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Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sacsser 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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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.


Saturday, August 15, 2015


As I write this blog post, I am comfortably ensconced in Gatlinburg, Tennessee amid the Great Smokey Mountains. Evergreen peaks plunge to cold-water valley streams that meander among the pines. The creeks create rapids, and the rapids lead to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls I’ve ever seen. Outside from the deck, I can see the beginnings of a meteor shower, an extraordinary sight given the city lights drown out the stars where I’m from.

It is serenity defined. At least one would think.

This used to be an annual trip for us. In the last two years though, our own health issues and aging parents needing extra care have preempted our travels. This year’s trip holds special significance not only because it’s our first in two years, but also because, since January, my wife has been working in a city two hours from where we live. She’s only home on the weekends, and she feels a bit disconnected from our kids and me.

I left my writing behind, bringing along a “spare” laptop (the PC I used before switching to a Mac) just to have a way to get online, check area attractions and restaurant menus, and writing this blog—my only writing duty for the week. To magnify the special nature of the trip, my wife planned several adventures.

Yesterday was “Let’s See How Long We Can Shop in the 90-Degree Heat” day. Today we took the Bear Crawl Tour. It required the four of us to cram in the back of a four-wheel drive All Terrain Vehicle and drive up and down a narrow gravel trail traversing Foxfire Mountain, including driving through a creek and a mud bog. 

The requisite helmets should have been my first clue. About five minutes into this jaw-crunching, bone-jarring $70-per- person excursion, I thought, “I could’ve taken eight quarters to the Washeria, put them in the washing machine, climbed inside and ridden out the spin cycle.”

At dinner my kids—teenagers—classified everything that came out of my mouth within four categories: lame, stupid, dumb, or not funny. I’ve observed I become noticeably smarter as we approach a cashier to pay for a haircut, an oil change, or a nice, new top. If I die or wind up in jail, I have enjoyed my time with you.

Why did I leave my writing behind?

**Editor’s note: this blogger returned home slightly battered, bruised, and heat exhausted, with several dents in his ego. Otherwise, he is fine…


Grace Topping said...

Hi, Sam - Funny post. We've all invested in adventures that we wish we hadn't taken. Don't be surprised if years from now your kids talk about that adventure the most and how much better it becomes in the retelling of it. My worst adventure was going to the beach with my sister, our own young children, and taking along other nieces and nephews. It was a nightmare. But the now grown kids still talk about that holiday in glowing terms. They didn't seem to enjoy it at the time. My sister and I look at each other and roll our eyes.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Writers need to remember to take vacations. As with “normal” people, getting away from your work prevents staleness so you can resume work with a fresh perspective. As a bonus, if you give your subconscious a few tasks to work on (like that plot point that isn’t quite working right), when you return, the subconscious will likely present you with a few solutions.

~ Jim

Kait said...

I have a visual of the ATV bear crawl trip--oh my. Sounds like a fun trip, Sam, and a rewarding one. Family time is precious. Especially when one parent works away much of the time (been there, done that, have the tee shirt). I don't think you really left your writing at home. I think you re-stocked the creativity cupboard and it will all flow out. This blog is proof. That said, everytime I leave home without it...return with notes galore (in my awful longhand) and tons of sticky notes, napkins, even matchbooks snatched in desperation, with thoughts and scenes. Glad you are back. The teens will grow out of it.

Warren Bull said...

Ah, families can't live with them can't live without them

Warren Bull said...

Ah, families can't live with them can't live without them

Denise Rodgers said...

It would have been worse if you hadn't taken a "vacation." Then you could have regrets... "Why didn't we take the kids to (fill in the blank)?" And I agree with Grace Topping, your kids might very well remember this vacation fondly in years to come. Also, there is a difference between a "trip" and a "vacation." The word "vacation" implies (to me, anyway) getting away from it all for rest and relaxation. A "trip" implies travel to unknown lands where there are annoying things like itineraries and wake-up calls. The desire for either is a matter of taste. Obviously, I'm more for vacations. It sounds like you are on a trip.

KM Rockwood said...

Vacations with kids "of a certain age" often don't seem like fun at the time, but do create family memories.

We just got back from a trip to Las Vegas with the "kids" and a son-in-law. It was to celebrate my younger daughter's graduation, so she called the destination. Great time. A people-watching destination if ever there was one. Who, though, would have predicted thunderstorm delays flying out of Las Vegas? Six hours late, but at least we made it.

I don't think you ever really leave your writing behind. I was careful about where I left my WIPs, so I'm prepared to come back after my mind cleared & start editing.