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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.
“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 bepublished. 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'sshort 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.
James M. Jackson's4th 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.
Last night I had the nicest surprise in my inbox – the
galley of the latest anthology by the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Homicidal Holidays contains my
new short story, “Disco Donna.” Happy dance! And I should mention it also has
a new story from our own E. B. Davis! Publication is set for this fall.
In “Disco Donna,” three very modern teenage girls stumble
upon proof of their town’s most famous urban legend. Disco Donna was the 80’s
girl too hot to care about her bad reputation. Donna was murdered on Halloween
night, left in her bed clasping a single red rose. Her killer was never found
and theories of the murderer’s identity are still whispered in the town’s
cafés, shops, and high school hallways.
It was great fun to create my own urban legend and even more
fun to work with the talented authors who shared their expertise and time to
take my story from rough draft to less-rough draft, sharpening plot twists,
highlighting characters, and omitting needless words. We discussed techniques
for breaking and entering, ink colors, and the best ways to hide things you
don’t want your parents to find. When my drafts came back heavily tattooed with
editorial marks, my heart fell, but each suggestion helped me tighten and
improve the work.
Now the story is a galley. To sailors, the galley is a
kitchen. To lovers of B movies, a galley is a Ben Hur style long boat powered
by men chained to oars. In publishing, the galley, or “galley proof” is the mock
up of the book, the penultimate step before it goes to be printed. It’s the
last chance. The galley is the dress rehearsal of the publishing process. All
the writing and rewriting and editing and polishing have taken place and now
we’re looking for typos. It’s done. Don’t get any ideas, the editorial
coordinator warned me. (OK, Barb!) It’s too late for changes, unless they are
So I am thrilled and a bit afraid to review my story. What
if I do find that huge mistake? What if’s make for good story ideas, but also
for a bad night’s sleep. But then I remember the great advice and help I have
received from my Sisters in Crime editors. Thank you Marcia, Donna, and Barb!
Without your help, I wouldn’t have slept as well last night.
How did you feel when you first saw your work in galley