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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


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.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Next Big Thing - Alyx Morgan

We here at Writers Who Kill have just been invited to take part in The Next Big Thing, a blog roll that’s been going on for several months now.  As an unpublished writer (at least traditionally, I do have one short story up on Amazon), I’m thrilled to be taking part in this.  It’s cool to be linked with so many published authors, and it’s a great way to garner some attention for my series.

So without further ado, here are my answers to the questions for The Next Big Thing:

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?  It's currently called "Reichenbach Fell" in homage to the famous scene where Sherlock Holmes supposedly met his untimely death when fighting with Professor Moriarty.  I've had mixed reviews on the title--mostly from people who aren't Holmes fans--so it might change, but as I plan to title all future books in the series in ways that pay homage to the titles of the Sherlock stories, I'm not sure how willing I'll be to change it.

Where did the idea come from for the book?  I'd been struggling with my writing for a while, and a friend suggested I write about a teenage detective who loved Sherlock Holmes (like me).  The moment I started writing her, things just clicked and fell into place.

What genre does your book fall under?  Young Adult (YA) mystery, though the shorts have been running toward the Middle Grade (MG) age so far.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  That's a tough one.  When I began writing about Tabitha (my protagonist), her spunk and attitude immediately put me in mind of Christina Ricci in her younger days.  But now, I don't think I've seen too many current young actresses who strike me as having the same personality.  For Stu (Tab's best friend), I kind of think of Gabriel Mann, though he's also too old, and too cute.  Hmmm, maybe I need to bone up on today's young actors.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  A series of thefts in Alameda causes high school sleuth Tabitha Patterson to suspect the owner of a used music store that opened up right as the burglaries began.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  I'm not sure.  I self-published the second short story involving Tab (the first can be found here on my website), but it's always a writer's dream to be published professionally, and to see your books on the shelves.  I don't take rejection very well, so that fear is making me lean toward self-publishing, but we'll see.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  About a year.  It's the first time I had actually finished a full-length novel, and I was so proud of myself for that.  I have quite a few stories sitting in a filing cabinet that never made it past page 30, so this was a major accomplishment for me.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  It's kind of funny to have this question, because I recently wrote another blog about just that.  Until that blog, I hadn't found many current mysteries in the YA genre with female protagonists in them.  There's the Nancy Drew mysteries, of course, and someone else told me of Trixie Belden, which I still need to read.  There are quite a few great MG series that have female detectives in them.  The Sisters Grimm and Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator are two that I've read and truly enjoy.  I've since found a few series with YA female detectives, that I'm going to be checking out very soon.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?  As I said, a friend helped me come up with the series idea for Tab, but this particular mystery came about because I was trying to think of where the climactic scene (which I wanted to be similar to the one at the Reichenbach Falls) could take place here in Alameda.  Since it's a fairly flat island (nestled in the San Francisco Bay), my choices were limited.  But the USS Hornet (an old Naval carrier) is docked on the island and has been turned into a museum.  It's a HUGE ship, and I thought "A-HA!"  So I guess you could say I had my ending before I had the rest of the story.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  Tabitha fancies herself a great detective, but in truth she doesn't always have the facts to back up her theories.  She's also not a "normal" teenager, in that she doesn't think about clothes, popularity or boys, which is why it knocks her for a loop when she finds out that her best friend, Stu, has feelings for her.  Tab's got an edge to her, and isn't always diplomatic, but since her hero is Sherlock Holmes, she doesn't see how that's a problem.


Paula Gail Benson said...

Alyx, your work sounds fascinating. In the current atmosphere with Elementary and the PBS modern Holmes series, I think you've found a new and interesting take on the subject. Good luck with publishing a YA series. I'm going to check out your short stories.

Gloria Alden said...

I'm looking forward to reading your book, Alyx. It sounds like something fun that I'd enjoy. Have you read the Laurie R. King Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russel mystery series? They're for adults, but in the first one, THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE, Mary Russel is only fifteen and becomes a retired Sherlock Holmes apprentice. It's a great series.

Alyx Morgan said...

Thanks, Paula. Yeah, with the Holmes resurgence, I need to get my book done & out there.

Hope you enjoy the shorts.

Alyx Morgan said...

I have started reading Ms. King's series, Gloria. It's a funny story, too, because I'd never heard of her until I was at my local SinC meeting a couple years back. I was photographing the event for our newsletter & people kept coming up to tell me I HAD to get a shot of Laurie, who made an appearance (apparently she's a member of our chapter).

I walked up to her & said, "I've been told you're like royalty here & that I HAVE to take a picture of you for our newsletter." She was very gracious & kind, & it was at that meeting that I'd learned about her series. I'm actually quite fond of it so far.

Kara Cerise said...

I enjoyed reading your self-published story about Tabitha and look forward to your book. The old naval carrier sounds like the perfect place for a climactic scene.

E. B. Davis said...

I like the idea of patterning your books around Holmes. I'm not a huge fan, but the series is classic, which will give yours a classic, but updated feel. Good luck on the series, Alyx. I've been known to read YA, even Robert Parker wrote one before he died.