Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Exciting News!

What a thrill it was to read an update on the Hint Fiction Facebook page, that New York Times Best-selling author Jodi Picoult has offered the first blurb for W.W. Norton's forthcoming Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer.

My story, "Playing With Matches" is included in that anthology. It's a dream come true to be in the same book as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Stephen Dunn, Peter Straub, James Frey, J.A. Konrath, Marcus Sakey, Tess Gerritsen, Douglas Clegg, Ken Bruen, and so many others (see the amazing list here). This is icing on the cake!

The editor, Robert Swartwood, has also announced it on his web site.

Here's Jodi's wonderful blurb:

“The perfect story collection for all of us with too little time on our hands is a brilliant reminder of the magic that happens when you string the right words together. A must-read for anyone who is or wants to be a writer.”

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More exciting news: I'm heading into NYC for a NY/Tri-State Sisters in Crime meeting, but this one's a special event: a writers workshop with Chris Roerden, the Agatha-award winning author of Don't Murder Your Mystery and the expanded version, Don't Sabotage Your Submission. Chris will be presenting a two-hour interactive seminar on The Writer's Voice.

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Even more exciting news: Stop back here tomorrow when mystery novelist and professor, Margot Kinberg, will be my guest blogger. Her topic will be "The Fine Line Between Truth and Fiction," and she'll discuss some intriguing examples of True Crime and how it has influenced crime fiction. You don't want to miss it! Be sure to visit Margot's informative blog, Confessions of a Mystery Novelist. I am honored to be hosting Margot, the author of B-Very Flat, on her blog tour. You can follow Margot on Twitter @mkinberg.


  1. Kathleen - Can you see me jumping up and down for joy at your wonderful news!! How very exciting and what a well-deserved honor to have Playing With Matches included in this anthology!! I am so very happy for you!!! Wow!! I am definitely getting a copy.

    And thanks for your "plug" of my writing and my blog. I look forward to my visit : ).

  2. that is a cool blurb. Glad to see it. Neato. And enjoy your workshop.

  3. Hi Margot!
    Thanks for sharing in the excitement! It is thrilling. I thought about all this great news & had to write about it! Can't wait for tomorrow ~ so exciting!

    Hi Charles,
    This is an amazing ride, isn't it? I'm so glad we're in this together! I'm looking forward to tonight's workshop. I have to get my act together to get out the door and on the train this afternoon! Thanks for stopping by!