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Eat Local Read Local

August 1, 2018

Eat Local Read Local

My special thanks to Erin Fishman of the Cascades Library, part of the Loudon County Public Library, for inviting me to the 3rd Annual Eat Local Read Local event. It promises to be a family fun day (books, food trucks, musicians, face painting, balloon art, etc.) of discovery celebrating the joy of reading, and showcasing local authors.


From the Loudon County Public Library:



It’s that time of year again!  You are invited to participate in our Third Annual Eat Local Read Local event at Cascades Library in Loudoun County on Saturday, September 29thfrom 10:00am-1:00pm.  We invite writers of fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens, and children to participate, and authors are invited to sell their works as part of the event.  This is a free event for both authors and the public, and every year we strive to make it bigger and better than the year before!

Eat Local Read Local provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the many talented authors, illustrators, artisan food producers, farms, and restaurants in our region.  We will have vendors, food trucks, and musicians, all set up outside in our parking lot under tents. The Library willprovide one table per author, free of cost. Authors who would like to offer books for sale are responsible for providing the books andforhaving change available.  Children’s authors are invited to participate in special storytime readings that will be held inside throughout the day.

We will also host the awards presentation for the Write On! Short Fiction Writing Contest at1:00pm inside with a featured speaker (to be announced).

More Information of Eat Local Read Local can be found at:


Chesapeake Crimes anthology of short stories

20 JUN 2018

I am thrilled that my short story, “RFP/RIP” was selected and will be published in the upcoming Chesapeake Crimes anthology of short stories, which is organized by the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC). The anthology, whose theme is Invitation to Murder, is the ninth short story anthology put out by Sisters in Crime Chesapeake Chapter, and will be published by Wildside Press. The stories selected were just announced:


  • “RFP/RIP” by Britt Alan
  • “The Dame and Thaddeus Birdwhistle” by Karen Cantwell
  • “The Mysterious Affair at the Escape Room” by Leone Ciporin
  • “Aumakua” by Maddi Davidson (Diane Davidson and Mary Ann Davidson)
  • “Good Morning, Green Leaf Class” by Sarah Hogroian
  • “The Great Bedbug Incident and the Invitation of Doom” by Eleanor Cawood Jones
  • “Guns and Yoga” by Maureen Klovers
  • “Make New Friends” by Jane Limprecht
  • “The Do-Gooder” by Adam Meyer
  • “Muggins” by Josh Pachter
  • “Secrets to the Grave” by KM Rockwood
  • “The Green Dress” by Joanna Campbell Slan
  • “The Killing Winds” by Mary Stojak
  • “All Tomorrow’s Parties” by Art Taylor
  • “True Colors” by Robin Templeton
  • “The Problem with Open-Ended Invitations” by Cathy Wiley
  • “Sunnyside” by Stacy Woodson

Fittingly, the entire story occurs in the war room (dedicated proposal development room) of a large technology development and systems integration firm outside the Washington, D.C. Beltway. I wrote this story while I was simultaneously running a proposal for a mid-size software development firm, having just rolled-off of a job running a large proposal at…a large technology development and systems integration firm outside the Washington, D.C. Beltway.


I can’t wait to share this story with you when its published in 2020. Until them, thank you to all my readers and to Sisters in Crime, Chesapeake Chapter, and especially the judges (G.M. Malliet, Greg Herren, and James L. Warren) and the editors (Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley) for their extraordinary hard work (both already done and looking between now and 2020) in putting this anthology together. Finally, congratulations to all my fellow authors that were selected for this anthology—I am humbled to be in your company with my first published short story and first short story in many, many decades!




Breaking News

Britt Alan’s debut novel of international intrigue, Tiananmen Ascending, The Dragon Proxies [vol. 1]  has been acquired by 2nd City Press for publication in Spring 2016.

Tiananmen Ascending The Dragon Proxies [vol. 1]

China and Iran partner in a scheme against America in Tiananmen Ascending, a political thriller hinting at the global consequences of increased Chinese aggression.