“The Crossing” in Crossing Borders Anthology

“This splendid collection of fiction is haunting and intense. 
Bravo to San Diego Sisters in Crime.” 
– T. Jefferson Parker, Edgar-award winning author of The Last Good Guy

BREAKING NEWS 6/16/2021: Crossing Borders wins Best Anthology from the San Diego Book Awards

BREAKING NEWS 4/2/2021: “The Crossing” is a Derringer Award 2021 Finalist for Best Short Story

sisters in crime anthology
A San Diego Sisters in Crime Anthology

CROSSING BORDERS available now!


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My first short story, “The Crossing,” is about a woman who gets an unexpected passenger while waiting her turn at the San Ysidro border on what is already one of the worst days of her life. I was excited it was accepted for this publication in a blind submission process out of 40 stories (15 were chosen). This story also won (in an earlier and shorter draft form) the third place spot in the 2019 San Diego Public Library Short Story Contest out of 150 entries.

Read a blog describing the 15 stories from the POV of the protagonists at Dru’s Book Musings.

Partners in Crime – the San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime is honored to announce the short story authors chosen for the chapter’s first anthology titled CROSSING BORDERS.

The stories of CROSSING BORDERS explore the ways everyday people cross many types of borders – between countries, life and death, normal and paranormal, and more.

Stories were chosen by Lisa Brackmann, NYT best-selling author of Black Swan Rising and more, and Matt Coyle, best-selling author of the Rick Cahill crime novels, in a blind read process.

CROSSING BORDERS is an official Sisters in Crime Anthology and was to premiere at the (canceled) Left Coast Crime Conference, March 12-15, in San Diego. All proceeds will support the ongoing efforts of Partners in Crime to bring workshops of interest to crime writers and readers–and direct local sales give more proceeds so do contact us.


  • Lauren Avenius
  • Greta Boris
  • Pam Clark
  • Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
  • Cornelia Feye
  • Cheryl Garrett
  • B.J. Graf
  • Suzanne Haworth
  • Kim Keeline
  • Kathy Krevat
  • Melinda Loomis
  • Gerald Martin
  • Jo Perry
  • Barrie Summy
  • Carl Vonderau

The anthology is published by Down & Out Books.

Buy the trade paperback from the Down & Out Bookstore and receive a FREE digital download of the book!