Therese (Reese) Szymanski, a Detroit veteran who was referred to as “a local dyke hero,” started writing before she could read. Her current writing, occasionally mistaken for shorthand chicken scratches, still more than slightly resembles those early scribbles.
Szymanski, an award-winning playwright and author of nine novels (eight in the groundbreaking Motor City Thrillers series featuring Brett Higgins), four novellas, six plays (four produced to great acclaim) and dozens of published short stories, articles, columns, reviews and feature stories, is also an editor whose every fiction-editing turn has won or been shortlisted for an award while her own writing has been shortlisted for a bunch of Lammys, Goldies and a Spectrum, and her body of work also got her an Alice B. Readers Appreciation Award in 2008. You can find out more about Reese and her work at BigBadButch.com (or her VERY occasional Facebook posts). When she’s not writing, editing, designing, playing with her sword collection or committing other acts of mayhem, she enjoys traveling and visiting red pandas around the world.