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


Check out our April author interviews: Two WWK members have new books out this month. Look for James Montgomery Jackson's interview about his fifth Seamus McCree novel, Empty Promises, on 4/4. Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver novel, Necessary Ends also debuts this month. Her interview will be on 4/18. WWK veteran, Sherry Harris's interview posts on 4/11. The next in her series, I Know What You Bid Last Summer, is now available. Grace Topping interviews KB Owen on 4/25. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


Our April Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 4/7-Cindy Callaghan, 4/14-Sasscer Hill, 4/21-Margaret S. Hamilton, 4/28-Kait Carson.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), will be available on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here.


Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:


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.


Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in August, 2018.


In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Story Behind The Book


Thanks so much for having us on Writers Who Kill today. We are the Seven Sinister Sisters and each of us has a new release coming between January and April. Our group is comprised of Becky Clark, Sue Star, Shawn McGuire, Cathy Perkins, Leslie Karst, Edith Maxwell and Patricia Hale. Our blog tour runs from January 6th to April 30th and we’ll be answering different questions at each stop. Writers Who Kill is our first stop and our first question is…

What’s the story behind your book, why did you write it?

Patricia Hale will start us off… “I once read a true story of a mother who went into the underground world of sex-trafficking to search for her missing daughter. She never found her, but the mother was fearless and unstoppable, and she has stayed with me. Sex-trafficking is one of those topics we discuss in hushed voices, but it needs to come into the light. Using a fictional approach with Durable Goods, (April 15, 2018) I’ve illuminated the subject through the eyes of the young women held captive. I hope I have depicted them well, showing that though we correctly label them as victims, they are true survivors with strength beyond their years.”

Social issues continue to be addressed by our next author, Edith Maxwell. Writing as Maddie Day, in Biscuits and Slashed Browns, (January 30, 2018) she presents a running sub-theme of climate change… “One suspect in the murder of a purported tree scientist during the National Maple Syrup Festival in southern Indiana is a maple scientist related to an employee of my protagonist, chef Robbie Jordan. I'm not shy about sneaking my views about global warming into a book, but only if they serve the story. In this case, the victim had publicly pooh-poohed climate change, but more than one person associated with the festival or Robbie's country store restaurant had motive to get rid of the victim.”

 There are still a lot of old-fashioned ideas out there and not just about global warming and women’s rights. In Death al Fresco, (March 13, 2018) Leslie Karst takes on generational conflicts… “My books are set in Santa Cruz, California, a long sleepy beach community, home to Italian fishermen and retirees. Recently, however, along with the advent of techies and hipsters, the food revolution has descended full-force upon the surprised old-timers. One day while I was wandering down the town’s historic fisherman’s wharf, brainstorming ideas for a murder mystery, it hit me: What would happen if a local Santa Cruz gal found herself caught between the world of her family’s old-fashioned Italian seafood restaurant, and that of the newly-arrived, politically-correct foodies? Yes, I thought. The perfect backdrop for a culinary mystery!”

And Leslie isn’t the only one who sees a body of water as a great backdrop. In her case it’s the ocean, but a river works just as well, ask Cathy Perkins…. “My husband and I were hiking along the Snake River, in a game management area called Big Flats, which happens to feature in So About the Money (April 2017). We had to push through some tangled foliage at the shoreline. Being a mystery writer whose mind can go all kinds of strange places, I glanced over my shoulder and said, wouldn't this be a great place to find a body? That germ of an idea kept growing. Why would the heroine be out at Big Flats to stumble over the body? How did the body end up beside the river in the first place? And a story evolved.”

Setting is often the trigger that initiates an idea, but as Shawn McGuire explains, it can also be a combination of things…. The Whispering Pines Series first came to life many years ago as a young adult fantasy novel. I stuck with it because it kept talking to me, but the only bits that carried through were the main character Jayne, Meeka, her West Highland White Terrier, and the fact that Jayne goes to her grandmother’s house in northern Wisconsin. Original Secrets (March 5, 2018) happened because a) I wanted to write a mystery, b) I heard about a place called Lily Dale, New York which is a community of psychics and that sounded cool, and c) I was intrigued by the Wiccan religion.”

A passion for something is a great motivator to put words on the page. In Murder by Moose, (February 15, 2018) Sue Star brings us back to nature (and more) with her preoccupation…. “My kids think I am obsessed with moose. They dare their friends to guess how many moose curios are in my collection (only a dozen, really).  The truth is, moose are majestic animals, and they are making a comeback to the mountains near my home.  Their strength, size, and speed make them a potentially dangerous force to unaware hikers.  I couldn’t resist that combination, so I sent my amateur sleuth, Nell Letterly, into the mountains with moose.  She is there to teach a self-defense class, but instead she finds a body—and a whole lot more.”

In the end it all comes back to writing what you know, as Becky Clark explains. “You know the old adage, write what you know? Well, I know all the secret doors and passageways of the writing world and I thought that might be a fun backstage place to show readers. My amateur sleuth in FICTION CAN BE MURDER (April 8, 2018) is Charlemagne Russo, a mid-list mystery author who finds herself in a situation that I, luckily, have not. Her literary agent was murdered in the same unique way Charlee wrote in her unpublished manuscript, which only a handful of people have read. (Luckily my real-life agent has a great sense of humor about it!) 

Thanks so much to Writers Who Kill and all their readers for kicking off our tour with us. We’re happy to address any comments or questions. And feel free to contact any of us through our websites. Our next stop will be January 18th with the Stiletto Gang. See you there!

http://www.cperkinswrites.com
http://www.rebeccawriter.blogspot.com

27 comments:

Jim Jackson said...

Congratulations to all of you and wishing you and your books great success. (And I'm giving a wave to those I know and looking forward to learning more about those I haven't yet met.)

~ Jim

Grace Koshida said...

Seven Sinister Sisters...what a great name and group! Saying "Hi" to those I know and read (Becky, Edith, Leslie), and I am looking forward to reading all of your upcoming books!

E. B. Davis said...

I also wish you great success. I've read Edith's books and enjoyed them. I've put a few more titles on my TBR pile. Mooses? What is the plural of Moose? Moosi? Mooseae? :>) Thanks for blogging with us.

Edith Maxwell said...

Thanks, Jim! Waving back.

Edith Maxwell said...

Thanks Grace and E.B.!

Patricia Hale said...

Thanks to all for kicking off the tour with us! Looking forward to hearing from your readers.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Excited to see you on WWK. Looking forward to learning more about each of you during the tour!

Kait said...

I love this premise. I always wonder what the book backstory might be. Thanks for sharing! Congratulations on the releases and special waves to my Mysteristas sisters Becky and Sue.

Margaret Turkevich said...

Congrats to all! Looking forward to reading a stack of new releases.

Mary Sutton said...

What a great group of authors!

Mary/Liz

KM Rockwood said...

What an impressive array! The biggest problem is where to start!

Sue Star said...

:-) The plural of moose is...moose! But I like your suggestions better. Thanks for having us! Waving!

E. B. Davis said...

LOL--I suspected as much. Thanks for the clarification on the plural of moose!

Becky Clark said...

Hi Grace, hi Kait, hi EVERYONE! So happy to see you visit us here on our very first stop of the tour.

I love all these genesis stories. I can't read a newspaper or magazine without clipping a zillion articles ... oooh, this would make a great story/character/setting. Glad I'm not alone!

Cathy Perkins said...

Thanks so much for hosting our kickoff post!

Leslie Karst said...

Howdy to old friends, Jim, Grace, Debra, and Mary, and to all the rest of you, too! What a fun way to kick off our Seven Sinister Sisters tour! Thanks so much to the Writers Who Kill for hosting us! It's going to be a fun tour!

Gloria Alden said...

I've now added 7 more books to order to add to my huge amount of mysteries. I've read Edith's and Cathy's books and look forward to reading their new ones and the others. Good luck with your tour.

Warren Bull said...

What great books. So many books and so little time.

Becky Clark said...

Thanks, Gloria! Hope you love them all!

Pearl R. Meaker said...

What an interesting group of books! I hope they all do well. :-)

Polly Iyer said...

Nice group of books. Congratulations to you all.

Shari Randall said...

So much great reading! Thanks for stopping by, ladies!

Fran Stewart said...

Every one of these sounds intriguing. And kudos to whoever did the well-worded transitions from one author to the next.

Sasscer Hill said...

I think a group tour is a BRILLIANT idea. More support and more fun. Patricia, I love that your are writing about trafficking. My book, The Sea Horse Trade, also covered that subject and I think it's one that needs plenty of illumination. It is so rampant in this country now, let alone the rest of the world. Yours is a book I will read. I was also interested in the moose book as I agree that they are an amazing creature. Write on ladies and enjoy your successes!

Becky Clark said...

Thanks, everyone, for stopping in to say HI on our tour stop!

holdenj said...

Great post, I have followed back to see these earlier questions and am looking forward to all the new releases!

Jana Leah B said...

Congrats on your new releases! It's interesting to find out where your story ideas come from.
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