Short Stories in Magazines, Anthologies, Textbooks, & More
"Morning Glories" is in Fifteen Views of Miami burrowpress.com/product/miami/, a collection of lightly linked stories, published by Burrow Press and edited by Jaquira Diaz.
One of “the 7 best books about Miami.” –Miami New Times
One of “our 10 favorite books set in South Florida.” –The New Tropic
“15 Views of Miami offers a sprawling portrait of Miami-Dade … a complex web of stories keep the reader searching for clues and meaning around every corner. In 15 Views of Miami, we see our city for what it is — a place risen from the ashes by investment capital and developers, but defined by the stories of the people that ignited the flame… If the goal was to paint a literary portrait of Miami’s profound uniqueness and shifting cultural identity, than Díaz succeeded. Each story is its own world, told by characters filled with longing for a Miami past a reader can’t help but relate to.”–The New Tropic
"Blues for Veneece" is included in the Tyrus Books anthology Delta Blues, edited by Carolyn Haines, with an introduction by Morgan Freeman, which was published in May 2010. A percentage of the receipts for this book go to assist the Rock River Foundation in its work for literacy in Mississippi. An e-book version of Delta Blues is available.
Book Critis Oline Cogdill named Delta Blues one of the best mystery books of 2010.
Great review of Delta Blues in the Mobile Press-Register, with attention to "Blues for Veneece."
Emily Bingham of U. South Alabama interviewed me on writing and "Blues for Veneece." The interview is online.
Delta Blues' launch weekend included a reception hosted by the Delta Writers chapter of the Mississippi Writers Guild, and an awards ceremony for a writing competition for high school students where the winners were thrilled not only with their awards but with the presence of Morgan Freeman.
I sang a couple of numbers with the authors' blues band, The Blues Muse, as well as being a Boomette backup singer for the launch of Delta Blues, March 27, 2010 at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. One number is now up on Youtube.
Billy Howell's interview with me about my Delta Blues story and the anthology, as well as coverage of the launch events, can be read online at the Clarksdale Press Register.
"Gift Wrap" was included in A Dixie Christmas: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers, edited by Charline McCord and Judy Tucker, with an introduction by Fred Chappell, published by Algonquin Books in 2005.
"Gift Wrap" was first published in the Fort Lauderale Sun-Sentinel. It was the first of three short stories centering on two South Florida characters, as I kept going back and findng I had more to discover about them. All three are included in Magpies.
"Gift Wrap" also appeared in Irrepressible Appetites, edited by Tracey Broussard, published in 2003 by Rock Press. In this food-centric anthology my story is accompanied by my great-grandmother's recipe for Lebkuchen.
"Blue Vandas" appears in A Hell of a Woman, An Anthology of Female Noir, edited by Megan Abbott, published by Busted Flush Press in 2007
Reviewed in Crime Scene Scotland: "The problem with many anthologies is that certain stories feel like they're coasting. Usually, these stories come from the biggest names in the anthology. But here, everyone's on form from the names you know down to the names you don't. They're all on board and running with the idea of femininity as a concept, an actuality, a myth... something to embrace and something to be terrified of."
Some nice words for "Blue Vandas" and A Hell of a Woman. More from Booklist Online.
Blue Vandas went out of print when Busted Flush Press folded. I think it must be a collector's item by now because it has so many great writers in it.
"Hush Money" appeared in Marilyn: Shades of Blonde, edited by Carole Nelson Douglas, which was published by Forge in 1997.
It is included in my second collection, The Secret Names of Women.
... and I'm honored to announce that "Marble" made the list of "Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2017" in Best American Mysteries 2018. Series editor Otto Penzler's foreword describing the process of reading more than three thousand published stories in print journals, e-zines, and anthologies to cull from 3000 plus short stories to fifty, of which twenty are printed, shows both how strong the interest in short crime fiction is today, and how tough the competition.
"Quickstep" appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of The Miami Rail. Read the story here and you can follow links to explore the rest of the issue. The Miami Rail is available in print form at many venues around Miami-Dade County.
"The Willows," magical realist flash fiction, was published in the Summer 2016 issue of Rose Red Review.
Audio Story Publication
My reading of "Macy is the Other Woman," which appears in The Secret Names of Women and was first published in Other Voices, is in the great audio literary magazine The Drum.
"The Borges Cure" appeared in Night Train Magazine.
Night Train is now inactive and the archives are incomplete, so the story is not online currently.
Kristi Peterson Schoonover blogged about the story here.
"The Borges Cure" was listed by Wigleaf as one of the top 50 flash stories of the year.
"Alchemy" was published in the online magazine Pig in a Poke,which sadly shut down after the death of its editor, the poet Harry Calhoun.
My short story "When, He Wondered" appeared in the March/April 2010 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
It is included in Magpies.
"Texaco on Biscayne"was first published in Saw Palm, a journal of Florida literature and art. It appears, in revised form, in my collection Magpies.
Earlier short stories were published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Apalachee Review, the minnesota review, Other Voices, Tampa Review, Quarterly West, Redbook, The Greensboro Review, and many more magazines.
"Beauty" was first published in Mondo Barbie, edited by Lucinda Ebersole and Richard Peabody, St. Martin's Press. The book has pink paper and is shaped like a Barbie box. I first met Denise Duhamel, now my friend and colleague, when we did a reading for Mondo Barbie at the Miami Book Fair.
"Beauty" also appeared in Having a Wonderful Time, Simon & Schuster.
"Elvis Lives," winner of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Short Story
"Elvis Lives" also appeared in:
Simply the Best Mysteries, edited by Janet Huchings, Carroll & Graf (1998)
Murder to Music, edited by Cynthia Manson & Kathleen Halligan, Carroll & Graf (1997).
From Kirkus Reviews: "As even the perfect Wagnerite knows, it's not easy to tell a compelling story while providing great music, and atmosphere prevails over mystery-mongering in most of these 15 stories (194793) chosen by Manson and Hallican (Murder Intercontinental, 1996). Six involve the opera, but except for James Yaffe's sprightly armchair matriarch ("Mom Sings an Aria"), the stories are more successful when they get down and dirty (Doug Allyn's "The Sultans of Soul" and John Lutz's "The Right to Sing the Blues") or hit the road (Lynne Barrett's droll trio of Elvis impersonators)."
And the first of all was: The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories 1991, edited by Edward Hoch, published by Walker and Co.
From Publishers Weekly: "The winner, Lynne Barrett, scored with "Elvis Lives," in which a reluctant and increasingly alcoholic impersonator of the King stumbles on a foolproof method of dissolving his contract. . ."
And from Kirkus Reviews: "Long-time anthologist Hoch this time includes all five Edgar-nominated stories in his "Best'' compilation, and Lynne Barrett's "Elvis Lives,'' the ultimate Edgar winner—a dark, garish look at the Presley-impersonator industry—is reason enough to own the book. . ."