Blood on the Bayou - Bouchercon will be invading New Orleans for its annual world mystery convention this September where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a weekend of education, entertainment, and fun! It is the world's premiere event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community.

In conjunction with this year's event, Down & Out Books will be publishingBLOOD ON THE BAYOU: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 edited by Greg Herren.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to edit this outstanding collection of stories," said Herren, an award-winning author of mystery and suspense novels. "It demonstrates the deep appreciation each of the contributing authors has to their craft."

"This is the third year that we have had the privilege of publishing Bouchercon's official anthology," added Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books, "and I share in Greg's enthusiasm for these stories."

Nearly 100 authors blindly submitted a story for consideration by three industry professionals, who had the incredibly difficult task of narrowing the list down to just 22 stories. 

Kaye Wilkinson Barley (wheeeeee!!!), Eric Beetner, G. J. Brown, Sheila Connolly, O'Neil DeNoux, Barbara Ferrer, John Floyd, Alison Gaylin, Greg Herren, BV Lawson, R. T. Lawton, Deborah Lacy, Edith Maxwell, Liz Milliron, Terrie Moran, David Morrell, Dino Parenti, Mike Penn, Gary Phillips, Thomas Pluck, Paula Smith and Elaine Viets were chosen to have their stories included in the anthology. New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham will write the introduction.

Each of the selected authors contributed their stories to the anthology and the Bouchercon Committee and Down & Out Books have agreed that all proceeds from the sale of BLOOD ON THE BAYOUwill go to support the New Orleans Public Library system and by extension readers and writers everywhere.

It's All Relative Tales from the Tree from 75 western North Carolina Women Writers was published in 2015.

"Pundits have a penchant for comparing families to food.  Best-selling author. columnist, and Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen proclaims:  "In the family sandwich the older people and the younger ones can recognize one another as the bread.  Those in the middle are, for a time, the meat."  Journalist and social activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin says:  "If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but inseparable - each segment distinct." An old Chinese proverb cautions: "Govern a family as you would cook a fish - very gently."  Another puts it more succinctly:  "Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts."

In this smorgasbord of family stories, essays, and poems, you can nibble on a nugget, munch on a morsel, or gobble down a whole meal."

Clothes Lines from 75 western North Carolina Women Writers was published in 2009.

". . . stories, poems, essays, and memoirs presented in this volume run the gamut from women's fascination with shoes and the color red to the history of bras, from gas masks to girdles, from communion dresses to wedding dresses, from prom dresses to muu muus, from jump suits and pants suits to bathing sits and too-tight jeans, from housedresses to uniforms, from flour sacks to polyester, from granny panties and step-ins to thongs, from kerchiefs to scarves to shawls, from cloaks to mink stoles, from chartreuse to gold lamé, from lace to silk and satin to tulle and crepe de Chine."

This was my first experience in being published.  I will be thankful to Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham forever and a day for accepting my submission for inclusion.  Never have I been happier or more proud than to see my piece, Needing a Little Something Red published with such a group of talented women writers.

Women's Spaces Women's Places from 50 western North Carolina Women Writers was published in 2011.

"In her 1929 lectures, Virginia Woolf, hoping to leave her audience with "a nugget of pure truth," exhorts give a woman a room of her own and let her speak her mind.  Almost seventy years later the Dixie Chicks proclaim in their mega-hit "Wide Open Spaces":  She needs wide open spaces/Room to make her big mistakes/She needs new faces/She knows the high stakes.  

The women in this book express those same universal needs and desires.  In essay, memoir, poem, and story, theybwrite of their own seeking and finding of space and place: the solitude of the sea, the solace of music, the sweet familiarity of lineage, family and home; the chimera and calling of landscape in Venice, Greece, and other exotica; and the simple satisfaction of snaring that oft-elusive bon mot."  

I was invited to submit, and thrilled to have my piece, Home of My Heart, selected for inclusion with many of the same women from Clothes Lines, and again edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham.  

With encouragement from many friends, I wrote and published my first novel, Whimsey, in 2013.  I'm moved, gratified and humbled by its reception.  It's available in paperback, Kindle and audio versions.  And still picking up new readers, thanks to some loyal readers who discovered it and have helped spread the word.  There are 60 reviews up at, with an overall 4.2 rating out of 5 stars.  If you're interested in reading some of these reviews, just click "here."  I have been blown away by some of the insight, and by the kind words written by so many.

My Name is Harley and This is My Story was written by my corgi (with help from me and husband Donald), Harley Doodle Barley.  It's a photo journal of Harley's life with us here in the mountains of North Carolina, his travels and adventures.  It has 22 reviews up at, also with a very high rating.  Reviews can be read "here."  It's available in paperback and in Kindle format.

I'm constantly scribbling or posting photographs Don and I have taken at my blog -Meanderings and Muses.  There are tons on pieces also written by author friends of mine, mostly, but not all, from the crime fiction community - some of whom I'm betting you might know of and enjoy.  Do check it out.  You can do a search at the top left of the Meanderings and Muses page to find who you might be looking for.  

I'm also at theJungle Red Writers' blog the first Sunday of every month.  Do drop by to say hello!


Kaye Wilkinson Barley