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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.
Monday, April 4, 2011
I need criticism after writing a piece for revision that will cut away excess and hone in on presenting the story and its characters in the best possible way. To receive criticism from others who can best judge my work, I have to give worthy criticism. So, over the last few years, I’ve trained myself to look at writing from a writer’s perspective, which examines how a writer presents a story through characterization, language, style and voice.
It’s taken me a few years to understand the concept of voice, but now that I do, I instantly hear it. An author’s creation and use of voice is my favorite element. If the voice reverbs to me after I put down the book, I know the author has created a memorable character. When I read a book anymore without voice, it’s like eating Irish chili.
Writing genre has spoiled me for reading some authors whose writing is more literary. I now look for action from the start that is central to the plot. Continual internal thoughts of a character debating some theory start to bother me if the character can’t come to a decision and makes me dislike the character because of his indecision. When this debate is the theme of the book, which most readers’ discern in the first few chapters, I put the book down rather than suffer through a philosophical discourse. By the end of the book, the character still hasn’t answered the unanswerable questions, leaving me with no conclusion, but refreshing all the aspects of the issue that I probably already knew or was exposed to in college. Then, I want to toss the book in the trash. Is that a harsh indictment? Maybe, but it’s my time and money that I’ve spent, so it’s also my right. The book hasn’t entertained, but lectured (and I’ve spent wads on educational lectures, enough already).
The characters have to appeal to me. There are subgenres of mystery where the main character hobbies, in such interests as quilting, needlepoint, glass blowing, pottery, and other crafts. As long as the subject matter aids in devolving the mystery, using crafts as a device are fine, but some, such as stamping and scrapbooking, just don’t interest me so I figure that I’ll have nothing in common with the main character. Reading books is like blind dating. Sometimes it’s a great match, other times so-so, or like the dater, the reader meets a mismatched “dud.”
I love and hate the English language, but will confine myself here to the former. Reading has always expanded my vocabulary. But if every other sentence requires me to look up a word, then I usually tire of it. It’s almost as if the author decided to mess with his readers. I’ve been a reader from early in my life and have a master’s degree. When I run into a book that has me running to the dictionary, I wonder for whom the author’ wrote? Should these books come with a rating that states, “For PhDs only” or “Crossword puzzlers’ edition?” That being said, when I come across a new word every five chapters, I’m usually delighted.
As a writer, what are your reading beefs? Have you re-read books that you read before becoming a writer? Are you afraid that some of your old favorites won’t now meet your standards?