Join mein exploring the power of stories, the magic of creativity, and the joy of writing.
I fling words around as a writer, editor, and teacher of fiction writing classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. I write tales of love, ghosts, and murder -- sometimes all three in one book. I also write about the craft of fiction writing, and I take pleasure in helping other authors achieve their writing goals.
"Margaret Lucke is an exceptional writer."-- MARCIA MULLER, author of the Sharon McCone mystery series and Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America
When her philandering brother-in-law is accused of murdering a rival in a grand San Francisco Victorian, reluctant psychic Claire Scanlan must risk a perilous journey into the past to find the only witness to the crime--a time-traveling "soiled dove" from the 1890s who is invisible to everyone but Claire.
Fault lines in the earth can shake our world. Fault lines within people give rise to wrongs that must be righted. Take a journey into mystery and intrigue, with 19 exciting short stories about crime and its consequences — an exploration of transgressions, guilt, and justice in this earthquake-prone region and beyond.
The book includes my own tale, "Two Hundred Miles," about a young woman dealing with the aftermath of decisions she regrets.
I'm honored to have a story in Mystery Most Theatrical, the newest anthology from the people who bring you the Malice Domestic conference, coming out soon from Wildside Press. My story, "Thus With a Kiss," describes what happens when a community theater's production of Romeo and Juliet goes terribly wrong. On sale October 1, 2020.
Writing Genre Fiction
SCIENCE FICTION, MYSTERY, ROMANCE AND MORE
Wednesdays, October 7-December 16, 2020, 6:30-9:30 pm
UC Berkeley Extension – a "live online" remote learning course
Join me to explore several popular genres of fiction—mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, horror and romance. We'll examine the techniques of craft that they have in common and the special story characteristics that gain each genre its fans. For details and registration info, go toClasses & Events.
§Podcast of "Two Hundred Miles"
MysteryRat's Maze has produced a podcast of my short story "Two Hundred Miles," published in Fault Lines.The reader, Teya Juarez, did a fantastic job of capturing the mood and voice of the story. The reading lasts about 10 minutes. Click here to listen.