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

Our March author interviews: Karen Pullen (3/1), Lowcountry Crime authors: Tina Whittle, Polly Iyer, Jonathan M. Bryant, and James M. Jackson (3/8), Annette Dashofy (3/15), Edith Maxwell (3/22) and Barb Ross (3/29).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in March: Maris Soule (3/4), and Virginia Mackey (3/11). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 3/18--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 3/25--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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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 pre-order.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Writing Life: Me and the Other Naomi Wolf by Stan Jones


On my website, I have a form where people can sign up to be notified by email when a new volume comes out in my Nathan Active mystery series.

When the latest book, TUNDRA KILL, became available a few months ago, I sent out hundreds of such notices. This resulted in a number of kind responses from Nathan Active fans, to which I replied with equally kind thanks.

Then I realized that one of the people who’d emailed had a name that rang a bell: Naomi Wolf. “Wait,” the bell said. “Naomi Wolf? Isn’t there a famous writer by that name?” I Googled and found that there was indeed such a writer. The question was, was my Naomi Wolf the famous Naomi Wolf? I emailed back on that point and, it turned out, she was not the famous one. So, I inquired further, what’s it like to share a name with someone famous? 

My Naomi Wolf responded with this wonderfully funny and charming account of what happens when your namesake becomes a celebrity:

What's it like? In a word, annoying. In 1990 just before 'The Beauty Myth' was published she called me, having seen my name listed in the Manhattan phone book. After a year at Oxford she was returning to New York and she wanted to warn me that I might get a lot of phone calls.
As time and the calls for her increased, I asked the callers to tell her the least she could do was send me a copy of her book. She never did. 

The nicest caller was Gloria Steinem, who apologized profusely for disturbing me (what a great lady she is!). Eventually I changed my name in the phone book to my first initial and my maiden name plus Wolf.

Then Ms. Wolf started seeing my dentist. She would make appointments and never show up. They knew I would never do that without calling to cancel, and they began referring to me as Naomi Wolf, The Original. 

When I moved to Boston eight years ago I brought my dental records and my new dentist looked from my mouth to the x-rays and proclaimed that they weren't mine. 'This person has had a lot more dental work than you have,' he said. A new person in the old office had given me the wrong ones. 

So, I'm glad she's out of my life, though I do check her reviews. I have to give her credit for some of the things she's done for the Women's Movement. 
This is probably a longer answer to your question than you expected, but there it is.
May the Force be with you.
...........The Other Naomi

And there it is, indeed, to quote The Other Naomi. More proof that felicity is where you find it, eh?

Stan Jones is a native of Alaska. He has been a Bush pilot, an award-winning journalist, and an environmentalist. He is the author of the Nathan Active mystery series and co-author of "The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez Disaster." He lives in Anchorage. His web page is www.sjbooks.com, his Facebook page is www.facebook.com/StansBooks, and he welcomes reader email at sj.alaska@gmail.com

6 comments:

Kait said...

What a wonderful story. The original Naomi sounds like a class act. Not so sure about the "other" Naomi though, although she had the courtesy to call and give fair warning. I'm with the original in that maybe a book would have been nice.

Congratulations on your latest release. Nathan Active is wonderful character and Alaska a fantastic setting. Come to think of it, given the over 100 degree heat here, it's time to visit Alaska again!

Margaret Turkevich said...

Will the real Naomi Wolf please stand up? Great story, as I'm sure new book is. With the current heat wave, I'm about to plunge into books set in cold climates. I look forward to reading it.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks for sharing your interesting story with us on WWK. I sometimes have trouble finding myself on Amazon because of the other Warren Bu... aka Warren Buffet.

Naomi Wolf said...

Dear Stan and Ms. Wolf
This post came to my attention and I wish to sincerely apologize to the Naomi Wolf mentioned here for
the inconvenience I have inadvertently caused her. I never was told that you wished for a copy of The Beauty Myth and I assure you that if I had known that you had wanted this sent, I would have made sure it reached you! Very pleased to send you a copy now if you let me know the correct address. Thank you Stan for calling this to my attention and again Ms Wolf I truly apologize for any inconvenience to you
(and to our dentist in common)!
Very truly yours,
Naomi Wolf

Grace Topping said...

This was such an interesting blog. It only goes to show you what can happen when someone else has our name. Both my daughters are L. Topping, and I always worried that people who aren't careful would mix up their school, dental, and medical records.

KM Rockwood said...

What a fun story! Lots of possible plot twist ideas here.

Sounds like people were good-natured about it. And still are--see the response from Naomi Wolf (or at least one of them) above.

Did the other Naomi Wolf ever get a copy of the book?