“Never the Bride” — my short story in My Weekly


My Weekly is a popular British women’s magazine that has been kind to my novels (it gave Kill Chain a fantastic review). To be honest, I last read it a few years back while getting my hair cut. And since I moved to Austin, it’s not on my local newsstand.

When the magazine asked me to submit a short story for a recent issue featuring crime fiction, I was delighted — but I had a problem. My WeeklyAs I always tell people: Never submit a piece to a publisher before reading that magazine and understanding what kind of fiction they publish. (Lyrical and literary? Hard-edged pulp? Experimental 50 Shades parodies? Haiku?) And in this case, I could not find a copy of My Weekly.

Even when I went to London over the winter, I couldn’t seem to find a copy. This was good news and bad news — every newsagent I went to said they were sold out. I took the magazine’s popularity as a good sign, but it didn’t help my quest. I didn’t actually spot a copy until I was heading to my boarding gate at Heathrow, about to fly back to the States. I don’t remember much about the frenzy to grab it before anybody else could, but I clutched it in my hot little hands as I ran onto the plane.

Not long after, I sent in a short story titled “Never the Bride.”

And I knew I’d never find it on a newsstand in Austin. I had to wait for my contributor’s copy to arrive. Which it finally has. Man, I am glad I took the time to hunt down the last copy at Heathrow. As the Brits say, I’m chuffed.

12 responses to ““Never the Bride” — my short story in My Weekly

  1. Congratulations! I remember reading this when in Britain and you’re right; it was hard to find.

  2. “Dropping her bouquet, she tore past the bride, gun raised.” Sounds like something right up Evan Delaney’s alley. Wish we could read it.

    (And that cover splash, Even Agony Aunts have Problems, sounds like another potential crime story….)

  3. I had a brief moment of hope when I spotted an International newstand when I was shopping yesterday. But the clerk said, Oh, we used to carry that, but not any more. :^(

  4. Reading before submitting IS a good thing. Had a firm that represented me send a SS to a mag that was out-of-print for three years. Got a reply – said it would appear in the “ghost pages.” DLH

  5. Can we read the story online, Meg?

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