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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Tell Me A Story-A Guest Blog by Author Keri Clark

Keri Clark has been writing about mayhem and murder since kindergarten, when she killed off a gingerbread man. She’s a two-time Derringer Award nominee, a St. Martin’s Press/ Malice Domestic Contest finalist, and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. In her non-fiction life, she works as an advertising

Audio books appeal to my love of multitasking. Walk the dog and read. Do the laundry and read. Drive and read.

There’s only one problem: my attention span. No matter how riveting the story or how talented the narrator, my brain shuts off around the thirty-minute mark. I can easily spend three weeks on an audio book because I have to keep pressing the rewind button.

Then I discovered audio shorts.

In addition to holding my focus, these compact tales are a kick to listen to. Some are read by the authors themselves and produced as podcasts. Other stories are narrated by professional voice talents. Listening time ranges from a few minutes to an hour or more.

Here are my favorite resources:

Crimewave -This podcast offers down and dirty crime tales narrated by the authors. (Click on the Crimeplayer link or subscribe via iTunes.)

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - Showcases a new author-read story each month. Some of the podcasts include a bonus author interview. (Click on any of the episodes or subscribe via iTunes.)

Sniplits – Features a great lineup of professionally narrated shorts in a variety of genres. Stories are available as MP3 files for easy downloading. (Note to short story writers: Sniplits is closed to submissions at the moment, but their guidelines and pay rates are up for future reference.)

Well Told Tales – Although currently on hiatus, their library of crime, horror and science fiction stories is still available for you listening pleasure on their site or via iTunes.

Do you enjoy audio books? What do you think of audio shorts?


Keri Clark’s humorous zombie/mystery, “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” is available in audio from Sniplits. You’ll also find Keri and links to some of her other published stories here.


Keri said...

First, a note of thanks to the Writers Who Kill gang for hosting me today! Second, if anyone has any secrets or tips to staying focused while listening to audio books, I'd love to hear them. (Perhaps I just need more practice?)

James Montgomery Jackson said...


I have a little trick to suggest. At the end of each scene, stop the CD and ask yourself what will happen next.

It's a good tool to keep you involved in the story, and as a writer you get to learn a bit more about how other writers throw curve balls at our expectations.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I have to admit Keri, I'm not a fan of audio books. When I'm in the car alone, my thoughts turn murderous. I create my best characters and plots without noise or distractions while driving. It's one of the few places where I can think without someone asking me a question or knowing I have something else to do. I take advantage of the boring silence. But if others like audio shorts, I'd be glad to sell them one!

Sherry said...

I like them, Appreciate the references I didn't know about as well. I also like to use time in the car to plot but sometimes a well read story is just the ticket.

Keri said...

Jim, I'll have to try that trick of occasionally pausing and thinking. I do need to work on my focusing skills!

And E.B., you've hit on one of the reasons my mind wanders: I start thinking about my own WIP! (I do this when reading, but it's not a big deal to find my place again.)

Sherry, I'm glad you found the references helpful. Thanks for the comment.

Pauline Alldred said...

Thanks for the references. I do tend to become too involved in audio stories and miss my turn off. Hopefully I see the red light.