“Mess With Me” on CrimeWAV

Seth Harwood’s CrimeWAV podcast is, hands down, my favorite crime fiction podcast. It consistently features great stories by great writers.

Today, I’m out of my mind thrilled (yo!) to have one of my stories appear on CrimeWAV: “Mess With Me” is featured on the November edition of the podcast.

“Mess With Me” is a story about congressional redistricting, at least superficially. It’s really more about a conversation that goes horribly wrong… It was first published by NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir.

I was supremely lucky to convince Scott Detrow, an award-winning public radio news reporter, to lend his voice to the story. Scott did amazing work on “Mess With Me” and I can’t thank him enough. Huge thanks also to Seth, of course, and to Mark L. Berry, who’s hosting CrimeWAV while Seth works on new fiction.

I hope you enjoy the story!

And because writing press releases is part of my day job, I couldn’t help but put one together about this podcast…


Pennsylvania Redistricting Story on CrimeWAV Podcast

A short story written by Erik Arneson, the communications and policy director for Pennsylvania state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, is featured on this month’s edition of CrimeWAV, the premier podcast for crime fiction.

“Mess With Me” is set in Pennsylvania’s Capitol Building. In the story, a legislative staffer responsible for drawing congressional redistricting maps is visited by a member of Congress. The conversation quickly turns sour.

Author Mark L. Berry, whose most recent book is the memoir 13,760 Feet – My Personal Hole in the Sky, is the host of CrimeWAV. Berry said “Mess With Me” is “a perfect story to listen to while the government shutdown is still on everyone’s minds.”

“I’m beyond thrilled to have a story on CrimeWAV,” said Arneson, who helped draw Pennsylvania’s redistricting maps in 2001 and 2011. “The podcast has featured some of my favorite writers — people like David Corbett, Reed Farrel Coleman and Michael Connelly. Having one of my stories placed alongside their work is amazing.”

Scott Detrow, an award-winning public radio reporter, read “Mess With Me” for CrimeWAV. Detrow, who works for KQED in Sacramento and previously worked for WITF in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, said, “‘Mess With Me’ is a great story with some unexpected twists. It was fun to take a break from covering political issues like redistricting, and instead be part of a short story riffing on them.”

“Scott did tremendous voice work,” Arneson said. “It was great working with him. I think he could get a lot of jobs recording audio books if he wants to.”

CrimeWAV was created by Seth Harwood, whose most recent novel, In Broad Daylight, was published earlier this year by Thomas & Mercer. It’s available in paperback, as an ebook, and as a free audio book from Podiobooks. Harwood tweets @SethHarwood and Berry tweets @AV8R_Author.

Arneson blogs about his crime fiction at ErikArneson.com and tweets @ErikArneson. Detrow tweets @ScottDetrow. “Mess With Me” was originally published in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir.



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