KIERAN SHEA’s fiction has appeared in dozens of venues including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Dogmatika, Word Riot, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, Crimefactory, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir well as in some beefy-looking anthologies most of which will make you question the tether of his shiny, red balloon. To his self-deprecating astonishment he's also been nominated for the Story South’s Million Writers Award twice without sending the judges so much as a thank you note. He co-edited the satiric transgressive fiction collection D*CKED: DARK FICTION INSPIRED BY DICK CHENEY and his debut novel KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY is out now from Titan Books. Kieran divides his time between 38°58′22.6″N- 76°30′4.17″W and 39.2775° N, 74.5750° W.


Gun to my head...

And so I begin . . . launching a blog . . . me . . . of all people. I could say that kicked and screamed my way into this, but that sounds like I'm sniveling. As a rule I don't snivel. Bitch and moan and carp all the live long day, yeah, sure . . . who the hell doesn't? But on a list of day to day practices indulged, sniveling is not high up there.

So I caved and here I am, one more voice shrieking into the abyss. Why?

The thing is, if I'm to pursue this crime fiction dream of mine, a blog is now de rigure to the marketing-promo mix. I’ve been procrastinating on this for some time now and it's a big first step for me.

This year has been lousy with first steps (first print acceptance at Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, first contact with an interested agent, first acceptance into an anthology, my Bouchercon cherry, etc.). So, to honor the karma roll I am on, I think a vow is in order . . . . I vow that this blog will be primarily about me writing, crime fiction and all its sordid details. It's not going to be about my in-laws or flaccid societal angst. No. No-no-no-no . . . .

It will be a network. I will pimp other writers and general crime fiction coolness and if luck will have it, they will pimp me. I will do my level best to keep this blog informative, concise, humorous, and dark. Hey, it's the least I can do. Ready? Here we go.