A Quick Hello to Maryland

 In West Ocean City, looking across the water to Assateague.

In West Ocean City, looking across the water to Assateague.

It's tempting for me to think it's not worth it, dropping a bunch of money and flying halfway around the world for just a few short weeks' worth of reconnection with my home state of Maryland. But then I do it, and oh, yes, it is. The moody grey and brown landscape, the bright winter skies, the cutting wind that snaps me alert clear down to my bones: this is where I was born, and this is what I cannot get in the Middle East, no matter how chilly the evenings get in the desert winter. This is home.

While here in Maryland, I got this great bit of news: The cover has been revealed for the Sisters in Crime Chessie Chapter's seventh anthology. It's called Storm Warning. My story, "The Gardener," will be included along with other scary weather-related tales by Donna Andrews, Art Taylor, KM Rockwood, Maddi Davidson, and other fellow chapter members. It will publish in April. I'm excited and humbled to be in such esteemed company. And look at this cover!