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A Is for Anthology: The Creators of Fault Lines Talk About Writing and Publishing Short Stories

The Sisters in Crime NorCal chapter is proud to announce its first anthology in its 25-year history.

With literally millions of books published every year, how can a reader find her/his next favorite novel? How can an author find appreciative readers? One popular route is the short story. From flash fiction to novellas, these appetizer-sized tales connect 21st-century book-lovers with exciting voices they haven't heard before.

Join us at 6 PM on Tuesday, May 21, for a behind-the-scenes look at how anthologies are created. Five panelists from Sisters in Crime will read brief samples and answer questions about Fault Lines, a new collection of 19 outstanding mystery, crime, and thriller stories by Northern California writers.


About the book

Fog shrouds the landscape. Redwood treetops disappear into the sky. Ocean waves crash against rocky cliffs. And sometimes a fault line cracks open, shaking our world. Fault Lines explores faults that exist not just in the earth but in people--the flaws and failings that lead us to commit grievous acts against someone else, and the guilt and culpability we bear. It also examines the lines that we draw to connect clues, expose secrets, establish bonds, and lead us to justice. Sisters in Crime/Northern California’s first short story anthology takes you on an exciting journey around our region and beyond. Edited by Margaret Lucke.


Ana Brazil is the author of the historical mystery Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper (Sand Hill Review Press) and the winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association 2018 Gold Medal for Historical Fiction. She earned her master’s degree in American history from Florida State University, has worked as an architectural historian, and now writes fiction full-time. Her heroines are the independent American women of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who worked smart, fought hard, and persisted always. Ana’s ventures into short story writing include “Miss Evelyn Nesbit Presents,” which appears in Me Too: Crimes Against Women, Retribution, And Healing (Level Best Books, September 2019). www.anabrazil.com


After a mix of odd jobs--exercise demonstrator, go-go dancer, office temp, house painter--it was probably inevitable that Susan Kuchinskas became a writer. As a journalist, she’s covered a wide variety of technology and science topics, with a focus on automotive tech. She’s the author of The Chemistry of Connection: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy and Love and the science fiction/detective novel Chimera Catalyst. The sequel to the novel will be published in 2019. She lives in El Cerrito with her mate, their socially challenged dog and super-chill cat, and some 50,000 honeybees. www.kuchinskas.com


Margaret Lucke flings words around as a writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is fascinated by the power of stories and the magic of creativity. Margaret writes tales of love, ghosts, and murder, sometimes all three in one book. Two of her novels (Snow Angel and A Relative Stranger) feature artist/private eye Jess Randolph, and two others (House of Whispers and House of Desire) star Claire Scanlan, a real estate agent who specializes in haunted houses. Margaret has published more than 60 short stories and feature articles, and is the editor of Fault Lines, a short story anthology published by the Northern California chapter of Sisters in Crime. She teaches fiction writing classes and has authored several how-to books on writing. www.margaretlucke.com


Robin C. Stuart is a veteran cyber crime investigator and author. Her nonfiction work includes contributing to Handbook for Information Security (John Wiley & Sons, 2006). She consults on all things cyber security for Fortune 100 companies, series television, and media outlets including BBC and NowThis News. Robin was a significant contributor to the Tech Museum of Innovation's acclaimed Cyber Detectives interactive installation, one of the museum's most popular permanent exhibits, which opened in 2015 and earned praise from the Obama Administration. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.robincstuart.com


CJ Verburg’s hopscotch career--academic editor, award-winning playwright, director, author, founding leader of the Mechanics' Institute's Indie Publishers' Working Group--is a passionate exploration of voices and places. Her Cory Goodwin mystery series (Silent Night Violent Night, Another Number for the Road) stars the international journalist daughter of New York detective Archie Goodwin. Her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery series (Croaked, Zapped, Disarmed), like her biography Edward Gorey on Stage: A Multimedia Memoir, honors the artist who was her long-time friend, theatrical collaborator, and fellow Agatha Christie fan. In 2019 look for a longer story from CJ in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #30, and (fingers crossed) a new novel. www.carolverburg.com


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