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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw


Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.


Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/


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), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)


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 July 31, 2018.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Whose Skills?

You are walking in the mall and discover a lost cell phone. You pick it up and open it, intending to find out who’s it is so you can return it. When you turn it on a heavenly voice comes on saying,

“Because of your good intentions the angel of writing is going to reward you.”

“Can I get a five book publishing contract with a guaranteed big advance?

“Sorry, I’m only an angel. A miracle of that magnitude is way out of my league. What I can do is give you skills. You can name one skill from four different living authors and I will give you an equivalent level of that skill without reducing the ability of the author.”

“Can I have time to think about it?”

“Nope. In three minutes this phone will disappear and any unused requests will vanish with it.”

In this, sadly imaginary, situation I chose.

Elmore Leonard’s ability to write dialog

David Mamet’s economy of language

Carolyn Hart’s ability to engage readers

Lee Child’s skill in creating suspense

What authors and what skills would you chose?

7 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

Heaven calls? And there is an angel of writing? Blow me down.

1. Robert Parker-because he was frugal with words and he wrote amazing dialogue.
2. Dorothy Cannell for her word smithing.
3. Katy Munger, who not only writes beautifully, but also conceives fresh premises for her work. She now writes a "dead detective" series under the name Chaz McGee.

That last one was hard. I debated among Martha Grimes, Ian Rankin, Deborah Crombie, Sue Ann Jaffarian, and Peter Robinson. I'd like more skill wishes fulfilled.

Angels don't take bribes, do they?

Warren Bull said...

Great choices, E.B. You couldn't make a mistake with any of your last candidates and sadly angels do not take bribes.

The Warbler said...

1. Larry McMurty. Wonderful dialogue, and great characterization.
2. David Morrell, top of the thriller writers.
3. Tim Dorsey, I giggle when I pick up a new Serge Storms adventure.
4. John Sanford, his Prey series continues to excel. Sometimes characters burn themselves out. Spenser did for me. Reacher is still at the top of his game.
You beat me to Dutch Leonard, love everything he has ever written.

Barry Ergang said...

1. Evan Hunter (a.k.a. Ed McBain) for both dialogue and characterizations.

2. Raymond Chandler for his prose-poetry. (And dialogue. And characterizations.)

3. Ross Macdonald for his plotting skills. (And prose-poetry. And characterizations.)

4. William Faulkner for his stylistic experimentation and because when he was at his best, he could do it all. (At his worst, he was insufferably tedious.)

Others I admire for various reasons I won't list include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pat Conroy, Bernard Malamud, Carl Hiaasen, John Dickson Carr and, when he didn't overdo showing off his lexical skills, Anthony Burgess.

Warren Bull said...

It's hard to choose only four.

Anonymous said...

1. Ruth Rendell for plot
2. P. D. James for lean, clean sentences
3. A. S. Byatt for plot (and brilliance)
4. Clyde Edgerton for Southern storytelling and for evoking tears and guffaws simultaneously

Warren Bull said...

To Write,

Excellent choices. There is surprisingly little overlap between responders. I wonder if current literature will someday be regarded as par of a "golden age" of fiction.