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Meg is an award winning fiction writer specializing in mysteries and suspense.
"Murder Under the Baobab" is a Derringer Award Finalist!
I'm thrilled to announce that my short story, "Murder Under the Baobab" is a finalist for a Best Long Story Derringer Award. The list of finalists is amazing this year and the stories are so, so good. I also love the fact that so many finalists are folks I consider friends. Good luck to all the nominees!
Also, once again a special thank you goes out to Janet Hutchings and all of the EQMM family for believing in this story.
Twilight Ladies wins the Derringer!
I love the mystery writing community. I woke up on March 31, 2106 to discover my inbox lit up like a Christmas tree. It was filled with congratulations for winning the Derringer Award. I really love this story, so the fact that others enjoyed it so much means the world to me. Thank you to all those who read and enjoyed it. Thank you to my brilliant writing group who said this one was something special. Thank you to Janet Hutchings and all the rest of the Ellery Queen family for getting this story in the hands of readers. I'm grateful and humbled.
"Twilight Ladies" nominated for a Derringer Award!
I'm thrilled to announce that my short story, "Twilight Ladies" has been nominated for a Best Short Story Derringer Award. The list of nominees is fantastic and I feel so fortunate to be included in such esteemed company. Good luck to all the nominees!
Also, special thanks to Janet Hutchings and all of the EQMM family for believing in this story. I couldn't have done it without you all!
Kudos for "The Discovery"
So excited that my story, "The Discovery" (in SHMM #18) made Robert Lopresti's Best of 2015 list at Sleuthsayers. I'm a big fan of Mr. Lopresti's work, so this made my day. Such an honor.
Something Is Going To Happen: EQMM Guest Blog Post
I was honored to be asked by Janet Hutchings to write a post for EQMM's "Something is Going to Happen" blog. I wrote a piece called, "Communicating the Unfamiliar: Writing the Underbelly in Africa." It's a thought piece about how it's challenging to write crime stories set in Tanzania when so few Americans are knowledgeable about Tanzania/Africa. When Michael Connelly talks about the underbelly in LA, for example, readers usually have enough personal context to recognize that not all people are like the ones he portrays in his stories. But most of us lack the personal context when it comes to Tanzania or Africa more generally. This can be problematic since I don't want to imply that ALL Tanzanians are (fill in the blank).