An Amazing Acceptance!


You guys! I received some astronomical news this week. My story “The Dead Collection” was accepted to Michael Bailey’s Chiral Mad 3. I can’t tell you how wild my happy dance was. I love Bailey’s work and his Chiral Mad anthologies are top of the line in every way. I’m also floored by the lineup! I’ll be sharing a TOC with people like Ramsey Campbell, Gardner Goldsmith (who wrote the foreword to my collection Beautiful Sorrows. What a dear!), Bruce Boston, and an author you may have heard of, Stephen King.

Stephen. Frickin’. King.

Glenn Chadbourne is doing art for all of the stories, and for some of the poetry as well. In fact, he’s already created a piece for my story! You can see it and the rest of the lineup here.

This is wonderful news to me. I’ve been in a bit of a literary slump, which I’ll address a bit on Wednesday. So this is a dream come true and also a kick in the pants/high-five from the universe. :)

Thank you for sharing in my joy with me.

Join Me as I Present at the Las Vegas Writer’s Group on March 19!

It will be tons of fun, you guys!

I’ll be the guest speaker at the Las Vegas Writer’s Group. We’ll be discussing how to use your blog to grow your readership, and how you can use your blog to actually enhance your quality of life. That “Oh, I’m so stressed out about my blog!” thing? Not here. Life is all about joy, my friends. :)

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Price: $5.00/per person

Tap House

5589 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV (map)


Miss Murder Takes a Breather

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So! I’ll be taking a two week hiatus from social media in order to finish up some literary commitments and teach a few classes. There simply isn’t enough time to do all of the things I’d like to!

I will be checking my email periodically, so if it’s exceptionally important, you may email me. But unless I have already committed to you, I won’t be able to provide anything in the next two weeks. Miss Murder needs to breathe. :)

Kisses to you, my darlings. Please take care of each other while I’m gone.

WANAcon! I’m Teaching Tomorrow AM!

Who wants to spend their Saturday morning in their pajamas, hanging out in my bedroom? It’ll be a slumber party!

Kristen Lamb has created the ONLINE We Are Not Alone con. It kicked off today, but it’s not too late to sign up. The best part (besides it being online so you can come in your PJs) is that all of the sessions are recorded, so you can watch everything at your leisure. Of course, you’ll miss out on the interactive part of the con and having your questions answered live, but it’s so nice putting the baby down for a nap and watching a favorite session whenever is convenient for you.

I’ll be teaching my Writing In Stolen Moments: Building Your Novel One Sentence at a Time class. It’s by far my most requested one, and is packed full of information that has really helped me learn to focus. I hope it will help you, as well! I teach live tomorrow at noon Eastern, which is 9:00 am here. So expect me to be a little rumpled.

Also, if you use the code PDMI, you get $15 off. Come join us, if you’d like. Remember, you’re not alone!


Because I stalk you. So there. ;)

Come Meet the Illiterati Tomorrow!

The Illiterati

We’ll be speaking at the Las Vegas Writer’s Group tomorrow at 7:00 PM. The address is 5589 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, and there’s a five dollar charge to get in.  You can see all of the information here.


Then you get to eat dinner, if you want! Have drinks! Listen to us! We’ll be discussing critique groups and giving suggestions on how to start your own. We’ll be VERY SERIOUS AND PROFESSIONAL.  Or not.

The REAL Illiterati

Either way, it’ll be a really good time. Come and join us, if you can!

Mama Always Said To Dream Big

Today is a day of great things. I’m slowly kicking the cold that was kicking me.  The banner came for Beautiful Sorrows, so I’ll be able to take it with me to book signings.  Killercon starts in a week (wahoo!). My darling Angry Ginger came by and chatted for a while. And I just learned that I was mentioned in a review for John Skipp’s Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane  on Criminal Element. Not only do I swoon about being in such a cool anthology with some simply stunning authors, but I’m delighted that I was mentioned alongside one of my (and everybody else’s) favorite writers, Neil Gaiman.

This is, I think, my second anthology that I share with Mr. Gaiman, and naturally he doesn’t know me. But my Mama always said to dream big, and one of my dreams is that he’ll blurb a certain novel of mine that has yet to be published. So this gives me time to work my way up, you see.

The second part of that dream is to have David Bowie narrate it. So I have to majorly get cracking. ;)

Before you laugh, I truly believe that few things are impossible. If you work hard enough and catch the right breaks, perhaps something wonderful can be achieved, yes?  I feel that way knowing that I’ll see my first copy of Beautiful Sorrows on Monday. There was a point where writing a book seemed like it would never be possible, but it’s right over the horizon! I’m so very, very grateful.

So tell me! What are your pie-in-the-sky big dreams?