Faye’s short story, "One Bullet. One Vote" was selected as one of the best American mystery and suspense stories of 2021 by editors Steph Cha and Alafair Burke. The story will be anthologized along with many other talented authors in The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021, which is available for preorder here.
Writer from the dark
Faye Snowden is the author of noir mysteries, poems and short stories. Her novels include Spiral of Guilt, The Savior, Fatal Justice, and A Killing Fire, a dark, southern gothic tale featuring homicide detective Raven Burns. A Killing Fire is first in a four-part series. The sequel, A Killing Rain, is underway.
Faye has a Master’s in English Literature. She has been awarded writing fellowships from Djerassi and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime (SinC) where she serves as Board Secretary for SinC National. She has participated in many writing panels, appeared as a guest lecture in several university writing classes, and taught information technology courses at the university level. Today, Faye works and writes from her home in Northern California.
“The past is never dead. It's not even past."
THE KILLING SERIES
A KILLING FIRE (BOOK 1)
Raven Burns spent a lifetime running from the sins of her father, notorious serial killer Floyd “Fire” Burns. Now a Louisiana homicide detective, Raven is still running, because Floyd’s voice is always in her head, shadowing her steps, reminding her of who she is and sins of the past.
Not that anyone would ever let her forget. Distrust of Raven’s background runs deep in the small Louisiana town that remembers Floyd well. The ritualistic murder of a local socialite fuels the fire, giving many the ammunition they need to see Raven gone, including those in her own department. With her badge on the line, Raven hunts for the killer, finding clues that make her question if the murder is more closely tied to Floyd Burns than even she’s willing to admit.
PRAISE FOR A KILLING FIRE
A Killing Fire left me breathless. Driven by a complex, compelling female lead, the story twists with heart-pounding, raw energy against a lush Louisiana backdrop. I couldn't put it down!
--Jess Lourey, bestselling author of Unspeakable Things and Bloodlines
Full-bodied and dynamic characters…tying a brutal past with a bloody present that will keep you guessing right up to the finale.
A solid contribution to a genre lacking in Black women authors with a strong sense of place, good character development, and a storyline that keeps you reading.