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2018 Derringer Finalist Cathi Stoler

I'm a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, an informal association of writers, publishers, and fans that has kept mystery & crime short stories in the public eye since 1996. On April 15, the Society announced the finalists for its 2018 Derringer Awards. Members are voting to determine the winners, to be announced May 15.

In the meantime, as I did last year, I'm inviting the finalists for interviews. If you'd like to participate, email me your answers to the same following questions.

Up for the 2018 Best Short Story Derringer (1,001–4,000 words) with “Every Picture Tells A Story” (Sisters In Crime New York/Tri-State Anthology, Where Crime Never Sleeps, Murder New York Style 4), Cathi Stoler won in the category in 2015 and was first nominated in 2012. Cathi is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in New York City with her husband, Paul.

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Young woman becomes the…
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2018 Derringer Finalist Elizabeth Zelvin

I'm a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, an informal association of writers, publishers, and fans that has kept mystery & crime short stories in the public eye since 1996. On April 15, the Society announced the finalists for its 2018 Derringer Awards. Members are voting to determine the winners, to be announced May 15.

In the meantime, as I did last year, I'm inviting the finalists for interviews.

Elizabeth Zelvin is contending for Best Flash Derringer (Up to 1,000 words) with the Twist of Noir story "Flash Point".

She also edited the New York Sisters in Crime anthology Where Crime Never Sleeps, which yielded a contender for the Best Short Story Derringer (1,001—4,000 words).

Describe your story in up to 20 words.

A seemingly perfect marriage cracks under the weight of codependency and an unrealistic diet. Which spouse will break first?

What were the most difficult and most enjoyable parts of writing the story?

I had a lot of fun taking the deteriorating r…

2018 Derringer Finalist Earl Staggs

I'm a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, an informal association of writers, publishers, and fans that has kept mystery & crime short stories in the public eye since 1996. On April 15, the Society announced the finalists for its 2018 Derringer Awards. Members are voting to determine the winners, to be announced May 15.

In the meantime, as I did last year, I'm inviting the finalists for interviews. If you'd like to participate, email me your answers to the same following questions.

Past SMFS president and two-time Derringer winner Earl Staggs returns to the finals with "Fishing for an Alibi" (Flash Bang Mysteries, Fall 2017) contending for Best Flash.

Describe your story in up to 20 words.

A career criminal thinks he can outsmart Sheriff Mollie Goodall, but he's in for a big surprise.

What were the most difficult and most enjoyable parts of writing the story?

I've written a number of stories featuring Mollie Goodall, fictional sheriff of a ficti…

2018 Derringer Finalist Patricia Dusenbury

I'm a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, an informal association of writers, publishers, and fans that has kept mystery & crime short stories in the public eye since 1996. On April 15, the Society announced the finalists for its 2018 Derringer Awards. Members are voting to determine the winners, to be announced May 15.

In the meantime, as I did last year, I'm inviting the finalists for interviews. If you'd like to participate, email me your answers to the same following questions.

Patricia Dusenbury is up for the Best Flash Derringer (Up to 1,000 words) for her Flash Bang Mysteries story "Cold Turkey".

Describe your story in up to 20 words.

A man in love gives up smoking and discovers his best friend cannot be trusted.

What were the most difficult and most enjoyable parts of writing the story?

Difficult: telling a story in 750 words. Enjoyable: telling a story in 750 words. Flash fiction is fun and challenging, especially for someone who started writin…

2018 Derringer Finalist Robert Lopresti

I'm a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, an informal association of writers, publishers, and fans that has kept mystery & crime short stories in the public eye since 1996. On April 15, the Society announced the finalists for its 2018 Derringer Awards. Members are voting to determine the winners, to be announced May 15.

In the meantime, as I did last year, I'm inviting the finalists for interviews. If you'd like to participate, email me your answers to the same following questions.

Librarian, longtime Society member, and two-time previous Derringer winner Rob Lopresti's latest finals appearance is with the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #23 story "The Cop Who Liked Gilbert and Sullivan", contending in the Best Short Story (1,001–4,000 words) category.

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A light opera-loving cop is dragged out of his cozy evidence room to try to solve a Savoyard’s murder.

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2018 Derringer Finalist Stephen D. Rogers

I'm a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, an informal association of writers, publishers, and fans that has kept mystery & crime short stories in the public eye since 1996. On April 15, the Society announced the finalists for its 2018 Derringer Awards. Members are voting to determine the winners, to be announced May 15.

In the meantime, as I did last year, I'm inviting the finalists for interviews. If you'd like to participate, email me your answers to the same following questions.

"The Bank Job" is the eighth Derringer finalist to Stephen D. Rogers' credit over the years, and could be his third Derringer winner.

Contending for the 2018 Best Short Story Derringer (1,001–4,000 words), it appeared in Trigger Warning Short Fiction with Pictures March 16, 2017.

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A bank teller discovers more change than she expected in the rejection tray.

What were the most difficult and most enjoyable parts of writing the story?

I e…

2018 Derringer Finalist Alan Orloff

I'm a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, an informal association of writers, publishers, and fans that has kept mystery & crime short stories in the public eye since 1996. On April 15, the Society announced the finalists for its 2018 Derringer Awards. Members are voting to determine the winners, to be announced May 15.

In the meantime, as I did last year, I'm inviting the finalists for interviews. If you'd like to participate, email me your answers to the same following questions.

Alan Orloff is up for the Best Flash Derringer (Up to 1,000 words) with his June 15, 2017 Shotgun Honey story, "Happy Birthday".

Describe your story in up to 20 words.

An abusive husband gets his just deserts—and it's not birthday cake!

What were the most difficult and most enjoyable parts of writing the story?

Because this is a flash story, the most difficult thing was keeping its length down. I think that’s what was most enjoyable too—that challenge of squeezing an enti…