NC Bookwatch & More: Celebrating Murder Under the Oaks

I’ve had a couple of opportunities recently to talk about and celebrate Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015, for which I served as editor and which has been named a finalist for this year’s Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection.

COVER_Murder Under the Oaks_x2700The July newsletter from the anthology’s publisher, Down & Out Books, included an interview I did with three writers who made their crime fiction debuts in Murder Under the Oaks: J.D. Allen, Kristin Kisska, and Karen E. Salyer. Each of the stories from there writers is terrific—and each distinctive in its own way—and I appreciated the opportunity not only to spotlight their contributions here but also to learn more about the genesis of their stories, how these stories represent them as writers (first impressions are everything, after all!), and what they’ve been up to since last year. Read the full interview here.

Additionally, North Carolina Bookwatch has posted on YouTube a short chat between host D.G. Martin and me about the anthology—a preview/companion piece to an interview about my book On the Road with Del & Louise that will air on UNC-TV in early August. I hardly like seeing myself on video (worse than hearing your own voice by far!), but the discussion on Murder Under the Oaks can be viewed below (embedded in this post) or on YouTube (linked), and the episode featuring our main interview has been scheduled for Friday, August 5, at 8 p.m.—with encore broadcasts Sunday, August 7, at noon and Thursday, August 11, at 5 p.m.