As editor of the Silver Birch Press blog I try to keep a low profile, but today I’m honored to announce that a 2,000-word excerpt entitled “Windy City Sinners” from my upcoming novel of the same name appears in the just-released Chicago Quarterly Review — find the table of contents at

Edited by Syed Afzal Haider and Elizabeth McKenzie, the edition features writers with Chicago connections — in my case, it’s where I was born and raised and where I’ve set several novels. The Chicago Issue (Vol. 17/2014) — which includes short stories, novel excerpts, essays, and interviews from a range of authors — is available at

Thank you, Chicago Quarterly Review!