In October of 2017, the next Kris Nelscott novel will appear. It’ll feature Valentina Wilson instead of Smokey Dalton. (The next Smokey book will probably appear in 2018.) I’ve written about Val in Stone Cribs, and then again in a bunch of my short stories. She’s a different character in the short fiction than she is in Stone Cribs, due to life experience and the […]
Found lots of great reading in December. Here’s what I really loved.
I was staring down the barrel of 2017, trying to figure out my writing projects. And I realized on Tuesday that the reason I couldn’t just dive in on Monday was because I hadn’t…oh, crap…defined myself.
I had defined myself in general. That’s easy. I’m a writer first, and to me, that means all the writerly things I do and have done from the old Star Wars book to new fiction I’m writing (from the romance short to the Diving universe to the historical mystery I just finished for the next Lawrence Block antho) to this blog and all the nonfiction.
But I somehow did not handle the specifics of being a writer very well in 2016.
I’m particularly proud of this one, probably because it surprised even me when I finished it. I wrote “Christmas Eve at The Exit” last year, after hearing this query at a hotel just below my house. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine picked the story up for their holiday issue. It’s not a warm and fuzzy piece, but I think you’ll like it. Click here for an excerpt […]
I’ve listed the best of the best from my August reading below. Thank heavens for these pieces. They provided much needed escape.
I read a lot in December, too much of it forgettable. I read a Christmas novel by one of my favorite romance authors, a reissue that I had missed, and was pretty disturbed by the behavior of the male protagonist. I read two other novels that just didn’t thrill me, and a lot of short stories that left me…shrugging, I guess. I did read some […]
This month sees the publication of two of my short stories in the Dell Magazines. “Sob Sisters” marks the first appearance for my Kris Nelscott pen name in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and the first publication for Nelscott in about 5 years. Don’t worry, Nelscott fans, the newest Smokey novel will come out in March. It’s called Street Justice. The story here features Valentina Wilson, whom you’ll […]
I initially started this list because I was no longer editing, and I wanted to recommend what I’m reading to you. I’m editing again in a limited capacity for Fiction River, and I’m reading some marvelous stories. You’ll have to see those, especially the ones in the volumes that list me as editor (not just overall editor) as stories I recommend as well. I’m not […]
I generally post my recommended reading list a month or three after I’ve done the reading. Which means that all of the holiday stories that I read get recommended in January or February. Last year, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season, and it worked so well that I’m doing it again […]
I’m honored to report that my short story, “Local Knowledge,” has just been reprinted in The Best American Mystery Stories 2012 edited by Robert Crais. The story first appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. I’m very pleased by this. If you’d like a copy, you can get it at your local bookseller or find a copy here.