Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Robert Krog, Editor Extraordinaire!

Robert J. Krog edited and contributed a story to A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder. His other publications include: a short story collection, The Stone Maiden and Other Tales; a novella, A Bag Full of Eyes; and “Thursday Morrow: The Self-Winding, Mechanical Man” a story in the anthology, Capes and Clockwork. He lives in Memphis, Tennesee, and has worked in a number of different jobs including: store clerk, waiter, delivery guy, legal runner, assistant arborist, and teacher. His degrees are in history and he divides his time between church, family, a full-time position in chemical yard care, and writing.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Pirate Anthology

On January 20, A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder was released by Dark Oak Press. This pirate anthology, featuring poems and  stories from twenty-four contributors and edited by Robert Krog, depicts buccaneers from earliest times to the future. My story, "Ghost of a Chance," involves Heck, a 19th century first mate, stolen into piracy as a child and yearning for a family while serving under a cruel captain. After a female captive plunges to her death rather than submit to the crew, Heck discovers an ominous ghost ship is tailing his vessel. Will it become his downfall or salvation?

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Writer's Valentine

Photo by Steve Herring
What better valentine for an author than to gather with others and talk about writing? That’s what occurred on February 8 and 9 in Birmingham and Wetumpka (where Big Fish was filmed), Alabama, when I joined writers and readers at Murder in the Magic City and Murder on the Menu. The Southern Sisters Chapter of SinC initiated MMC in Anne George's memory. Murder on the Menu partnered with MMC as a fundraiser for the Wetumpka Library. Margaret Fenton, for MMC, and Tammy Lynn, for Murder on the Menu, perfectly plan the events. Thanks to all participants for a lovely weekend.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Anne George

Anne George

The Southern Sisters Chapter of Sisters in Crime, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is named for the Southern Sisters mysteries. This eight novel series (published from 1996-2001) featured two unlikely sisters, Mary Alice (large and several times widowed) and Patricia Anne (small and  respectably married to the same man for more than thirty years), who solved crimes. The author, Anne George, wrote fiction and poetry, received the Agatha award, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She died in 2001 due to complications from heart surgery, but her memory and work are celebrated each year at Murder in the Magic City.