The Chicks are happy to welcome back terrific mystery author Judy Penz Sheluk. In this visit, she shares about a fascinating short story collection she’s edited. It sounds great!
Heartbreaks & Half-truths
Some might say that a half-truth is the same as a lie. I’d like to refute that. Let me cite an example to prove my point:
I was in the tenth grade, summer was a sniff away, and I really wanted to go to my high school’s nighttime Drop-in Center. It was a place where kids went to play euchre, shoot hoops, and well, just hang out.
My mother, on the other hand, was beyond strict (she grounded me one day for every minute I was late for curfew). A Drop-in Center? As far as she was concerned, it sounded nefarious.
But I was almost fifteen with a will of my own. And so, one evening, I told her that I was going to the library (which happened to be located next to my high school). The library was met with approval. After all, people studied in libraries. Furthermore, steely-eyed librarians supervised those people.
Here’s the thing. I did go to the library. Even went inside for a couple of minutes. And then I hightailed it to the Drop-in Center, where I flirted shamelessly with the first boy who would end up breaking my heart. Let’s call him The Blond Haired Boy.
Did I lie to my mother? Technically, no. Of course, I also didn’t tell her the whole truth. That, my friends, is a classic example of a half-truth.
Now, it turns out The Blond Haired Boy was also fairly adept at spinning a half-truth, especially when it came to affairs of the heart. Or should I say, my heart. Because while I spent hours searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day card (two porcupines kissing, the message inside “I love you so much it hurts.”), and he claimed to be busy with schoolwork, he was actually getting busy with The Blonde Haired Girl. A girl with “experience.”
I could have dealt with that if he hadn’t dumped me on Valentine’s Day. By telephone. While I cried at my beautiful card, picked out of hundreds on display at Woolworth’s.
(Faithful readers will recognize the Valentine’s Day card from a scene in Skeletons in the Attic, the first book in my Marketville Mystery series, though I’ll admit to altering the situation somewhat. Another half-truth? I’ll let you decide.)
What I do know is that The Blond Haired Boy has once again provided inspiration, this time in providing the theme for the second anthology under my imprint, Superior Shores Press. So maybe my first heartbreak wasn’t such a bad experience, after all.
Then again, maybe that’s just another half-truth.
And now, a bit about Heartbreaks & Half-truths: 22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, available in trade paperback at all the usual suspects, and on Kindle (Kobo, Nook, Apple Books to follow at a later date).
Lovers and losers.
Whether it’s 1950s Hollywood, a scientific experiment, or a yard sale in suburbia, the twenty-two authors represented in this collection of mystery and suspense interpret the overarching theme of “heartbreaks and half-truths” in their own inimitable style, where only one thing is certain: Behind every broken heart lies a half-truth.
And behind every half-truth lies a secret.
Edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. Featuring stories by Sharon Hart Addy, Paula Gail Benson, James Blakey, Gustavo Bondoni, Susan Daly, Buzz Dixon, Rhonda Eikamp, Christine Eskilson, Tracy Falenwolfe, Kate Flora, John M. Floyd, J.A. Henderson, Blair Keetch, Steve Liskow, Edward Lodi, Judy Penz Sheluk, KM Rockwood, Peggy Rothschild, Joseph S. Walker, James Lincoln Warren, Chris Wheatley and Robb T. White.
Amazon (trade paperback and Kindle): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088ZGF18Y
Barnes & Noble (trade paperback): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1137064575?ean=9781989495223
Release Date: June 18
Publisher: Superior Shores Press