Another New Story Alert!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
My latest story “Suffer the Poor” has just been published in History and Mystery, Oh My! (Mystery and Horror, LLC).

It’s available on Amazon here:


New Story Alert!

My newest published story appears in That Mysterious Woman: A Shaker of Margaritas. The title is “At Storm’s End” and you can find it on Amazon here:

The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant Program

As many of you know, I am the Grant Chair for Malice Domestic. We are currently accepting submissions and reviewing works-in-progress for this year’s grant. If you’re an unpublished writer in the Malice genre (traditional mysteries), please consider sending us your submission for review.

Here is a Q & A I just did regarding the Malice Grant Program.

What exactly is the Malice Grants Program? What does the writer of the winning submission receive?

The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers is a wonderful way for unpublished writers of the traditional mystery to be recognized for the potential of their works-in-progress. The Program is designed to foster quality malice domestic literature and to help the next generation of traditional mystery writers get their first works published.
Each grant includes a $1,500 award which may be used to offset registration, travel, or other expenses related to attendance at a writers’ conference or workshop within a year of the date of the award. A comprehensive registration to Malice Domestic and two nights’ lodging at the convention hotel for the year the grant is presented is also included, but travel to the convention hotel and meals are excluded.

What are you looking for in a Malice Grant submission?

The Grants Committee is looking for a submission that is a cut above the rest. It must be consistent with the Malice Domestic genre which can be loosely described as mystery stories of the Agatha Christie type—i.e., “traditional mysteries.” These works feature no excessive gore, gratuitous violence, or explicit sex. Grants are awarded to works-in-progress that demonstrate excellent writing skills, originality, and a solid knowledge of character development and plotting.

What are the dates I can submit my manuscript?

The Grant submission period is from September 15 through November 15 each year. Any work-in-progress postmarked before or on November 15 will be accepted.

How is the winning submission(s) for the Malice Grant decided?

The three members of the Grants Committee receive a copy of the submission materials to review and evaluate. They then come together to discuss their recommendations until all three are in agreement about which submission(s) should be awarded a grant.

Can I email you my submission?

No, the Committee only accepts hard copy submissions.

What makes the Malice Grant different from other literary contests?

The Malice Grant is specific to the traditional mystery. If you are writing in any other genre, your work-in-progress will be disqualified. I am happy to report that the William F. Deeck-Malice Grant for Unpublished Writers is highly regarded by agents representing writers in this genre and how wonderful it has been to receive this feedback from a number of well-respected professionals in the field.
Where can I find more information about the Malice Grant and submission guidelines?
For a more comprehensive discussion about the Malice Domestic Grant Program please visit our website at: and click on Grants. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email me at:

Who are some past winners of the Malice Grant?

I am very proud to tell you that a few of the authors included amongst our Grant recipients are: Jeffrey Marks, Sujata Massey, Mat Witten, Marcia Talley, G.M. Malliet, Elizabeth Duncan, Stephanie Evans, and Gigi Pandian.

Can I submit more than one manuscript at a time?

No, only one submission per writer will be considered each year.

I’ve submitted a work-in-progress to the Malice Grants Program in the past and I was not a Grant recipient. Can I resubmit my revised manuscript this year for consideration?

We encourage writers to revise their manuscripts and resubmit. However, we only permit resubmission once. But we welcome the submission of a new manuscript in the future.

Who Dat? An Interview with Debra H Goldstein

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 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 .

A new story just published!

Now Available: All Hallows’ Evil which contains my short story “Devil’s Night.” Published by Mystery & Horror LLC, the anthology is available in paperback and also as a Kindle download.

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Heading Across the Pond

Heading Across the Pond

I’m off to the UK!

Fish Nets Anthology: Just Where Do the Stories Come From?

Fish Nets Anthology: Just Where Do the Stories Come From?

I recently guest blogged for the Sisters in Crime Guppy Chapter Anthology blog for our new release Fish Nets. Ever wonder what motivates a writer? Check it out and see!