Crossing Over

Kaye George, an Agatha nominated short story writer, is the author of CHOKE: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery (Mainly Murder Press), as well as A PATCHWORK OF STORIES, a collection of a few of her previously published stories. Her stories appear in print and online magazines as well as anthologies, such as ALL THINGS DARK AND DASTARDLY, and the GRIMM TALES anthology (both releasing in October). She serves as President of the Guppies chapter of Sister in Crime, reviews for “Suspense Magazine”, and writes for several newsletters and blogs. She, her husband, and a rescued feral cat named Agamemnon live together in Texas, near Austin.

Have you noticed more and more mixed genres in your mysteries lately? Or maybe your other reading, too? What do you think, good or bad? I’m warming more and more to the idea. An article in the latest Mystery Scene said that paranormal is going strong in cozies. I think paranormal is just plain going strong.

I consider myself primarily a mystery writer, but I haven’t always. For the last ten years, most of my stories have been mysteries and my novel is, too. But in my teens and twenties I wrote for the New Yorker and Atlantic, intensely literary stuff. No, they didn’t publish me, but I sent them tons of stories. Alas, they never wore down and I eventually started saving the postage.

When I decided to get serious about breaking into print (back in the days when it WAS print), I concentrated on mystery, my favorite reading. But my stories would break out of the form from time to time. Sniplits now sells one of mine that’s mainstream, not a mystery. Untreed Reads has one that’s a crime caper, no mystery involved. And Mysterical-E liked my werewolf mystery a few years ago.

How many readers read across genres, I wonder? And how many like things mixed up–mystery, paranormal, sci-fi, urban fantasy? There are three of us who hope a lot of people do because we’re going into the mix whole hog with a new venture. Two other writers join me in an eclectic anthology coming out on October 21st, called All Things Dark and Dastardly. If all goes well, the paperback and the e-books will all available that day.

We’ve thrown horror and urban fantasy and mystery and maybe a few other things into the book. The common thread, as the title suggests, is borne out in the last part of our one-liner: …short stories by Austin authors with a distinctly dark side. My cohorts are Steven Metze and Mary Ann Loesch. Our writing styles vary widely, but we all love the dark stuff.

I’m pleased we’re getting this out in time for Halloween (just barely). Karen MacInerney, Agatha award-nominated author of the Gray Whale Inn Mystery Series, says, “An appealing, eclectic collection of dark tales, often served up with a twist of fantasy. You won’t want to miss any of these ‘fun-sized’ Halloween treats!” If you haven’t tried a mixture like this, here’s your chance! Links will be available on these sites as soon as we have them.

Kaye’s fellow authors—

Mary Ann Loesch is an award winning fiction writer from Texas. Calling Austin her home she is often inspired in her writing by the sights and sounds that “Keep Austin Weird.” An active blogger on Loesch’s Muse and co-founder of the writing group All Things Writing, Ms. Loesch spends her time writing urban fantasy, hanging out with ther family, and debating whether or not to get a tattoo. Her urban fantasy, NEPHILIM, was published in July 2011 by Lyrical Press. Inc.

Steven E. Metze wrote THE ZOMBIE MONOLOGUES as well as numerous role-playing game and miniatures war game rulebooks and sourcebooks, including ÜBER RPG STEAMPUNK and UNDEAD STATES OF AMERICA. He contributes to All Things Writing and is a member of Mensa and the Writers’ League of Texas. He graduated from West Point and continues to serve with over 22 years of military service, including 10 years as a military journalist. He also hold an MFA in Film and Video production.