I’ve been quiet here for a while, but I’ve been working behind the scenes to bring “Welcome to Redemption” (formerly “Sharks in the Valley”) closer to publication… and more! That whole process is driven by the team by the team that writers have around us in the entertainment industry, and I’ve quietly been working with my agent to build a formidable team since spring. But I haven’t been announcing those partnerships here.
I’ll admit to being a little superstitious about what I post – or even say out loud – before contracts are signed. But I will say that I’m exceptionally fortunate to work with my super-agent, Yfat Reiss Gendell of YRG Partners; my entertainment lawyer, Lev Ginsburg of Ginsburg-Daniels; and my producing partner, Dan Farah of Farah Films & Management, on a lot of exciting stuff to come. I promise that I’ll be able to start sharing some of this news soon. But none of it would be possible without the three people above – Yfat in particular, who put the team together and is not only keeping all of these balls in the air, but explaining them to me as we go along.
I’m thrilled – and a little stunned! – to report that my novel, “Sharks in the Valley,” (now renamed “Welcome to Redemption”) was chosen out of 1,400 entrants as the GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition!
I’ve been sitting on this one for a few months – but since it’s now public on their website, I’m really excited to report that my short story, “Duel of the Aces” will be featured in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the November/December issue!
Ellery Queen is the WORLD’S LEADING mystery magazine. It has been cited as “the finest periodical of its kind” by The Readers’ Encyclopedia of American Literature and as “the best mystery magazine in the world, bar none” by Stephen King.
And I’m really proud of “Duel of the Aces,” a really fun noir piece set in the 1960s about a game of pool with a whole lot more riding on the outcome than the final score.
For more than 20 years, the “Best American Mystery Stories” anthology combs through thousands of published works from writers in the US and Canada, and identifies a list of about fifty stories that earn the “Distinguished story” title. They read more than 3,000 stories published in 2018, and selected Travis’s “Priceless” as one of their fifty distinguished stories of the year – alongside works from distinguished crime and mystery writers like Jeffrey Deaver, Michael Koryta and Brian Panowich.
This is the second year in a row that Level Best Books has chosen one of Travis’s stories for their “Best New England Crime Stories” anthology, and it’s the second story in a row about Shawn MacIntosh – a part-time fixer from Portland who is always finding his way into trouble by trying to solve problems for his friends and family. “Priceless” is a fun little caper about an underground casino, a live grenade and a fierce case of sibling rivalry.
I’m excited for my first public reading with the super talented Joe Souza and Tim Queeney on January 24 at Longfellow Books, highlighting our winning stories in “Landfall: Best New England Crime Stories 2018.”
I’ll be reading selections from my short story, “Priceless.” This is the second year in a row that Level Best Books has chosen one of my stories for the anthology, and it’s the second story about Shawn MacIntosh – a part-time fixer from Portland who is always finding his way into trouble by trying to solve problems for his friends and family. Priceless is a fun little caper about an underground casino, a live grenade and a fierce case of sibling rivalry.
I’ll be reading alongside Joe Souza and Tim Queeney, two accomplished local writers whose stories in Landfall were both fantastic. Hope to see you there!