Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine: May/June 2018
I got the idea for my short story, "Taking Care," when more than one divorced acquaintances of mine in their 40s and 50s began contacting their college and high-school sweethearts to see if they could rekindle romance. Several of them had actually started relationships and were commuting across country to keep it going. I was so intrigued with the concept, I wanted to explore it in this story. You can read more about the thought process here in a blog post I wrote for Art Taylor's excellent, "First Two Pages," blog.
And if you'd rather just have a great sangria recipe to sip while you read the story, you can find that here.
This issue has many other wonderful stories in it. I particular enjoyed the one by my friend, Leslie Budewitz. Leslie and I met years ago at a wonderful workshop held by mystery doyenne, Elizabeth George. It was an inspiring class and a wonderful time.
Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology, September 2016, Anthony Award Winner for Best Anthology of 2016
In my story, "Blowhards on the Bayou", a Mardi Gras float becomes a locked room murder mystery set in New Orleans. The book is edited by the fabulous Greg Herren and includes stories from Rambo-creator, David Morrell; best-selling authors Terrie Farley Moran, Alison Gaylin, Elaine Viets, John Floyd, Edith Maxwell, and many more. The forward is by mega-best selling scion, Heather Graham. You can see the drink Kerry Hammond created to match the story here.
I got the idea for the story while I was watching my first Muses Mardi Gras parade several years ago. Special thanks to my great NOLA friends Max, Roz and Shawn Gruenig who introduced me to all things Mardi Gras. Max even took me on a Mardi Gras float and took videos from the float while it rolled in the parade. The Gruenig family own the excellent poboy eatery, Koz's. Stop on by next time you are in New Orleans. You might find me in the kitchen making jambalaya.
All proceeds from this anthology go to the New Orleans Public Library. Special thanks to editor, Greg Herren, and the fabulous folks at Down & Out Books. This anthology won the Anthony Award for Best Anthology for 2016.
Mystery Weekly, July 2016
In this issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine it's Christmas in July for my story, "A Christmas Miracle" when a laid off tech worker resorts to burglary to get his sick son Christmas presents. Of course this theft isn't going to be as easy as he hopes, especially when he finds a dead body.
I got the idea from two sources - a magazine article that talked about how burglars select houses to rob and my family's habit of making up stories about people we don't know by their choice of outdoor Christmas decor. I had so much fun writing this story that I even came up with a drink to match .
Mystery Weekly is a great short story magazine that offers email subscribers a free short story every week. Subscription details can be found at Mystery Weekly. You can also get single issues via Kindle or in print.
Dark Corners, September 2014
In the inaugural issue of this pulp magazine, a group of mystery writers go on a national TV show only to have one of the group murdered in "The Husband Killers Club."
I got the idea for this story while walking in Time Square outside of the NBC studio where the Today Show is filmed.