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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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 14, 2011

Trends in Reading

Many, many years ago, when I was young, when hot spots were places in the South and I could walk through space without being bombarded by radio waves, I’d find a small corner and dive into my favorite book. In that faraway time, the problem wasn’t to make kids exercise but to make them stay still. No one bothered the kid who could be seen but not heard.MB900389102

Even though some books I read had as many as eight hundred pages, I was still sorry when the story ended and I had to leave the imaginary world. I heard some adults say reading fiction was a waste of time and filled a young person’s head with silly ideas. Luckily, my parents were happy that I was easily and cheaply entertained. I borrowed most of my books from the library. At least twice a week, I’d walk the three miles there and back for my stories and to pick up my grandma’s “love stories.” That was what she called romances. Not only did I exercise but the weight of the books developed upper body strength. MH900439510

I didn’t read short stories until I was in high school. Unusual characters and dramatic endings intrigued me but I felt cheated that my retreat from the real world was so short. Later, I came to appreciate the short story and joined a critique group to practice this art form. It was a challenge and I was amazed at the variety of characters and situations members of the critique group produced each week.

Then I heard the underground message that short stories were going out of vogue. Magazines no longer wanted to publish them. Only writers who produced novels could expect to develop a readership. Despite the negative publicity, the short story didn’t die. Now, anthologies and e-zines provide outlets for all kinds of short fiction. More and more Guppies are BSPing the publication of a short work.

I’ve read short story collections by Kaye George and Warren, each story a fresh experience. Level Best Books publishes a collection of short stories every year by New England authors or stories set in New England and I look forward to buying my copy at New England Crimebake. Every year, I purchase The Best American Mystery Stories. Lee Child was the editor in 2010.

Short stories suit the pace of life today. I don’t see many of the eight hundred pagers I used to read but I still enjoy the anticipation of starting a novel. Sometimes I simply prefer a gourmet snack to a three course meal.

Do you have the titles of any especially good stories to share?


Warren Bull said...

Thanks for mentioning me and Kaye. To Build A fire - Jack London, The Lady or The Tiger - Frank Stockton and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge -Ambrose Bierce have stayed in my mind for decades. Of course my own short story collection Murder Manhattan Style is available at http://www.ninthmonthpublishing.com/books.html

Pauline Alldred said...

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is definitely unforgettable.

E. B. Davis said...

I'm late to the party because once again I've been trying to find the title of my favorite P.G. Wodehouse short. I read it years ago and thought it was called, "The Slingshot," but can't find it anywhere. It's about a gentleman pig farmer, who is also a peer. His sister and her kids move back to the family home, which he has inherited. The kids hate their tutor and take shots at him with a slingshot. The sister expects her brother to discipline, which leds to a fight between them over who was the best at aiming a slingshot when they were kids. Of course, champagne goes to the victor.

If anyone knows the real title of this short, please let me know. Thanks!

Kaye George said...

Pauline, it's a thrill to see my collection mentioned here! I've always loved short stories and used to read them in the old Atlantic Monthly and the New Yorker magazine. In fact, I used to submit stories there but, alas, never got any accepted. :)

Following Warren's excellent example, I'll include a link here:
(also available at Kindle)

Thanks so much for the kind mention!