I love the writing in this series. It’s pithy, wise-cracking, noir talk crackling with wit, intelligence and magnificent metaphors. I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba, especially the sparkling, exotic, forbidden Cuba of the 50’s and Flesh and Gold gave me more than I could have imagined. It’s all there: the pastel buildings, the formidable sun, the white-walled tires, the architecture, and the rum. And now I know about Cuba’s darkest side: sinister, sinful, and dangerous. I’ll still go to Cuba. But now I’ll avoid some of the backstreets. Great storytelling.
From Cozies to Noir. Here are a half-dozen mystery-writing friends whose work I adore. Try them. You’ll like them. It would be a crime not to.
Thanks to Alexia Gordon for the concept, and thanks to her designer, Leslie Lipps.
I appreciate Scott Butki of Mystery People for this great interview. Thanks!
“Cheryl Head is a fresh voice whose mysteries include references to diversity and tolerance, in addition to humor and good plot twists. This is all on display in her new book, Wake Me When It’s Over, the second in her Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series..”
It’s been a while since I posted anything to the blog. I’ve been doing a whirlwind of interviews, planning for a book tour, and writing/editing.
I’ll be doing a reading, and a panel discussion at the OutWrite LGBTQ literary festival in Washington, DC on Saturday, August 4, 2018. But, last week I answered the Washington Blade’s QUEERY questions. Here’s a link to the online post.
And here’s the nice photo that accompanied the 20 Gay questions
Black Women Writing in the South Deadline 4/30/2018
There’s still time for Black women writers to join us. Applications accepted via
@Submittable through 4/30. http://blacklesbianliterarycollective.org/retreat/
Sisters in Crime-Eleanor Taylor Bland Award Deadline 6/15/2018
Sisters in crime are accepting applications for their 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award—an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color! Deadline is 6/15/18. More details on their site: http://www.sistersincrime.org/etb
Golden Crown Literary Society-Bridge Builder Scholarship Deadline 6/1/2018
This scholarship, offered by the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is offered to a woman writer of color who shows talent and drive in creating lesbian literature. The writer should be interested in working on a full-length novel or a collection of short stories.*
The chosen recipient will receive:
1) one, full tuition to the class of 2019 GCLS writing academy; and
2) individual one-on-one mentoring with a well-established writer in the genre of lesbian fiction.
In return, the candidate will:
Create a brief (one page) monthly report on that month’s lessons, their own work in progress, or GCLS promotions within their community.
Attend online classes and participate in the assignments to the best of their ability.
The candidate must be willing to show how they can help promote and support lesbian literature in general, and the writing academy specifically within their own communities.
The candidate will submit a ten-page sample of their best work, along with an application by June 1, 2018. Candidates will be chosen by June 30th, 2018. Classes start in September of 2018, however, there will be a summer reading list assignment.
I met VM at Malice Domestic, the annual mystery confab attended by mystery writers and fans of cozy mysteries. If you like cozies, she is an author to know…and her books are ones to purchase. In this blog I particularly like her appeal to readers to ask libraries to purchase our books so they will be available widely to all audiences.
I had a whirlwind trip to Florida for writing events, and family visits. My 90-year old mother and two brothers live in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area and I can’t really travel to the Sunshine State without time to feel the warmth of family.
The primary purpose for my Florida long weekend was to attend, and participate in, the celebration of writing education that is the annual Association of Writer’s and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. This year held in Tampa. This 5-day gathering of 12,000 writing students, teachers, lovers of books and writing, and writing luminaries is an immersive experience.
The panel I participated in: “Nothing Happens Nowhere” was a Friday afternoon discussion about setting and the Siren’s call to home in LGBTQ writing. Moderated by author/teacher: Paula Martinac (The Ada Decades) and including panelists/teachers Serkan Gorkemli, Amy Hoffman, and Carter Sickels.
It was an interesting conversation about the intersectionality of themes when focusing on the craft of setting in LGBTQ writing.
I also attended the LGBTQ Writers Caucus, and the room was abuzz with energy and good ideas for increasing the presence of LGBTQ-themed panels for the 2019 AWP conference.
On Sunday in St. Pete, I joined five other lesbian writers to read from our varied works at the fabulous Queen’s Head restaurant/bar. The other authors were Stefani Deoul, Gale Massey, Elizabeth Sims, Alison Soloman, and Rachel Spangler. The event, hosted and moderated by Tiffany Razzano of Wordier Than Thou, a Florida super supporter of all things book related, was well attended by a group of attentive readers on the Queen’s Head patio and was a laugh-filled, collegial gathering of old friends and new. Fellow Bywater Books author, Stefani Deoul worked with Tiffany to organize our time together.
The two reading events were the perfect writer’s life bookends to the dynamics of family.
Come to think of it, I’m very grateful to both my biological and writing families.
It’s always a pleasure to visit New York City in December. I do it almost every year. NYC feels like the backdrop of so many of my childhood Christmas memories, starting with my wide-eyed viewing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and movies like Miracle on 34th Street.
I’m heading to NYC again this year, and I’ll take in the sights of the decorated department store windows, the ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza, the light displays on Fifth Avenue, and the hustle and bustle of Holiday shoppers.
But the main reason for this December visit to the Big Apple is to support a handful of fine writers who will be reading from their works in the anthology: Our Happy Hours.
This book, published by Flashpoint Publications, and with cover art by Ann McMan offers the reminiscences, essays, poetry, and short fiction of 40+ gay and lesbian authors (I’m one of them) about the impact of the bar scene on our lives. The book’s curators: Lee Lynch and S. Renée Bess were inspired to launch this project after the horrific hate crime at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016.
Proceeds from the sale of the anthology will benefit the LGBTQ youth programs at the Ali Forney Center in New York City, and the Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia.
I hope you have safe, joyful, fun-filled Holidays. And don’t forget, books make wonderful Holiday gifts for family and friends!
In case you didn’t know.
There is an organization dedicated to the recognition, support and education of writers and readers of lesbian literature.
The non-profit, Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS), has amazing resources for emerging and established writers, including a Writing Academy with master teachers, mentors and one-on-one consultations.
Additionally, the GCLS Conference…known affectionately as the Con.. is an amazing annual event, held in various locations across the U.S., where lesbian writers, readers, publishers and reviewers gather for workshops, panels, socializing and Madcappery.
You’ll get to meet all your favorite LesFic writers up close, buy books, get books signed, flex your reading or writing muscles, and join your fellow fangirls.
Next year’s Con (July 4-8, 2018) will be held in, wait for it….Las Vegas!!!
To register for the Con, or to get more information, try here.
Come join us. Because, you know, what happens in Lez Vegas doesn’t necessarily have to stay in Lez Vegas.