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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


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


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When Arts Collide, by Carla Damron

As part of the One Book, One Community project here in Columbia, SC, several events have been scheduled that involve other forms of art. Last Thursday, which was the launch for The Stone Necklace, I heard two songwriters perform a piece they wrote about a scene in my novel. It was quite remarkable.

The scene they chose wasn’t a major plot point. It wasn’t the car crash or the hospitalization of the teenage girl. It was a small scene, in a church, when Sandy, a recovering nurse, attends a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Sandy doesn’t want to be there. She doesn’t want to be among addicts. She struggles to accept that she is one. But she must attend, or she may lose her job and her nursing license.  We sit with her in that meeting, experiencing it as she does. Feeling what she feels. It’s a step—a small one, but a step—in her recovery.

Why did this appeal to the songwriters? I don’t know, but Todd Mathis and Cully Salehi’s song, “Somewhere Else,” is a powerful testament about life in recovery. They “get” Sandy. And listening to this remarkable music warmed me. I felt like I had shared a character in a way I’ve never done before. What an honor.

The next event is this Thursday at Tapp’s in downtown Columbia. Off Page: Artists Respond to the Stone Necklace will feature works by several photographers. The exhibit opens at 6 PM with a panel discussion at 7. I cannot wait to see these works and to talk with these talented artists. What did they see that maybe I didn’t?  

The third “artist’s response” will be an evening of Improvisational Theatre inspired by my novel. The multi-talented Vicky Saye Henderson, who also narrated the audiobook, will lead this participatory event. I’m excited to imagine how this might unfold, though honestly, I hope it unfolds without me being on stage!

The arts are colliding in Columbia, SC. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of it.

Have you had an experience like this with one of your writing projects?  


Jim Jackson said...

Carla -- your experiences are totally out of the realm of my experiences. So, I clap from the sidelines and watch and (hopefully) learn.

~ Jim

Julie Tollefson said...

What a great story. I would have been overwhelmed--and probably weepy.

For the last couple years, a local magazine has partnered with other organizations to kind of bring magazine stories to life. So when I wrote a feature about local comic book creators, the magazine and the public library hosted an evening where folks in the community could come meet the writer and the artist profiled in my piece and hear how they work together to create comic books. And this past summer, the magazine commissioned a song to commemorate the return of 17-year cicadas. Fun, creative ways to draw people in and create a little publicity for the mag.

Savor the rest of your One Book, One Community events!

Warren Bull said...

Wow! I would love to have that experience. Way to go.

carla said...

Julie that sounds great! Would love to hear the cicada song.
Jim and Warren, I know how lucky I am. I wish every writer could experience this. Seeing my chapters on the newspaper website is especially exciting--I attribute it to some very creative editors and community supporters willing to take a risk.

Gloria Alden said...

This is so totally awesome, Carla. I can't wait until my copy of your book that I ordered comes in the mail. I loved your Caleb Knowles' series, and I think this will be as good or even better.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Yeah, Carla! This experience is so well deserved. It's a tribute to your writing that it can inspire creative work from other artists. How wonderful that you are able to see their efforts as your novel is released. Way to go and may the celebration continue!

Kait said...

Carla, what a wonderful post and what a wonderful concept and way to bring life to the One Book, One Community project. All of the arts are (or should be) interconnected, each giving inspiration to the other. Wish I was closer, I'd love to witness these events. Congratulations.

Shari Randall said...

Like Kait said, I wish I was closer so I could take part in these events. How wonderful that your book has inspired these other artists. So cool! I am so happy for you!

carla said...

Wish y'all were closer, too! Oh, the trouble we'd get into.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

very exciting! congratulations

KM Rockwood said...

Carla, what a wonderful set of experiences you're having! We're all cheering for you, and wish you maximum exposure (and sales) for your book.