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

Our May author interviews: Marla Cooper-5/3, Rhys Bowen-5/10, Cindy Brown-5/17, Martha Reed-5/24, Sherry Harris--5/31.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in May--Paty Jager-5/6 and Maren Anderson-5/13. WWK Saturday bloggers write on 5/20--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 5/27--Kait Carson. E. B. Davis blogs this month on 5/30.


“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 be published. 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'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 October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

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.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Crime Fiction Tribe aka The People Who Don't Think You're A Freak by Kristi Belcamino

I’m lucky enough to be part of an amazing warm, welcoming, supportive crime fiction community.

Every day I’m grateful that when I sat down to write a book it was crime fiction. Because crime fiction readers and writers are my peeps.

(Let’s get real here—in other words, my “peeps” means a group of people who don’t think I’m a freak and will even invite me over for tater tot hot dish even after they read my books.)

It hasn’t always been this way.

There have been times over the past decade when I’ve mentioned something about my life that has garnered me the nickname “Angel of Death” or even times that I’ve stunned my own chatty children into silence. (I can’t help it. My daughter asked if I had ever seen a brain and I told her yes, once, when they took it out of a dead body.)

But with my crime fiction tribe, I can talk about all sorts of gruesome tidbits and they don’t even bat an eye—or try to run me out of town.

The only other time in my life when I’ve had friends like this was when I was a San Francisco Bay Area Crime reporter. My pal was also a cops-beat reporter who, despite her soft voice and ladylike dresses, knew how to kick it with the homicide detectives on their worst cases.

They may have called me the Angel of Death but she was the Queen of Autopsies. She’d seen more than a dozen in her time at the paper.

Of course, she was the first person I called after I sat in on my first autopsy and could still smell the dead guy hours later.

“Am I losing it?” I asked. “I still smell him everywhere.”

“No, no you’re good,” she said. “That’s totally normal. The smell lingers a God-awful long time.”

When my brand spanking new homicide investigator’s death handbook (basically a bunch of pictures of people who died in horrible ways) arrived in the mail, I called her and invited her to lunch at a Chinese food restaurant so we could peruse it.
“I’m totally there,” she said.

When I left my job as a police reporter in California to become an Italian-American mama in Minneapolis, I thought I’d lost my contact with kindred souls like her.

To my surprise, when I wrote a crime fiction book, I found a whole bevy of people who don’t mind dinner conversations where I can drop the word “floater” or “decomp” without making them lose their appetite (or call the cops on me).

You all know who you are.

Thanks for being my people.

Kristi Belcamino is a writer, photographer, and crime reporter who also bakes a tasty biscotti. As a reporter, she’s flown over Big Sur in an FA-18 jet with the Blue Angels, raced a Dodge Viper at Laguna Seca, and attended barbecues at the morgue. Her first novel was inspired by her dealings with a serial killer. Find out more at www.blessedarethedead.com

Her third book, BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WEEP (HarperCollins) came out April 7.
San Francisco Bay Area reporter Gabriella Giovanni stumbles onto a horrific crime scene with only one survivor—a baby girl found crawling between the dead bodies of her family members. Reeling from the slaughter, Gabriella clings to the infant. When Social Services pries the little girl from her arms, the enormity of the tragedy hits home. Diving deep into a case that brings her buried past to the forefront, Gabriella is determined to hunt down the killer who left this helpless baby an orphan.
But one by one the clues all lead to a dead end, and Gabriella's obsession with finding justice pulls her into a dark, tortuous spiral that is set to destroy everything she loves …


3 comments:

Kara Cerise said...

Welcome, Kristi! It is wonderful to have a group of like-minded people to talk to. My niece is studying to be a doctor and works in the med school's cadaver lab. We've had some interesting dinner discussions.

Kristi said...

Thanks, Kara! I BET. I'd have dinner with her any day!

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, Kristi.

I have been known to meet with some of my friends who have, shall we say, socially unacceptable experiences in the past. I remember one time, at an Olive Garden, when a large group passed close to our table as my companion was saying, "Last time I killed somebody it was a mistake..."