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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 be published. 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's short 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's 4th 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.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Next Epic Thing

We often talk on this blog about TV shows adapted from books and what they can teach us about writing. And I couldn’t resist talking about the latest book-turned-sure-to-be-huge show.

This month, Starz debuted its answer to the Game of Thrones juggernaut over on HBO: Outlander. Based on the eight-book series by Diana Gabaldon, this show is supposed to be just as sprawlingly dramatic and addictive.

It’s a historical romance wrapped in time-travel in which Claire, a former WWII nurse, goes on a second honeymoon to Scotland in an effort to rebuild a marriage torn apart by war. But right in the middle of all that, she’s transported back in time from 1946 to 1743. There, she not only meets one of her husband’s direct descendants (and he happens to look a lot like him only with long hair and a telltale red coat), but she also ends up falling in with his descendant’s mortal enemies: rebel Scots. One of these Scots is Jamie Fraser, a man with whom she has an undeniable connection.

Cue a love triangle of epic proportions.

Interestingly (but not surprisingly), the original book, Outlander, debuted on Apple’s iBooks bestseller list this week, despite the fact that it was published first in 1991. A similar bump happened for George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice when Game of Thrones debuted on HBO a few years ago.

Honestly, I totally forced my husband to sign us up for Starz just so I could watch the show. I do own the first book—thanks to the suggestion of a few of my critique partners—but haven’t finished it. Still, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Now, a few episodes in, I can’t imagine I won’t both watch the show and read the books. Good for me, great for Gabaldon, great for Starz.

What do you think of this trend of taking book series with huge followings and turning them into expensive, beautiful TV shows? Good for the books? Bad for the books? Middle of the road?


James Montgomery Jackson said...

Obviously, there is a big bump in book sales, which means someone is reading books. Perhaps these shows bring in a few new book readers, which would be good. Otherwise it’s just a question of whose books are read. Hitting the lottery and having a smash hit both require that you (1) play and (2) be lucky.

~ Jim

Gloria Alden said...

I would imagine it would be good for the authors with more people wanting to read their books. I watch little TV, but have loved the mysteries on PBS that were based on Colin Dexter's books, and plan on getting his books featuring Lewis and Hathaway as well as some others. I think the books are always richer than the movies or TV shows.

KM Rockwood said...

I see it all as part of the same, exposing people to characters and stories in a different media.

It's all good.

Warren Bull said...

I think it supports authors and has to be better than re-making a classic movie which does not need re-making.

Kara Cerise said...

Thank you for the timely reminder about Outlander on Starz, Sarah.

I like the trend of making expensive television shows (especially historicals) based on books. I think it's good for everyone.

Sarah Henning said...

Yay for all the good things!