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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

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.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Friday, April 12, 2013

DNA event

DNA Event

On April 6 of this year I attended the Directions New Strategies and Applications literary festival sponsored by a Kansas City children’s bookshop, The reading reptile and supported by the Department of Education at Rockhurst University.  This year’s illustrators and authors, Peter Brown. Jack Gatos, Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen, Laura Amy Schlitz and Herve Tullet, spoke drew, showed slides and otherwise entertained an attentive adult audience for four hours.

The day before was kid’s day with field trips for 1st through 6th grade student to Rockhurst University for a 50-minute talk with two authors and special events at the Reading Reptile bookstore including a play, a reading and a book signing.

Since I already graduated from the sixth grade, I attended the yearly event for adults, which I have attended for the past five or six years. Each has been a celebration of children’s literature offering a rare chance to hear the voices behind the books.  The writers and illustrators have been multiple award winners with international reputations. 

Attending is fun.  Although I rarely write for children, I enjoy the energy and positive vibes of both the presenters and the audience, mostly librarians and teachers.  Each writer and illustrator shared the story of how he or she got published. The presenters come from a wide range of backgrounds including engineering, computer science technology, library science and teaching.  Their adventures and misadventures of trying to get started in the world of books would make fascination reading. 
The writers and illustrators are comfortable performing in front of an audience. The audience is warm and supportive.  The combination makes the event a pleasure to attend for the audience and for the presenters. 

This year Jon Klassen and Lemony Snicket AKA Daniel Handler made a presentation on their co-written book, The Dark, which t could have been a comedy sketch on late night television.  Laura Amy Schlitz danced to illustrate her talk. She said it took her six and one-half years to write a book that came to her conscious mind as a series of images rather than an idea. 

What writing events do you recommend?


Gloria Alden said...

I love children's literature and miss reading to children. Some of my more advanced students loved the Lemony Snicket books. I read the first one and liked it. I still have shelves and shelves of children's books - picture and chapter - that I can't bear to part with.

Dianna Morris said...

I love illustrated children's books. I have a small collection that I refuse to part with. Writing children's books must be like performing magic; lots of practice and hard work, the results look simple and effortless.