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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.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Interview With a Reader

Interview With a Reader

In New Zealand I was able to track down and speak a member of a highly desirable and rarely interviewed class — a reader. I approached with caution so as to not frighten the woman sitting on the couch in my living room and asked what she was reading. From there I was able to skillfully deflect the conversation into what she does and does not like to read. In the interest of avoiding the paparazzi, my niece, the said reader, shall remain anonymous. No matter what you do to me I will not tell you it was Jenny I spoke with.

Speaking of mysteries she told me she does not like a book ending where there is no clear conclusion: the experience left her frustrated. She also said she does not like plot complications that seem tossed in for suspense and do not advance the story. Her example was a woman character who knew she is being stalked and who head a strange noise in a dark parking garage. The charter went to investigate unarmed and without calling anyone for assistance. My reader added that she does not like plots where all the interesting characters get killed off before the end of the book. (I admitted that is a pet peeve of mine also.) She mentioned in some books the dialog seems stilted and the problems seem too trivial to warrant being in a book.

She said she did not like authors who essentially write the same book over and over again although she understood that some readers do.

On the positive side Jenny liked multiple viewpoints and books that shift back and forth from the past to the present. She said she enjoys interesting characters and did not mind if the characters sometimes do something, “stupid” and, “human,” especially in a tense situation where it would be hard to think clearly.

She said she enjoys how seemingly unrelated events end up connecting elements of the plot. Along with humor, including dark humor. Jenny liked well-set-up surprises as long as there are not unbelievable cliffhangers and surprises every few pages.

She wants to like the characters and be entertained.

What do readers tell you?


Morgan Mandel said...

Congratulations on capturing one of the species! We authors can all learn from her preferences.

Morgan Mandel

Gloria Alden said...

I agree with your niece, Jenny. T Whoops! I wasn't supposed to know who she was, was I. Her viewpoints of what she likes and dislikes pretty much mirror myt own. I belong to two book clubs and read much more than their monthly choices, too. I can't imagine a life without reading.

Jackie Houchin said...

I wish she would have been more specific in what she was reading, and gave examples of books who did the things she didn't like. That way we could really identify with her. I'm also a reader (and a reviewer), and the faults she mentioned are ones I see in books too. Hopefully, authors are getting better with each book!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Warren,

Most of the people we writers are in contact with are fellow writers and I like to think discerning readers as well. It's very important for us to be in contact with readers.

Pauline Alldred said...

I think Jenny might have attended one or two writing workshops. Like Jackie Houchin says, It would be good to know a few books titles.

Warren Bull said...


Yes I was fortunate to stumble across her.

Warren Bull said...

Gloria, How did you find out? I cannot image a life without reading either.

Warren Bull said...


I hope writers get better over time.

Warren Bull said...

Jacqueline, Discerning readers are worth their weight in gold.

Warren Bull said...

Pauline, If I ever track this elusive person down again, I will ask her to name some of her favorite books.

carl brookins said...

Charming. Funny, accurate. good goin'

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, Carl

Joanna Aislinn said...

A reader: how exciting! I think I used to be one of them, before 24-hour-editor ate my reading-for-fun skills, lol.

Great post, Lee, full of important reminders about who, those of us who write, are doing so in the first place!

Thanks for sharing this and HNY to you and yours!

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, Joanna,

BTW Who is Lee?

Ellis Vidler said...

I share your anonymous reader's preferences and would love to see examples.

E. B. Davis said...

Yes, Jenny is an astute reader. I'd like critiques by professionals and readers. I stopped having friends read my stuff a few years ago when they drew erroneous conclusions about me from my writing. It was as if they were constructing my psychological profile based on my writing--quite annoying. Perhaps, I need to forget the personal comments and focus on what else readers can provide.

Is there such a thing as an unbiased professional reader for hire?

Marja said...

I'm in full agreement with Jenny, your niece. Gee, I'd make a good writer based on figuring out who your reader is, right? LOL Great post, Warren.