It was my pleasure to interview Debra H. Goldstein, a fellow contributor to the Mystery and Horror, LLC short story anthology, Mardi Gras Murder. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Debra’s story and wanted to introduce her to you.
Tell me about yourself-including other published short stories, etc.
For many years as a litigator and then a federal Administrative Law Judge, my writings were confined to legal articles and book chapters. In 2009, I decided to write more creatively.
Maybe I Should Hug You won a 2009 Alabama Writers Conclave Nonfiction Award and was published by More Magazine online in April 2010 as More Hugs, Less Fear. Malicious Mischief received a 2010 Chattahoochee Valley Writer’s Conference Short Story Award. After receiving AWC Humor and Short Fiction Awards, Legal Magic and Grandma’s Garden appeared in the 2011 and 2011 editions of www.Alalit.com. The Bethlehem Writers Roundtable November 2013 featured short story was A Political Cornucopia. Early Frost will be in the April 2014 Birmingham Arts Journal and Saturday the Rabbi’s Wife Stayed Home will be included in a future edition of Mysterical-E.
Meme’s Place was included in the 2012 short story anthology It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. Who Dat? Dat the Indian Chief was one of thirteen stories selected for the 2014 Mardi Gras Murder anthology. My first novel, Maze in Blue, a mystery set on the University of Michigan’s campus in the 1970’s was published in April 2011 and received a 2012 IPPY Award. Harlequin Worldwide Mystery will feature Maze in Blue as a May 2014 book of the month.
Tell me a plot teaser about your Mardi Gras Murder story, Who Dat? Dat the Indian Chief!
Who Dat? Dat the Indian Chief! focuses on the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Tribe parades and traditions. This story of redemption is set post Katrina.
How did you get the idea for your story? How did you come to write it?
I saw an open call for short stories for a Mardi Gras anthology. Not knowing much about Mardi Gras events, I started researching different parades. When I found historical info about how the offspring of slaves and Indians created alternate parade activities, my imagination ran wild – especially in light of the aftermath of Katrina.
Did you need to do research for the story?
Yes. I read everything I could find on Mardi Gras Indian tribe parades, the routes they use, and the special way the tribes communicate so that I could make my story realistic. Because I have not spent much time in New Orleans, I contacted two friends who are natives to find out about schools, streets, parishes, and other physical landmarks so my setting would be accurate.
Anything else you want to say about the story or the anthology?
“Who Dat? Dat the Indian Chief!” is a story of redemption that features two characters who are part of the New Orleans Indian tribe/Krewe culture. The story highlights the costumes of the tribes and the impact that Katrina had on the city of New Orleans and the people who stayed or returned to live there.
Many thanks to Debra for sharing her thoughts and experiences on writing. Find out more about Debra and her work on her website www.DebraHGoldstein.com .