"The Drive-by" nominated for RPLA Award!



My short story, The Drive-by, originally published in the Anthology Busted: Arresting Stories from the Beat (Level Best Books 2017) is a finalist in the published short story genre category of the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition.

Awards are announced at the Florida Writer's Association Banquet at the FWA Conference in Altamonte Springs on October 20th. 

I'm very pleased my story placed, as my novel, The Saffron Crocus, won best YA Historical in 2015.

Caged, debut Thriller by Ellison Cooper

Cover for Ellison Cooper's CagedEvery year the International Thriller Writer's organization (ITW) organizes various a series of events to encourage authors who have had their first book published in the preceding twelve months. At Thrillerfest there is a dinner for the authors to meet and a Debut Author breakfast where Steve Berry introduces the authors and gives them each a minute to talk about their book. 

My Short Story Featured on SMFS Short Story Blog List!

Inspired by April’s National Poetry Month and thanks to the StoryADay in May writing challenge, May has become identified with the short story. So made it official and declared May 2013 to be the first organized International Short Story Month.

The Short Mystery Fiction Society joins the celebration each year by highlighting members’ published story every day of the month.

Two of my stories nominated for Derringers!


Since 1998, the Short Mystery Fiction Society has awarded the annual Derringers—named after the popular pocket pistol—to outstanding published stories and people who've greatly advanced or supported the form. Nominees and winners are selected by members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. The 2018 winners will be announced on May 15, so if you are an SMFS member, read these stories and vote!

Last year I published my first two short stories ever, and both of them have been nominated for Derringer awards! This is a huge, huge, honor for me!