Tuesday, July 12, 2016


I've had to sit on this news for a couple of weeks at the request of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles until they made the official announcement: My short story "Crime Drama/Do Not Cross" was among those accepted for SinC LA's next anthology, LAst Resort. I got the news on my birthday. Best birthday present EVER. This will be my first time being published and I'm still pinching myself that it's happening.

The anthology is scheduled for release in April 2017. Of course I'll keep you posted on its progress and of course, where to order your copy.

Here's how I got the glorious news:

From: SinCLA President
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2016 5:25 PM

Dear Melinda,

Bravo! Your short story, “Crime Drama/Do Not Cross” was chosen for inclusion in the 2017 SinC/LA Anthology LAst Resort.

Terms for inclusion in the anthology include your agreement to make reasonable revisions that may be requested by the editors or the publisher. You will be contacted soon by an anthology editor to begin the editing and polishing process preceding final submission to our publisher this Fall.

This may be tough, but we ask that you keep your good news a secret from print and social media until July 10 as we plan to announce the names of our editors and the complete list of contributing authors at our chapter meeting. I hope to see you there so we can celebrate together!

LAst Resort release is scheduled for April 2017.

Thank you for your submission!


Rochelle Staab
President, Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles

They made the official announcement at their meeting in South Pasadena Sunday. Out of sixty entries, sixteen were chosen for inclusion. My editor is award-winning writer Matt Coyle. You can find more information about LAst Resort  here.

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