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

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.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Giants, by Carla Damron

This is the year that we lost giants. 2016 is only six months old, but it’s taken some incredible artists and heroes. Each of them left us far too soon.

I was NOT ready to lose David Bowie. He died a few days after his birthday, and right after his much awaited album was launched. Bowie was an artist like none other, a man who reinvented himself driven not by a need for “Fame,” but by an internal and artistic calling. I needed more music from him. I wanted to see what his next incarnation would be.

Alan Rickman has long been one of my favorite actors.  The man had incredible range, and his voice is so distinctive I will never read a line from Severus Snape without hearing his sizzling “S’s.” He is the reason that I adore GALAXY QUEST, and his performance in ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES is the one thing redeemable about that movie. I can only imagine what kind of character actor he would have been in his seventies and eighties, but he was taken in his prime. 

Prince, too. I was saddened to learn he’d lived in chronic pain, that his efforts to manage that agony are what led to his death. But I also learned how remarkably generous he’d been, without seeking headlines or glory. He was simply a man who had it to give so he gave it.  The world could have used twenty more years of his genius and philanthropy.

Much has been written about the tragic passing of Pat Conroy in March, and there’s nothing much that I can add. I met him twice, the second time a few months before my novel came out. Pat was the editor-at-large for Story River Books, so I was eager to thank him for publishing my project.  I was so nervous it was like talking to the Pope, but Pat threw his arms around me and made me feel like kin. He wasn’t only a literary genius, he was a generous, passionate human being who took insane pleasure in words and in helping other writers. I wanted to know him better. I wanted to read more of his words. How unfair it is that he left us before his novel was finished.

It might seem odd to write about Elie Wiesel in a blog like this, but we lost him just the other day. A gifted writer and orator, a Holocaust survivor, and a Nobel Laureate, Wiesel changed the world by not letting us ignore history. He leaves a huge footprint on this planet, and we will honor him best by remembering his message of peace and human dignity. We all need it written on our hearts.

I worry about who else we might lose as we enter the second half of 2016; I hope it is kinder to us.  I will keep listening to Prince and Bowie. I will watch Rickman films, and read Wiesel whenever I need to remember the evil and the ultimate goodness in our world.

Pat Conroy’s legacy is a large body of work. It is also a new Pat Conroy Literary Center, to be established near his home in Beaufort, SC. I am happy to contribute to this project, because I know it continues what he started: helping new writers develop their voice.   
Like our other lost giants, Pat Conroy’s spirit lives on.

(If you want to support the literary center, click here: http://patconroyliterarycenter.org/)


Margaret Turkevich said...

2016 has been a year of meaningful deaths and death-by-politics, with four months left for the latter. I'm enjoying Eurocup, though with each game I wonder if we'll get through it without a terrorist incident. And that's terrible.

Paula Gail Benson said...

One more giant to add to your list, our own Sam Morton, who left us much too soon, but whose writing continues to reach our hearts.

Kait said...

It has been a sad year.

Carla Damron said...

Paula, you are so right. A very notable loss for us.

Shari Randall said...

So true, Carla and Paula.
You mention absolute greats, Carla, I feel so silly that the one that I've thought of most after reading your blog is Rickman. Galaxy Quest - I laugh just thinking of his performance. Some artists just leave us too young.

KM Rockwood said...

No one lives forever, but we can honor the memories of those who have inspired us and made contributions.

Carla Damron said...

GALAXY QUEST IS THE BOMB! Rickman could read the phone book to me and I'd be mesmerized.

Gloria Alden said...

So many lost, but then every year has its losses of greats. Was it only two years ago that Pete Seeger left us and Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk Fame last year. At least the Car Talk shows are repeating every Saturday morning so I still get to hear his laughter and funny comments. And then this year we lost Harper Lee, the author of my all time favorite book TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I remember the sadness I felt over the death of Robin Williams, too. I have a lot of CDs of singers I listen to and some are be those who are no longer with us. Like KM wrote, no one lives forever, but at least those who are musicians can stay with us when we play their music. I still enjoy listening to Paul Robeson, and his incredible deep voice, as well as John Hartford, who I saw in concert several times. I should mention Pavarotti and Johnny Cash, too.
I'm sure if I went though my stacks of CDs I'd be able to list even more.