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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied

Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson


E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!


Saturday, August 24, 2013

An author with an eye on the U.S.-Mexico border

Rebecca Jean Downey joins us today on Salad Bowl Saturday with a different perspective of the US-Mexico border than most of us have experienced.

~ Jim
A few years ago my seventh floor office window at The University of Texas at El Paso looked out on Ciudad Ju├írez, Mexico, which was just about 400 yards away.  The violence generated by warring drug cartels was at an all-time high and thousands of people were being murdered every month, kidnapped for ransom, or their businesses were being extorted.  If they didn’t pay for protection, their stores were burned to the ground.

I would watch people driving to and from work in Mexico and wonder what kind of hell they were living in as they cowered in terror or dodged gun fire day in and day out.  Those who could afford it moved to the safety of El Paso, Texas just across the Rio Grande.  But most of the everyday folks had to stay and face their fears.

One day a bullet hit our campus. It was lodged in the oak door to Bell Hall a couple of buildings away from mine.  I felt uneasy sitting in my office and my husband recommended that I not spend any time in front of the window.  This did little to dispel my worry.

A few months later, a woman pushing a baby in a stroller in downtown El Paso was hit in the leg with a bullet.  She was not badly injured; and I thanked God for saving the child from harm.

I finally decided to write about all this.  What else could I do? During my research for my first novel about Mexico, I discovered that more than drugs were moving across our borders.  Children were being kidnapped—20,000 a year—and many of them transported across our international bridges.   

The Middle Eye, a paranormal thriller with protagonist Penny Larkin, was born out of my efforts to work through my anger about the exploitation of children by human traffickers. It wasn’t a pleasant subject to tackle, but I hoped to make my readers aware of this despicable crime. With greater awareness and more eyes on the ground, perhaps we can save these children and give them back their dignity and their lives. 
Rebecca Rebecca Jean Downey is an award-winning writer with a journalism degree from Indiana University and a lifelong interest in criminal justice.

​During Rebecca’s first job as a newspaper reporter, she was assigned to cover law enforcement agencies and the courts.  Since then, Rebecca has free-lanced for national law enforcement publications.

​She and her husband, Mike, now live in El Paso, Texas where she works as Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Her second novel, The Devil Eye, is scheduled for release by Tate Publishing in December 2013.  In The Devil Eye, Rebecca confronts the truth about gun trafficking.

Website http://www.rebeccajeandowney.com/


Jim Jackson said...


Thanks for sharing your perspective of the US-Mexico border. Living close to the Canadian border, it's not something I much consider. I hope your fiction helps illuminate the problems in a way news media (and politicians) have not.

Your cover is intriguing and fits your genre well.

~ Jim

Gloria Alden said...

Thanks for an interesting and thought provoking blog, Rebecca. I knew it was dangerous in the border towns, but had no idea it spilled over into Texas, too. Also, it breaks my heart to think of the children being kidnapped and facing a horrible life.

Kara Cerise said...

Thank you for this blog, Rebecca. I’m familiar with problems along the US-Mexico border since I am from Arizona and have lived in Southern California. But I didn’t realize that 20,000 children are kidnapped each year and moved across borders. It’s chilling and heartbreaking.