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Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer 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.

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 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.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When Arts Collide, by Carla Damron

As part of the One Book, One Community project here in Columbia, SC, several events have been scheduled that involve other forms of art. Last Thursday, which was the launch for The Stone Necklace, I heard two songwriters perform a piece they wrote about a scene in my novel. It was quite remarkable.

The scene they chose wasn’t a major plot point. It wasn’t the car crash or the hospitalization of the teenage girl. It was a small scene, in a church, when Sandy, a recovering nurse, attends a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Sandy doesn’t want to be there. She doesn’t want to be among addicts. She struggles to accept that she is one. But she must attend, or she may lose her job and her nursing license.  We sit with her in that meeting, experiencing it as she does. Feeling what she feels. It’s a step—a small one, but a step—in her recovery.

Why did this appeal to the songwriters? I don’t know, but Todd Mathis and Cully Salehi’s song, “Somewhere Else,” is a powerful testament about life in recovery. They “get” Sandy. And listening to this remarkable music warmed me. I felt like I had shared a character in a way I’ve never done before. What an honor.

The next event is this Thursday at Tapp’s in downtown Columbia. Off Page: Artists Respond to the Stone Necklace will feature works by several photographers. The exhibit opens at 6 PM with a panel discussion at 7. I cannot wait to see these works and to talk with these talented artists. What did they see that maybe I didn’t?  

The third “artist’s response” will be an evening of Improvisational Theatre inspired by my novel. The multi-talented Vicky Saye Henderson, who also narrated the audiobook, will lead this participatory event. I’m excited to imagine how this might unfold, though honestly, I hope it unfolds without me being on stage!

The arts are colliding in Columbia, SC. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of it.

Have you had an experience like this with one of your writing projects?  

11 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Carla -- your experiences are totally out of the realm of my experiences. So, I clap from the sidelines and watch and (hopefully) learn.

~ Jim

Julie Tollefson said...

What a great story. I would have been overwhelmed--and probably weepy.

For the last couple years, a local magazine has partnered with other organizations to kind of bring magazine stories to life. So when I wrote a feature about local comic book creators, the magazine and the public library hosted an evening where folks in the community could come meet the writer and the artist profiled in my piece and hear how they work together to create comic books. And this past summer, the magazine commissioned a song to commemorate the return of 17-year cicadas. Fun, creative ways to draw people in and create a little publicity for the mag.

Savor the rest of your One Book, One Community events!

Warren Bull said...

Wow! I would love to have that experience. Way to go.

Carla Damron said...

Julie that sounds great! Would love to hear the cicada song.
Jim and Warren, I know how lucky I am. I wish every writer could experience this. Seeing my chapters on the newspaper website is especially exciting--I attribute it to some very creative editors and community supporters willing to take a risk.

Gloria Alden said...

This is so totally awesome, Carla. I can't wait until my copy of your book that I ordered comes in the mail. I loved your Caleb Knowles' series, and I think this will be as good or even better.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Yeah, Carla! This experience is so well deserved. It's a tribute to your writing that it can inspire creative work from other artists. How wonderful that you are able to see their efforts as your novel is released. Way to go and may the celebration continue!

Kait said...

Carla, what a wonderful post and what a wonderful concept and way to bring life to the One Book, One Community project. All of the arts are (or should be) interconnected, each giving inspiration to the other. Wish I was closer, I'd love to witness these events. Congratulations.

Shari Randall said...

Like Kait said, I wish I was closer so I could take part in these events. How wonderful that your book has inspired these other artists. So cool! I am so happy for you!

Carla Damron said...

Wish y'all were closer, too! Oh, the trouble we'd get into.

Margaret Turkevich said...

very exciting! congratulations

KM Rockwood said...

Carla, what a wonderful set of experiences you're having! We're all cheering for you, and wish you maximum exposure (and sales) for your book.