Lisa Ciarfella is one of the authors that will appear in Fatally Haunted, Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles’ upcoming 2019 anthology.

STORY TITLE: “Tick-Tock”
Lulu joins Sammy in one last heist, only to find she can’t escape her demons in the City of Angels.

Q: What intrigued you about the theme of FATALLY HAUNTED that led to the story you wrote?

Well, all of my writing stems from innately dark places. I like to joke that writers don’t chose to write Noir, but Noir instead, chooses it’s victims! We really don’t have much of a choice. Our brains naturally goes to the dark side!

Q: Is your story a who-dunit, a why-dunit, or a how-dunit?  Why did you make this choice?

Tick-Tock is a combination of all three really. There’s a definite twist on the Who-dunit angle with double crossing dealings throughout, and the characters absolutely have their own shady way of pulling off their agenda in the how-dunit category. And then there’s Lulu’s past that helps out with the why-dunit part.
Q: What is different about writing a short story?  What did you learn from this experience?

I still have my first crime fiction novel in the works, so as of yet I’ve only written short stories. What I’m finding as I finish my novel is that threading plot holes together so they make sense throughout from A-Z is a definite challenge. In a short story, you have less pages to work with so it’s easier to pull of a coherent tale. But, I’m making it happen!

Q: How did your editor help you improve your story? What insights did you gain from  working with her?

Oh my gosh! Laurie was amazing. My first experience working hands on with a professional editor for a story that’s gonna be published in a big way, and it was great! She worked with me by phone many times over the course of like, a couple weeks. And she had great insight in how to improve and sharpen my tale! I’m super happy with the way it turned out! And can’t wait to do it again with my next story!

Didn’t realize what a diff professional editing would make, but wow!

Q: What’s next for you?  What are you working on? 

I have a few more short stories brewing, but my main goal is to get my crime fiction novel finished and published in 2019. It’s a bit scary. I have the same fears probably most other writers have. I want my first book to be great enough that people will come back to read more of my stuff later. So, it’s hard not to be real self-critical. But now that I know how much professional editing helps, that’s a big plus!

Having it provided through Sisters in Crime was great!

Now, If i can just figure out a way to afford it on my own for my book…

Q: What does your writing space look like?

Oh, have laptop, will travel!  I’m typing on it now. I’ve typed every story I’ve ever written on it.
It’s a 2014 Mac air, and got me through grad school and more…it’s gonna need replacing soon, but I can’t bear to part with it. Don’t know what I’d do without it!

I just take it everywhere, and wherever the inspiration and time strikes, I write on it! School, the library, the park, wherever. Don’t really have a space at home, roommates and all don’t lend much privacy or quiet time!