on March 1, 2021
Thanks, Prose & the Pandemic, for including me and FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER in this event!
on November 13, 2020
To make the most of your experience, take a shot every time I say “ummmmmmmmmmmm.” 🙂
Thanks to C. V. Lee for putting the interview together!
And how about subscribing to our Paper Lantern Writers YouTube Channel? We’ve got lots more great info on writing coming up!
on August 29, 2020
As you can see from my homepage (and from my FB Banner and elsewhere), Fanny Newcomb has changed!
Yep, the cover of FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER has definitely changed.
Gone are the drops of blood and the photographs of Gilded Age prostitutes. Gone is the back cover copy proclaiming “Gilded Age New Orleans is overrun with prostitutes, pornographers, and a malicious Jack the Ripper copycat.” And gone, even is the IBPA Gold Medallion for Historical Fiction (although of course, Fanny is still a winner; only the Medallion has been removed from the cover).
The back cover copy has also changed, and it begins with a wonderful quote from one of my favorite historical mystery authors, Ann Parker:
FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER is a ripping good read. Author Ana Brazil brings the dark underbelly of Gilded Age New Orleans vividly to life as her trio of determined female sleuths seek out a Jack the Ripper copycat killer.
–Ann Parker, author of the award-winning Silver Rush series
But WHY did I change the cover of FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER?
That question will be answered tomorrow!
on August 19, 2020
It’s a BOOK CLUB!
Virtual, of course!
My girls, the Paper Lantern Writers, have started PAPER LANTERN WRITERS READ! where we’ll share…the books we are reading and want to read.
on August 15, 2019
I’m so glad that you’re not tired of reading my posts about the soon-to-be-published ME TOO SHORT STORIES: An Anthology, which includes my historic short story “Miss Evelyn Nesbit Presents”.
If you’re searching for a ripe-for-discussion book for your 2019-2020 book club, please consider ME TOO SHORT STORIES: An Anthology!
AND…if you’re in the Bay Area and would like me to attend your book club event, or you’d like me to attend via Skype, contact me via my contact page.
on July 26, 2019
on April 14, 2019
You can read Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel THE AWAKENING for free. At many places. Including your public library, of course.
Just to make it easy for you, here’s where you can find THE AWAKENING on Project Gutenberg.
on March 25, 2019
I’m very pleased to announce that my historic short story “Kate Chopin Tussles with a Novel Ending” has been published in Fault Lines: Stories by Northern California Crime Writers.
This stunning anthology includes “19 short stories that explore crime, guilt, and justice in our earthquake-prone region and beyond.”
My “Kate Chopin Tussles with a Novel Ending” is one of the “beyond” Northern California stories, and examines fault, blame, and guilt in late 19th century Louisiana.
Kate Chopin, author of The Awakening
Here’s more from my author’s note:
Although Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening is celebrated today as a declaration of female sexual independence, when it was first published in 1899 it was scorned, derided, and deemed vulgar.
What, I wondered, would have happened if author Kate were confronted by one of her early readers? A reader who—like Kate’s protagonist Edna—had her life changed forever by her sudden sexual independence? But a reader who—unlike Edna—would stop at nothing to blame Kate for where that independence lead her.
Writer or reader, it’s not always easy to know who’s really at fault.
For those of you keeping chronological score, “Kate Chopin Tussles with a Novel Ending” takes place in 1899, ten years after my Gilded Age New Orleans novel Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper.
I hope that you enjoy both of these Gilded Age Louisiana stories about ambitious and intelligent women.