Malice in Memphis: Elmwood: Stories to Die for

Stories To Die For

The amazing storytellers of Malice in Memphis specialize in taking historical locations and fictionally embellishing them with new characters, mysteries, and murder. They have now taken on Memphis’ finest and oldest active burial ground, the famous Elmwood Cemetery.

Founded in 1852, it is the final resting place of over 75,000 residents. From the common to the infamous, from the powerful to the famous, they are all here. The tapestry of life and death in the Mid-South is laid out in a beautiful garden cemetery with sweeping vistas, massive ancient trees, and spectacular monuments from the Victorian age to modern sculptures.

Malice in Memphis is now adding their special touch to the myriad of stories drifting among the mausoleums.

The Tales:
A Love Story by Mary Balsamo
An Elmwood Misadventure by Juanita D. Houston
A Part to Die For by Richard Powell
Bloodline, by Angelyn Sherrod
Date Night by Larry Hoy
Forget Me Nots by Elaine Meece
From Hair to Eternity by Phyllis Appleby
Grave Robbers by Kristi Bradley
Graveyard Grace by Barbara Christopher
Headshrinker by Susan Wooten
Hold Please by Lynn Maples
One Dare Too Many by Annette Miller
Public Death Private Murder by Carolyn McSparren
The 21st Battalion Will March at Dawn by Dutch Warren
The Furnace Room by James C. Paavola
The Yellow Fever Revenge by Jackie Ross Flaum
Unsolved Forever by Thomas Kienzle
A Very Worthy Human Being by Richard Powell
Returning to Russwood Park by Barbara Christopher
One Big Foot in the Grave by Phyllis Appleby
Rainbow Lake by Kristi Bradley
Fort Pillow Escape by Juanita D. Houston
Holding On To You by Angelyn Sherrod

Elmwood: Stories to Die for

Amazon presents: Larry Hoy

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Happiness is being in Barnes & Noble

Such a great afternoon, I was just strolling through the bookstore with my arm around my lucky wife.  (Lucky, cause she is married to ME!)  ANYWAY….

We were walking through the bookstore, collecting a pile of new adventures to take home wh I strolled through the mystery section and the clouds parted.  A shaft of sunlight came down from the heavens to alight upon a copy of Elmwood.   (Two copies actually)

Like an elementary school girl, I squealed and ran the copies to the information booth.

“May I ink in your books?”  I asked the young lady manning the booth.

“You’ll have to buy them first.”

“But look this is my name on the inside.”  I pointed to the byline.

“Do you want us to take it out?”

“This is my story.”

She just stared at me like I was no longer speaking English.

“I just want to sign my story.”

Nope, nothing.

“I want to autograph the book.”

“I’ll have to ask my manager.”  She said.  The uncertainty was thick in her voice.  She squeezed a button on her headset.  “There is a guy who says said he wrote one of our books and would like to autograph it.”  A pause.  “Yea, ok.”  Another pause.  “All right.”

The young lady looked back to me.  “It would be very nice to have you autograph the books”

I am pretty sure I saw her wince just a little as I scrawled through the book with an ink pen.   (She must have been a purist)

She collected the books back from me.

“I can go put them back on the shelf for you.”

“My manager said I need to put a signed by the author sticker on it.

With that, I skipped to the front counter to pay for my weekly fix.

 

Waiting is the Hard Part

Then the edits start.  Time for counseling.  Now we have to visit a professional to find our flaws. Hopefully, we find a way to solve them, or at least make them less noticeable.  This is where we have to pull the belt tight and hang on.  Those nasty editors just love to point out our mistakes.  And somehow I have to smile through it all.

Finally, we are done.  We point our manuscript to the world, and with a nudge, we whisper, “Get ’em.”  Now we have to wait in silence, not knowing what if anything is going to happen.  We wait in silence, with our doubt.  Was I good enough? Did I give them all that I had?  SHould I have done more?  What could I have done to prepare them?

Then, we here the faint whisper.  Check back here next month.  I have something to show you.

I’m in the Finals! CS -Running for Good

So, my Mom is happy because I’m a famous writer. Well, mostly famous, alright, let’s just stick with I’m a writer. Published and everything.
However, my Mom is struggling because she can’t take my stories to her friends at church. I write a lot of murder and horror. A few months ago she called me and begged me to write a happy story. (catch the video here)
Well, I finally heard back from Chicken Soup for the Soul. I’m in the finals. They said it’s still not in, but they liked it this far. They said I’ll know for sure when the book comes out. “Chicken Soup for the Soul – Running for Good”
So now I’m back to waiting, (it should only take three months or so.)

Con Run – Mid-South Con (MemphisTN)

Oh Yea, it’s time to stock up on energy drinks and snack bars. What is the status of my book inventory? I’m going to need some eye candy to catch people walking by.
Is the guest list out…
Author Guest of Honor: Timothy Zahn!?! Heir to the empire Timothy Zahn? The man who brought us, Grand Admiral Thran? I’ve got to have him sign my books.
Toastmaster: John Jackson Miller? Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, novels, and comics. He has done it all.
Comic Guest of Honor: Tom Nguyen. DC, Marvel, and indy work? I have to check my collection. I’m sure I have some of his covers.
Editor Guest of Honor: Gordon Van Gelder – He has put together some fantastic anthologies. I need to get his contact info. I bet he can put mt in Barnes & Noble.

So you see some of the headliners. So if you are in the area March 15-17 be sure to stop by. They always put on a fantastic event.

Plans? – What Plans?

Plans meet hard right turn

So last year was a slow one for writing, there was a strong finish, but overall it was kind of slow.

This year I set plans to attack my novel full speed ahead.  I completed the first draft last fall, but I haven’t started the second draft yet.

January started and Chicken Soup extended a deadline for me.  You might remember how worried my Mom is that I don’t write happy stories.  So I put the novel on the back burner and kicked out a quick story for Chicken Soup.

Then visiting my Pirate fighting group, I got a funny request.

Could you write a treatment for a Pirate TV show?

My only question was when do you need it?  Later that night I asked Google what is a treatment for a TV series?

So this was an interesting week on the keyboard.  My novel got pushed a month, but the right place at the right time might have landed me some interesting work.  I never did learn what a treatment was, but I have finished some good stuff, to include a pilot.

So….. what’s next?

Saturday we Save the Cat

Is one book that every screen writer must read. Does a fantastic job of breaking down the three act play into simple beats. Recently, I picked up a copy of Save the Cat Writes a Novel.
This book has been a huge help. I’ve never really thought about novels as a three act play.
In all of my research two books have been recommended to me over and over. Steven King’s: On Writing (Christmas is right around the corner. Hint hint nudge nudge) and Save the Cat.
Well, this Saturday (Dec 22 7:pm at Panera Bread – 4530 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38117) I’ll be leading a discussion on the book. – This event is being hosted by the Memphis Writers – Writing club. This is an open club, everyone is welcome Come early & stay late to meet some fantastic writers. I’m talking about you!