SHANNON MUIR’S THURSDAY THOUGHTS on THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF are weekly observations from the site administrator on her writing life, or the industry at large. Anything Shannon Muir thinks about goes – check the blog every Thursday!
When THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF started a little over a year ago, it started life as a class project to learn more about social media. I’d hoped to learn about how to better promote my longer-standing blog, SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS, but the instructor said we needed to create a new product. Given my interest and more recent writing focused on the “new pulp” and mystery, I decided to create this blog. You can learn the full story in the companion e-book available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and elsewhere.
However, at that point, I hadn’t had any stories released in over a year. I’d turned some in, but for reasons out of mine (and frankly the publisher’s) control, they remained unreleased. Here I was, starting to build bridges in the mystery community, while my own body of work continued to stagnate… until last month.
Not quite two years since my last story, “Tragic Like a Torch Song,” appeared in THE DAME DID IT (available in print as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords), two stories appeared in two different anthologies in the same month. I admit, it’s made me feel more like I’m helping peers instead of people I aspire to be more like.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve still got growing to do. I’m just honored to get the chance to do it. The last year and a half I’ve spent in Sisters in Crime (national and Los Angeles chapters) encouraged me, and having this blog kept me motivated to stay with it until my chance to be “back in the game” came around.
As long as I’m able, I plan to keep both writing and supporting my fellow writers. I’m happy to provide this outlet for author interviews and guest posts from other mystery and crime writers, plus fantasy and science fiction writers (my other genre interests) every Friday.
I look forward every week to give you more opportunity to learn more about the face behind the site, just as you get to know authors the rest of the week here at THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF.
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CRIME DOWN ISLAND
Includes the story “Tropical Terror” by Shannon Muir, inspired by her own experience living through Hurricane Iwa Thanksgiving week of 1982. The story also marks her first published story with a male lead.
From the publisher’s description:
Terror in the Tropics! Peril in Paradise! Betrayal on the Beach! It’s just another day of murder and corruption under the palm trees in CRIME DOWN ISLAND. Six heated tales of manipulation and mayhem set on the dream destinations most fantasize about. Sun baked days and moon kissed nights along the ocean, where love and hate walk hand in hand. And the shrill of tropical birds can be drowned out at any moment by a horrified scream and the last gasps of someone dying. Evil takes vacations in the same places we all want to. CRIME DOWN ISLAND. From Pro Se Productions.
Includes the story “Hidden History” by Shannon Muir.
From the publisher’s description:
The world, even today, has its secrets. Lost cities, hidden artifacts, arcane and occult corners of the globe. And every forgotten civilization, every mysterious weapon or jewel, every legend cries out to be discovered, speaking to a very special sort of person, that character that has been the center of stories since the dawn of time. And now, four authors bring their talents to new tales of the hale and the hardy, the daring and the brave. Join Jason Fedora, Shannon Muir, Davide Mana, and Wayne Carey as they climb to the tips of pyramids and dive to the depths of caverns in EXPLORER PULP! From Pro Se Productions.