Saturday, May 15, 2010

From Fan to Writer

I arrived back from the hills of Pennsylvania to find several books, DVDs and magazines waiting for me at home. The first treasure I dug into was the debut issue of NEEDLE: A Magazine Of Noir. Many glowing reviews have already been posted around the net and I will bring them altogether by saying this: NEEDLE is the new pulse of crime fiction. Period.

I had read about half the magazine (and written the above passage) when I received an unexpected and welcomed request from editor Steve Weddle to submit a piece for the next issue. Damn if I didn't jump at the chance quickly before he changed his mind! And my luck didn't stop there as it just so happened that I had a story waiting in the wings called "The Sins of Maynard Shipley."

Here's the super-looking cover for the Summer 2010 issue.

23 comments:

Chris said...

Congrats on the invitation!

Naomi Johnson said...

I'm looking forward to reading about Maynard's sins.

David Cranmer said...

Thanks Chris.

Naomi, Oh, and he breaks the majority of the seven deadly.

Chris said...

That he does, David. Great story, great venue. Congrats.

Lee Hughes said...

Congrats!!

Paul D. Brazill said...

Looking forward to THAT! Brilliant cover!

David Barber said...

Yes, well done, David. Look forward to reading it.

Dave King said...

I agree with you about the cover. My first thought was how stunning it is an d my second that if the contents are half as good it will be a wow. Congrats on your own good luck - richly deserved.

sandra seamans said...

Sweet! And congrats! Can't wait to read the story.

David Cranmer said...

Chris, Thanks for taking a look.

Lee, Paul,& David, Much thanks.

David, The talented Mr. John Hornor Jacobs did the cover.

David Cranmer said...

Sandra, You slipped in on me there. And thank you. I hope everyone doesn't forget to grab a copy of the debut issue that features your marvelous "Big Girls Don't Cry."

Ejh said...

Congrats. You deserve all the success you get David. Add another book to my library. Can't wait!

Bill Crider said...

Congratulations! It's a great-looking cover, all right, and I'm sure your story will be a dandy.

Elaine Ash said...

Looks great! How do I order a copy?

David Cranmer said...

EJH, Thanks boss!

Bill, Steve and his team have really done a top job with NEEDLE.

E, Thanks. A link will be available at the NEEDLE website which is in my blogroll to the left.

RReynolds said...

Congrats young man.

Steve Weddle said...

Glad you're aboard, sir.

David Cranmer said...

RReynolds, Thanks old son!

Steve, Wouldn't miss it.

Clare2e said...

Congrats- Turns out the first issue wasn't a fluke. The Needle-pushers actually know what they're doing!

David Cranmer said...

I hope everyone supports them to keep this ship sailing. We are in dire need of quality outlets for both readers to enjoy and a place for writers to hang their hats.

Kathleen A. Ryan said...

This is wonderful news, David! Congratulations. I'm thoroughly enjoying Issue #1 and I am looking forward to #2 already ~ especially your story!

David Cranmer said...

Kathleen, Thank you and they really did a top job with #1 didn't they?

Kathleen A. Ryan said...

They certainly did! I'm still enjoying it; when time allows, I grab another story. They are like potato chips; you can't stop at one!