FATALLY HAUNTED, the anthology from Sisters in Crime/LA, released on April 29, 2019! Get it at independent bookstores like Vroman’s and Mysterious Galaxy, or from other major booksellers such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Also, be sure to check with your own local bookseller, as they may be able to stock it!
The anthology contains stories from fourteen Sisters and Misters that belong to the Los Angeles chapter, with their different takes on what “fatally haunted” might mean.
FATALLY HAUNTED could be a great fit for local book clubs too. See our suggested Discussion Questions on our Anthologies page. Los Angeles County area libraries with Book Clubs can also inquire with our Speakers Bureau about bringing some of the authors to the library as part of an event.
Sisters in Crime/LA sends appreciation to all Sisters and Misters who were a part of the LA Times Festival of Books event.
This year proved specifically exciting as we offered the chapter’s new anthology, FATALLY HAUNTED, for sale on pre-release before its wide availability on April 29th of this month. Several anthology authors, including A.P. Jamison and Tony Chiarchiaro pictured below (right side of each photo), were on hand to actually sign the anthology and make the experience even more special for purchasers.
Whether you took advantage of a signing appearance, volunteered at the booth, or just came by to support, we thank you.
Photo credits: member Shannon Muir Broden with assistance from Kevin Paul Shaw Broden
THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 15, 2019 for members of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles who are also in good standing with National to submit to the anthology for Partners in Crime (San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime) called CROSSING BORDERS.
Stories will be chosen and edited by Lisa Brackmann, NYT best-selling author of Black Swan Rising and more, and Matt Coyle, best-selling author of the Rick Cahill crime novels, in a blind read process.
The cover reveal for Sisters in Crime Los Angeles’ upcoming anthology, FATALLY HAUNTED, took place on December 2, 2018, as part of the festivities for the organization’s combined holiday party with the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.
Chapter President Anne Louise Bannon unveiled the cover to a crowd which included some of the authors featured in the anthology, as well as editors Laurie Stevens and Sheila Lowe.
The Sisters in Crime Los Angeles chapter also provided coverage of the reveal via a Facebook LiveStream .
In addition to the cover reveal, authors and editors in attendance received certificates of recognition in person.
Micheal Kelly is one of the authors that will appear in Fatally Haunted, Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles’ upcoming 2019 anthology.
STORY TITLE: “Palimpsest”
When an antique dealer buys the estate of an art history professor, she draws the attention of a man obsessed with a lost treasure.
Q: What intrigued you about the theme of FATALLY HAUNTED that led to the story you wrote?
A: I interpreted the anthology’s theme as a laser focus on motive. Specifically, some powerful emotion that compels a character to commit a terrible crime. I struggled to imagine a scenario that would make me feel obsessed enough to commit a crime. Then I read something in the news that carried me away to fantasyland. I was off and running.
Q: Is your story a who-dunit, a how-dunit, or a why-dunit? Why did you make this choice?
A: My story is a why-dunit. It’s a tale of covetousness. Why do people commit crimes over mere things? I was interested in creating a story built around the most desirable and mysterious object I could imagine. Something that would provoke my own covetousness.
Q: What is different about writing a short story? What did you learn from this experience?
A: There are fewer characters, fewer complications, and fewer locations in my short story compared to my novel. There’s a slow reveal of character arc for the key characters in my novel, while there’s a slow reveal of the mysterious object in my short story. The emphasis in my story is the palimpsest itself, while the mystery in my novel revolves around whether each new character is friend or foe.
What I learned from this experience is how much an editor can improve a story.
Q: How did your editor help you improve your story? What insights did you gain from working with her?
A: My writing goal was to craft a story that increased the tension with each new scene, and I thought I did a pretty good job – until I read Rachel Howzell Hall’s advice. Her suggestions put the reader inside my character’s skin. She also encouraged me to weave the multiple meanings of “palimpsest” throughout the story. I was surprised and intrigued by her suggestion, and I added that layer to the story.
Having a well-published author serve as the editor for our anthologies is a benefit of membership in Sisters in Crime / Los Angeles. The value of such an editor is immense.
Q: What’s next for you? What are you working on?
A: I’m working on a historical thriller set in 19th century America. My new year’s resolution is to finish the first draft.
Q: What does your writing space look like?
A: It’s an enclosed porch that gets pretty warm in the summer and pretty cold in the winter. But it’s the only space that’s off limits to my pets. On two sides are windows looking towards the yard, where a pomegranate is currently dropping gold leaves. On the other two sides are French doors which look into the house. When I’m in there working, my two dogs and three cats camp outside the door. I have two bookcases and a desk in this space, which are covered with my collection of minerals and the treasures I find on the ground while walking my dogs.