I am absofrickinlutely honoured to be listed with this crowd as part of Out of the Gutters. The idea is "an anthology of grim, fierce, uncomfortably realistic crime fiction and more."
"The most succinct description of what I’m after is “well-written, fucked up stuff"" - that's what it said in the email I received, telling me about the project. It was a concept that produced more ideas than I had time to write.
Some of the others in this? Duane Swierczynski, Victor Gishler, and Charlie Stella - and that's barely scratching the surface of a fine list of writers.
Short stories are something I've struggled with. They seem to come effortlessly to some others much to my dismay. Unlike novels where I couldn't plot to save my life, with short stories I must have most of the storyline in my head, worked out, before I start. Otherwise, I'm liable to go off on some tangent of interest and explore the character more than the confines of a short story allow.
It took a long time, but I can actually say I had fun writing this one.
Now, if I can just squeeze in time to write my lunatic farmer story...