“Short Stories vs. Standalone Novels vs. Novels in a Series” • Saturday, Sept. 18

What are the benefits—and the challenges—of three different types of mystery fiction: the short story, the standalone novel, and the series? I’m pleased to be representing the first of those options on a panel with E.A. Aymar and Marcia Talley—the focus of the September meeting of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

The meeting is virtual, Saturday, September 18, at 2 p.m. and moderated by chapter president Karen Cantwell. You can register via EventBrite here.

Here’s info on each of the other panelists—pleased to be with them!

E.A. Aymar wrote the Anthony Award-nominated thriller They’re Gone, published in 2020 under his pseudonym, E.A. Barres. His past thrillers include the celebrated novel The Unrepentant and the novels-in-stories The Swamp Killers and The Night of the Flood (in which he served as co-editor and contributor). He is an active member of Crime Writers of Color, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. He also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, D.C., and has hosted and spoken at a variety of crime fiction, writing, and publishing events nationwide.

Marcia Talley is the author of Done Gone and seventeen previous novels featuring Maryland sleuth Hannah Ives. A winner of the Malice Domestic grant and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel, she won an Agatha and an Anthony Award for her short story “Too Many Cooks” and an Agatha for her short story “Driven to Distraction.” She is author/editor of two star-studded mystery collaborations, Naked Came the Phoenix and I’d Kill for That, and her short stories appear in more than a dozen magazines and anthologies. She divides her time between Annapolis, Maryland, and a quaint Loyalist cottage in the Bahamas.

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Below is some additional info from the chapter—but meanwhile, look forward to seeing folks there!

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