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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.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
A year later the bosses wanted me to resume working full-time. Unfortunately for them, I realized I liked the 40% of my life I wasn’t “working” much better than the 60% I was working, and I retired at age 51.
Nature hates a void, and so do people when they think the void is someone else’s time. As soon as I retired, everyone had opinions about what I should do with my “free” time. I promised to give myself six months to decide what I wanted to do next.
I read books such as Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence G. Boldt. I made lists of activities I enjoyed and those I didn’t. (I’m big on lists.) After six months of reflection (and saying no to everyone else who wanted me to join this, that or the other pet project of theirs) I knew I wanted to write.
I’m a lot more knowledgeable about writing almost eight years later. The truth is almost anyone can write. It takes time and dedication to learn to write well. It takes something more to write well and sell your work.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes and done a few things right. I still have plenty to learn. I’ll give you the scoop on some of my doozies, talk about some things I think I’ve done right and keep you abreast of current happenings.
I’ve met some interesting people along my writing journey, and I hope to get them to share their insights.
I’ll end this with a confession. I have a criminal mind. I also have an active imagination. Picturing myself in prison has saved me from any temptations I might have had to run a scam or two or six. As a writer, I get to do it all. I create the scams AND decide if the bad guys go free or get caught.
Sometimes, whether they deserve it or not, I kill people.