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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.
“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction.Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut.The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!
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 bepublished. 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 will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.
Margaret S. Hamilton'sshort 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.
James M. Jackson's4th 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.
We often talk on this blog about TV shows adapted from books
and what they can teach us about writing. And I couldn’t resist talking about
the latest book-turned-sure-to-be-huge show.
This month, Starz debuted its answer to the Game of Thrones juggernaut over on HBO: Outlander. Based on the eight-book series
by Diana Gabaldon, this show is supposed to be just as sprawlingly dramatic and
It’s a historical romance wrapped in time-travel in which
Claire, a former WWII nurse, goes on a second honeymoon to Scotland in an
effort to rebuild a marriage torn apart by war. But right in the middle of all
that, she’s transported back in time from 1946 to 1743. There, she not only
meets one of her husband’s direct descendants (and he happens to look a lot
like him only with long hair and a telltale red coat), but she also ends up
falling in with his descendant’s mortal enemies: rebel Scots. One of these
Scots is Jamie Fraser, a man with whom she has an undeniable connection.
Cue a love triangle of epic proportions.
Interestingly (but not surprisingly), the original book, Outlander, debuted on Apple’s iBooks
bestseller list this week, despite the fact that it was published first in
1991. A similar bump happened for George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice when Game
of Thrones debuted on HBO a few years ago.
Honestly, I totally forced my husband to sign us up for
Starz just so I could watch the show. I do own the first book—thanks to the
suggestion of a few of my critique partners—but haven’t finished it. Still, I
wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Now, a few episodes in, I can’t imagine I won’t both watch
the show and read the books. Good for
me, great for Gabaldon, great for Starz.
What do you think of this trend of taking book series with
huge followings and turning them into expensive, beautiful TV shows? Good for
the books? Bad for the books? Middle of the road?