WAY BACK IN THE 20TH CENTURY, I had a freelance job writing web site reviews, and I came across a contest for Best Hollywood Movie Pitch. Looking at previous winners, it … Continue reading

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Say, What’s the Idea?

Here’s my opening business during the “Where Do You Get Your (Criminal) Ideas?” panel at the New York Public Library on April 3. I moderated the panel, which included writers Chris “Rhymes with Beer Stein” Grabenstein, Alison “Exclamation Point Enthusiast” … Continue reading

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Crider on “Roachkiller”

Bill Crider kindly plugs Roachkiller and Other Stories on his blog: “Hardboiled prose, noir sensibility, and all very effective.”

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Hurricane Coming!

Look for the ebook single of my short story “Hurricane.” The story appears in Roachkiller and Other Stories, but you can get the short story if you want a taste of that anthology. Here’s the press release copy: A luckless … Continue reading

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Roachkiller Lives!

My ebook collection of short stories Roachkiller and Other Stories is now available on Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, the iBookstore (epub), Smashwords (all formats), and Kobo (epub). An individual story, “Hurricane” (Anglicized from “Juracán”) is also available. Get it! Get … Continue reading

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Long Island Can Be Murder

My story “Ending in Paumanok” will appear in Long Island Noir, due out this May from Akashic Books. The anthology is edited by Kind Kaylie Jones and also features the works of Jumpin’ Jules Feiffer, Madcap Matthew McGevna, Nice Nick … Continue reading

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Tinting Fiction

Here are the first couple of paragraphs of what I’ll be talking about at the National Council of Teachers of English this weekend. I’ll be on the panel “We’re On the Case: Latino Writers of YA Mysteries,” featuring Sarah Cortez, … Continue reading

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