If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

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.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

So Much to Learn

Around 3 a.m., my brain urged me to rise and continue research. Writing is learning. There’s the knowledge that comes from tapping into the right side of the brain. I believe the pleasure a reader experiences from reading a fine piece of writing comes from an author’s successful capture in words of right brain information.

I’m grateful to the authors who share that information. I’ve seen a similar knowledge in individuals who spend their whole lives in one place, growing up, raising a family, and accepting the changes of aging. Even if these individuals never write a word about what they’ve learned, their relationships and interactions with others show that their learning has been profound.

A writer needs to work hard to capture these multi-faceted characters. So many techniques, so little time. The generous sharing of authors at workshops and conferences convinces me I’ll never catch up with all I need to know.

Besides techniques, mystery writers might seek to understand serial killers, terrorists, hit men, and impulse killers. What about means, modes, and motivations? How does a corpse deteriorate over time? Now, I’m focusing on the police, their techniques and language. Every profession and trade has its own language. That’s certainly true of medicine and nursing. I believe a writer must capture the flavor of such language.

So much to learn and I despair of catching up. I have to set limits. The law doesn’t interest me. I enjoy books by John Grisham and Lisa Scottoline but I don’t want to spend time looking into the law. Bertrand Russell said that even if a person was an atheist, in the West that person would need to live in accordance with Judaic-Christian beliefs. Once individuals reach adulthood, I think they have a sixth sense about what’s illegal. Unless they intend to embark on a life of crime and, even then, their motivation could be defiance of what they know to be legal.

Writers might be drawn to history or cultures and ethnic groups different from their own. Learning a new culture enables a person to ask questions about her first culture. I spent my earliest years in the UK. Why did Queen Elizabeth I play off one suitor against another? She’s not around to ask but possibly her strategy didn’t stem from elizabeth_i_002awomen’s liberation. By not choosing a husband from among the Spanish royal suitor, the French royal suitor, or powerful men at her court, she gained time for England to gather strength to defend itself against a Spanish or French invasion or against powerful home politicians who wanted to be king. It isn’t easy to develop a power base. It requires patience and self-sacrifice. Or her motivation could have been more personal. Her father beheaded her mother, and slashed and burned his way through six wives, not a happy model for marriage and motherhood.

When I lived in Boston, Massachusetts, I met people from a variety of backgrounds. I’m grateful to co-workers and neighbors who shared their goals and memories with me. Recent wars have focused kh10843attention on non-western cultures. Contrasts and similarities to our own might increase our understanding of American history and of why people in America today do what they do.

So much to learn, so little time. I need to focus on writing techniques and the language of law enforcement. Tomorrow, I might want to follow the life of a mill worker or a farmer.

Where has your writing taken you, to what place and time?


E. B. Davis said...

I wrote one short that took me back to Minehead, England, a place I visited when I was 14 years old (it also has a beach). Most of the time, I'm in the present day in the Outer Banks, N.C., but since I sometimes write paranormal, time is only a factor in terms of sequence of events. One of my characters died in 1718, Blackbeard, but his spirit lives in present day (and he doesn't like modern language). Going mentally to the beach all the time is no great wonder since I'm a beach bum.

Pauline Alldred said...

I don't write scifi or paranormal but I enjoying reading time and space travel that's so much easier if you're a ghost.

Warren Bull said...

Writing has taken me all over times and space from Daniel in the lions' den to "infinity and beyond." It is work. It wouldn't be half as much fun if it were not.