I am a fiction writer, book critic, and assistant professor of English at George Mason University.
My short stories have been published in several national magazines (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and North American Review, for example) and in various regional journals/newspapers — among them Cities and Roads, Lifeboat, The Lone Wolf Review, Wellspring, and the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer’s “Sunday Reader” section (the latter twice).
Since 2001, I’ve been a contributing editor to Metro Magazine in Raleigh, N.C., writing a monthly literary column which merged with my blog in early 2009. Since 2005, I’ve also been a regular reviewer for the Washington Post Book World, with a focus on mysteries and thrillers. Other literary essays/reviews have appeared in publications including The Armchair Detective, Mississippi Quarterly, Mystery Scene, North Carolina Literary Review, Spectator, The Independent, and The Oxford American.
A native of Richlands, N.C., I’m a graduate of Yale University (B.A. American Studies) and also hold an M.A. in English/creative writing from N.C. State University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from George Mason University, where I now teach creative writing, composition, and literature, and help to coordinate marketing for the annual Fall for the Book Festival.
Before returning to academia, I worked as assistant director of communications for the North Carolina Museum of Art, and prior to that as managing editor of Spectator magazine, an alternative weekly in Raleigh, N.C. A member of the N.C. Writers’ Network since 1992, I chaired the Network’s Fall Conferences in 2000 and 2002 and have served as president of the Network’s Board of Trustees.
I’m also a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the National Book Critics Circle.
Beyond the classic triumvirate — Hammett, Chandler & Macdonald — my tastes range widely. I've gone through periods idolizing the other MacDonald (John D.), Ed McBain, James Ellroy, Walter Mosley, and Dennis Lehane. Because of my roots, I follow several southern writers, particularly Margaret Maron and John Hart, both from my home state. I fell in love with Tana French — her novels, that is — and at least the first Benjamin Black book.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: Vertigo and Chinatown rank tops. On TV: The Wire, like everyone else.
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Hi Art, I want to introduce you to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. I was wondering if you would like to review my book for your blog or sites such as Amazon. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. If you would like to read it I can mail an advance readers copy to you. Thanks for your time in advance.
Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.