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.
This week begins a series of essays by contributors to Hook, Line, and Sinker: The Seventh Guppy Anthology, organized by the Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime, edited by Emily P.W. Murphy, and published by Wolf’s Echo Press in late January. With a focus on “grifters, con artists, and their marks” and settings ranging from “Tudor England to tomorrow’s headline” (I love that phrase), Hook, Line, and Sinker features fresh fiction by (in order of appearance) C. N. Buchholz, Lida Bushloper, Susan Daly, Steve Shrott, Kait Carson, Judith Carlough, Sandra Benson, Sally Milliken, Wrona Gall, M. R. Dimond, Mary Dutta, Kim Keeline, Shannon Taft, Merrilee Robson, Lisa Anne Rothstein, KM Rockwood, Frances Stratford, Jane Limprecht, Vinnie Hansen, Ann Michelle Harris, A. W. Powers, Kate Fellowes, and M. A. Monnin.
We’ll host three authors from the anthology at the First Two Pages this month—beginning with Vinnie Hansen, who’s a fine short story writer with more than fifty tales to her credit and also a good friend too, I’m happy to say. (Always fun to get another email from Vinnie or catch up with her online in one direction or another!)
In addition to her short fiction, including appearances in previous Guppy anthologies and another recent 2023 publication at Mystery Magazine, Vinnie is also the author of the standalone novels One Gun and Lostart Street and the Carol Sabala Mystery Series. You can find more about Vinnie and her work at her website.
Stay tuned for essays ahead over the next two weeks from Sandra Benson and Kate Fellowes as well! And check out the Wolf’s Echo Press website for links to buy Hook, Line, and Sinker in both ebook and paperback.
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