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

Check out our March author interviews: 3/7--Karen Cantwell, 3/14--Shawn Reilly, 3/21--Annette Dashofy, and 3/28--WWK Blogger Debra Sennefelder (on her debut novel!). Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our March Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 3/3-Heather Weidner, 3/10-Holly Chaille, 3/17-Margaret S. Hamilton, 3/24-Kait Carson, 3/31-Charles Saltzberg.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here: https://www.amazon.com/Necessary-Ends-Tai-Randolph-Book-ebook/dp/B079MS67CM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520014972&sr=8-2&keywords=Tina+Whittle

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), will be available on April 3, 2018 at: https://www.amazon.com/Empty-Promises-Seamus-McCree-Book-ebook/dp/B078XJRYDG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520089649&sr=8-2&keywords=James+M.+Jackson&dpID=51kcxPsst-L&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here: https://mammothpublications.net/writers-m-to-z/rodriguez-linda-dark-sister/

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.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in August, 2018.

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.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Love Letter to the Writing Community

Honestly, today’s contribution to the WWK is more of a love letter to the writing community than a traditional blog post. In the month of May, I’ve traveled for two very fun writerly things: a convention and a book launch.

As I wrote in my last post, I was a speaker at the Oklahoma Writers' Federation Inc. Conference in Oklahoma City the first weekend in May. It was a truly wonderful experience. There were a couple hundred writers there of all levels and backgrounds and everyone was friendly, engaging and excited about their craft. I am sure there is no better way to be introduced to the world of moonlighting as conference faculty than at OWFI.

Then, this past week, I traveled to North Carolina for less than 24 hours to celebrate the launch of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, a new book from Penguin/Putnam by my amazing friend Renee Ahdieh. I’ve known Renee since before she even wrote the first word of this fabulous book and was lucky enough to “alpha” read her first draft and spend time on the sidelines cheering for her while she sold the manuscript and worked through revisions and the writing of its sequel.

I cannot adequately express how amazing it felt to be there for her book launch. Renee has worked so incredibly hard for years and years and WRATH is a complete gem of a book. To see the people lining up to hear her read from the opening pages, answer questions and sign copies, was just a complete dream.

I was so excited to be there in person to witness it all, along with several other friends from the writing community, including the ladies you see in the photograph above. Renee is in the middle, pen in hand, and those of us surrounding her have been there this whole time. Two of us flew from far-flung places (Kansas and New York) and two drove (Georgia and Maryland) to be there. It was one of the coolest showings of support I’ve ever seen and I was thrilled to be part of it.

I’ve often said the writing community is so strong online and I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful for the readers of this blog, the friends I’ve made on Twitter and my email “pen pals.” But I’m also thankful for the people we get to be around offline—at meetings like Sisters in Crime, critique groups, book launches and conferences like OWFI. Often, it’s easy to think of writing as a solitary process, but in the past two weeks I’ve been reminded in the best ways that it never is.


Gloria Alden said...

Except for my local writers group which meets once a month - none of whom write mysteries - I had no fellow writers to share my writing world with until I went to Malice in 2007 and found Sisters in Crime and their subgroup, the Guppies. Joining the Guppies gave me those people who shared the same interests and problems. It's where I got my long time critique group, too. Since then I've also joined a group of NE Ohio mystery writers group which eventually became a chapter of SinC. What a difference connecting with other writers of mysteries has made both in my skills as a mystery writer, and the support and friendships I've made both in person and on line.

KM Rockwood said...

You've had some wonderful experiences,Sarah!

The writing community can be very supportive, although it took me a while to find people who are supportive, not competitive. My first few attempts to connect met with total disdain. Then a few local people formed a critique group (it's been going for about 6 years now) and Gloria introduced me to Malice Domestic, which gave me a second look into some of the other groups. The support is invaluable.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Amen, Sister.

~ Jim

Warren Bull said...

As a group mystery writers are supportive and generous with their time.

Grace Topping said...

Terrific post. And how fortunate Renee is to have a wonderfully supportive friend like you. It's the journey, and the friends we make along that journey, that make the writing process and eventual publication so meaningful.

Shari Randall said...

So true, So true!

Sarah Henning said...

Glad everyone else here has had such a supportive and positive experience with the writing community!