A New Story on theNewer York

Check out “The Lady and the Pygmy Rattlesnake” an experimental story I wrote that is now up on theNewer York, an online and print journal. Check out the whole website, I LOVE what they are doing.Read More

Graham Greene’s Stories

Graham   Greene “May We Borrow Your   Husband?” Tony looked after him, I thought with a kind of tender reget, a very light and   superficial sorrow. Graham Greene “Awful When You Think of It” Even asRead More

Interview with Selina Hastings, author of The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, October Week 2

Did you have any ideas about Somerset Maugham before you started your biography that changed in the process of writing it?     The image I had of him from childhood was of an old crocodileRead More

Somerset Maugham Short Stories

Somerset   Maugham “Rain” Her   face was long, like a sheep’s, but she gave no impression of foolishness,   rather of extreme alertness; she had the quick movements of a bird. Somerset   MaughamRead More

Interview with Edward Allen about ATE IT ANYWAY

I interviewed author Edward Allen (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/bookstore/authors/ed-allen.cfm) about his book ATE IT ANYWAY, Winner of The 2003 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (http://www.amazon.com/Anyway-Flannery-OConnor-Award-Fiction/dp/0820325589/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337330407&sr=1-1) 1 – Which of these stories do you think is the mostRead More

Interview with Peter Meinke about THE PIANO TUNER

I interviewed author and poet Peter Meinke (http://www.petermeinke.com/home.html) about his book THE PIANO TUNER, Winner of The 1986 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Tuner-Flannery-OConnor-Fiction/dp/0820316458/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337330004&sr=1-1)   1. I loved your division of short stories betweenRead More

Interview with Melinda Moustakis about BEAR DOWN, BEAR NORTH: ALASKA STORIES, September Week 2

I interviewed author Melinda Moustakis about her fantastic book of stories BEAR DOWN, BEAR NORTH: ALASKA STORIES, Winner of The 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (http://www.amazon.com/Bear-Down-North-Stories-Flannery/dp/0820338931/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1306264890&sr=8-1) QUESTIONS FOR MELINDA MOUSTAKIS 1. You paintRead More

Flannery O’Connor and Winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, September Week 1

Catherine   Brady “Written in Stone” But the fights-they’re very good, actually. Catherine   Brady “Thirteen   Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” His carelessness about drugs is for her yet another example of privilege, another proofRead More

Italian Short Stories, August Week 3

Saul Bellow “The Bellarosa Connection” It   was strangely frightful to the young man’s imagination to see this air of   insecurity in a person cultivating a garden, that most simple and innocent of  Read More

Italian Stories, August Week 1

Giovanni   Verga “La Lupa” Marucchia stayed at home nursing the   children, and her mother went to the fields, to work with the men, just like   a man, weeding, hoeing, tending the cattle,Read More

Oil Industry Stories, July Week 3 INTERVIEW WITH KATHERINE KARLIN

I interviewed Katherine Karlin about her superb collection Send Me Work: Stories. http://www.amazon.com/Send-Me-Work-Katherine-Karlin/dp/0810152207/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341692720&sr=8-1&keywords=Katherine+Karlin 1. Can you tell me a little about your experience working in oil refineries? Where in Texas did you work? What wasRead More

Oil Industry Stories, July Week 2

A few lines from writers about oil. Leonardo Sciascia “Il Mare Colore del Vino” “E allora mi dica, in confidenza: c’è   o non c’è a Gela il petrolio,” domandò il professore abassando la voce  Read More

Interview with Blogger Mike Grost, June Week 4

I interviewed Mike Grost about his blog dedicated to mystery and detective fiction. (http://mikegrost.com/) QUESTIONS 1.       What is the relationship between what you write and what you read in the genre? Did you begin theRead More

Detective and Crime Stories, June Week 3

Edgar   Allen Poe “The Gold-Bug” Near   the western extremity, where Fort Moultrie stands, and where are some   miserable frame buildings, tenanted, during summer, by the fugitives from Charleston dust and fever, may beRead More

Detective and Crime Stories, June Week 2, Interview with Journalist Bill White

Bill White is a journalist who writes for The Morning Call, a newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He also runs a daily blog (http://blogs.mcall.com/bill_white/) in which he discusses, among other things, detective fiction.  I asked Bill a fewRead More

Detective and Crime Stories, June Week 1

Ngaio   Marsh “Death on the Air” He  was a pale, flabby man but authoritative. Raymond Chandler “Pickup on Noon Street” Her face looked haggard, small,   pretty, shallow. Raymond Chandler “English Summer” It seemed toRead More

RUSSIAN SHORT STORIES, MAY WEEK 4, INTERVIEW WITH SUPERBLOGGER MEL U

Probably my favorite blog dealing with short stories is The Reading Life (http://rereadinglives.blogspot.com/). The blog has a curated feel, tons of guest bloggers, and goes deep on themes. From mid-March to July, Mel focused onRead More

Russian Short Stories, May Week 2, Lisa Hayden Espenschade

I came across Lisa Hayden Espenschade’s blog http://lizoksbooks.blogspot.com/ about Russian Literature and enjoyed reading the following posts: Because “Joan” is on my reading list and I found the story very fasincating: http://lizoksbooks.blogspot.com/2007/12/bright-spot-or-dark-cloud-andrei.html Because I think itRead More

Russian Short Stories, May Week 1

A few great lines… Leo Tolstoy The Poor People Jeanne gets up, covers her hair with a   thick shawl, lights a lantern, and goes outside to see if the sea is less   stormy,Read More

April Week 4, Interview with Brian Van Reet

I came across Brian Van Reet’s stories online and was really blown away by them. You can read his stories and other interviews on his website http://brianvanreet.com/. Brian Van Reet was born in Houston, Texas.Read More

April Texas Short Stories, Week 3

This month is dedicated to Texas short stories, many of which came from anthologies (Literary Houston, Lone Star Literature, and Unknown Texas primarily). Stay tuned next week for an interview with Brian Van Reet. “TheRead More

Guest Blog on The Reading Life re: Sheridan Le Fanu and ghost stories

http://www.rereadinglives.blogspot.com/2012/04/guest-post-by-audra-martin-d-on-joseph.html  

April Texas Short Stories, Week 2

This month is dedicated to Texas short stories, many of which came from anthologies (Literary Houston, Lone Star Literature, and Unknown Texas primarily). “The   Last of the Caddoes” William Humphrey His father was a renegade,Read More

April, Week 1 – Texas Short Stories – An Interview with David Theis

David Theis is the editor of Literary Houston (http://www.amazon.com/Literary-Houston-David-Theis/dp/0875654401/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328994959&sr=1-1).  I read the book when it came out at the end of 2010 and fell in love with it. As Brazos bookstore wrote in their publicityRead More

March, Week 4-Interview with Charles May, Part II

This month, I am reading all of the short stories suggested by Charles May in his book Short Story: The Reality of Artifice. Charles has dedicated his entire career to thinking critically about the shortRead More

March, Week 2-Notes from Hurricane Country – A Poem from Bob Lindsey

I was introduced to Bob Lindsey by the writer and activist Diane Wilson.  He was a private investigator for 13 years in Dallas, Texas and worked for NBC News in Frankfurt, Germany for many years,Read More

March, Week 2: Suggested Reading List from Charles May’s The Short Story: The Reality of Artifice, Part I

Chopin, Kate “Desiree’s Baby” The prevailing   belief was that she had been purposely left by a party of Texans, whose   canvas-covered wagon, late in the day, had crossed the ferry that Coton Mais had kept,Read More

March, Week 1 – Notes From Hurricane Country – Gary Cartwright

I started reading Gary Cartwright’s articles in college, when I interned at Texas Monthly. His book Galveston: A History of the Island (http://www.amazon.com/Galveston-History-Island-Gary-Cartwright/dp/0689119917) was a major inspiration in writing THE GALVESTON CHRONICLES. When I wasRead More

March, Week 1 – Interview with Charles May, Part I

This month, I am reading all of the short stories suggested by Charles May in his book Short Story: The Reality of Artifice. Charles has dedicated his entire career to thinking critically about the shortRead More

A Weekend in Galveston

On February 23rd, I was so honored that Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski dedicated the day to THE GALVESTON CHRONICLES. Here is an official looking document: City Council Agenda declaring Audra Martin D’Aroma Day My husbandRead More

Public Appearance for TGC

Hi Everyone- Here are some speaking engagements I’ve lined up for The Galveston Chronicles- Feb 23rd: 4pm at Galveston City Hall, Proclamation issued by Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworkski Feb 24th: 3-6 pm at Gracies onRead More

My Blog Is Not Just About Me and My Novel

Starting in March, I plan to update this blog keeping up with the following schedule: Mondays: Hurricane Country Guest bloggers discuss the psychological makeup of the Gulf Coast (particularly the Texas Gulf Coast), Walker Percy,Read More

The Galveston Chronicles to be published

I am happy to announce that The Galveston Chronicles will be published by Rozlyn Press in mid-February and will be available for sale online at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Indiebound, as well as atRead More