Happily, I’m still in touch with many of the great people I met at the Writing the Other Workshop and Retreat. Most of the attendees write speculative fiction, but Gigi Vernon doesn’t generally count herself in that group. Her focus is on historical thrillers and crime fiction; luckily she’s a historian by training, so she knows how to research eras and locations for her stories.
The book series she’s currently working on is set in medieval Russia, during the time Russia was ruled by the Tatars of the Golden Horde. One of the novels (working title: A Disobedient Death) is loosely based on an actual unsolved murder that occurred in 1357 A.D. I can’t wait until they come out!
In the meantime, I’m reading her short stories. She’s published many, several of them in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. In her first cover story, “Purse Strings”, there’s kidnapping and corruption, knights in rusty armor, dusty summer streets, and Sir Thibaut the cripple in service to Basilia, a lovely and savvy Jewish moneylender.
Her story “Show Stopper”, in which high fashion meets espionage, appears in the recent anthology Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War.
I just discovered a recent podcast of Gigi reading her story “One for the Road”. It’s set in Prohibition-era Detroit and features a gun moll who’s in a lot of trouble. When you have 32 minutes, you can listen to it here:
I enjoyed the heck out of this story, and it made me look forward to reading more of her work. I recommend that you take the opportunity to check her out soon!