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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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Monday, October 8, 2012

Writing From Photographs


When writing a scene, I try to use real places. Here's a sample:

While walking along the Potomac River’s banks in a park,


my main character finds a body off a lovely trail 


near the Nature Center.  

                                 
 Back at the parking lot she discovers a car and wonders if it is the victim’s car.


 As she calls the police on her cell phone, she sees a sign on a tree. 


She goes close to read the sign. Its message is disturbing. 


She didn’t notice any arrows on the body. Would the killer remove the arrow because of fingerprints or anything else that might identify him?

She decides to wait outside the park in her car along the road. When she passes the gate, she stops the car and discovers that the chain locking the gate has been cut through, indicating that bolt cutters were probably used. 

She hears a siren in the distance, a most welcome sound.

Do you research your setting and write from photographs?

6 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

I tend to either use real places or make them up from scratch.

When I wrote my first novel (the one that's safely tucked into the bottom drawer for ever) I used a city I barely knew for a number of the scenes. I took a road trip and took notes and photos to jog my memory.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I think it is better to use a real place unless you actually plot the setting on paper. When writing about a forest or a country lane, isn't it better to work from a vivid memory or an actual photo? Of course, my imagination adds the murdered body!

Polly Iyer said...

I've used everything from photos to imagination, heavy on the latter. I did have a friend take pictures of a park in New Orleans for me, because I needed to be specific about the area. However, I covered myself in the beginning of the book by saying I took liberties and created a new Louisiana parish. In another book, a friend and I drove up into the mountains to detail the exit off the highway. You do what you have to do to make a story work. After all, it's fiction.

E. B. Davis said...

I've used my imagination and photos, Polly. Images of real places I think adds a dimension. You can see how the light filters through the trees, the colors and textures. Mixing the techniques provides a realness to the imaginary. These are photos of a park in Northern VA. But no one need know that. It could very well be transplanted anywhere that deciduous trees of these types grow, probably throughout the entire same Grow Zone, which splits the country by growing climes.

Kara Cerise said...

I use photos and the satellite view on map programs. I like using maps because I get a bird's eye view of an area. I see roads and how they intersect, nearby buildings and important landmarks. My imagination (hopefully) brings the information together to form a believable story.

E. B. Davis said...

Maps are a great resource, Kara. I use them when I'm writing about the Outer Banks. The geography is fluid on the islands so bridges appear and disappear depending on how the wind and ocean effect the land. I especially like the virtual maps that show the buildings, traffic and elevations--just like being there.