One of the most rewarding projects of my life came about when I asked a bunch of superlative mystery writers to contribute a new, original story—for free—to raise money for Japan disaster relief.
Twenty wonderful writers jumped to the task, and the result is SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN, a Kindle e-book available for only $3.99 from Amazon.com.
The writers are Brett Battles, Cara Black, Vicki Doudera, Dianne Emley, Dale Furutani, Stefan Hammond, Rosemary Harris, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Ken Kuhlken, Debbi Mack, Adrian McKinty, I.J. Parker, Gary Phillips, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jeffrey Siger, Kelli Stanley, C.J. West, and Jeri Westerson. I wrote one, too.
The striking cover was the work of another first-rate writer, Gar Anthony Haywood.
And finally, it occurred to me that the stories could be linked with Haiku, primarily by the great master, Basho. Jane Reichhold generously gave us permission to use translations from her book Basho: The Complete Haiku, which has set a new modern standard.
Amazon is donating its usual share, so every penny of the purchase price goes to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund, supervised by Japan America Society of Southern California.