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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Greetings by Sharon Love Cook

My third Granite Cove Mystery, Laugh 'til You Die, was published this summer. The book's setting, the "sleepy fishing village" of Granite Cove, was inspired by Gloucester, Massachusetts., America’s oldest working seaport, where I grew up—with the smell of fish sticks in the air. Here is a brief synopsis: 

It's midnight in Granite Cove. Only the sea clams are open. Rose McNichols, reporter for the Granite Cove Gazette, moonlights as a stand-up comic at Shady Nook Retirement Home. There she meets Mabel Smithwick, former Boston socialite. The elderly woman claims she witnessed a drowning at her Hemlock Point pool last summer. Mabel, however, is partial to gin and tonic and is not a credible witness. But when she turns up dead, Rose wishes she'd paid more attention. Before long, Rose herself is a target . . .  

They  say “write what you know.” In this case I know nursing homes, having worked as an Occupational Therapist in various facilities. This evolved—or, devolved—into doing stand-up comedy for the residents. I’d had experience in this field. Thus I polished my act and traveled the retirement home circuit. On the whole, I don’t advise this as a career path. The nursing home population can be brutally honest. If they don’t like your act, they’ll get up in the middle of it, say “Bah!” and walk out.

Like my protagonist, I wrote for a weekly newspaper and continue to write a humor column. Additionally, I draw cartoons for a Boston newspaper. An art school grad, I’ve illustrated the covers of my books.

The first book in the Granite Cove Mystery series, A Nose for Hanky Panky, was originally published by Mainly Murder Press, a New England publisher. When my contract with Mainly Murder Press ran out and the publishing rights reverted to me, I published it under the imprint Neptune Rising Press. The book was later translated into German by Amazon Crossing. 

Laugh ‘til You Die was a global effort: My copyeditor was from England, the text-formatter from Australia, and the graphic designer from India. Thanks to the Internet’s “global village,” everything came together, although in different time zones.
I tend to be a late bloomer, going to college in my forties. Later I got an MFA in writing at Bennington. At home I’m VP of Friends of Beverly Animals, a non-profit. My husband helps watch over our cats and Sampson, an elderly rescued Lab-mix.

Every time I finish a Granite Cove Mystery (there are 3), I’ll say, “That’s it.” However, a few months go by and I find myself nostalgic for that sleepy fishing village and its denizens. I’m sure this time will be no different.

Thank you for letting me introduce myself to the readers of your lively blog.

Sharon Love Cook


Shari Randall said...

Hi Sharon, I love the way a global village helped you publish your books. They sound like so much fun. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

Grace Topping said...

Thanks, Sharon, for your introduction. Anyone who stands up and delivers comedy is one brave person. I admire your spunk. Keep on writing.

Margaret Turkevich said...

I enjoyed learning about your writing journey.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks for introducing yourself to WWK readers.

Sharon Love Cook said...

Thanks for the comments and for having me. Your lively mix of authors and readers is fun.

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks for sharing with us!

I know what you mean by thinking this may be the last in a series, then finding the characters just insist upon coming back to life. I sometimes think I'm out of ideas for Jesse Damon, the protagonist of my series, but then I meet with some of my buddies (I spring for the pizza, but I won't buy beer for anyone on parole) and get a whole bunch of new ideas and insights.