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Shotgun Honey: The Return

Looking for a quick-and-dirty read? Check out my flash piece “Never Feels the Same” over at Shotgun Honey.

My first appearance on Shotgun Honey went down two years ago with “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat”. It felt good to flex those flash fiction muscles again, and I can think of no better outlet for flash crime than SH.

I’m going to have to make sure it’s not another two years before my next appearance.

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.

Getting the Work Done

It may not be apparent to the rest of you (yet), but the last month has been good to me. First, the publishers of a work-for-hire OGN project accepted the final draft of the script. Second, my editor at Evileye accepted the final draft of Lie with the Dead. And finally, I started a few things rolling on a couple of smaller projects before moving on to my next big one.

Oh, and I also built a new desk, which I continue to enjoy the hell out of.

This week marked the two-year anniversary of my first appearance on Shotgun Honey. Two years is entirely too long, so I cranked out another flash piece for them on that day. Hopefully they like it and I’ll have a second appearance in the near future. It’s still going strong as a fun little crime fiction site, and they have several repeat offenders. I was honored to be included in their first anthology, Both Barrels, and my next goal is to make deadline for their second book. (If I don’t make it in time, no worries; there’s another cool crime ‘zine I’d like to return to, too.)

Deadliest of the Species is hitting e-readers everywhere, but no reviews yet. Weird. I’ve heard from several folks holding out for the trade paperback edition, though. I’ll have more news on that front as Evileye Books and I put Lie with the Dead to bed.

I’m happy to say the publisher at Evileye was very pleased with the way Lie with the Dead turned out. He had a handful of very small notes which will be addressed no later than this weekend, if not by tomorrow. I look forward to having firm release news soon, as well as being able to share a small surprise for Winter Kill.

If you dug “Bravo Four”, the next The Pack short is under way. I have several planned and will continue to work on them as my editor and I nail down the outline for the next The Pack novel.

I will also have a short story collab going up on Kindle soon. I’ve got the original version edited on paper and will get those edits in place, and then I need to talk to some folks about designing a cover. If said cover won’t break the bank, I’ll have it live sooner rather than later. Stay tuned.

All of this is part of my revised Exit Strategy, which is my plan to get enough projects out there to write full time. I do all right when I finally have something available, but it’s still far from financially feasible to quit the day gig. I’m working up a few things that will help, but the Exit Strategy is long-term, not an immediate solution. For the next few months, at least, I’ve concentrated on making it realistic and attainable. So far, so good. I’ll check off the last goal box for last month very soon and be on track for this month thanks to some vacation time. (For the record, while there is a lot I like about my job, I can’t see myself doing it for another 20 or 30 years. Thus the Exit Strategy.)

And so begins what I intend to be a long and fruitful summer. Stay with me, folks, it’s getting better.

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.

A Blast of Both Barrels

I can’t wait to dig in to the new Shotgun Honey anthology, Both Barrels.

Both Barrels front cover

Comin’t atcha full blast

I first appeared on Shotgun Honey last year with the flash piece “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat”, and when they opened up submissions to this anthology, I was more than happy to send something. They accepted my short story “The Wrench in Her Works”.

This anthology is packed with talent, too. Several of them contributed to the Shotgun Honey flash fiction, and several more are writers with a strong following in crime circles. As such, this book is sitting near the top of my reading list.

Shotgun Honey’s launch announcement features all the details, but in a nutshell, the book is available in trade paperback or electronically on the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

Both Barrels full cover

Just check out that spread

“The Wrench in Her Works” is the second short story to reference the Lucifers Swords MC. Their first appearance was “With This Bullet” in Needle Magazine, and you’ll be hearing more about them in the near future.

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.

Production Update

Things may look quiet around here, but I’ve been busy as hell in the background.

First, I’m happy to announce I sold a short story called “The Wrench in Her Works” to the first Shotgun Honey anthology, which I believe is scheduled for an October release. The full contents are not public yet, but there are some great contributors lined up and I’m looking forward to reading the whole thing.

Second, I’ve signed a new contract for Relics & Remains, so my horror short “Good for What Ails Ya” may make an appearance before long after all. It sounds like the anthology is in good hands, so if all the contributors are aboard for the second attempt, the book will drop sooner rather than later.

Lie with the Dead is still under review with my editor at Evileye, and I hope to have the last round of revisions back soon. Then it’s one last round of proofing and editing before it goes into the publication pipeline. I hope to have a release date for you soon, hopefully before the end of the year.

LwtD is a sequel to Winter Kill, which is still available on Kindle and in TPB. You can also get an extended preview of Winter Kill with the “Bravo Four” short for only 99 cents on Kindle. Expect another Pack short before long, too.

This week I’ll be wrapping up the scripts for a comic mini/OGN. I’m under contract, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. When the company makes their announcements and editorial has approved the first draft and things are moving along, then I’ll share. I hate jinxing projects, and I’ve had enough books fall out from under me over the years that I’m starting to feel like a tease.

Any Oliveri completists in the house? Check out Financial Intelligence from Smarter Comics. I adapted the book to script. Probably one of the toughest gigs I’ve taken (I’m just not an accounting guy), but it paid some bills and it’s set me up for some more work from the publisher. These are the kinds of gigs which get me one step closer to writing full time and escaping IT hell.

Finally, this weekend I’ll be firing off the third entry in my new Dispatches from the Front column over at Indie Pulp. The first two entries, “Darkness is Darkness, Blood is Blood” and “Gods vs Engineers” are still available.

The rest is all hush-hush and in development. I’ve got some research to do, and of course I need to put in a lot of keyboard time. I may be facing an artist hunt before long, which I’m both excited about and dreading.

Just gotta keep moving forward.

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.

Stuff for Your Peepers to Peep

Evileye Books has just released the cover for John Urbancik’s upcoming Darkwalker, a beautiful, painted thing by Daniele Serra:

Darkwalker by John Urbancik

Click for the full scoop

John’s been working on this book—nay, this series!—for some time, and it’s good to see it coming together. I think he and the Evileye crew make a good team, and I look forward more and more to their expanding catalog. Right now I’m reading Cullen Bunn’s Crooked Hills, and it won’t be long now until we see The Burning Maiden available on Kindle and, soon after, in trade paperback.

Want to become an Evileye author yourownself? Now’s your chance: they are opening up submissions to The Burning Maiden 2. Guidelines available right here.

As much as I’ve become an Evileye junkie, I’m putting together quite a to-read list. Check out this trailer for Robert Swartwood’s Man of Wax:

Looks like a winner to me. Hell, it looks like a killer thriller flick.

More stuff to read:

All the Young Warriors by Anthony Neil Smith. I’ve been hooked on DocNoir’s stuff since I read Yellow Medicine. I plan to follow it up with Dead Money by Ray Banks, another title from upstart publisher Blasted Heath.

Shotgun Gravy by Chuck Wendig. I’ve been digging Chuck’s writing advice. It’s sharp and funny, and new writers should pay attention. Hell, even those of us who’ve been around at least a little while can sometimes use the smack upside the head. I figure it’s about time I check out his fiction.

Shotgun Honey. Throw in shotgun biscuits and you have breakfast. I hit this site every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new flash fiction. Great little crime pieces, every one, and they only take a minute or two to read. Kent, Ron, and Sabrina bring the pain.

Throw in the hardcover copy of Sonny Barger’s Freedom: Credos from the Road I picked up to consume in brief chunks before bed, and this should keep me busy a while.

What are you reading these days? Drop a note in the comments.

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.

Some Rambling on Writing

If you follow me on Twitter, you saw my mini-rant about developing an exit strategy from your day job if it’s not one you’re content to do for the next ten, twenty, even thirty years. My goal is, and always has been, to write full time, and after some problems and distractions this year I’ve been rebuilding the plan for that goal, including putting together the exit strategy.

Things are moving in the right direction. Lie with the Dead has been delivered to Evileye Books, and depending upon how much still needs to be rewritten, fans won’t have to wait much longer. For those of you new to The Pack, you may want to start with Winter Kill, which is only $2.99 on Kindle or $12.99 in paperback. You can even get a free taste in comics form with Big Bad Wolves over at Indie Pulp. Big Bad Wolves takes place prior to Winter Kill and features art by Mike Henderson.

Brainstorming

Gotta keep the magic coming

Also from Evileye, The Burning Maiden is due early next year. I’m excited about the lineup for this one, and if production goes well and the rumors hold true, we’ll see an e-book edition soon. Expect news of another Evileye anthology soon after, including yet another short story from yours truly.

Crime/noir fans may want to check out the latest issue of Needle Magazine. Folks have been very complimentary of my contribution, “With This Bullet”, and I plan to do more work like that soon. For a free taste of my crime fiction, check out “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat” over at Shotgun Honey.

In other short story news:

  • Relics & Remains is still going to happen, but I have no news on it yet
  • I just sold “Dead Cache” to the anthology Cadence in Decay due early 2012 from Mansion House Books
  • “Bravo Four”, a The Pack piece, is undergoing final rewrites and I’ll have more news soon
  • “‘Til Undeath Do Us Part” is still waiting for publication in a zombie anthology
  • I hope to have publication news for a commissioned short featuring a pulp heroine soon
  • “Inazuma” is still available as a free download

Short stories don’t pay the bills, and sometimes the wait before they see print can be frustrating, but they’re fun to do and they help promote the big stuff. In the next few months I’ll be mining my short story and novella backlist to see what else I can get to you, too. No sense letting their bits rot away on the hard drive.

Moving forward, there’s a lot going on. In fact, it was my intention this weekend to put together the outline for the third The Pack novel and plot out another novel and a commissioned novella. Then the Christmas tree had to go up and I lost a ton of time putting plastic over our windows for the winter. Wonderful.

The third Pack novel will have the priority from here out. A huge part of the exit strategy is getting The Pack back on track. Both The Pack 3 and the novella are due in fairly short order, and the novella will be part of a Mansion House Books trilogy antho including Ty Schwamberger and Gord Rollo. Once they’re both turned in, I plan to start tinkering with that other novel, Sick Day.

Some of you may recognize that name. Yeah, I’ve been sitting on it a while. I’m seeing some opportunities open for it, however, so it’s coming time to put it to paper and get it into an editor’s hands. Contracted work will have to come first, but I still want this book to happen.

This, by the way, is the short list. There are two semi-aborted web comics I’d like to do, one of which I’ve thought about turning into a prose book or a novella series instead. A half-complete novel called Powerless may still have value. A trunk crime novel needs a rewrite (or I at least need to salvage the title for something else). There’s another property I’ve mentioned to one of my editors and he’s shown interest, but I have yet to put the pitch together because I’ve been so tied up with The Pack. Finally, two people have told me I need to try my hand at young adult work, and that led to a really solid idea for another project.

That’s the problem: I’ve got plenty of things happening that could keep me busy full time, but it’s still the day job that keeps my family fed and I’m stuck for a while. If I stick to the exit strategy, though, that will change soon enough.

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.

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.

Shotgun Honey

Kent Gowran has just launched a new webzine for hardboiled flash fiction called Shotgun Honey. It sounds like a lot of fun, and the first story goes live Wednesday. Tune in three times a week for some noir goodness.

What can be accomplished in 700 words or less? This short video currently making the rounds on the Internet would qualify as flash fiction:

Hell, I’ll probably submit something myself. It would be a fun challenge.

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.