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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

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.

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


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Why I Write Poetry

Today's Salad Bowl Saturdays guest blogger contacted me when we at WWK first solicited guest bloggers. John Brantingham's blog offers a different perspective from most of our bloggers: besides writing fiction, he writes poetry. Not only that, but in my research about John for this paragraph I discovered that last month he became a bone marrow transplant donor. In addition to any questions you might have about his current book, Mann of War, you might ask about his donor experience.

~ Jim

I started out my professional life as a fiction writer, and that’s how I’ve always thought of myself. This statement always surprises people. I am much more well-known as a poet.

Why am I more well-known as a poet? Publishing poetry is easier than publishing fiction. I don’t think my poet friends like to hear that, but it’s true. With open mics all over the country and feature readings as well, it’s also a lot easier to get your name out there as a poet.

That’s a nice fringe benefit, but it’s not why I write poetry.

I write poetry because I love to write poetry. That’s truly the only reason anyone should do it for a long time, and I’ve been doing it now for more than twenty years. I think, though, that every fiction writer should learn how to write poetry and should practice it at least a little for the same reason that all writers should learn the rules of grammar. Learning to write poetry gives a writer control over sentence and style, and I’d go farther. Writers should learn to write formal poetry.

I had the same problem a lot of writers have when they begin. My sentences rambled with interesting sounding but empty phrases. Sadly, I often still have that problem, but I’ve gotten much better because I write formal poetry.

I can’t ramble when I write a sonnet. Every syllable counts. Connotation matters. Denotation matters. Sound matters. Syllable intensity matters. Word history matters. The habits I foster to write poetry don’t disappear when I turn to prose. Those habits are a part of me now, and I don’t forget them any more than a baseball player forgets muscle memory.

I’m a great believer in formal education. I’m a community college professor and have seen the way that education changes people’s lives, but I am a completely self-taught poet. Learning to write poetry taught me more about fiction than several degrees and years studying fiction ever did.


John Brantingham is the author of Mann of War (Oak Tree Press) among others. He teaches at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, and his blog can be found at johnbrantingham.blogspot.com.


Jim Jackson said...


Thanks for joining us on Salad Bowl Saturday. It's been years since I wrote poetry, but I found Flash Fiction had a similar salubrious effect for me. It forced me to consider the importance of each and every word -- sometime difficult to keep in mind with a novel of 90,000 words.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I agree with Jim. Testing your ability to use the fewest words is a good exercise for any writer.

So--did donating bone marrow hurt? Can't imagine it didn't. I hope the outcome for the recipient was positive.

Thanks for blogging with us.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Thank you for your insight. I appreciate your words about supporting formal education and using structure to enhance your writing capabilities. Like E.B., I would like to hear about your donor experience. Again, thanks,

Gloria Alden said...

John, I also write poetry. In fact, I started writing it before I turned to books and short stories. I still write poetry, and agree it is easier to get a poem published than a book or short story. I've never tried sonnets, although I enjoy sonnets by Shakespeare and other poets. Maybe I should try my hand at writing one. It would be a good challenge.

California Imagism Gallery said...

Hi Everyone,

The bone marrow thing wasn't too bad at all. Everyone should do it! I was a little sick for a week and that was about it. I still did my work everyday except for the actual donation day.

Thank you so much for including me on such a wonderful site!

California Imagism Gallery said...

The sonnet thing isn't difficult at all. You just have to approach it with a different set of expectations. Rather than starting off knowing what you're going to say, you have to allow the form to draw the ideas out of you.