It's Official!

FIREBIRDS is on its way out into the world: 

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Image by Maxim Tajer
Firebirds

September 2021

After an amazing experience with Pitch Wars, my debut mystery novel (now retitled FIREBIRDS) is represented by Joanna MacKenzie at Nelson Literary Agency. I have spent the summer reworking it into a completely different novel than the one I started eight years ago, and blithely ignoring Joanna's advice not to get too attached to the title as she shops it to potential publishers. 

(Cover art by Robin Grenville-Evans)

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I am a Pitch Warrior

February 2021

My mystery novel HOT STREAK has been selected for the 2020-2021 Pitch Wars mentorship program! Under the expert tutelage of Kristen Lepionka and Ernie Chiara, I have thrashed the ever-loving hell out of my novel in preparation for the February agent showcase, at which time I may very well get no requests at all and have to head back into the querying trenches. BUT... I will do so with a vastly improved manuscript, a polished query, and the knowledge that if I can rewrite a novel during a global pandemic, a national crisis and the presence of two isolation-crazed children, I am damn near invincible.

My name is Lina Chern and I write stories on my phone while sitting in traffic. I have also written trivia questions, word puzzles for a TV game show, paranormal romances, dialogue for...

 

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I'm Reading...

February 2022

THE OTHER BLACK GIRL, by Zakiya Dalila Harris

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Gina's Greatest Hits

December 2020

Everyone who has read this sweary, violent short story has asked me, with varying degrees of apprehension, "Is this... real?" Sorry to disappoint, but no, I was never a teenage leg-breaker for a cut-rate gambling outfit. I'll take the compliment, though. Check out "Gina's Greatest Hits" in the December 2020 issue of Mystery Weekly.

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Caveat Lector

August 2020

Did I ever tell you that I met legendary speculative fiction author Harlan Ellison when I was a kid? I did. It's a pretty good story, with side-forays into my brief career as a Hollywood writer and my better-late-than-never defeat of a lifelong case of writer's block. Check it out online at The Coil.

(Image: Harlan Ellison. Wikimedia Commons/Pip R. Lagenta.)