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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.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dee Gatrell in a Nutshell

Dee Gatrell has been in love with reading and writing stories for as long as she can remember. She and her cousins used to write plays and entertain the neighborhood kids for a penny a show. In high school she and friends wrote the skits for the pep rallies.

Once married with children, she found the only way to stay sane was to write letters to her family and friends pouring her heart out about the boredom of living in various states and raising the kids. She was serious. They thought her letters were a hoot. They weren’t wearing her shoes.

At the age of 38, she decided it was time to go to college. Her first class was creative writing. Her first story was 10 pages about her dog. Barf! She never re-read that story. Her classmates compared her to Erma Bombeck when she wrote family stories.

She graduated from Seminole State College and later from the University of Central Florida with a degree in journalism with an emphasis on public relations. Over the years she wrote for several small newspapers and magazines. While working at the Galion Inquirer in OH, she was tagged as the Obitch Queen. Yep, one of her chores was writing the obits. Her latest WIP is titled The Obitch Queen. Good thing she took notes all those years ago.

After her life as a reporter, her husband’s job once more moved them back to Florida. She applied to  Seminole State College and spent 15 years working as an educational advisor before retiring. Now she returns every registration period to torture herself with the woes of students who sometimes give her good ideas for her novels. Oh yeah, there is a novel in there which she must return to—Death Came to Dinner.
After all the years of writing for the newspaper and magazines, she’s determined to get her behind in gear and sell a novel. 

Dee’s a member of Sisters-in-Crime, the great Guppies where she serves on the Steering Committee as web liaison, RWA and several chapters, and is president of Volusia County Romance Writers.

She and her husband, Larry, live in Florida, with one son and three dogs. They have four children and 11 grandchildren.


E. B. Davis said...

Welcome to WWK, Dee. Thanks for joining us. Your varied life must provide insight for your novels. I'm awed that you started college so late in your life and pursued your education with children in tow. Hope you find a home here and success with your writing.

Pauline Alldred said...

I'm glad you're joining our blog and can't wait to read the Obitch Queen.

Warren Bull said...

Welcome aboard! Sisters and Guppies have both been a tremendous help to me with my writing. Life experienced doesn't hurt either. I look forward to your posts.

Dee Hendershot Gatrell said...

thank you all for inviting me.

Susan Schreyer said...

Yay! Another opportunity to enjoy Dee's humor!

morganalyx said...

Welcome, Dee! I look forward to reading your Erma Bombeck-like posts.