As a mystery writer, I’m often asked where I get my ideas. The answer to that varies by the story, although I’ll admit that there’s always some impetus that drives me to want to develop the fictional characters and inhabit their world for a while.
Let’s take, for example, my short story “Live Free or Die,” which appears in World Enough and Crime (Carrick Publishing, Nov. 2014). Although the story takes place in Toronto, as the title suggests, New Hampshire is most definitely represented. Without giving too much away, the plot involves a naïve twenty-one-year-old, Emerald (Emmy) and her love affair with Jack, a thirty-year-old man from New Hampshire who’s not all that he seems. Am I Emmy? Of course not. But, like Emmy, I did once work in the credit department of a Toronto-based insurance company, and I did have the misfortune of falling head over heels with a cad I met while working there. I merely took those circumstances and said, “What if?”
Writing a novel takes even more of those “What if?” moments. In my debut mystery, The Hanged Man’s Noose (Barking Rain Press, July 2015), freelance writer Emily Garland is cash-strapped, newly single, and tired of reporting on the same old Toronto condo stats. When she’s offered a lucrative assignment in the village of Lount’s Landing, she decides to take a chance. All she has to do is relocate and uncover the real story behind a proposed redevelopment plan. And that’s where “What if?” comes in—along with a greedy developer and a feisty antiques shop owner who will do anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s Main Street.
Once again, I’m not Emily Garland. I have, however, been a fulltime freelance writer, specializing in art, antiques and the residential housing industry, since 2003. (I’m still waiting for a lucrative assignment to come my way!) I’ve also seen firsthand how irate people can get when unwanted development comes to their neighborhood. What if???
Getting ideas is as simple as paying attention to the world around me. The “what if’s” are what help me turn those ideas into fiction.
Judy Penz Sheluk is a member of Sisters in Crime International, Guppies, and Toronto, as well as Crime Writers of Canada. Find Judy at judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews other authors and blogs about the writing life.
Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, is scheduled for publication July 21, 2015. Click on the Barking Rain Press logo to sign up to receive the first 4 chapters FREE and get a 35% off coupon to buy the book!
Carrick Publishing is proud to bring you this brand new mystery, Living With Death by Carolyn Dale.
When an attractive young woman is found dead at a bus stop on a cold, rainy November morning, detectives Rankin and Kalinski must find the person who hated her enough to kill her in such a brutal way.
Was it a family member, a boyfriend, or one of the defendants in a lawsuit she had filed against those responsible for the euthanasia of her comatose stepbrother? In trying to revenge her stepbrother, she had engaged her friends, family members and classmates in an attempt to get the new law allowing euthanasia repealed, but in doing so, had annoyed many of them, broken up her father’s marriage, and had become the target of obscene phone calls and a poison pen letter.
To the surprise of the detectives, people they talked to were more interested in the euthanasia of the stepbrother than in the identity of the murderer.
Carolyn Dale is a pen name of mystery author Anne Barton. (New Website under contruction: www.carolyndale.ca
Anne Barton is a retired veterinarian and flight instructor. In her retirement, she has taken up writing mystery novels. She has also written one autobiographical book and numerous articles and short stories. Her short story won the Bloody Words Crime Writers’ Conference contest in 2001 and is published in Bloody Words, The Anthology.
Born in Drumheller, Alberta, she grew up in Northern Idaho, returned to Canada, and now lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, where she is deeply involved with Habitat for Humanity and her Anglican Church work – that is, when she isn’t riding horses or curling.
~by Donna Carrick, Carrick Publishing
Mary Jo Melendez is back. The protagonist of Muddlin’ Through takes a permanent security job in the Silicon Valley after bouncing across the U.S. through temp jobs.
Her future isn’t all bright, though, as she discovers she has a stalker. Moreover, two teams of agents, U.S. and Russian, are in hot pursuit.
She hires a PI for surveillance and protection who becomes a new love interest. The two match wits against her pursuers.
Will this ex-USN Master-at-Arms survive this time?
After the 2013 release of The Golden Years of Virginia Morgan, I asked Steven how he could manage to create and develop such strong, believable and likable female protagonists.
To paraphrase his answer: It all comes down to life experience. I’ve been blessed to surround myself with strong, intelligent women. Their ideas and attitudes find their way into my female characters.
It’s clear to the casual reader that Steve brings a great deal of his own intelligence and human understanding to his novels and short stories. From characters as diverse as “Chen and Castilblanco”, to DHS Agent Ashley Scott, to our mystery heroine Mary Jo Melendez, “believable” and “likable” are the labels that fit across the board.
Buy it, read it, and grow to love Mary Jo!
Cover art by Sara Carrick
To learn more about the works of Steven M. Moore, or any of our Carrick Publishing authors, don’t hesitate to contact us at:
The season of love is well underway!
With that in mind, Carrick Publishing would like to invite mystery lovers in the GTA to join us at the Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, where author Rosemary Aubert will be signing copies of Don’t Forget You Love Me.
Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Address: 907 Millwood Road, Toronto, ON M4G 1X2
Refreshments will be served!
When a profound personal tragedy propels Ellis into a puzzling case with no suspects and no clues, he’s forced back into the world of crime. Against the drama of a Toronto conference that brings world leaders to the city, Ellis finds himself surrounded with new enemies and old allies, one of whom threatens to make demands on him he’s in no position to meet.
Don’t Forget You Love Me is the 6th novel in Aubert’s beloved Ellis Portal mystery series. It was chosen by both J.D. and Marian of Sleuth of Baker Street as their January, 2015 “Pick of the Month”, and with good reason!
Rosemary Aubert has achieved world-wide attention with her Ellis Portal series. She is a Toronto writer, teacher, speaker and criminologist who mentors fresh mystery writers and treasures classic ones.
Critical acclaim for Ellis Portal and the Ellis Portal mystery series:
The New York Times “…in Ms. Aubert’s sensitive treatment, a character with great dignity and unusual moral depth.”
Washington Post “Rosemary Aubert has a touch of the poet.”
Kirkus Reviews “Heartfelt and often piercing in its portrayal of life on the edge.”
New Brunswick Reader “An absorbing read that stays with you long after you put it down.”
The Globe and Mail “Aubert has done a fine job…taking on some of the social issues that bedevil a big city…”
Don’t miss your chance to meet this exceptional author and support Canadian Crime at its finest!
We’d like to thank Tammy-Li Carrick for the photos shown in the following collages.
We also send a huge Thank You to Ken Quan for the lovely photos immediately following the collages!
Click to view the full Powerpoint created by Ken and Sophia Quan World Enough and Crime Ken Quan 2014 12 06
Below: Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, 907 Millwood Road, Toronto.
The food table was laden with wonderful treats: home-baked cookies by Joan O’Callaghan, a fruit tray from Rosemary McCracken and Ed Piwowarczyk, and sandwiches and cheese from the Carricks.
Excellent musical background was provided by Ted Carrick.
Author Rosemary Aubert (the Ellis Portal mystery series) chats with Ed Callway. We thank Ed and Madeleine for bringing the wine, and Ed for manning the drinks table.
Donna takes a break with Ted and Tammy-Li Carrick.
Hard-working authors arrive early to sign copies of World Enough and Crime.
Left to right: Authors and friends Judy Penz Sheluk, Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Melodie Campbell and Dave Campbell.
Donna, Ted and Tammy-Li visit with dear friend Sophia Quan.
The store was hopping with energy throughout the event.
Donna takes time out for a quick photo-op with our anthology.
Our lovely anthology among the many great crime books!
A crowded bookstore is a beautiful sight.
Dear friend Gaby Gaedecke was a very welcome guest, sharing a hug with Donna and Tammy-Li.
Sleuth of Baker Street store owner Marian Misters rings up a sale of World Enough and Crime.
Percy stands guard over the book-stash!
Melodie Campbell (The Artful Goddaughter) reads from her story “Cover Girl”.
Donna Carrick (The First Excellence) reads from her story “Doctor Shediac”.
Rosemary Aubert (Don’t Forget You Love Me) reads from her story “The Prime Suspect”.
Rosemary McCracken (Black Water) reads from her story “Antonia”.
Alex Carrick (“Five Scoops” is an Addiction) discusses the inspiration for his story “The Peace of Mind Thief”.
Bianca Marais reads from her story “The Savages Among Us”.
Joan O’Callaghan (Amazing Days) reads from her story “Runaway”. Earlier Joan also read from “Delights in Novelty” by Brad Ling.
The yummy food and wine provided a welcome re-fuelling for our gathering.
John Thompson (Spirit Over Steel – MKII) reads from his story “What Fresh Hell is This?”
Ed Piwowarczyk reads from his story “The Angels Wait”.
M.H. (Madeleine) Callway (Windigo Fire) reads from “The Ultimate Mystery”. Earlier, Madeleine also read from “Potluck” by Lynne Murphy.
Alex Carrick (“Four Scoops” is Over the Top) reads from his story “The Peace of Mind Thief”. Earlier, Alex also read from “Live Free or Die”, by Judy Penz Sheluk.
Our thanks to Holly Quibbell and Thomas Cazes for providing delicious gourmet tea samples for our event!
Thomas chats with Carrick family friend Sophia Quan.
Below, left to right: Madeleine Harris-Callway, Donna Carrick and son Thomas Cazes.
Donna chats with long-time friend Stephanie Bell.
Authors M.H. (Madeleine) Callway (left) and Rosemary Aubert (right) enjoy a break with friend and fellow-writer.
We want to thank everyone who made this day a great success!
WORLD ENOUGH AND CRIME***,
(Carrick Publishing, Fall 2014)
At Carrick Publishing, we’re thrilled to be working once again with a group of talented professional authors. It’s been a hell of a ride, and we’re not there yet, but by October we’ll be ready for the release of this exceptional Crime anthology!
Meanwhile, allow us to whet your anticipation. Leading up to the launch of EFD2: World Enough And Crime, we’ll feature daily “snippets” from each of the tantalizing stories.
Stay tuned, folks! This is but the first of many delightful excerpts to follow:
And now, at last, EFD2 is on the runway!
With a fabulous cover by our own designer Sara Carrick, World Enough and Crime, our multi-author Crime anthology, is well underway.
Featuring such exceptional authors as Kevin Thornton, Bloody Words finalist Joan O’Callaghan, John Thompson, M.H. Callway, Steven Moore and the Arthur Ellis Award winner Melodie Campbell, this second in our Excerpt Flight Deck series is sure to be a hit with Crime lovers!
With an original introductory poem (can’t reveal the author yet!), this book will contain more than twenty original stories, ranging from light and humorous to dark and psychological.
As the title suggests, there will be tales set all over the globe, and a couple will take place off-world! There will even be a highly humorous story involving a “pot” luck party! (Lynne Murphy)
So many wonderful authors will be featured. We’re thrilled to have stories by a talented crime-writing duo, Rosemary McCracken (Pat Tierney mystery series) and Ed Piwowarczyk, long time newspaper editor and debut fiction author.
And yes, there will be stories by both Donna & Alex Carrick!
As soon as all contracts are in hand, rest assured we will reveal the full author list!
Meanwhile, watch for this one, folks. It’s a collection you won’t want to miss!
EFD2: World Enough and Crime will be available Fall 2014 in Print and Kindle Editions. Other e-Editions will follow in 2015!
Effective Thursday, June 12, 2014, we’ll begin accepting submissions for our second Excerpt Flight Deck Anthology, EFD2. Now the fun can begin for active members of the Excerpt Flight Deck FaceBook group:
This collection will include short Crime Fiction stories between 800 and 6,000 words in length.
Each installment will be footnoted with an author photo, brief bio, a link to the Amazon author page and/or website link, and an editor’s note about the author’s use of genre.
This ambitious project is possible thanks to the experience Carrick Publishing has acquired through our own literary endeavors and the work we’ve done for our Associated Authors .
This exciting opportunity will be open at no cost to EFD group members only.
1- Author must be an active member of the FaceBook group “Excerpt Flight Deck for Readers and Authors”, hosted by Donna & Alex Carrick of Carrick Publishing. If you are not already a member, please join prior to submitting your story.
2- Submission must be previously unpublished in e-book or electronic format.
3- Author must possess full copyright and must be the author of the work. Public domain work is not eligible.
4- Carrick Publishing will be granted exclusive copyright for publication and e-publication of the work. This exclusive copyright will remain in effect for 2 years after the date of publication of the anthology. In other words, the author will not publish or e-publish or cause the submitted work to be published or e-published elsewhere.
2 years after the publication of the anthology, copyright will revert to the author and will then be shared by Carrick Publishing and the author.
This is critical to ensure we comply with Amazon Kindle’s strict copyright policies. Also, from time to time we may enroll the anthology in KDP Select to ensure broadest exposure. This means it must not be available anywhere else in e-Format.
Once the two-year period has expired, the author will be free to re-publish the work in print or electronically.
5- Each contributing author will receive an equal share of the Net Royalty Earned. Carrick Publishing will retain 50% of that Net Royalty Earned. The balance will be distributed to contributing authors when received by Carrick Publishing.
In addition, each author will receive exposure via Kindle links within the ebook, as well as being offered exposure at our site as an “Associated Author” for not less than one year following the anthology publication date.
The author will also receive full credit as author on the Amazon Kindle selling page, or any other selling page associated with the Anthology.
6- Carrick Publishing will retain this shared copyright and will be free to reproduce the work in other formats down the road if so desired, including but not limited to e-Pub edition, print or audiobook. Author will continue to receive full credit each time the work appears in any format.
7- Crime Fiction Short Stories are welcome for submission. Canadian publishing laws will prevail. (No hate literature or material of an extremely offensive nature will be considered.)
For purposes of this anthology we ask that you eliminate all ultra-violence and explicit sex from your submission. The editors will employ their discretion regarding such issues as strong language.
8- To ensure a high quality product for readers, Carrick Publishing will reserve the right to copy-edit as needed.
9- Size of entries:
Short-Stories: Crime fiction — maximum 6000 words.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Send your submission in Word doc format to CarrickPublishing @ rogers . com . (Remember to remove all spaces.)
In the subject line say: EFD2 — EXCERPT FLIGHT DECK SUBMISSION
We will be reviewing all submissions in August and will get back to you at that time.
Thank you in advance for participating! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got.
Our very best regards,
Donna & Alex Carrick
Some exciting news to share with you all today:
The Short-List nominees for the prestigious Arthur Ellis Awards (Crime Writers of Canada) were announced last night.
I was thrilled and honoured to learn that my story Watermelon Weekend from our crime anthology THIRTEEN was short-listed in the Best Short Story category, along with fellow THIRTEEN contributor Sylvia Maultash Warsh for her story The Emerald Skull. ( Carrick Publishing , 2013)
Congratulations to nominees in all categories, especially to yet another fellow-contributor, Melodie Campbell, whose book The Goddaughter’s Revenge (Orca Books) was short-listed for Best Novella!