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October Interviews
10/2 Debra H. Goldstein, Two Bites To Many
10/10 Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder
10/17 Lida Sideris, Double Murder or Nothing
10/23 Toni L. P. Kelner writing as Leigh Perry, The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking
10/30 Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
10/5 Ang Pompano
10/12 Eyes of Texas Anthology Writers
10/19 Neil Plakcy

WWK Bloggers: 10/26 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:



Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.


Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.


Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.


Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

The Next Best Thing Blog Hop

 
Carolyn Mulford, asked me to participate in a Blog Hop called “The Next Big Thing,” which rotates once a week on Wednesdays. I blog on Mondays, so links to all the WWK bloggers participating in Week 33 will appear on our marquee. Carolyn wrote Show Me the Murder, which will be released by Five Star/Gale, Cengage February 15.You can find out more about Carolyn's work at http://carolynmulford.com  All author’s participating in the blog hop answer the same questions. Mine follow Warren Bull’s answers. E.B. Davis

Warren Bull
1: What is the working title of your book? 
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
It started with a winning short story for the Great Manhattan Mystery conclave short story contest.
The family I wrote about kept popping up in my mind telling me more and more about their experiences.  I had three stories about them published in various venues.
They finally convinced me to write them into a novel.  If I’d been smarter about it, I could have written the novel years ago.
I am glad none of my characters can type.
3. What genre does your book come under?
Young Adult Historical/Adventure/Mystery.  Also, it is a book for boys who don’t like reading.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Drew Barrymore would have been great when she was younger.
Daniel Radcliffe in the first of the Harry Potter movies would have been fantastic. 
I don’t know current actors who fit the characters’ ages.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Imagine Little House in “Bleeding Kansas.”
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
The book was first self-published and then picked up by a small independent publisher.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Since parts of the books were published as short stories, it only took about one and a half to two years.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. 
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I mentioned before, the characters made me do it.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The book was one of five finalists in the 2010 Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest sponsored the Gotham Writers Workshop.  The feedback I got was extremely helpful in making final edits.
E. B. Davis

1. What is the working title of your book?

I’m promoting my short stories that were published in 2012: “Lucky In Death” contained in Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder, “The Acidic Solution” published in He Had It Coming and “No-Hair Day” one of many short stories in A Shaker of Margaritas: Bad Hair Day.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

The titles of each anthology dictated its theme, which was prescribed by the editors. In “Lucky In Death” my husband’s obsession with fishing boats evoked my conception of the story. The voice of the main character in “The Acidic Solution” came to me while alone driving on the Interstate, a place where I often get ideas. In “No-Hair Day,” I took the idea to its extreme ending up with a main character on chemo who lost her hair as a side effect, then made her fight.
 
3. What genre does your book come under?

Traditional mystery, although I hope that “No-Hair Day” may also be interpreted as Inspirational as well.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Vanessa Redgrave or Mia Farrow could take the role of my main character in “Lucky In Death.”
Robin Wright would be a good fit for “The Acidic Solution.”
It would be a switch for Sandra Bullock, but she is in her forties and could have the sixteen-year-old daughter in “No-Hair Day,” a role she might like since it’s comedic.
 
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
In “Lucky In Death,” a grandmother, who wants to help her granddaughters, finds that the best solution is murder.
A young woman outwits her kidnappers and seeks revenge on her good-for-nothing fiancé in “The Acidic Solution.”
After a home invasion, a woman undergoing chemo learns to fight in “No-Hair Day.”

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Wildside Press published Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder.
A Shaker of Margaritas: Bad Hair Day was published by Mozark Press.
Banty Hen Publishing released He Had It Coming.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Each short story takes about a month to write.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’d compare them to any book with strong female characters.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Although ideas spontaneously occur to me, I find it a challenge to write to a prescribed topic. After a volume is published, I love reading the stories to understand how other authors interpreted the topic.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

In Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder, Donna Andrews, Art Taylor and Barb Goffman are a few of the talented writers whose shorts are contained in the anthology.
A story of revenge, “My Husband,” written by Agatha nominee, Kaye George, was also published in He Had It Coming.
Award winning writer, Linda Fisher, edited and also wrote a story in A Shaker of Margaritas: Bad Hair Day. Carolyn Mulford’s story, “Leftovers” was also published in this anthology.

Thanks to Carolyn Mulford for asking us to this blog hop.

7 comments:

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Warren and E.B.,

I enjoyed reading your interviews and learning more about each of you and your new novels. Best wishes for success!

E. B. Davis said...

Thanks, Jacqueline. I wish Warren could be here to thank you himself. But he has family business and will be off line this week. Much success with your books!

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I bought and read your book. It was an excellent young adult book.

E.B. I'm looking forward to buying the Chesapeake anthology at Malice where I hope you'll be to sign it.
Once you write that first short story, you get hooked, don't you?

E. B. Davis said...

Writing short stories does seem like an addiction, Gloria. I took six months off from my novel because of short story opportunities. Every one got published, I'm happy to say. But I have to hunker down and write my next novel now and hope it will be published.

Yes, I will be at Malice to sign your copy! Glad to say also that the next Chesapeake Chapter anthology, Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays--to be released in 2014--will contain another of my stories, "Compromised Circumstances," coincidentally the name of my new novel.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Congratulations, Warren and E.B. It's interesting to read about your writing and the way you work. Best wishes for success to you both!

Kara Cerise said...

I thought Heartland was excellent, Warren.

E.B., I enjoy your short stories and am impressed by your strong female characters. Did you create character profiles for them? I look forward to reading "Compromised Circumstances".

Congratulations and continued success to both of you!

E. B. Davis said...

You know, for short stories, Kara, I don't do character sketches. The voice lets itself be known to me. I swear I hear their voice in my head, and I just write their story.

For novels, I develop a timeline for the character and his backstory. They change over the timeline. And then their story begins. Of course, the trick is not to write their backstory unless it is needed, giving the reader hints about the character's background.

I know my characters, but the process is different in shorts than in novels. Thanks!