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April Interviews

4/1 Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
4/8 John Gaspard
4/15 Art Taylor, The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74
4/22 Maggie Toussaint, Seas the Day
4/29 Grace Topping, Staging Wars

Saturday Guest Bloggers
4/4 Sasscer Hill
4/18 Jackie Green

WWK Bloggers:
4/11 Paula Gail Benson
4/25 Kait Carson


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.

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!


Sunday, January 17, 2016


Risk - spontaneity - strength

I’m thrilled to join Writers Who Kill and be part of this terrific community. I can’t wait to get to know all of you better.

For my first post, it seems appropriate to talk about beginnings and a concept that to me is inescapably related: risk. Now I used to be about as risk-averse as they come, but a few years back, instead of drafting a list of New Year’s resolutions, I decided to try something new. I adopted “risk” as my “word of the year,” a guiding concept for stretching beyond my comfort zone. (Sound familiar? In her last post two weeks ago, Sarah talked about focusing on words instead of resolutions, too.)

I wrote the word in all caps on a sticky note and posted it on my computer, where I could see it every day and remind myself that sometimes, a little risk can be a good thing.

A couple of months later, the Guppy chapter of Sisters in Crime announced that submissions were open for its second anthology of short stories. Ah-ha! An opportunity to put risk to work for me. I drafted my first short story ever but wavered as the deadline for submissions crept closer. I fiddled with the story and revised and had many second thoughts. But that sticky note on my computer was a constant reminder. A nag, really. It was my year of risk, after all. So I took a deep breath, hit send, and “Keeping Up Appearances” was one of 22 stories accepted for publication in Fish Nets: The Second Guppy Anthology. Woo-hoo for taking risks!

Since then, I’ve adopted a “word of the year” two more times. Instead of replacing the previous year’s word, I added to it. And those three words have been my companions and my inspiration for several years. I have three sticky notes on my computer now:
  • RISK: Take a chance, stretch, look for new experiences and new challenges.
  • SPONTANEITY: Be open to unexpected opportunities, surprise twists, and joyful distractions.
  • STRENGTH: Be steadfast in pursuit of dreams and desires.
Flash and Bang anthology coverAnd in the three years (almost) since Fish Nets was published, I’ve had two stories accepted for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (AHMM) and another for Flash and Bang, the first anthology from members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. In fact, my latest story will be in the March issue of AHMM, on sale this week.

Along the way, I’ve become more comfortable with taking risks. Not every risk pays off, and sometimes spontaneity takes a back seat to practicality. But I like to think of each risk as a beginning, full of wondrous possibilities, and that inspires me to keep taking them.

So cheers to 2016, risks, and beginnings! What risks or beginnings do you look forward to this year?

(I’ll be here every other Sunday. You can also find me on Twitter, @jtollefson, or at my website, http://julietollefson.com.)


Jim Jackson said...

Welcome to WWK, Julie. I am delighted to be alternating Sundays with you. I love the concept you and Sarah have applied to using words, and you have chosen three good ones.

I’m looking forward to learning more of you, your writing, and your wisdom.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

Applying those words to your writing says it all. You've had terrific results. It's an inspiration. Welcome to WWK. I couldn't be happier you joined us!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Risk-spontaneity-strength, on the cover of my writing notebook. The sticky note on my laptop says "garbage night, expose pipes" because we're headed back into single digit temps.

Kait said...

Welcome to WWK, Julie. What an inspiring post. May I adopt your code? Sounds like the perfect combination!

Julie Tollefson said...

Jim - Thank you! I"m looking forward to getting to know all my WWK blog buddies better too!

EB - I'm so glad you all invited me to part of WWK. Thank you!

Margaret - It's turned brutally cold here today, too. You'll find me and my laptop beside the fireplace, probably until temps rise above freezing. :)

Kait - Of course! I hope it works as well for you as it has for me. Thank you!

Sarah Henning said...

Yay, Julie! I'm so glad you've joined. You're going to have an awesome 2016, full of incredible words!

Warren Bull said...

Welcome to WWK. I'm glad you joined us.

Nancy P said...

So proud of you. You're in AHMM this week?! Hooray! Thanks for the heads-up!

KM Rockwood said...

We're so glad to welcome you to WWK, Julie! Sounds like you're going to be an inspiration for all of us!

Congrats on the AHMM placement. That's a real feather in your cap.

Julie Tollefson said...

Sarah - Thanks! I'll do my best to fill the void you've left. Here's to awesome words in 2016!

Nancy - I am, with a story inspired by layoffs in the newspaper industry! It's good to see you here!

Thanks, Warren and KM!

(I may have used my entire quota of !!! for 2016 here today, but I'm just so excited to be part of WWK!)

Gloria Alden said...

Julie, it's so nice to have you here with us. I liked this blog and look forward to reading more by you. Congratulations on getting a story into Alfred Hitchcock. It's hard to get accepted by that magazine.