I’m delighted that Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine is featuring my story “Rearview Mirror” in their March/April double-issue, which should be out on newsstands early next week. (I received my subscription copy in the mail yesterday.) As editor Janet Hutchings notes in her introduction, the new story is lighter than others of mine that the magazine has published — and this one was certainly a lot of fun to write. Just for some quick background, the story had two inspirations. First, my wife, Tara Laskowski, and I challenged one another to compose a story in response to the Washington Post‘s 2008 Valentine’s Day Fiction Contest — a contest which each year offers up a photograph to prompt writers toward creativity. That year’s photo (as you can see from the link) had a Southwestern theme, and since Tara and I had travelled to New Mexico that previous fall, I also drew on a couple of places we visited for additional ideas and inspirations. The story proved too long to submit to the contest, but ultimately struck me as perhaps a good fit for EQMM. I’m glad they agreed, and hope other folks enjoy as well.