Stories, Essays, Poems
"Conchology" is in the Feb. 2013 issue of Real South Magazine.
"Walk-In," is in Blue Christmas, Holiday Stories for the Rest of Us, an anthology of unsentimental Christmas stories edited by John Dufresne. The collection can be purchased online directly from Books & Books' website.
Read USA Today's review and a thoughtful review by Leslie Greffenius at Beyond the Margins.
"Little Red Returns" appears in the chapter on "The Contemporary Tale" in Susan Tiberghien's One Year to a Writing Life, Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft. (Recently published in a Chinese edition.)
"Little Red Returns" previously appeared in River City (now The Pinch.)
"Taking Biscayne" my essay on the rise & fall & rise again of Biscayne Boulevard is in the Spring issue of FORUM, the magazine of the Florida Humanities Council.
"Angles of Belonging," about having grown up in NJ, being a "Florida writer," and the many ways characters can connect to place, is at Lisa Romeo Writes.
"My Writing Process: A Tango," a personal essay, appears in TSP, the Story Prize Blog.
"Black Velvet" was in the inaugural issue of The Written Wardrobe. The anthology is published within the Modcloth website. (The issue archive seems not to be online at present.)
"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 now available.
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.
The launch weekend included a reception hosted by the Delta Writers chapter of the Mississippi Writers Guild, and an awards ceremony for a writing copetition 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.
My short story "When, He Wondered" appeared in the March/April 2010 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
It is included in Magpies, my most recent collection.
"Texaco on Biscayne"was first published in Saw Palm, a journal of Florida literature and art.
"Blue Vandas" is included in A Hell of a Woman, An Anthology of Female Noir, edited by Megan Abbott, published by Busted Flush Press.
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.
"The Noir Boudoir" was published in Miami Noir, from Akashic Books. With lots of local authors represented, we had an ongoing discussion of noir and of Miami (or, really, South Florida) as a setting, an atmosphere, a place that prompts people to do strange things. Reviews: Category305 "Miami Not So Noir"
"Gift Wrap" was published in A Dixie Christmas: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers, edited by Charline McCord and Judy Tucker, Algonquin Books. With an introduction by Fred Chappell.
"Gift Wrap" also appeared in Irrepressible Appetites, edited by Tracey Broussard, Rock Press. The story is accompanied by my great-grandmother's recipe for Lebkuchen.
Other stories appear in Painted Bride Quarterly, Apalachee Review, Other Voices, Tampa Review, and many others.
Sweet Jesus: A poem, a song
"Going Steady With Jesus" appears as a poem in Denise Duhamel & Nick Carbo's wonderful anthology Sweet Jesus. I originally wrote it as a reggae song. Rumor has it there's a video of me singing this at one of the book launch events.
"Hush Money" appeared in Marilyn: Shades of Blonde, edited by Carole Nelson Douglas, which was published by Forge in 1997.
"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," my most-anthologized story, originally appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and then won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It has been translated into Korean, French and Japanese.
"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)."
—The King is Dead: Tales of Elvis Postmortem, edited by Paul Sammon, Delta
—The Years' 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1992, intro. by Jon L. Breen, Carrol & Graf
--The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories 1991, edited by Edward Hoch.
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. . ."