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August Interview Schedule
8/7 Rhys Bowen Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
8/14 Heather Gilbert Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass
8/21 Lynn Chandler Willis Tell Me No Secrets
8/28 Cynthia Kuhn The Subject of Malice
8/31 Bernard Schaffer An Unsettled Grave

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 8/3 M. S. Spencer, 8/10 Zaida Alfaro

WWK Satuday Bloggers: 8/24 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology will be released on June 18th.

Congratulations to Margaret S. Hamilton for being a finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier contest. Margaret competes in the Unpublished/Mainstream mystery/suspense category.

Congratulations to Shari Randall for WINNING the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Curses, Boiled Again was published by St. Martin's last year. Read the interview about the book here. Yay, Shari!

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files

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

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.

James M. Jackson extends the Seamus McCree series with the May 25th publication of #6, False Bottom.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

South Carolina Book Festival 2015

In the Lerner and Lowe musical Camelot, Guenevere and the ensemble sing about “The Lusty Month of May.”
Julie Andrews in Camelot
In my book, May has become “the literary month” with Malice Domestic at the beginning, the South Carolina Book Festival in the middle, and Charleston, S.C.’s Spoleto Festival at the end.

John Betancourt, PGB, and Carla Coupe
Much has already been written about this year’s Malice including the WWK report (expertly compiled by Gloria Alden), but I would be remiss not to mention one additional Malice moment that had special significance for me. Wildside Press debuted the third Guppy anthology with twenty-two stories, including mine. I happened to be the only Fish or Cut Bait author at Malice. Publishers John Betancourt and Carla Coupe treated me royally, posing with me for a picture in the dealers’ room. Lovely Dorothy Cannell, author of the Thin Woman series, saw us and asked about the volume. She requested that a copy be held for her until she could return from her panel. She promised to read it and then donate it to her library, to introduce the anthology’s authors to more readers. What an absolutely thrilling moment!

This past Friday at the South Carolina Book Festival, I conducted a dialogue workshop, based on the principles I’d learned in preparing to teach a Guppy online course and make a presentation to my local SinC Palmetto Chapter. The class was enthusiastic and we had a great exchange of ideas. I also attended my friend James O. Born’s class on the Basics of Writing a Novel.

Saturday at the Festival was a whirlwind. I started the day moderating back-to-back programs.
Jamie Mason, Jenny Milchman, PGB, Lori Rader-Day, James O. Born
The KILLER THRILLERS featured James O. Born (who has recently co-authored Border War with Lou Dobbs and was debuting a new series with Scent of Murder, which provides a realistic view of police K-9s), Jamie Mason (whose first novel Three Graves Full has been called “ripping good” and whose second, Monday’s Lie, is characterized as delivering more of the “Hitchcockian menace”), Jenny Milchman (who won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark award for her first novel Cover of Snow) and Lori Rader-Day (whose first novel, The Black Hour, has been nominated for an Anthony award).
Reba White Williams, Sandra Brannan, PGB, C.J. Lyons, and Amanda Kyle Williams
The CRIME AND PUZZLEMENT panel had Sandra Brannan (whose brilliant Liv Bergen mystery thrillers have been described by Library Journal as “good and scary”), C.J. Lyons (the NY Times and USA Today best-selling author of 29 novels, including one co-authored with Erin Brokovich), Amanda Kyle Williams (whose Keye Street has been called “the best fictional female PI since Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone”), and Reba White Williams (whose protagonist in Bloody Royal Prints finds that a fellowship at the Art Museum of Great Britain leads to royal intrigue when a friend is accused of murder).

What an incredible privilege it was to listen to these giant talents discuss their work and creative drive.
Jenny Milchman, Sasscer Hill, and Suze Maze
Cathy Pickens, Raegan Teller, and C. Hope Clark
Midday on Saturday, the new Palmetto Chapter of SinC gathered at a restaurant across from the convention center and had a leisurely meet-and-greet with the authors from the two panels. Jenny Milchman was kind enough to let us give away an ARC of her latest novel, which went to Maxine Henry, writer and librarian, who was celebrating her first submitted short story. Also attending the chapter meeting was former SinC National President Cathy Pickens.
Palmetto Chapter Meet-and-Greet the Authors Lunch

Cathy Pickens' 9 to 99 Panel
On Sunday, Cathy Pickens moderated two fascinating panels, one with authors Jaye Robin Brown, Catherine McKenzie, and husband and wife writing team John Parke Davis and Carrie Ryan whose work would satisfy readers from 9 to 99, and the other featuring humorous Southern writers Olivia deBelle Byrd, Jeremy Hawkins, and Harrison Scott Key.

Each year, I’m tremendously grateful for the opportunity to meet new authors and become reacquainted with writer friends. What conferences and festivals have you attended? In which month(s) do they occur?


Gloria Alden said...

What a great month May has been for you, Paula. If I had known the latest Guppy Anthology was out, I would have bought it at Malice, which if I'd been keeping up with the huge amount of Guppy Digests that have been flooding my inbox, I would have known. It all sounds like a wonderful month for you. Except for Malice, my May has mostly been spent at home enjoying my morning walks in the woods and my gardens following the progression of blooming plants, shrubs and trees, and unfortunately the burgeoning weeds and mowing grass that is on steroids.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Jan and I thoroughly enjoyed our appearance at the South Carolina Book Festival a couple of years ago. This year we were in the midst of a long road trip.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

Many of the authors you mentioned, I have never heard of or read. I must add some of them to my TBR pile. I wonder if the afterlife will extend my reading time. Glad you participated in the conference, but more important, you had fun! Thanks for the report, Paula.

KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like you had a great month! I was at Malice, and loved being there.

My favorite local conference is Murder as You Like It, a one-day event in Mechanicsburg, PA (just south of Harrisburg.) It's organized by the dedicated staff of an independent bookstore. This year, it will be held on Sept. 26th.

Here's the link for anyone who might be interested.


Warren Bull said...

Thanks for the information. It sounds like you had a great time. I have enjoyed Left Coast Crime, Killer Nashville, Murder on the Menu and Murder in the Magic City. The Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave gave wonderful support when I first started to write.

Sasscer Hill said...

For a first time event, the Palmetto Chapter of SinC luncheon was a huge success, and I look forward to attending again next year! I was also glad to see the Festival included so many mystery and thriller writers. Go South Carolina!

Shari Randall said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Allow me a fangirl moment - Dorothy Cannell bought your book! Wow! Her Thin Woman series is one of my favorites.
Are you going to Bouchercon?

Kara Cerise said...

Your literary month sounds terrific, Paula. How exciting that Dorothy Cannell asked for an anthology! She is so talented. The Thin Woman series is one of my favorites too.

Hope Clark said...

Paula- Yes indeed the Palmetto Chapter of SinC knocked their first annual SC Book Festival lunch out of the park! Great crew in attendance, just chatting about writing mysteries. Doesn't get any better than that! Thanks for spearheading that luncheon. You're awesome.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

So fabulous! And what a terrific line-up of authors!

See you at Bouchercon?

Paula Gail Benson said...

Gloria, Fish or Cut Bait came out in April and we are still celebrating. Hope you have a chance to check it out!

Jim, it would be great to have you back at the festival.

E.B., it was a wonderful line up and we had standing room only for both sessions (a total of 2500 people attending the festival that day!)

KM, Murder as You Like It sounds wonderful.

Warren, someday I hope to attend Left Coast Crime.

Sasscer, our fabulous Palmetto Chapter VP, it was great to have you there!

Shari and Kara, tell me about it! I told Ms. Cannell, "You made my day," and she answered, "No, you made mine." How can anyone be more gracious? What a truly wonderful person she is. I understand why her agent Meg Ruley established a scholarship to come to Malice in Dorothy Cannell's honor.

Hope, thank you. You're awesome, too. Thanks for being there.

Hank! Thank you for posting! Yes, definitely I will be at Bouchercon and looking to see you there. Next year, we need you at the SC Book Festival. Believe me, I told plenty of people that this past weekend!