Photo: Publisher-Editor & Crime Fiction Writer Jesse Rawlins a/k/a Heels
The Legend of Crime Writer Jesse Heels Rawlins by Center Stage Host Mick Rose
Visitors at Center Stage and crime magazine Story and Grit have likely seen and read author interviews and books reviews by crime writer Jesse Rawlins. But who is this gal of devious Southern Charm, lightening-quick with her wit, and ever-eager to inflict bodily harm?
According to Legend, Ms. Rawlins "stumbled into a life of crime" when her tawdry tale "Dick Tracy (Dirty Jobs)" appeared at illustrious flash fiction crime magazine Shotgun Honey in February 2017. Seven months later she tumbled into The Gutter at Flash Fiction Offensive with her debut story, "The Ensenda incident" (which crime and mystery writer James "Jim" Shaffer dubbed an "International Shit-Kicker").
Flashing her Trademark stilettos, Ms. Rawlins also made two splashy appearances at Canada's eclectic Red Fez Magazine—founded by Leopold McGinnis, and artfully presented by a charitable host of fez-wearing editors. Jesse's flash fiction debut "The Jimmy Choo Blues" was followed by the zany short story crime caper "Inside Pandora's Box" (later republished at Poland's Punk Noir Magazine).
Forging her way across the Atlantic Ocean in late December, courtesy of Spelk Fiction Editor Cal Marcius in England, Jesse paid tribute to her Southern Redneck descendants from the United States (whose roots reach back to England) with her flash fiction crime tale, "The Proxy." But she turned up at Spelk again in March 2018 with her startling crime noir "Kiss Me Goodbye, Baby ..."
Vacillating between hardboiled crime and humor, a number of Jesse's 2018 yarns kindly found good homes with Arthur Graham & India Brittany LaPlace at Horror Sleaze Trash, Mark Westmoreland's Story and Grit, and North Carolina's The Rye Whiskey Review. These adventures include a dark sexually-charged tale she considers her signature story, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf." Meanwhile "Dick Tracy (Dirty Jobs)" was republished at Under The Bleachers (fondly known as The Frat). Barroom poet and Editor-in-Chief John Patrick Robbins subsequently graced Ms. Rawlins with the nickname "Heels." And a degenerate Legend was born.
Photo: Crime Fiction "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf by Jesse Rawlins
If one believes the rumors, after earning the nickname Heels, Ms. Rawlins culled a like-minded band of merry, murderous miscreants, who helped her snag the publishing and editing torch at 10-year old crime magazine the Flash Fiction Offensive (FFO) on February 4, 2019 in a bloody Gutter coup. She quickly created and launched Gut-Shots (short stories that pack punch). And with help from Miscreant Friends, FFO will celebrate its 11th Anniversary this December.
Gut-Shots: Short Crime Stories that Pack Punch (Created by Jesse Rawlins)
While editing and publishing endeavors slowed her fiction writing ventures, the increasingly psychotic Ms. Rawlins continued to punish authors at a frightening pace in 2019. So she was pleased when Brit Grit crime writer and Punk Noir Magazine publisher Paul D. Brazill gave her zany crime caper "The Bayou Boobie Blues" a fine home in July. All told, tall tales penned by Ms. Rawlins made 15 appearances in the two-year-period of September 2017 thru September 2019, including the Winter 2019 print collection of Ramingo's Porch from Pski's Porch Publishing. Where her criminal debauchery leads Jesse next? I doubt even Heaven knows. But I suspect we haven't heard the last from Jesse "Heels" Rawlins.
Photo: Crime Fiction Writer Jesse Rawlins a/k/a Heels presents "The Girl Next Door"
Photo: Crime Fiction by Jesse Rawlins "The Ensenada Incident"
Photo: Crime Fiction by Jesse Rawlins "Kiss Me Goodbye, Baby ..."