Member News

June 2021

Mysti Berry – I invite all short-story writers to consider submitting to the charity anthology series LOW DOWN DIRTY VOTE, which will raise $10,000 for Democracy Docket, an organization defending voting rights across the United States. The publisher, Berry Content Corp., is an MWA-approved publisher. The submission deadline is Halloween 2021, and submission guidelines are here.

Rhys Bowen – Celebrating great news! My new historical novel, The Venice Sketchbook, was #1 on Kindle in the UK and #3 in the US. It got a starred review from Library Journal. Find it here.

Karen Catalona – I recently started a blog called Vicarious Thrills that interviews mystery and thriller writers about their publishing debuts. Recent interviews include Norcal MWA members Daisy Bateman, Heather Young and Claire Johnson. Check it out here!
Michelle Chouinard – My new book, The Vacation, released on May 27. Find it here.

David CorbettThe Art of Character has been published in China!

Hal Glatzer – My pastiche, “The God of War,” will be published in the latest MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, edited by David Marcum. Publishers Weekly calls it a “superior” anthology and cites four of the 19 stories—including mine—as “standouts.” All royalties go to support the Stepping Stones School for special needs children at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes. Find a review here.

Laurie R. King – I have a busy June: Castle Shade, the 17th (!) Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes memoir, is out June 8, taking the intrepid duo to Transylvania in service of the fabulous Queen Marie. Are there vampires? Well, that would be telling… (An excerpt, description, and order links for Castle Shade are here.)
Events include the Poisoned Pen, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Joseph Beth—and those are in addition to my other June adventures, including a panel with the New York Society Library on MWA’s new handbook, How to Write a Mystery; a panel with Mystery in the Midlands; and a roundtable discussion about writing historicals with Dana Cameron, Naomi Hirahara, and SJ Rozan. 
All these events are virtual, you can find them here.  (And yes, I’m also working on a book…)

Ellen Kirschman – The second edition of I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know (Guilford Press) launches on June 16. It’s totally updated: new stories and new chapters on wildland fire fighting and relationships. If you write about fire fighters, get the inside scoop here. Save money by ordering directly from my publisher here

Claudia H. Long – The film rights for Nine Tenths of the Law (Kasva Press, 2020) have been optioned by Space Dream Productions, LLC.

G.M. Malliet – I have sold two books in a new series to Canongate’s Severn House imprint in a deal brokered by agent Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group. My 4th DCI St. Just mystery, Death in Cornwall, will be published in October from Severn House.

Catriona McPherson and Laura Jensen Walker – Laura’s third novel (in a year!), Deadly Delights, releases June 8. Her debut, Murder Most Sweet, is shortlisted for the Agatha Best First at Malice Domestic. And, since Catriona’s fourteenth Dandy Gilver novel, The Turning Tide, is nominated for best historical, the Deadly Delights launch party has a twist: Laura, Catriona (and possibly Agatha) at Capitol Books on K, 6 PM on the 8th of June (virtual) is a celebration of books, baking, teapots, and more. Recipes guaranteed.
Laura is doing a giveaway of Deadly Delights, so please stop by for a chance to win. You must pre-register here.

Camille Minichino (AKA Elizabeth Logan) – The 3rd book in the Alaskan Diner Mysteries, Murphy’s Slaw, will be released on June 1. Find it here.

John Thibault – My thriller, Deadly Serious, released on May 26, 2021 by Encircle Publications. Find it here.