When Darren Sant asked me to write a story for a new anthology he and Craig Douglas were putting together for their website, Near To The Knuckle (which was spawned from the eclectic Close To The Bone blog), I was absolutely thrilled!
"Wait a minute, Veronica... 'when Darren asked you...?"
Well, okay, so maybe he didn't exactly ask... I sort of snuck in when he was letting the cat out and after much pleading and a promise to bake cookies, he and Craig said they'd have a look at my story.
Now, I have been working on this 'noir' thing for a couple of years, trying to find a voice... a grit and darkness worthy of noir. I've had a few polite rejections... "it's a nice story, Veronica, but just a bit off from what we are looking for." ... I thought I just might have found that voice with The Way of Things.
Darren thought so too... he accepted my submission and made a few editorial suggestions and next thing you know...
I'm rubbing elbows with some of the best talent in the genre today. I mean, look at these names....
Gareth Spark, Richard Godwin, Paul D. Brazill, Aidan Thorn, Pete Sortwell, B.R. Stateham, Brian Panowich, Ryan Sayles,Chris Leek, David Barber, Vic Errington, Graham Smith, Walter Conley, Tom Pitts, Allen Miles, Jim Spry,Mike Monson and Alan Griffiths.
We are talking MAJOR talent here, people!
I am totally chuffed to once again be appearing with two of my friends and mentors, Richard Godwin and Paul D Brazill... totally chuffed!
Thank you, Craig Douglas and Darren Sant, for your tireless efforts and all the hard work in putting this collection together.
And a special thank you to Steven Miscandlon over at Steven Miscandlon Book Design for the amazing cover art for Gloves Off.
Run, do not walk, over to Amazon and get your copy of Gloves Off today... you won't be disappointed!
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Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
28 March 2013
An undisclosed location in the Pacific Northwest