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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.

“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

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.

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.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sparkly things and celebrations

by Julie Tollefson

I've written before about my “celebrations bowl,” the one I keep on my counter to remind me of my writing successes. Anytime something worth celebrating happens—publication of a short story, let’s say—I toast the achievement with sparkling wine and keep the cork as a memento.

Sometimes, when the news is really good, a cork alone isn’t adequate. When I sold my first story to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, I used part of my payment to buy jewelry. That first sale was a huge boost to my writerly self-esteem, and now every time I wear the ring I bought with that check, I’m reminded that someone liked my fiction enough to pay for it.

In December, another newsworthy event sent me skipping back to the jewelry store: The Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter announced winners of its annual Hugh Holton Contest for unpublished crime fiction manuscripts, and my work in progress, In the Shadows, won in the member division!

The contest is open to unpublished (novel length) writers, member or not, who live in one of the thirteen states represented by the chapter. Guest judges for the member category this year were Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna Mackenzie from Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

The MWAMW announcement about the award included this lovely bit:
Browne & Miller chose Tollefson’s excerpt based on its “atmospheric and well-composed opening scene,” “noticeably elevated writing,” and “rich, lyrical descriptions.”
Wow. I’m overwhelmed (still, almost a month later) and soooo thrilled. I found the perfect pair of earrings to commemorate the award. They kind of match the ring—unintentional, but awesome, right? Every time I wear them, I’ll remember “atmospheric” and “lyrical” and be inspired and grateful anew.

You can read a brief excerpt of In the Shadows on my website.

How do you celebrate the good things in your life?


Jim Jackson said...

Congratulations, Julie. A wonderful end of year/beginning of year celebration of your writing!

~ Jim

Julie Tollefson said...

Thanks, Jim! Yes, it was just the boost I needed to start 2017 off right!

Margaret Turkevich said...

Congratulations! May 2017 be full of good news.

Kait said...

Oh, Julie, so well deserved! What a wonderful beginning to 2017 - and as the year starts, so it continues (that's my story, I'm sticking to it!).

Bubbly is my celebration libation of choice as well. I have those pilsners in the first picture. Never thought of using them for champagne glasses. Now there's a labor saving device. Hope I have a reason to test the theory this year.

May you have many more reasons to pop the cork in 2017 (and beyond).

Becky Michael said...

Congratulations, Julie! Such a great way to begin the new year. I loved the excerpt and look forward to reading more. My celebrations usually involve a cork, also, but from a smooth red.

Warren Bull said...

Congratulations! My celebrations involve dark chocolate.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Yay, Julie! May your cork and jewelry collection grow and grow in 2017!

Gloria Alden said...

Congratulations, Julie. May 2017 continue to be a great year for you. What do I do to celebrate good news? Write about it in my journal and/or share it with family and friends.

Julie Tollefson said...

Thank you, Margaret!

Thanks, Kait - Bubbly for all!

Julie Tollefson said...

Thanks so much, Becky! I enjoy a nice red from time to time myself!

Julie Tollefson said...

Thanks, Warren! Dark chocolate goes with everything, right?

Thanks, Linda! I'm thankful I'm surrounded by some many terrific writers - it's inspiring!

Thank you, Gloria - May you have plenty to journal about in 2017!

Grace Topping said...

I wish you lots of success in your writing and an overflowing bowl of corks.

KM Rockwood said...

Such great news! I'm happy for you, and it's a pleasure to hear how you celebrate your successes. I'm sure you will have many more.