Forgive me. I’m still walking on air after discovering  my  crime fiction short story “Journey into the Dark” qualified as one of the 18 for inclusion in Bouchercon 2017’s anthology, Passport to Murder. I had never written a short story before. (I’m not counting the unfocused prose I wrote before Christmas 2016 that my darling daughter declared not to be a story, but did have promising elements.)

So with a drastic change of point of view to that of a young girl who happens to be a Syrian refugee; add a gang of nasty traffickers in drugs, slavery and prostitution;  and a new murder victim—all set mostly in the idyllic countryside of Gloucestershire, England—I had a story that met all the Bouchercon 2017 anthology requirements: an element  of travel and a murder or plan to commit a murder.… Read the rest