February 2016


Dear readers,

In January’s Letter From the Editor, I promised you that, in the coming year, we would be switching some things up. In that light, we’re proud to present our first themed edition—Killer Nashville Magazine: Romantic Suspense.

We’ve still got your favorite columns designed to serve as resources for you to visit again and again at all stages of your writing career, so don’t worry. However, as it is the season of love, we’ve tailored this edition to be particularly apropos to you Romantic Suspense writers out there

To start, check out our exclusive interview author Lisa Jackson as she offers up her thoughts on writing, romance, and giving back. As a bestselling author and friend of Killer Nashville, we couldn’t be more excited to have her on the cover of our latest edition.

Over in our “From the Classroom” column, Kimberly Dana, multi-award winning young adult and children’s author explores the challenges and benefits of short story writing. If you’re unfamiliar with the short story format (or even if you are) I strongly advise you read Dana’s article, and here’s a reason why:

The staff of Killer Nashville is excited to announce that, in the coming months, we will be debuting Killer Nashville Darkroom, a literary journal and short story/poetry contest. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I can tell you that each edition of Darkroom will be themed after one of our coveted Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award categories.

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Back to the present . . .

In our “Under the Microscope” column, Dr. Robert Jacobs gives us a look inside the mind of someone who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. As a popular character trait utilized by many thriller/suspense writers, it’s important to have an accurate understanding of the disorder—how it manifests, its root causes, how it affects the sufferer’s relationships, etc.—in order to properly convey it on the page.

This edition is packed so full of excellent content that I could write page after page of praise, but I’d rather let you explore it yourselves (and I’m sure you’d like that more, as well).

As always, I’d like to extend a huge thanks to all those who make Killer Nashville Magazine possible—Beth Terrell-Hicks, Tom Wood, Eric Deckers, and Julie Schoerke and so many others who contributed their time and talent.

Most of all, I’d like to thank the awesome Killer Nashville staff

There’s Will Chessor, our resident design and technology wiz, Emily Eytchison who expertly coordinates our social media and various other outreach endeavors, and our founder, Clay Stafford, who is forever working toward building Killer Nashville as an indispensable resource for writers across the board.

But, that’s enough from me this time around.

I hope you find the tools and inspiration you need within these pages. Thanks again for having me.


LisaJacksonWoods Compressed

Killer Nashville Exclusive: Lisa Jackson On Writing, Romance, and Giving Back

Nothing could make me happier than seeing Lisa Jackson’s picture on the cover of February’s Killer Nashville Magazine.

I’ve been a fan of Lisa’s for years, but only met her two years ago when she was Killer Nashville’s 2014 Guest of Honor. What a delight she was!

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