Michael Bracken

Anthony, Edgar, and Shamus nominee




“When The Pittance Of A Paycheck Is Spent, What’s Left For Leisure?” Scene Magazine, May 13, 1977


“Budget (buj' it),” Scene Magazine, May 13, 1977


“More Than A Footnote,” Knights, March 1979


“Charles L. Grant: In The Shadows,” Night Voyages, Fall, 1979


“The Monteleone Connection,” Night Voyages, Spring, 1981


“Grant Carrington: More Than Amazing,” Night Voyages, Fall, 1981


“When Dark Descends,” The Newsletter, September 1982


“In Short,” The Newsletter, March 1983


Learning Through Experience,” Mothering, Winter, 1986; The Wet-Set Gazette, October 1987; The Messenger, March 1991; Fathering, November 1999


“Making Homework Pay,” Flicks of the Tale, June 1986


“Writers And Readers,” Flicks of the Tale, September 1986


“Changes,” Flicks of the Tale, June 1987


“We’ve Been Typecast,” Flicks of the Tale, March 1988


“Collecting Memories,” Parent To Parent, January 1989


“The Vegetable War,” Parent To Parent, April 1989


“One Way To Self-Motivate,” Clues, October 1990; Gotta Write, Winter, 1991


“Patience,” Clues, March 1991; The Third Degree, June 1991; Gotta Write, Winter, 1991


“Why Don’t You Ask Us To Dance?” Columbus Single Scene, July/August 1991


“Mother’s Warning,” Columbus Single Scene, November/December 1991


“Blind Alleys: Too Many Genres,” SFWA Bulletin, Winter, 1992


“Writing And Selling Confessions,” Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, October 1993; Word Museum, 1999; From The Heart, January & February 2000; Absolute Write, February 2001; SFWA Website, 2001


Long-Distance Daddy,” Fathering, July 1998


“We Have Ways Of Making You Talk,” Atlanta Parent, July 1998


“The Soothing Garden,” Texas Gardener, July/August 1999


“Writer’s Block: A Definition By Example,” Absolute Write, April 2001; SFWA Website, 2001


“When Bylines Collide,” The Official Newsletter Of The Horror Writers Association, April 2001


“Dan Fox And Deadly Campaign,” Mystery Scene 71, 2001


“Waco Reads,” The Official Newsletter Of The Horror Writers Association, June 2001


“Introduction,” Fedora: Private Eyes and Tough Guys (Wildside Press), 2001


“Searching For All White Girls,” Mystery Scene 73, 2001


“Surfing The Mean Streets,” Mystery Scene 73, 2001


“Things Yet To Do,” Phoenix, 2001


“Corpus Christi Author Knocks ’Em Dead,” Senior News, June 2003


“Markets About Which We Only Whisper,” Reflections In A Private Eye, Summer, 2003; Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, January 2004; Sleuth Sayer, February 2004


“That’s Not The Way My Mother Did It,” Senior News, August 2003 (as Pat Myers)


“Surviving Submissions Beginning To End,” Sleuth Sayer, September 2003


“Writing For Mystery Anthologies,” Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, November 2003; Sleuth Sayer, May 2004


“It’s Not Just What You Say,” MAMM, November/December 2003


Writing Erotic Mysteries,” Writing-World.com, April 2004


Bullet-Proof Your Short Mysteries: Editors Tell You How!Writing-World.com, April 2004; The Purloined Newsletter, March 2006


“Travel Fun In The Big Easy,” written with Sharon J. Bracken, Senior News, September 2004


“Cost-Effective Market Research,” Funds For Writers, January 30, 2005


“Fashionable Gardeners Say Pink Is The New Green,” Texas Gardener, March/April 2005; Seeds, August 2, 2006


Job Application,” Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2005


“By The Seat Of My Pants,” Senior News, May 2005


College In The 40s,” Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2005


“We’re Not Who You Think We Are,” Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, June 2005


“Take Dead Aim At Mysteries,” The Writer, August 2005


“Sundays With My Grandmother,” Senior News, September 2005


“Gardening Rocks,” Senior News, October 2005; Seeds, August 23, 2006


“My Wife’s Ghost,” True Romance, March 2006


“Manspeak: Cultural Pride,” True Confessions, April 2006


“Surviving Disasters,” The Writer (online edition), April 2006


“Money For Nothing And Burnt Fingers For Free,” Senior News, June 2006


“Man-to-Man On Mother’s Day,” Jive, July 2006


“Why My Face Is Red But My Tomatoes Aren’t,” Seeds, September 20, 2006


“Making That Time With Your Man Special,” Jive, September 2006


“Manspeak: Is That A Book In My Pocket?” True Confessions, October 2006


“Manspeak: Where Evil Lurks,” True Confessions, November 2006


Trees For Texas,” Texas Gardener, November/December 2006


“Gnome On The Range,” Seeds, November 8, 2006


“Manspeak: Giving Thanks,” True Confessions, December 2006


“Urban Harvest: Improving Houston From The Ground Up,” Texas Gardener, January/February 2007


“Types Of Community Gardens,” Seeds, January 3, 2007


“Write What You Know,” Teacher Miracles: Inspirational True Stories From The Classroom (Adams Media; Brian Thornton, editor), 2007


“Dandelion Whine,” Seeds, April 11, 2007


“Organizing For Anthology Success,” Gila Queen’s Guide to Markets, May 2007


“Weatherization Provided At No Cost To Low-Income Homeowners,” Senior News, June 2007


“Love Letter,” True Romance, July 2007


“Feeding The World One Garden At A Time,” Texas Gardener, July/August 2007


“Water Foul,” Seeds, August 15, 2007


From Small Ideas, Big Projects Grow: Victoria Educational Gardens,” Texas Gardener, November/December 2007


“Writing Dialog,” Gila Queen’s Guide to Markets, November 2008; The Write Ingredients, February 2009; Writerstalk, January 2016


Anybody Seen My Shorts?Sleuths’ Ink, September 24, 2009


“30 Great Towns To Retire In Texas,” Senior News, December 2009


“Hunt Youth Discover Gardening!” Texas Gardener, March/April 2010


Sky Island Gardening,” Texas Gardener, November/December 2010


“I Write Short Stories” Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons In Writing Popular Fiction (Headline Books; Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller, editors), 2011; Named #5 in 10 of This Year’s Terrific Writing Books by The Writer Magazine (2011); Finalist Eric Hoffer Awards Best Self-Help; FINALIST Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year–Writing; WINNER Best Non-Fiction London Book Festival; USA Book News Best Book Award Finalist–Business: Writing & Publishing; WINNER Best Educational/Academic Next Generation Indie Book Awards; WINNER International Book Awards Best Business: Writing & Publishing


In Praise Of Technicians,” Criminal Brief, July 13, 2011


“Don’t They Come In Pairs?” Wait A Minute, I Have To Take Off My Bra (Inkspotter Publishing; Betty Dobson, editor), 2011


Market First, Write Second,” SleuthSayers.org, October 26, 2013


“Eat Fresh,” Texas Gardener, May/June 2014


“High on Gardening,” Texas Gardener, March/April 2015


“Good Writing, In Short,” First Draft, July 2015


The Unacceptance Letter,” Rejectomancy, March 7, 2016


Tales From The Dark Side,” SleuthSayers.org, November 5, 2016


I Confess,” SleuthSayers.org, November 28, 2016


One More Time, From the Top,” SleuthSayers.org, October 21, 2017


Smooth Criminal,” SleuthSayers.org, November 14, 2017


Ripples,” SleuthSayers.org, December 5, 2017


The First Two Pages: ‘Dixie Quickies’,” ArtTaylorWriter.com, December 19, 2017


Three Typewriters and a Desk,” SleuthSayers.org, December 26, 2017


You Only Live Twice,” SleuthSayers.org, January 16, 2018


Stiffed,” SleuthSayers.org, February 6, 2018


Poster Child,” SomethingIsGoingToHappen.net, February 14, 2018


Rejected!SleuthSayers.org, February 27, 2018


Dubious Writing Advice,” SleuthSayers.org, March 20, 2018


One Last Job,” Trace-Evidence.net, March 20, 2018


Epiphany of a Blue-Collar Writer,” SleuthSayers.org, April 10, 2018


The Buddy System,” SleuthSayers.org, May 1, 2018


Noir at the Opportunity Bar,” SleuthSayers.org, May 22, 2018


Paneling,” SleuthSayers.org, June 12, 2018


Manuscript Janitor,” SleuthSayers.org, July 3, 2018


Just Like Starting Over,” SleuthSayers.org, July 24, 2018


Not Like Us,” SleuthSayers.org, August 14, 2018


Prolific Slacker,” SleuthSayers.org, September 4, 2018


Not A Dry Eye In The House,” SleuthSayers.org, September 25, 2018


The Obstacle Ahead Is A Mirror,” SleuthSayers.org, October 16, 2018


Everybody Hurts,” SleuthSayers.org, November 6, 2018


Senseless Writing,” SleuthSayers.org, November 27, 2018


Do You Want Cheese With That Whine?,” SleuthSayers.org, December 18, 2018


Looking Backward, Looking Forward,” SleuthSayers.org, January 8, 2019


Two For The Price Of One,” SleuthSayers.org, January 29, 2019; SPAWNews, March 2018


Baby You Can Drive My Car,” SleuthSayers.org, February 18, 2019


It Isn't You,” SleuthSayers.org, March 12, 2019


The Genesis of Gun + Tacos,” SleuthSayers.org, April 2, 2019


Lefty Calls the Shots,” SleuthSayers.org, May 2, 2019


With Malice Aforethought,” SleuthSayers.org, June 4, 2019


If I Should Die Before I Wake,” SleuthSayers.org, June 25, 2019


Community Standards,” SleuthSayers.org, July 16, 2019


The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods,” SleuthSayers.org, August 6, 2019


Expanding Our Universe,” SleuthSayers.org, August 27, 2019


Pithy and Thought-Provoking...or Not,” SleuthSayers.org, September 17, 2019


Open Your Heart and Bleed,” SleuthSayers.org, October 8, 2019


Bouchercon Bound!SleuthSayers.org, October 29, 2019


Collateral Damage,” SleuthSayers.org, November 19, 2019


Pull on Your Galoshes, We’re Headed into the Slush Pile,” SleuthSayers.org, December 10, 2019


The End is Near,” SleuthSayers.org, December 31, 2019


Lessons Learned as a Freelancer,” SleuthSayers.org, January 21, 2020


Life of Crime Leads to Writing Crime Fiction,” SleuthSayers.org, February 11, 2020


Goodbye, Joe,” SleuthSayers.org, March 3, 2020


The Possibly Last Case of Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac,” SleuthSayers.org, March 24, 2020


Byte Me,” SleuthSayers.org, April 14, 2020


A River Runs Through It,” SleuthSayers.org, May 5, 2020


AloneStarCon,” SleuthSayers.org, May 26, 2020


News from the Dark Side,” SleuthSayers.org, June 16, 2020


Purchase. Read. Vote.,” SleuthSayers.org, July 7, 2020


Writing Squirrels,” SleuthSayers.org, July 28, 2020


The Rocky Writing Process,” SleuthSayers.org, August 18, 2020


Playing the Numbers,” SleuthSayers.org, September 8, 2020


Who Are You?SleuthSayers.org, September 29, 2020


Countdown to the Anthony Best Anthology Award,” SleuthSayers.org, October 20, 2020


The Best American Mystery Stories,” SleuthSayers.org, November 10, 2020


Once More, With Feeling,” SleuthSayers.org, December 1, 2020


All We Want for Christmas is a Fair Shot,” SleuthSayers.org, December 22, 2020


Rolling With It: 2020 in Review,” SleuthSayers.org, January 12, 2021


Do You See Me Now?,” SleuthSayers.org, February 2, 2021


Writer’s Block of Ice,” SleuthSayers.org, February 23, 2021


Drafts? I Don’t Keep No Stinking Drafts!,” SleuthSayers.org, March 16, 2021


Killing Dreams One Rejection at a Time,” SleuthSayers.org, April 6, 2021


The Pause that Refreshes,” SleuthSayers.org, April 27, 2021


Who am I This Issue?,” SleuthSayers.org, May 18, 2021


Displays of Love,” SleuthSayers.org, June 8, 2021


Bad Contracts,” SleuthSayers.org, June 29, 2021


Over and Over and Over Again,” SleuthSayers.org, July 20, 2021


Pay It Forward,” SleuthSayers.org, August 10, 2021; WPN, August 31, 2021


Guest Post: Room for Real Life by James A. Hearn,” wrote introduction, SleuthSayers.org, August 31, 2021


“Welcome to Texas,” Keynote Speech from the 2019 Shamus Awards Banquet, Dallas, Texas, Mystery Readers Journal, Fall 2021; The New Thrilling Detective, November 2019


Three Best,” with Janice Law and John M. Floyd, SleuthSayers.org, September 21, 2021


Protect Your Inner Life,” SleuthSayers.org, October 12, 2021


Killing Dreams One Rejection at a Time, the Sequel,” SleuthSayers.org, November 2, 2021


For Everything There is a Season,” SleuthSayers.org, November 23, 2021


One Way or Another: Anthology Types,” SleuthSayers.org, December 14, 2021


Still Rolling with It: 2021 in Review,” SleuthSayers.org, January 4, 2022


Building the Perfect Editor,” SleuthSayers.org, January 25, 2022


Continuum of Editors,” SleuthSayers.org, February 15, 2022


Writing Lessons from Top Chef,” SleuthSayers.org, March 8, 2022


Youre Only Famous When You Die,” SleuthSayers.org, March 29, 2022


Schrödingers Edgar,” SleuthSayers.org, April 19, 2022


I Went to the Edgars and All I Got Was This Hoodie,” SleuthSayers.org, May 10, 2022


Where I Write,” SleuthSayers.org, May 31, 2022


Miles of Files,” SleuthSayers.org, June 21, 2022


Deadlines, Shmeadlines,” SleuthSayers.org, August 2, 2022


Can I Trust You?SleuthSayers.org, August 23, 2022


Editing Evolution,” SleuthSayers.org, September 13, 2022


Opportunity Abounds,” SleuthSayers.org, October 4, 2022


Second Chances, Revisted,” SleuthSayers.org, October 25, 2022


Batter Up!SleuthSayers.org, November 15, 2022


No More Guns, No More Tacos,” SleuthSayers.org, December 6, 2022


Deer in the Headlights: 2022 in Review,” SleuthSayers.org, December 27, 2022


Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes,” SleuthSayers.org, March 14, 2023


Story Mining,” SleuthSayers.org, April 11, 2023


In Search of the Perfect Office,” SleuthSayers.org, May 2, 2023


In Search of the New Normal,” SleuthSayers.org, May 23, 2023


Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” SleuthSayers.org, June 13, 2023


Writing Dialog,” SleuthSayers.org, July 4, 2023


New Three-Book Series,” SleuthSayers.org, July 25, 2023


Make Time for Meet-Ups,” SleuthSayers.org, September 5, 2023


Be Careful What You Wish For,” SleuthSayers.org, September 26, 2023


Daddy, Where Do Anthologies Come From?SleuthSayers.org, October 17, 2023


Road Trip!SleuthSayers.org, November 7, 2023


Got Milk?Trace Evidence, November 17, 2023