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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied

Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson


E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Expecting by Carla Damron

I have never had children. I have had multiple pets, and I love them like family, but that’s not the same as giving birth, changing diapers, watching them go off to school, etc. Many of my peers have become grandmothers and I find myself having grandchild envy. I dote on nieces and nephews and godchildren, but it’s not the same.

So I’ve never been pregnant. Yet right now, I feel like I’m expecting.

This week I received a contract from a literary publishing company. My upmarket women’s fiction manuscript, THE STONE NECKLACE, has been accepted by Story River Books, an imprint of the USC Press. The editor in chief? Pat Conroy. 

I am thrilled.  While I love mysteries, and will continue to write them, I wanted to cross genres. Literary fiction is HARD. This 110,000-word tome took several years to write, revise, revise again, and yet again… you get my drift. The multiple story lines had to be interesting and fresh. The narrative required more attention; word choice, sentence structure, descriptive devices were all carefully scrutinized by me and umpteen critiquers/editors. And yes, I have one more revision to go.

Writing this novel has changed my approach to my work in mysteries. I don’t let myself get lazy.  I must reject canned metaphors, monotonous sentence rhythms, and cliché characters. The process takes longer than it used to and I was never a fast writer, but I’m more satisfied, eventually, with the results. 

Will I try another literary project? Yes, but maybe not for a while.  I need to recover from this project first, and I have a mystery in the works I’m anxious to complete.  

My pregnancy will be a long one. After Story River Books gets my final revision, they will have work to do. The novel isn’t scheduled for release until Spring of 2016; that’s eighteen months before delivery!

I can’t wait, but I will. I’ll savor every month of the process: the cravings, the lost sleep, the excitement, and, ultimately, the birth.  Then I’ll hold my baby and show it off to the world! And pray the reviewers love it as much as I do.

What’s it like when you’re expecting? 


Paula Gail Benson said...

Congratulations, Carla! You deserve every moment of success with your little one. I know you will watch proudly when others discover and rave about your wonderful work. Just keep its siblings coming..

Jacqueline Seewald said...


What a great achievement! Congrats and best wishes for your continued success.

Polly Iyer said...

How wonderful, Carla. That's a major accomplishment. Having a grandchild is much easier because someone else does all the work. Writing a 110K work of literary fiction is much harder, with a longer gestation period. Best to you.

carla said...

Thanks, y'all! And yes, hoping for several siblings. With perhaps a shorter gestation period.

Susan M. Boyer said...

Fabulous, Carla! Huge congrats!

Jim Jackson said...

Carla – that is such exciting news. Congratulations and then some. So, you can consider this an “Irish twins” pregnancy or perhaps that of an Orca whale. The one good thing is that you have so much time to prepare for the birth (although it will probably feel like too short a time.)

~ Jim

Shari Randall said...

Carla, such wonderful news! Congratulations! I hope you will share with us every step of your publication journey.

Gloria Alden said...

Carla, that is so awesome. And actually much better than a pregnancy with all those diapers to change, sleepless nights colic, etc. with an actual baby. :-) And Pat Conroy as the editor! I can't wait to read your book since I like literary fiction, too. Mega congratulations to someone whose writing I enjoy enough to know a great book is in the future for me to read.

Warren Bull said...

Congratulations! I think a large part of being a writer is waiting. i have two manuscripts in with editors/agents. I'm expecting...a long wait.

carla said...

Good luck, Warren. And thanks to all of you for your support!

E. B. Davis said...

I'm so happy for you, Carla. A terrific achievement. Give yourself a treat. You deserve it.

I love your mystery series though so I hope you continue it as well. And I hope you blog about your experience working with Pat Conroy--please!

Kara Cerise said...

Congratulations, Carla! What a wonderful achievement. I hope to hear much more about THE STONE NECKLACE and your publication journey.

KM Rockwood said...

Congratulations! It's nice to see all your hard work is paying off!

Let us know how this baby develops, and keep us up on any new siblings!

Harriet Cooper said...

Congratulations. It may be a long labour, but I'm sure you'll be thrilled with the results.

Gotta go. I think I have a murder on my hands. Iggy is trying to kill one of the other cats. Oh well.