When Darren Sant asked me to write a story for a new anthology he and Craig Douglas were putting together for their website, Near To The Knuckle (which was spawned from the eclectic Close To The Bone blog), I was absolutely thrilled!

“Wait a minute, Veronica… ‘when Darren asked you…?”

Well, okay, so maybe he didn’t exactly ask… I sort of snuck in when he was letting the cat out and after much pleading and a promise to bake cookies, he and Craig said they’d have a look at my story.

Now, I have been working on this ‘noir’ thing for a couple of years, trying to find a voice… a grit and darkness worthy of noir. I’ve had a few polite rejections… “it’s a nice story, Veronica, but just a bit off from what we are looking for.” … I thought I just might have found that voice with The Way of Things.

Darren thought so too… he accepted my submission and made a few editorial suggestions and next thing you know…

I’m rubbing elbows with some of the best talent in the genre today. I mean, look at these names….

Gareth Spark, Richard Godwin, Paul D. Brazill, Aidan Thorn, Pete Sortwell, B.R. Stateham, Brian Panowich, Ryan Sayles,Chris Leek, David Barber, Vic Errington, Graham Smith, Walter Conley, Tom Pitts, Allen Miles, Jim Spry,Mike Monson and Alan Griffiths.

We are talking MAJOR talent here, people!

I am totally chuffed to once again be appearing with two of my friends and mentors, Richard Godwin and Paul D Brazill… totally chuffed!

Thank you, Craig Douglas and Darren Sant, for your tireless efforts and all the hard work in putting this collection together. And a special thank you to Steven Miscandlon over at Steven Miscandlon Book Design for the amazing cover art for Gloves Off.

Run, do not walk, over to Amazon and get your copy of Gloves Off today… you won’t be disappointed!

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Thank you.

Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
28 March 2013
An undisclosed location in the Pacific Northwest


About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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  1. Cayman Thorn says:

    As an ignorant American chap (No jokes here, please) I had never heard the term ‘chuffed’, But I like it, a lot. I’m gonna start using it. As for your inclusion into a brilliant and talented company of talent? Well, I gotta say. You were already there in my opinion.

    • Thank you, Cayman… that’s sweet of you to say. There is some HUGE talent in this anthology. I’m just so pleased that my story is here with two of my mentors, authors of immense talent and two people who ‘took me in’ and gave such wonder support and encouragement… I would not be where I am today were it not for their advice, help and belief in me. 🙂

  2. My first time stopping by your blog. (Zipped over from Brazill’s.) Gloves Off looks like a fine collection and I’m sure will kick butt.

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