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Where some of my fiction has appeared.
When I grew more serious about my writing, I wanted to hone my writing to the point where I felt confident enough to seek publication. My rejection letters far outnumber my acceptance letters, but listed below are my recent works editors decided to publish. Also, listed with each entry are market links that might be of interest to writers of mystery fiction, horror fiction, and poetry. Thank you.

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For a glimpse at who and what inspires me on my writing journey, please visit
"Shelter from the Storm Awards and "A Must Read.


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*BookOpen* "A story begins when something out-of-the-ordinary happens.

People die every day. Ho-hum. Man dies because a dwarf falls out of the sky and lands on him? That's the beginning of a story.

People lead happy marriages all the time. Ho-hum. Wife walks in the door and announces she's running off with a circus clown. That's the beginning of a story.

People drive through rush hour traffic to get to work every morning. Ho-hum. Traffic is backed up because a flying saucer landed in the middle of the northbound lane? That's the beginning of a story." - Michael Bracken
http://www.CrimeFictionWriter.com

*BookOpen* "If you don't understand what's motivating your characters, you won't know what they should be doing." - Sue Grafton

*BookOpen* "Write it out, send it in, and start writing the next one." - Robert B. Parker (R.I.P)

*BookOpen* "Remember this brief metaphysical fact: You mean nothing. The story is all." - Scott Bradfield

*BookOpen* "Horror does not need to shock or disgust; if it evokes a quieter sense of the eerie or uncanny, it still counts as horror." - submission guidelines, The Harrow

*BookOpen* "A writer takes a sentence, cuts it within an inch of its life, adds a clause, tucks in a few adjectives and then--when it can hardly stand up--hacks away at it again. It is hard work, and don't let anyone tell you it's not." - Helen F. Brassel

*BookOpen* "You'll find that someone will always think you're the greatest, and someone will always think you're the worst." - a Simon & Schuster editor

*BookOpen* "The function of creative fiction is merely to express and interpret events and sensations as they are...with the author always acting as a vivid and detached chronicler rather than as a teacher, sympathizer, or vendor of opinion." - H.P. Lovecraft

*BookOpen* "Conduct your fiction as you would a love affair. Write fast and furiously and hard. And then, later come back to the work and rewrite it with the cold precision--the awful distance--of a divorce lawyer." - Frederick Busch


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#66. Little Miss Chloe
ID #858606 entered on November 1, 2015 at 9:18am
#65. Double the Money
ID #858605 entered on October 26, 2016 at 1:16pm
#64. The Sentinel
ID #828461 entered on November 23, 2021 at 12:23am
#63. Bits of the Dead
ID #824886 entered on January 14, 2018 at 6:08pm
#62. Strange Stories of Sand and Sea
ID #824864 entered on November 15, 2016 at 4:10pm
#61. Killer Artist
ID #594375 entered on October 5, 2015 at 5:17pm
#60. Plan B
ID #573040 entered on October 5, 2015 at 5:16pm
#59. Secret Ingredient & Harriette's Plan
ID #553337 entered on October 5, 2015 at 5:14pm
#58. Love Calls for Having to Do Unpleasant Deeds
ID #540597 entered on October 6, 2015 at 5:42pm
#57. A Promise Kept
ID #522102 entered on October 5, 2015 at 4:53pm
#56. The Secret of His Success
ID #518587 entered on October 6, 2015 at 5:44pm
#55. Words
ID #510419 entered on October 26, 2016 at 1:22pm
#54. Playing Strangers on the Bus
ID #510418 entered on November 1, 2015 at 9:24am
#53. At the Well
ID #510416 entered on November 1, 2015 at 9:25am
#52. Perry's Fatal Discovery
ID #497976 entered on October 6, 2015 at 5:45pm
#51. The Perfect Man
ID #497441 entered on October 6, 2015 at 5:47pm
#50. The Widow
ID #489868 entered on October 5, 2015 at 4:40pm
#49. Thirst
ID #474460 entered on October 5, 2015 at 4:31pm
#48. Myrtle's Choice
ID #448934 entered on November 15, 2016 at 4:18pm
#47. The Day After
ID #448933 entered on November 15, 2016 at 4:20pm
#46. A New Line of Work
ID #448931 entered on November 15, 2016 at 4:21pm
#45. FLASHSHOT: Year Two
ID #448889 entered on October 6, 2015 at 5:55pm
#44. Near Jackson Square
ID #408194 entered on November 1, 2015 at 9:28am
#43. Rose Petal
ID #408191 entered on November 1, 2015 at 9:30am
#42. Passion's Storm
ID #408188 entered on October 5, 2015 at 4:26pm

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