My contribution to CHICAGO BLUES (Bleak House, 2007) was way out of my comfort zone, but that’s what I loved about writing short stories. They allow me to stretch and experiment with different characters, plots, eras, and settings. This story is about a Blues bass player whose ability to love and forgive is tested by events out of his control. There’s also a historical element: the story takes place both in the 1980’s and the 1950’s. It turned out to be one of the sweetest stories I’ve ever written. It is also in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR.