The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul is a collection of the works of 24 diverse, talented southern writers and singers.


Greg Herren was born in Alabama but grew up in Chicago. He started college in Kansas and finished in California, then sequentially moved to Houston, Tampa and Minneapolis before finally settling in New Orleans. Like Tennessee Williams, Herren considers New Orleans to be his spiritual home. Herren also moved through a variety of industries before settling on writing, including retail, airlines, travel, bank teller, insurance, natural gas sales and personal training. Today, Herren has published over 20 novels.

Herren has served as president of the Southwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and served a term on the national board of MWA. He is a member of Novelists Inc., the Authors Guild, Sisters in Crime, the International Association of Crime Writers, Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. He’s spoken at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, Words & Music, Louisiana Book Festival, Virginia Book Festival, South Carolina Book Festival, Lambda Literary Festival, Saints and Sinners and Bouchercon.

Herren has spoken to many high school and college writing classes about the craft of writing and about being a writer. He currently enjoys reading, blogging and lifting weights.

Excerpt from The Shoe Burnin' Stories of Southern Soul

“I Haven’t  Stopped Dancing Yet” by Greg Herren

War is not hell. Adolescence is. It’s a minefield of judgments, dramas, and shunnings. Ask any adult willing to revisit those angsty years and risk a PTSD relapse and you will learn that even the “popular” kids, those charmed ones, experienced self-conscious uncertainty and hidden fears. And if they felt the sting of pimply ridicule, then how did the subsets of hangers-on, shut-out observers, and flat-out loners make it through the night? Prayers? Sorcery? Self-immolation?


Vieux Carre Voodoo

“Herren, a loyal New Orleans resident, paints a brilliant portrait of the recovering city, including insights into its tight-knit gay community. This latest installment in a powerful series is sure to delight old fans and attract new ones.”

Publishers Weekly

“Fast-moving and entertaining, evoking the Quarter and its gay scene in a sweet, funny, action-packed way.”

New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Herren does a fine job of moving the story along, deftly juggling the murder investigation and the intricate relationships while maintaining several running subjects.”

Echo Magazine


The Shoe Burnin’ Stories of Southern Soul (2013)

Baton Rouge Bingo (2013)

Lake Thirteen (2013)

Timothy (2012)

Murder in the Irish Channel (Chanse Macleod Mysteries) (2011)

Who Dat Whodunnit(Scotty Bradley Adventures) (2011)

Vieux Carre Voodoo (Scotty Bradley Series) (2010)