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.


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.


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!