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

Our July author interviews: Ellen Byerrum (7/5), Day of the Dark anthology authors (7/12 and 7/19), and Nancy Cole Silverman (7/26).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in July: 7/1--Fran Stewart, and 7/8--Nancy Cole Silverman. WWK Saturday bloggers write on 7/15--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/22--Kait Carson, and 7/29--E. B. Davis.


“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.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Book Learnin'



I love reading.  Just like my fellow WWK bloggers here--and all of you who come to visit--reading is one of my favorite ways to unwind.  The benefits of reading are immeasurable (though I'm sure some scientist has found a way to quantify them).  Whether you need a break from your everyday reality, or want to be able to discuss the latest bestseller with friends, books are a great way to spend your time.

One of my favorite benefits, however, is the knowledge I gain from reading.

Now I don't mean to imply that I read textbooks or biographies on amazing people from our world's history; I'm not one who can learn something that way.  Quite honestly, within five minutes of reading something specifically designed to teach, either the words on the page become all jumbled, or I doze off.  But when a book imparts some wisdom in an enjoyable way I can actually retain the information.

Which is astounding, since I appear to have horrible reading comprehension.  When I took all those tests in school, Comprehension was always my lowest score, and I still have issues with it.  I've read the Harry Potter books several times, but still have trouble remembering in which book certain events or characters were introduced. 

I may not always remember where I learned certain bits of information, but I definitely get a thrill of "A-Ha!" the moment I glean some factoid from a book.  Devil in the White City was rife with interesting little tidbits, and some of those I actually remember; like that Cracker Jacks were invented for the 1893 World's Fair, as was the Ferris Wheel.

Even a book like The Da Vinci Code had some great information to impart.  Regardless of whether or not you believe the information about Jesus Christ or paganism, there were some interesting facts in there.  For instance, I had seen The Mona Lisa in person before, but I had never heard of the Sfumato style of painting that was used to create it.  How could I, when I didn't study art?  All I knew when I saw the painting was that it was much smaller than I'd thought from seeing it in pictures.

Around the World in Eighty Days taught me some geography, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea gave me more information on different types of fish than I could ever hope to have needed in my lifetime.  I'm even reading a book now in which I've just learned what the roles of Gaffer, Grip, and Best Boy do with regards to movies, and that was all given to me in a “throw away” scene in the book; it’s not necessarily integral to the plot.  Yes, these are all things I could've learned by doing some research online, but I enjoy it more when such knowledge comes to me in a fortuitous way.

My mom has even mentioned how she'll learn of something through a book or movie, and shortly thereafter will see a question on Jeopardy (her favorite show) that somehow references her new found information.  She loves when those moments happen.

How about you?  What cool facts have you learned from reading fiction?

9 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

I have to admit I treat "facts" in fiction the same way I treat "facts" on the Internet: interesting, but need to be verified.

Even well-written fiction sometimes has stuff wrong, but that said, I do enjoy those, "Really? I didn't remember that." moments. (Note I didn't say, "Really? I never knew that." My mind has gotten to the stage where I can't say for sure what I did or didn't once know, but since forgot!)

~ Jim

Alyx Morgan said...

I know what you mean about not always remembering what you did or didn't know before, Jim. I'll have moments where I "learn" something, but I have a vague memory of having learned it before.

Gloria Alden said...

I love reading, too, Alyx. I rarely leave the house without something to read in case I'm delayed some place.

One of the things I love about my book clubs is often a book is chosen that I've not heard of or one I've heard of, but might not have picked. Do I always enjoy them? No, but most of the time I do, and if it was one I didn't care for, the discussion in itself about the book is interesting.

As for facts learned, often I have those little bits of flotsam and jetsam floating around in my brain and have no idea where they came from. After a long lifetime of reading it's hard to remember where they've come from or even if they're accurate. In fact, I contribute my wild searching in my mind for words or facts to the amount of said flotsam and jetsam floating around in my brain. :-)

Dana Fredsti said...

Not only do I find fun factoids in my fiction reading, but I also have gotten wonderful inspiration and/or uplifted by certain thoughts/philosophies that a particular character or narrative shares. Sometimes one line just speaks to me in a way that helps me in every day life. I love reading more than just about anything!!

Kara Cerise said...

I enjoy learning when I read fiction, too. Sometimes I’ll have to put down the book to research and learn about the fact. Devil in the White City inspired me to read more books about the 1893 World’s Fair.

Warren Bull said...

Reading fiction is also a great way to learn about other cultures.

Alyx Morgan said...

Good on you for reading books through your club, Gloria. Every now & then I think I want to join one, but I'm rather picky about what I want to read, so I don't know how much enjoyment I'd get out of reading something that I wouldn't have checked out myself.

Alyx Morgan said...

I agree, Dana, that a single line in a book can sometimes make my day. I think I enjoy music more than reading, but not by much.

Thanks for visiting today.

Alyx Morgan said...

You're right, Warren, that reading is a great way to learn about other cultures. It's a nice way to feel like you've traveled there.

As for stopping to research some fact, Kara, I think I would find it too disruptive to stop reading a book just to research some fact. But maybe it would be good for me to keep a little notebook & jot some things down.