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

Our March author interviews: Karen Pullen (3/1), Lowcountry Crime authors: Tina Whittle, Polly Iyer, Jonathan M. Bryant, and James M. Jackson (3/8), Annette Dashofy (3/15), Edith Maxwell (3/22) and Barb Ross (3/29).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in March: Maris Soule (3/4), and Virginia Mackey (3/11). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 3/18--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 3/25--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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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 pre-order.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Someone Knows What’s Best for You

Dee commented in her blog last Tuesday on how many marriages end in divorce. Maybe that’s not so surprising. Marriage is an old institution. Years ago, when a couple married, they expected to spend, at the outside, twenty years together. Now, a couple could spend more than sixty years in wedlock. Writers will note the last syllable of wedlock.


Two individuals can grow bored with each other. What attracted thClipart Illustration of a Sad Dog Sulking And Carrying Two Bags After Being Kicked Out Of His Homeem to each other no longer exists. I could go on but I can’t imagine why two people who bore or hate each other would stay locked in matrimony for years. For the kids—oh please, with parents like that who needs school yard bullies?


In America, religious beliefs seem less likely to stop a couple divorcing. I’m guessing most churches would prefer divorce to murder. However, I can imagine persons with strong religious beliefs might never feel comfortable after divorce, even if their daily lives are much happier.


Writers let people disappointed in love or in their lovers act out their revenge fantasies. It’s not enough to be free. Someone must be punished. Exploring the multiple possibilities in intimate relationships delights many authors. But what if individuals are committed to facts, the real and literal truth, and think make-believe is for children? Can all the resentful, jealous, and angry feelings be held up to the light and examined unflinchingly leading to greater self-knowledge? Perhaps, but I would guess unwanted feelings are sometimes dumped onto others.


I’ve worked with people who have disappointing intimate relationships. Occasionally, even if an end to such a relationship occurred decades ago, individuals harbor smoldering rage. If a person shares stories that justify the rage, I listen because that’s part of human nature, I’m curious, and there’s only one break room at work. It’s not my job to judge the intimate relationships of others. I’ve been surprised sometimes at how often a person who has never been able to share life for more than a year or two with a member of the opposite sex can still tell me what constitutes a satisfactory sex life and what I should be doing to improve mine. Do you ask a person with a flooded basement to fix your plumbing?


Sometimes a person who has never been married, had kids, or, in my opinion, much sexual experience believes she can direct me to the perfect mate. That perfect mate often looks remarkably like some stereotypical teenage ideal from an old movie. I hadn’t asked for Dear Abby advice and I don’t think the person qualified for such a role.


I wish anyone who aspires to be our final judge and advisor would take up fiction and spare the rest of us crazy and useless advice. Or maybe not. Literary agents with huge slush piles may think there are already too many writers in the world.


Could I write an authoritarian character into a story? What about the person whose unwanted thoughts and feelings are scattered over those unlucky enough to be standing close? Are the characters interesting enough?


Do you have characters in mind searching for the right roles?

3 comments:

Warren Bull said...

Knowledge, experience and qualifications have never been requirements for offering opinions. My attitudes and statements about raising children changed after I actually had children to raise. Once after accepting a new job the woman helping me fill out human resources forms (although I did not know it until later) had been single, divorced, remarried and re-divorced.
When I explained that I had never been married she filled out the line for marital status with the word "none."

Ramona said...

Pauline, this is one of the disadvantages of being self-employed--no break room. Although, in this case, that may be an advantage.

Unfortunately, know-it-alls linger other places, too.

Pauline Alldred said...

I believe our American freedoms are great. All individuals have the right to voice their opinions. But I don't have to agree and I don't have to listen. And I think we should be very slow to tell another person how to live his/her life.