Skip to main content

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.

Robert Lopresti
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.

Describe your story in up to 20 words.

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

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

Difficult: Trying to make an elaborate choreography look like a casual stroll. For the story to work certain things have to happen in just the right order, but the reader can’t notice what’s going on.

Enjoyable: I had thought up a clue! Clues are damned hard for me. I was so proud of having found a fair-play clue that it was a joy to build a story around it.

Do you have a (juicy) story about how your story came to be published?

I’ll just say this. Almost every story of mine that has received any of honor or recognition was rejected at least once along the way. It’s important to remember that a rejection doesn’t mean anything except that one editor wasn’t looking for that particular tale that day. Press on!

How does it feel to be a Derringer finalist?

This is my fifth time, he said modestly. Trust me, It never gets old.

Comments

Jeff Baker said…
Again, congratulations Rob! And thanks for the wise words about rejection!

Popular posts from this blog

The Night of the Flood: A Novel in Stories

The Night of the Flood: A Novel in Stories goes on sale March 5. I invited the editors, E.A. Aymar and Sarah M. Chen, to tell us more about it:

It happened the night Maggie Wilbourne was to be put to death, the first woman executed by the state of Pennsylvania in modern times. That was when a group of women passionately protesting Maggie’s imprisonment struck. They blew up a local dam, flooding the town of Everton and indirectly inspiring a hellish night of crime and chaos.

Fourteen of today’s most exciting contemporary crime writers will take you to the fictional town of Everton, with stories from criminals, cops, and civilians that explore the thin line between the rich and the poor, the insider and the outsider, the innocent and the guilty. Whether it’s a store owner grimly protecting his property from looters, an opportunistic servant who sees her time to strike, or two misguided youths taking their anger out against any available victim, The Night of the Flood is an intricate and…

2018 Derringer Finalist William Burton McCormick

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.

Published widely and worldwide, Bill McCormick is up for the Best Long Story Derringer (4,001—8,000 words) with the chilling "Matricide and Ice Cream" from The CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour (November 2017).

Describe your story in up to 20 words.

An American man bumps off his mother on a Ukrainian train. It seems the perfect crime until another passenger starts snooping-around.

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

The story…

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…