A humorous mystery about a murder at a wedding and--
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Audition For Death is a fun mystery about Joshua Mclintock, an actor who's obsessed with his career even though most of his roles have been as dead bodies. When he's about to be arrested for a crime he didn't commit--
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This book uses various exercises and techniques to teach people how to write comedy. I have used it as the textbook in some of my courses.
I had to laugh when several people told me that they received my new book, 'Dead Men Don't Get Married,' as a pre-wedding gift.
I just received a question. Someone asked if I have ever done stand up comedy.
The answer is yes, that was my life for some years. I performed in Clubs, college campuses, private parties, etc. This was in Toronto, the U.S. as well as a few other places.
Steve Shrott is an award-winning comedy writer who has been affectionately nick-named, "Writer to the stars." He has written for a vertible "Who's Who" of comedy performers, speakers and entertainers including Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller and Rodney Dangerfield.
Some of his jokes are in The Smithsonian Institute, and he is a winner of the prestigious Robert Benchley award for humor. For many years, he instructed students in the art and craft of humor writing at various schools including The Learning Annex, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Centennial College, The L.A. Comedy School and The Comedy Store.
Steve has also taught online for the Romance Writers of America and Savvy Writers.
Steve has also taught online for the Romance Writers of America and Savvy Wr
I have a fun story in (top of page) Sherlock Holmes mystery magazine (#18) entitled, Lucky Man.
Chasing the Codex is a novel written by 24 writers from Cozy Cat Press. I, of course, am one of them. (the best looking one.) The book is available at
Here's the cover from a new anthology just released from Wildside Press. My story is 'The Writer.' It's a humorous tale about a crime writer who has some issues dealing with...well why don't I just let you read it!
I've read the other stories and they are all amazing!! https://www.amazon.com/Fish-Out-Water-Guppy-Anthology-ebook/dp/B06XXNX1TC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491146032&sr=8-1&keywords=fish+out+of+water+anthology
“I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn’t need a gun, you’d better take one along that worked.”
Steve Shrott is an internationally published award- winning mystery short story writer. Some of his tales are of the humorous variety, others are more hard boiled. They have been published in anthologies, magazines and e-books, both in the U.S., and as far away as India. Some are being used in classrooms to teach children the art of deductive reasoning. Several of his stories ("Clean," "The Job," "Stress, Tourist Town, The Writer") have appeared or will be appearing in Sisters in Crime Publications. In addition to all this writing, Steve is a fun guy at parties.
Some of Steve's Awards include being a
winner in The JA Konrath Short Story Contest and The Writers’ Society of Jefferson County (California) Annual Short Story Contest. As well, his story, "Good Times," ("The Killer Wore Cranberry; A Second Helping") was inducted into The National Museum of Dentistry.
EVENTS and NEWS
Monday January 23rd
I will be teaching my online course entitled, 'Adding the Funny to Novels and Short Stories' at Savvy Authors.
You may want to write an entirely funny book or just add in some humorous sections to an already serious book. Either way this course will benefit you.
It's a lot of fun and you'll learn some practical techniques that you can use in your work. You can learn more about it here--
Thursday January 19th/2017
Although, I've produced a lot of humorous material, I have also written suspense. So it's not just because of my devilish good looks and sensual blue eyes that I've been chosen to be part of a Sisters in Crime panel entitled, "The Suspense is Killing me!"
The other panelists (and terrific writers) include: DJ McIntosh (The Babylon Trilogy), and Jennifer Soosar (Parent Teacher Association). The moderator is wonderful short story author, Lynn Murphy.
This event is for writers and readers. We'll discuss the ins and outs of the suspense genre and how we create it in our stories. As well, I'm sure there will be lots of author recommendations.
So come and join the fun. If you're not a member it's only $5.00.
It all takes place at seven o'clock in room 200 of the Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. It's just a block north of the Eglinton Subway on Yonge.
Hope to see you there!! (Remember sensual blue eyes!)
Hope everyone is going to have a great New Years!!
Of course some people have HORRORble ones!!
Like the people in the horror anthology, 'Years End.' I have a story in there as do many other fantastic writers. And the great thing is that now it's on sale for only $2.99 till January 7th. You can pick up a copy at-- http://www.drivethrufiction.com/browse.php?discount=94051dd5e3
As you know I'm a writer, but from now on in, please refer to me as Chef! I now have one of my recipes in a new cook book from my publisher, Cozy Cat Press.
The book, entitled, 'Cozy Cats Cook,' looks great with some really terrific recipes. My recipe will knock your socks off, so maybe you should wear an extra pair when you're cooking it!! https://www.amazon.com/Cozy-Cats-Cook-Authors-Recipes/dp/1946063037
I've mentioned this before, but writing short stories is a lot of fun!!
Now you can have some of that fun as well. I will be teaching a workshop on "How to Craft your Mystery Short Story," online at Savvy Authors. Why don't you join me?
My story, 'The House' has now been published in Flame Tree Press' (hard cover,) UK anthology, entitled, "Gothic Crime and Mystery Short Stories."
It's a little different than most anthologies. There are stories by contemporary writers like myself, intermixed with tales by classic authors, such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allen Poe.
Take a look at the book here--
Recently sold my story, 'Alibis' to Over my Dead Body Magazine.
The story will probably be up on the site in a week or two.
I will be appearing at the Eatonville Library with two other terrific mystery writers--KJ Howe, and Tracy Ward.
The ladies and I will talk about our books, and answer any questions you may have about about mystery, writing or anything else.
Just please don't ask any questions about my romance with Jennifer Aniston! (We're trying to keep it out of the tabloids.)
The library is located at 430 Burnhamthorpe Road (between Burnhamthorpe Road and The East Mall.) The fun is between two and four in the afternoon of November 15th. Looking forward to seeing you there!!
September 25th/2016/ new info
I'll be chatting with folks and signing books
at 'Word on the Street.'
It's The National Book and Magazine Festival that's held at Harbourfront Center.
I'll be at the Crime Writer's of Canada Booth between the hours of 12 and 1 o'clock, as well as between five and six.
The booth is #541, located in the Genre Zone. In your program, we're listed under Art's/Writer's Organizations.
Aside from moi, however, there's lots of exciting things to see there. (Although, after a few coffees, moi is pretty darn exciting!!)
Hope you come and say hi!! It should be lots of fun.
June 22/ 2016
I've just received some exciting news. Another of my stories has made it into a mystery anthology.
This one is a little different. The book is being produced in the UK and will actually be a high-quality hard cover gift book.
It will be just under five hundred pages. There will be stories by contemporary writers like myself, intermixed with stories by classic authors.
The proposed release date for the book is August. I'm definitely looking forward to it.
June 27th to July 10th/2016
I will be teaching my online course on 'How to Add Humor to Short Stories and Novels,' for Savvy Authors. The course is composed of lectures and fun exercises.
Previous students have said that the course not only helped them improve the humor in their writing, but also the ability to use humor in their every day lives. Come and join me for the fun! savvyauthors.com
My story , Escape, has just been published in the noir anthology, Black Coffee. It's one of my earlier stories and a favorite. Hope you enjoy it! (There's a picture near the top of this page.) It's available at Amazon at--
Also, just been told that my story, The Writer, will be in a Sisters in Crime anthology entitled, Fish out of Water. That won't be out for a while.
Had a terrific time at the Burlington Public Library yesterday evening. Everyone
seemed to really enjoy it.
Thanks to Scott for all his
great work making sure everything ran smoothly.
Also thanks to Melodie, Peter,
and Viga for making it a terrific
I will be at the Burlington Public Library for a Humor Writer's Panel. Hilarious Comedy writers Peter McGarvey, Melodie Campbell, Viga Boland, and myself will discuss the art of writing humor and comedy, and read from our latest books. I'm sure it'll be loads of fun! It will take place seven to nine at the Burlington Public library.
2331 New Street
I am teaching my online course on Writing a Page Turning Novel at Savvy Authors.
Check it out at--http://savvyauthors.com/Community/index.php?Event/how-to-write-a-page-turning-novel-with-steve-shrott.179/
Sharon Crawford wrote a very nice blog about our experience at the Gerrard/Ashdale Library. It's got pictures of us all.
I'm, of course, wearing my traditional Fedora that always excites the ladies!
I will join four other crime writers to talk about...what else,
but crime writing.
Sharon A. Crawford, myself, and Lisa de Nikolitis write novels while Mark Eddy and Nate Hendley are true crime authors. The fun begins at 6:30 in the Gerrard/Ashdale branch of the Toronto Public library. Hope to see you there!
Had a great time at the Gerrard/Ashdale library! Wonderful crowd and very helpful staff!!
I've just been informed that I have a short story in a new anthology entitled, Black Coffee. The title comes from a Peggy Lee song of the same name. If you know Peggy Lee, you know her songs were mostly dark. The anthology will reflect that tone. It's all noir!
There's some really terrific and well-known mystery writers involved in this one so I'm sure it's going to wonderful. I believe it will be published in May. Looking forward to it!
Jan 1/ 2016
I have a flash fiction story entitled, The Plan, running in BJ Bourg's Flash Bang Mysteries ezine. I'm thrilled to be included with so many other terrific writers.
Today, Barbara Jean Coast interviews me and asks some probing questions. Check it out at-- https://welcometopoppycove.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/steve-takes-5-with-barbara-jean
I will be part of a panel at Sisters in Crime, Toronto along with Madeleine Harris-Callway,
Louisa Lo, and Rosemary McCracken.
We will all be talking about how we broke into writing mystery.
If you ever had any ambitions about writing mystery, or just want to hear our stories, you should definitely come. You can ask any questions you'd like.
The time is 7 o'clock. The location is Room 224 at the Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd (just a block north of Eglinton subway station on Yonge, or half a block west of Yonge). Once inside the first set of doors, immediately turn right, and take the elevator to the second floor. For non-members the cost is $5.00.
Starting around 5:30 p.m. (and a few will likely arrive earlier) some of us will get together for dinner at the HO SU Bistro, 2352 Yonge St. Feel free to join us. It’s just around the corner from the library. The food is Japanese and Korean and the prices are very reasonable.
I have a blog on the Savvy Writer's Learning Center today. It's all about learning the secrets of writing from reading novels. Hope you like it!
October 5th to 16th/2015
I will be teaching my online workshop entitled, "How to Write a Page Turning Novel."
In this two week course, you’ll learn how to write a novel that hooks the reader from beginning to end.
Some of the subjects we’ll cover are--
Creating ideas that excite the reader.
Strategies for making your main character compelling.
What we can learn from thrillers.
How movies can help us write books that hook.
Case studies of top writers whose books are page-turners.
Why you must structure your novel, and how you can do it, even if you’re a pantster like me.
So, if you want to write a book that will keep your reader glued to the page, join us for the fun. The course takes place online through Savvy Writers. You can read more about it here--
Today, I'm on Lesley Diehl's blog with an excerpt from my newest fun mystery, Dead Men Don't Get Married. Come on over and say hello! Lesleyadiehl.com
Saturday August 22nd/2015
I will be at my favorite book store--Chapters/Indigo at Bloor and Yonge Street.
I'll be signing copies of my books and chatting with everyone. Please join me, should be a blast.
Had a great time at Indigo on Saturday. Met a lot of interesting and fun people. It really was a blast!
I also have to thank the staff for being super-nice and making it run so smoothly. Thanks everyone!!
July 20th to July 10th31st/2015
Come join me for my online class on----
"How to add humor to short stories and novels," at --
The course is a lot of
fun and I think you'll really
learn some very useful techniques.
Some comments from past classes--
Lisa K. "This course changed my life!"
Tim H. "Thanks Steve for a great course. I see now how humor really works. I had ideas before, but your course
made it all so clear."
Lisa J. "Wonderful course Steve. I learned so much! I know the approach to take in my novel now."
I will be giving a talk at the S. Walter Stewart Library. It's located at 170 Memorial Park
Avenue. (Coxwell and Mortimer) The talk will take place from 7 pm to 8:15.
I'll be reading from my books, speaking about my comedy background, as well as discussing how to add humor to stories.
This is your chance to ask me
any questions you want about 'writing funny' or anything else. However, I will not answer any questions about my relationship with Jennifer Aniston.
It'll be a lot of fun and educational! Hope to see you there!!
Had a lot of fun at the Walter Stewart Library. Thanks West End Writer's Group!
Red Rocket Cafe reading. I, along with several other writers will read from our works and answer any questions.
Had a great time at the Red Rocket. Great questions and coffee.
Bloor Gladstone Libary. Several writers will be talking about our books and doing readings.
Very nice evening at the BG library. Great conversation about writing!
Today, I am hosting Lisa K's Monday Mystery Mashup. There are five scrambled titles of mystery books. If you can unscramble them, (and you live in the U.S.) you will
win a free copy of Dead Men Don't Get Married (The 'feel good' book of the year.) http://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.ca/
Thanks Lisa, had a terrific time!
une 8th/2015Today, I am hosting Lisa K's Monday Mystery Mashup. There are five scrambled titles of mystery books. If you can unscramble them, (and you live in the U.S.) you willwin a free copy of Dead Men Don't Get Married (The 'feel good' book of the year.) http://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.ca/Thanks Lisa, had a terrific time!
I will be teaching a course on how to write a page-turning novel at LRWA (The Romance Writers of America. ) You can check out the website at --