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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 bepublished. 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'sshort 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's4th 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.
Anyone who has read one of my books
knows my characters are into exercise. Both Catherine and Hayden are runners.
Hayden scuba dives. Exercise, and those specific sports, is perhaps the one and
only trait we share. Oh, I admit, I tried to make them more like me. Well,
Catherine at least, she was the first series character I wrote. Hayden, let’s
just say I knew better. Characters are organic. They grow and change at their
own rate, and the person on the other end of the keyboard has very little to do
with it. A lot like children, I’m told.
Both Hayden and Catherine use
running as a means of clearing their heads, thinking things through, solving
mysteries and crimes. They are active runners. They think and puzzle as they
go. Me, not so much. Someone once asked me what I think about when I run. I had
to think about the answer. In reality, until recently, I ran and emptied my
mind. Kind of a physical meditation. Yet at the end of the run, I would find
the answer to some thorny problem. The phenomena fascinated me. To become full,
you must first be empty. Sounds like the Dalai Lama, who is a great man, but
probably not a runner. I’ve used the technique to solve problems of plot, character,
and closer to home, personal stuff. It never failed.
Every runner knows the hardest part
of running is lacing up your sneakers. Once that is done, you are going. Until
that is done, there are days when you dread the exercise. Since spring, I’ve noticed
that my times have lagged. My usual three to five mile run was taking longer,
and I was dreading it more. When my husband asked me what I wanted for my
birthday, I quickly responded iPod® Shuffle. This little one-inch square will
hold up to a gigabyte of tunes and it fits in the key pocket of my running
shorts. Best of all, it is available in Hayden blue.
Husband, being the well-trained chap
he is, immediately ordered one for me. On delivery day, I downloaded a running
album (a combination of songs like Footloose done to a disco beat), the theme
from Top Gun, and Wipeout (for those of you who remember Wipeout, tell me your
toes aren’t tapping right now). My first run, my times were cut in half. Same
for the second. It took me until the third run to figure this out. The songs
were filling my head. I was becoming the songs, losing myself in the lyrics,
moving in time to the beat, and free-associating from lyrics to stories.
Completely different experience. What was filling my head was coming out in storylines.
A snatch of a lyric would become a scene. But I was no longer getting answers
to problems. My running time became fully creative.
I’ve been toying with the mix of
music and silence for the past few weeks, and I’ve discovered how to best
balance the exercise level I crave with the creative result I need. My big
question now is do I introduce Catherine or Hayden to musical runs. What would
the beat bring out in them? Time will tell. In the meantime, I’ll keep running
for my life.
What about you? Do you crave silence
in your workouts, or do you want the background filled. Does it make a
difference to how you feel?