If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.


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

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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

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Location, Location, Location by June Shaw



 Where will you set your story? I think that’s one of the most important questions to decide when starting a series or stand-alone novel.
Many authors set their seedy works in large cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Orleans. More of the lighter stories take place in smaller communities. Some of these towns are fabricated, many times with humorous names given for light-hearted mysteries.
Authors most often seem to set their stories in settings they know. They have lived in those locales or worked in the professions they use. There are series set in zoos and national parks, newspapers and veterinary offices and almost any setting you can think of. So what did I do?
I wrote my humorous mystery series that features a spunky widow of a certain age who thinks she wants to avoid her hunky lover so she can rediscover herself. But he opens Cajun restaurants wherever she travels—and she is so bad at avoiding tempting dishes and men. I live near a lazy bayou in the heart of Cajun lands.
“Why didn’t you set your books down here?” a few readers from this area who enjoyed my books asked.
“Because I’m wise,” I replied, or something like that. You see I’m also of a certain age, and I like to travel. Whenever possible, I don’t mind getting to write off my trips because I am doing research. And I do keep my Cajun culture close by having my main character’s hunky dude with his tempting restaurants, where many scenes (and dishes and recipes) are included.            
For RELATIVE DANGER I enjoyed a research trip to Chicago. KILLER COUSINS takes place in one of my favorite places to visit, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Of course many of you can recognize the fantastic trip I needed to take for research for DEADLY REUNION. I’d taken many cruises, but that one to Alaska was wonderful. And the executive chef and ship’s doctor and many others aboard the ship provided answers to all of my questions. One of them even sent chilled champagne to my cabin—I guess for asking so many things about murders onboard!
Now I’ve decided to work on something different. I am into the first in a series that will take place down in this area I know so well. We’re all proud of where we live down here, and I want to show it off to more readers. I’ll let y’all know more about it when it’s farther along.
Now here’s my most recent novel, JUST ONE FRIEND a dystopian that one Amazon reviewer said is better than HUNGER GAMES. My teen granddaughters and I loved HG, they’re avid readers who’re loving sisters, and wanted to write a book with me. Here we are.
 After warfare destroyed most of the country, only one area remains where people can survive. Because of limited food and space, the leaders decreed that each person is allowed to have only one friend. A teenage girl believes things should be otherwise.
You can guess our book’s location. We really hope you’ll check it out! You can see more
about my other books on Amazon or my website. www.juneshaw.com.
How important do you believe location is to a book you read or write?
Thanks for allowing me to tell y’all about my work.                                           June Shaw   
June Shaw is serving her third term representing Louisiana on the board of Mystery Writers of America's Southwest Chapter and as the Published Author Liaison for Romance Writers of America's Southern Louisiana Chapter. She's written novels for Five Star, Harlequin, and Untreed Reads. Her essays have appeared in Southern Writers, The Writer, Mystery Readers Journal, and the Agatha-winning Writes of Passage.

4 comments:

KM Rockwood said...

What fun to place your books in various locations! A good (business expense) way to have to go visit them.

And it's wonderful that you collaborated with your granddaughters on a book.

Sounds like you have a lot happening in your life.

I'm going to have to look into your books.

Ramona said...

I think we hail from the same place, June, and you *are* wise. Home is fun. Traveling is more fun! I love that her suitor opens a restaurant wherever she goes. That sounds like love to me!

Grace Topping said...

Hi, June -- Thanks for coming to WWK. It sounds like you have discovered the most important thing about writing--doing it because you enjoy it. We certainly can tell from the smiles on the photo of you and your family. Enjoy.

Gloria Alden said...


Welcome to WWK, June. I write because I love it, too, and I placed my series in the area where I've lived all my life and my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents before me. Of course, I created a fictional small town out of all the small towns in my area.