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ABOUT Torch Song

The world Singer imagines is so complete…that it doesn't need to be detailed exhaustively to take on a life of its own; with mere inference and a smattering of futuristic slang words ("toxbag," "vax"), Singer's future, shocked and scorched, opens up automatically in the imagination to something vast, and carries the story in its grip…EDGEBoston












What's New

Very very very new--just out a couple of days ago, May 15--The Complete Jake Samson in a boxed set from BooksBNimble. When is a box not a box? What is a virtual box? Notice there's a bonus book, too--Torch Song! E books are such a deal--$9.99. Check it out on Amazon or at BooksBNimble or wherever you go to do such things. Do it now, though. We're moving to Minneapolis next spring and need the money. Thank you!


A movie?

Close to 30 years ago, I co-wrote a horror movie titled Night Feeder. A very low budget thing that disappeared soon after. Or so we thought. Then not long ago, the producers--a great brother-sister act named Jodie and James Gillerman--heard from a guy in Poland who had a bootleg copy and wanted to distribute it or find a distributor or something. Shock makes it all fuzzy. The upshot, it has a distributor, it's all over the place, and there was a screening at the Roxie in San Francisco in November. It played, as they say, to a full house. What happens next no one can guess. I won't even try.


Meanwhile, the ebook versions of all the Jake Samsons and the first book of the Blackjack trilogy are going strong and available in all the usual places, like Amazon, and you can check out the publisher at

Currently working on book 2 in the Blackjack trilogy, very tentatively titled Envoy.

Just got this email from a former student and it's really exciting--I'm so happy for her!


I wanted to let you know that I just sold my book (title to be announced later)to Perennial (HarperCollins)!!! It's scheduled to be released in trade paper in late 2015 or early 2016. I have a two book deal so now I have to get busy and write another book. LOL!! 

I don't know if I would have ever finished the first draft of the book if it hadn't been for the encouragement I received from you and the members of your ongoing workshop. Writing a novel can be a lonely and daunting process, but you and the other participants kept it fun! Thank you!!! –Melissa DeCarlo

Great news from another one of my favorite students, Carrie Bedford--her supernatural mystery, The Aura, will be out soon in e book. She's terrific.

in other news, as they say on tv:

From student Joyce Mason:

The turning point that ultimately led to publication of my novel was taking Shelley Singer’s online mystery writing class through Shelley’s encouragement, technical know-how, and the practical and moral support of Shelley and my classmates tipped the balance for me to take my book seriously and to never to give up on it. Highly recommended! ~ Joyce Mason, Author, The Crystal Ball (New Inkarnation Media: November 11, 2013) and

Another student--Rosean Mile--has created a wonderful blog for writers called Pen and Plot. Among other things, there's a great interview with me and a crossword puzzle that includes a clue referring to some of my work. I've always wanted to be in a crossword puzzle! That's

From student, client, and friend Giselle Stancic:

Hi Shelley,
Good news. My Maestro Leloir mystery, Final Adagio, was the Grand Prize winner in the San Francisco Writers Conference Contest. [Feb 15, 2013]
This was a very nice surprise for me.

Books in Motion Audiobooks is rolling right along. All six Jake Samson mysteries and Blackjack are available on CDs and MP3 downloadable.

Read Chapter 1 of Torch Song

What else is new:

I’m happy to say I’ve joined the Perseverance Press Authors’ blog at  There are some terrific writers involved in this group effort, so check it out.

So Who Am I?

The rest of this is written in the third person, because that makes it sound like I have a staff.

Shelley Singer is the author of 13 published novels. Torch Song is the most recent, originally the hardcover Blackjack from Five Star Press, starring Rica Marin, spy, torch singer, and mercenary in the dangerous Balkanized world of 2066.

Ready to find a home for my completed fictionalized memoir The Pepsi Cola 9th Street Grocery. The photo below shows my dear mother behind the counter at the 9th St. Grocery in Minneapolis, circa 1950.

Pepsi-Cola 9th Street Grocery



Shelley has taught fiction writing and has worked one on one with writers as a manuscript consultant on nonfiction, literary novels and in every genre from memoir to mystery to science fiction to horror. Several clients and students have gone on to become published authors. She has been cited in the acknowledgments or dedications of several published books, including a number of award-winners. Recently, a student called her "insanely meticulous"--and meant it as a compliment. We think.

Singer grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and began her working life as a reporter with UPI in Chicago. During a checkered and mercifully brief journalism career, she met many famous people, at least two of whom were murdered, and many not-so-famous who are still alive.

She has done too many things for a living.

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