Just returned home from two back-to-back family trips, one the tri-annual reunion of the Moriarty family (yes, fellow Sherlockians, I am aware -- there is also a John Watson in the family tree), the other to visit my husband's family near Buffalo. I have been working even on the road, but on this day of laundry and washing out a suitcase attacked by a loose tube of toothpaste (yes, we usually put such things in plastic bags, etc.) and sorting through mail, I have looked up and seen that I am again long overdue in posting here.
So some news, with more to come:
I've written a supernatural story for a new collection edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, Games Creatures Play. The story I wrote is about dodgeball and stolen children -- in the sense of those taken by the fae -- read the haunting W.B. Yeats poem, "The Stolen Child" to see what I mean. These lines from the poem
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
are quoted in the story, which (mostly) takes place during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
As we get closer to the pub date of April 2014, I'll have more to say, a picture of the cover art, and so on -- but since anthologies can be hard to find if you wait too late to order, I thought I'd give you a heads up now.
I've recently completed a story about Frank Harriman. When you read it, you'll get to see Frank as a rookie, just before he meets Irene. As soon as I have word from my publisher, I'll let you know when it will be available.
Other stories are listed on the short story page of my Website.
I will be speaking at the Orange County Sisters in Crime meeting on July 28th.
On October 19th I'll be at the Forensic Foray sponsored by the Arctic Cliffhangers, the Alaska Chapter of Sisters in Crime.
Next year, in March I'll be at Left Coast Crime 2014. Jerrilyn Farmer and I will be teaching the Writing Workshop there, which has limited space available -- sign up now.
And in November, I'll be at Bouchercon in Long Beach, California!