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On a Crime Spree

Today, my flash fiction crime piece “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat” went live on Shotgun Honey. Drop by and give it a read, won’t you? It’s already receiving some good feedback.

I also placed a short story called “With This Bullet I Thee Wed” with a cool crime magazine. I don’t want to mention the name until I’ve got the particulars, but I’m excited about this one because the magazine has featured some of my favorite writers like Tom Piccirilli, Anthony Neil Smith, and Ray Banks.

“With This Bullet” was originally sold to an upcoming Evileye anthology, but as the book came together, the editor realized the straight crime feel of the story didn’t fit in with the rest of the pieces in the book. I sold them another short story instead, then submitted “With This Bullet” to its new home. I guess I did something right with it.

Then, of course, there’s the crime/thriller feel of Winter Kill and its upcoming sequel, Lie with the Dead. Sure, there’s a strong element of supernatural horror in the series, but I think of them as crime novels at heart. Does this mean I’ve given up on horror? Nah. I think horror and crime, especially noir, share a love for the dark side. Swap the monsters with teeth and claws for those with guns and knives and you’ve got the same story.

Anyway. Check out “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat” and let me know what you think!

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Ego and the Writer

It was a good ego stroke to get home and find people talking about me. If people aren’t talking about your books, people aren’t buying them. Not that I have any to sell right now… Maybe I should revise that: if people aren’t talking about your books, publishers have no reason to print them.

I almost never hear from readers directly, so it’s good to see things like this from time to time. Whether a writer is a hobbyist or is a dedicated professional, we all have one thing in common: we’re storytellers, and storytellers want their stories to be heard. Writing for pride, writing for money, and writing for validation all point to a necessity to be read.

No happy readers = no happy writers.

I should add, too, that if you’re waiting on publishers to print some Oliveri work, you should feel free to write publishers directly and ask them why they aren’t coughing up the Oliveri goodness. Brian claims at least two publishers read this blog, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to up and publish me just because I bitch about not getting published.

I write best with a deadline. Why is Powerless a priority? Because Otherworld Verlag wants more work from me. It’s that simple. I don’t expect publishers to come beating down my door; that’s just not how this business works. But if you pester some of these guys, maybe they’ll give a manuscript more than a passing glance when I drop it on their desk.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Someone Smack Brian Keene for Me

Yes. Brian is one of my best friends. We started on the con circuit together. I was in his wedding. We have collaborated on stories. There’s not much I wouldn’t do for the guy.

But right now I need Coop, Cassi, Tomo, Big Joe, or Jesus to give him a solid smack upside the head.

In another example of “yes, what Brian says on his blog really does have truth to it,” Brian has recounted what happened when he was asked to write a Little Book. What he didn’t mention was he later emailed Coop, Mikey and I to gripe some more.

Here he is, asked to write something for a respected press while some of us can’t sell a sandwich to a starving man, and then he bitches about it. I promised him I’d smack him next time I saw him, then forgot to do so while I was out there.

If someone could take care of that for me, I’d appreciate it.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.