I have the pleasure of interviewing Andrew MacRae who has published numerous short stories, mostly in the crime and science fiction genres, and two novels, Murder Misdirected and Murder Miscalculated, both about a reformed pickpocket who keeps getting into trouble. A misplaced Midwesterner, he now lives in
As editor-in-chief at Darkhouse Books, Andrew has edited anthologies of stories, essays, and poetry, including Black Coffee, Stories from the Near-Future, Descansos. and The Anthology of Cozy-Noir. Darkhouse Books’ fall releases are Sanctuary, Duck Lessons, and Shhhh… Murder!
Question: What is the title and genre of your most recent anthology? Why did you select them?
Answer: “Shhhh…Murder!” Mostly-cozy crimes set in and around libraries. As for how stories were selected, I am easily seduced by a story with a great opening and with an ending to match. With regard to this anthology, we looked for stories that (mostly) celebrate libraries and librarians.
Question: What inspired this book? How did it come about?
Answer: Date-stamp ink runs in my family’s blood, and libraries have always been our second home. Besides, what better setting for cozy mysteries?
Question: Can you tell us about some of your other published books?
Answer: We have close to twenty titles available now. They are mostly crime fiction anthologies and novels, along with a smattering of science fiction titles. We have recently added a literary side to Darkhouse Books with two anthologies, Descansos and Sanctuary, as well as a collection of short stories by James LeCuyer, and two collections of poetry due out in a few months.
Question: What are you working on now?
Answer: Developing themes and timelines for our next anthologies. There’s a surprising amount of planning that must go into such. We are also devising a strategy for publishing novellas, either as three to a book, or standalone.
Question: What made you start publishing?
Answer: The confluence of the invention of print-on-demand paperback printing and the widespread acceptance of eBook readers allowed me to fulfill a life-long dream, one that began with a toy rotary printer in the fifth grade.
Question: What advice would you offer to those who are currently writing?
Answer: To paraphrase Robert Heinlein: Keep writing. Don’t stop writing until your story is done. Then send it out and keep sending it out until your story is published.
Question: Where and when will readers be able to obtain your book?
Answer: (buy links)
Our catalog may be found on our website, as a rotating carousel. http://www.darkhousebooks.com
Shhhh… Murder! is available now in paperback and eBook format. Bookstores and libraries may order it through their regular vendor, Ingram, via the name or the ISBN number. (978-1-945467-14-1).
Barnes & Noble paperback: https://bit.ly/2xrCXou
Amazon paperback: http://a.co/d/8eV6nor
Andrew is available for questions and comment.