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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


Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Mysterious World of a Romance Conference

I’ve decided to go to my first major writers’ conference. Yippee!
However, rather than picking Malice Domestic or Bouchercon or ThrillerFest or any of the other perfectly good mystery-related conferences out there, I’m going to a place most purveyors of this blog will think is a little strange. You ready?
Next week, I’m headed to the Romance Times Convention, aka RT, in New Orleans.
And before you start wondering if I’ve jumped the mystery ship for more lovey-dovey waters, I haven’t.
Sure, my books have some romance in them, though that’s never the actual aim of the story. Which makes me like 90 percent of the writers I know who are attending RT.
That’s right: of the people I know in real life or on Twitter or just in the writing community in general, I’d say three of them are actual romance writers. The rest are just like me: we do a nice romantic subplot. Kind of like the famous writer who I’m the most excited to see there: Lee Child.
Yes, Jack Reacher’s maker himself will be there, doing a few different events, and I’m super excited.
That said, I’m not attending RT to see Lee Child. In fact, I didn’t even know he was officially going until after I signed up. Rather, though I’m sure I’ll be excited for the conference proper and all the things to see and do and learn there, my main reason for going to RT is this: To meet some of the amazing people in the writing community I’ve gotten to “know” over the past few years.
There are several writers (20? 30? Maybe more?), I know, either in real life or online, who I’ll get to hang out with for a few days for a reason I love. I just can’t wait to meet these ladies, talk shop, and attend sessions together.
Sure, celebrities and parties with cover models sound cool and all, but to me, really, I’m in New Orleans to be in the same place as some of my very favorite writerly people. I’m sure many of you who have gone to Malice Domestic or Bouchercon or ThrillerFest have done the same for very similar reasons.
Have you gone to a writers’ conference? What was your favorite part?

P.S. I’d like to give a happy Mother’s Day shout out to my very awesome mom, who always demands to read what I’m working on, even though books with murder aren’t exactly her thing.


Jim Jackson said...

Have fun Sarah. My favorite part is meeting people I have only "known" online.

There are so many different kinds of writing conferences, of course. For those directed to writers, I always hope to glean some useful writing tips, and usually I do.

~ Jim

Gloria Alden said...

Sarah, quite a few members of my NEO Sinc chapter belong to Romance Writers and attend those conferences, too. I don't have the time or money to attend more than one, or once in a great while,two conferences, and Malice is my #1 choice. Enjoy your conference, Sarah. I've enjoyed almost every conference I've attended and learned something from them.

Polly Iyer said...

Though I had a great time at Malice, this convention would have suited me better since my series takes place in New Orleans. Hope you have a great time.

Shari Randall said...

I once lived in a place that had only one writers' group: the romance writers. Every meeting they'd raffle a basket loaded with wine, chocolate, and romantic, er, necessities. Malice was a ton of fun, but I think the romance writers, especially in NEW ORLEANS, will take it to another level.
Party stuff aside, they were just as serious about writing as any other group I've met, so I'm sure you'll meet lots of great people (my favorite part of conferences) and learn a lot (my other favorite part of conferences).

Kara Cerise said...

What a great location for a conference. I look forward to hearing all about it. Have fun, Sarah.

Warren Bull said...

It is cool to hang out with people who understand why someone would hesitate and wonder about the use of a semi-colon.

KM Rockwood said...

Have a great time! I love meeting people at conferences. And I love the "wow" factor of meeting authors whose work I have read and admire.

E. B. Davis said...

A busy Mother's Day, Sarah, forgive my late comment. So many conferences are about the same time every year. I think you'll love the conference. Do try to get to Malice one year. I think I'd benefit from a membership with RWA. My problem--too much email as it is!

Sarah Henning said...

Thanks, folks, I'll report back! I'm sure it'll be a great time, I'll learn lots, and meet some fabulous people (both known online or not!).