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

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.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Someone Knows What’s Best for You

Dee commented in her blog last Tuesday on how many marriages end in divorce. Maybe that’s not so surprising. Marriage is an old institution. Years ago, when a couple married, they expected to spend, at the outside, twenty years together. Now, a couple could spend more than sixty years in wedlock. Writers will note the last syllable of wedlock.

Two individuals can grow bored with each other. What attracted thClipart Illustration of a Sad Dog Sulking And Carrying Two Bags After Being Kicked Out Of His Homeem to each other no longer exists. I could go on but I can’t imagine why two people who bore or hate each other would stay locked in matrimony for years. For the kids—oh please, with parents like that who needs school yard bullies?

In America, religious beliefs seem less likely to stop a couple divorcing. I’m guessing most churches would prefer divorce to murder. However, I can imagine persons with strong religious beliefs might never feel comfortable after divorce, even if their daily lives are much happier.

Writers let people disappointed in love or in their lovers act out their revenge fantasies. It’s not enough to be free. Someone must be punished. Exploring the multiple possibilities in intimate relationships delights many authors. But what if individuals are committed to facts, the real and literal truth, and think make-believe is for children? Can all the resentful, jealous, and angry feelings be held up to the light and examined unflinchingly leading to greater self-knowledge? Perhaps, but I would guess unwanted feelings are sometimes dumped onto others.

I’ve worked with people who have disappointing intimate relationships. Occasionally, even if an end to such a relationship occurred decades ago, individuals harbor smoldering rage. If a person shares stories that justify the rage, I listen because that’s part of human nature, I’m curious, and there’s only one break room at work. It’s not my job to judge the intimate relationships of others. I’ve been surprised sometimes at how often a person who has never been able to share life for more than a year or two with a member of the opposite sex can still tell me what constitutes a satisfactory sex life and what I should be doing to improve mine. Do you ask a person with a flooded basement to fix your plumbing?

Sometimes a person who has never been married, had kids, or, in my opinion, much sexual experience believes she can direct me to the perfect mate. That perfect mate often looks remarkably like some stereotypical teenage ideal from an old movie. I hadn’t asked for Dear Abby advice and I don’t think the person qualified for such a role.

I wish anyone who aspires to be our final judge and advisor would take up fiction and spare the rest of us crazy and useless advice. Or maybe not. Literary agents with huge slush piles may think there are already too many writers in the world.

Could I write an authoritarian character into a story? What about the person whose unwanted thoughts and feelings are scattered over those unlucky enough to be standing close? Are the characters interesting enough?

Do you have characters in mind searching for the right roles?


Warren Bull said...

Knowledge, experience and qualifications have never been requirements for offering opinions. My attitudes and statements about raising children changed after I actually had children to raise. Once after accepting a new job the woman helping me fill out human resources forms (although I did not know it until later) had been single, divorced, remarried and re-divorced.
When I explained that I had never been married she filled out the line for marital status with the word "none."

Ramona said...

Pauline, this is one of the disadvantages of being self-employed--no break room. Although, in this case, that may be an advantage.

Unfortunately, know-it-alls linger other places, too.

Pauline Alldred said...

I believe our American freedoms are great. All individuals have the right to voice their opinions. But I don't have to agree and I don't have to listen. And I think we should be very slow to tell another person how to live his/her life.