Gwen Mayo

About me

Gwen Mayo is a history junkie. Her writing is steeped in the rich history of her native Kentucky. Circle of Dishonor, her first novel, and upcoming sequel Concealed in Ash are set during the turbulent political upheaval of post Civil War Kentucky: a time when vigilantes and secret societies wielded power, and violent death was more common in Kentucky than anywhere else in the United States. She currently lives and writes in Tarpon Springs, Florida, but grew up in a large Irish family in the hills of Eastern Kentucky.

Gwen is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society and Sisters in Crime. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, at online short fiction sites, and in micro-fiction collections. In 2008 she teamed up with co-author Sarah E. Glenn to write mystery stories. They have since formed Mystery & Horror, LLC and are collaborating on a new mystery novel set in the Roaring Twenties.

From my website

Word Business

The last two years haven't been about ups and downs. Life has been a series of downs and deeper, darker, downs. For months, I could not write. Ideas were there. Plots took shape. I looked at a blank screen and could not put the words on the page. Thankfully, Sarah…

The Future of Short Fiction

When I first talked to small press owners about anthologies they all had the same advice "DON'T."Why?The stories they told me varied, but themes emerged. The complaints came down to three basic replies.1. You will lose your investment because nobody buys anthologies, book stores won't carry them, there are no…

Blame it on the Drugs

Writing takes a particular type of mental work. As much as we writers would like to sit down at our keyboards and great books magically flow onto the blank screen, stories aren't written that way. We labor over our words. We choose them with great care. Many of us agonize…

 
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