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, July 11, 2015

Location, Location, Location by June Shaw



 Where will you set your story? I think that’s one of the most important questions to decide when starting a series or stand-alone novel.
Many authors set their seedy works in large cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Orleans. More of the lighter stories take place in smaller communities. Some of these towns are fabricated, many times with humorous names given for light-hearted mysteries.
Authors most often seem to set their stories in settings they know. They have lived in those locales or worked in the professions they use. There are series set in zoos and national parks, newspapers and veterinary offices and almost any setting you can think of. So what did I do?
I wrote my humorous mystery series that features a spunky widow of a certain age who thinks she wants to avoid her hunky lover so she can rediscover herself. But he opens Cajun restaurants wherever she travels—and she is so bad at avoiding tempting dishes and men. I live near a lazy bayou in the heart of Cajun lands.
“Why didn’t you set your books down here?” a few readers from this area who enjoyed my books asked.
“Because I’m wise,” I replied, or something like that. You see I’m also of a certain age, and I like to travel. Whenever possible, I don’t mind getting to write off my trips because I am doing research. And I do keep my Cajun culture close by having my main character’s hunky dude with his tempting restaurants, where many scenes (and dishes and recipes) are included.            
For RELATIVE DANGER I enjoyed a research trip to Chicago. KILLER COUSINS takes place in one of my favorite places to visit, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Of course many of you can recognize the fantastic trip I needed to take for research for DEADLY REUNION. I’d taken many cruises, but that one to Alaska was wonderful. And the executive chef and ship’s doctor and many others aboard the ship provided answers to all of my questions. One of them even sent chilled champagne to my cabin—I guess for asking so many things about murders onboard!
Now I’ve decided to work on something different. I am into the first in a series that will take place down in this area I know so well. We’re all proud of where we live down here, and I want to show it off to more readers. I’ll let y’all know more about it when it’s farther along.
Now here’s my most recent novel, JUST ONE FRIEND a dystopian that one Amazon reviewer said is better than HUNGER GAMES. My teen granddaughters and I loved HG, they’re avid readers who’re loving sisters, and wanted to write a book with me. Here we are.
 After warfare destroyed most of the country, only one area remains where people can survive. Because of limited food and space, the leaders decreed that each person is allowed to have only one friend. A teenage girl believes things should be otherwise.
You can guess our book’s location. We really hope you’ll check it out! You can see more
about my other books on Amazon or my website. www.juneshaw.com.
How important do you believe location is to a book you read or write?
Thanks for allowing me to tell y’all about my work.                                           June Shaw   
June Shaw is serving her third term representing Louisiana on the board of Mystery Writers of America's Southwest Chapter and as the Published Author Liaison for Romance Writers of America's Southern Louisiana Chapter. She's written novels for Five Star, Harlequin, and Untreed Reads. Her essays have appeared in Southern Writers, The Writer, Mystery Readers Journal, and the Agatha-winning Writes of Passage.

4 comments:

KM Rockwood said...

What fun to place your books in various locations! A good (business expense) way to have to go visit them.

And it's wonderful that you collaborated with your granddaughters on a book.

Sounds like you have a lot happening in your life.

I'm going to have to look into your books.

Ramona said...

I think we hail from the same place, June, and you *are* wise. Home is fun. Traveling is more fun! I love that her suitor opens a restaurant wherever she goes. That sounds like love to me!

Grace Topping said...

Hi, June -- Thanks for coming to WWK. It sounds like you have discovered the most important thing about writing--doing it because you enjoy it. We certainly can tell from the smiles on the photo of you and your family. Enjoy.

Gloria Alden said...


Welcome to WWK, June. I write because I love it, too, and I placed my series in the area where I've lived all my life and my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents before me. Of course, I created a fictional small town out of all the small towns in my area.