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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 Karen Borelli.
“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.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Writing About Love
Fifty Shades of Grey and its follow up books were at the top of the best seller lists for some time and have caused lots of conversations about them. I can't comment on the writing skill of the author bcause I haven't read them, nor do I plan to. But just as fantasy became incredibly popular after Harry Potter and vampires after the Twilight series, I'm predicting a tsunami of romantic porn about to wash over the reading public.
Like many readers, especially women, I think, I like a little romance in the books I read, but I don't find it necessary to enjoy a book. A little sex is okay if it's not overdone with too much in the way of details. It's one of the reasons I write traditional or cozy mysteries. Like the mystery itself, I want hints of romance to come in the first book and like the mystery to be solved, also my curiosity peaked as to if my protagonist and her romantic interest ever get together.
One of the reasons Julia Spencer-Flemings' books have been such a big hit is not only because of the strong characters of Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne, but also because their attraction for each other seems doomed. She's an Episcopal priest new in town, and he's a married agnostic sheriff. Spencer-Fleming not only skillfully has them joining forces to solve the murder, but has the reader wondering if they'll ever overcome the obstacles they face to eventually be together. For those of you who haven't read her series, I'm not going to give a spoiler alert. It's always best to start with a first book in a series. Hers is In the Bleak Midwinter.
In the first book in my series, The Blue Rose, Catherine Jewell's memory of her husband and twelve year old daughter, who'd both died in an accident ten years before, is still strong. She's not looking for romance. Nor is the police chief, John MacDougal, divorced for fourteen years with full custody of his sixteen year old son. But as the mystery evolves they find themselves together frequently. My critique partners wanted more than developing friendship and the hint of a future romance. I prefer the mystery itself to be the primary focus with the hint of romance being the little bit of added spice.
Their mutual attraction and feelings gradually increase in the next two books, but even though I know I want them to be together someday, I'm in no rush to get them there. Because my books with a gardening theme are following a monthly time line; June for the first book, July for the second and August for the third, it seems reasonable not to rush two mature adults into a hot and torrid romance. Well, even if you don't think that's reasonable, I do write cozies, and won't be writing anything my kids or grandkids would raise their eyebrows over saying "Oh, Mom (or Grandma), I can't believe you wrote that!" No, I won't be writing anything sexy or sleazy. There won't be any hot and torrid scenes, Those are best left to your imagination.
Do you include romance in your writing or not? As a reader do you like romance in your books? How much?