In April 2015, B.K. Stevens debuted the blog series “The First Two Pages,” hosting craft essays by short story writers and novelists analyzing the openings of their own work. The series continued until just after her death in August 2017, and the full archive of those essays can be found at Bonnie’s website. In November 2017, the blog series relocated to my website, and the archive of this second stage of the series can be found here.
With her essay today, Julia Buckley completes a series featuring contributors to the new anthology Me Too Short Stories, edited by Elizabeth Zelvin. Julia’s story is “Subterfuge,” and as you’ll see in her reflections below, the story ties character and setting together in provocative, productive ways. I’m crediting her graceful analysis not only to her skills as a writer but also to her work as a teacher. Until I read the bio with her essay submission, I didn’t know that Julia has taught high school English for three decades!
I’m not sure how Julia finds the time to balance teaching against her highly productive writing career—but productive she has indeed been, with three mystery series with Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime: The Writer’s Apprentice mysteries, the Undercover Dish mysteries, and the Hungarian Tea House mysteries. Her short fiction bona fides are strong as well, with story “Evening Call” winning the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland 30th Anniversary Short Story Contest in 2017. Find out more at www.juliabuckley.com.
Please use the arrows and controls at the bottom of the embedded PDF to navigate through the essay. You can also download the essay to read off-line.Buckley-Subterfuge