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

Our July author interviews: Ellen Byerrum (7/5), Day of the Dark anthology authors (7/12 and 7/19), and Nancy Cole Silverman (7/26).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in July: 7/1--Fran Stewart, and 7/8--Nancy Cole Silverman. WWK Saturday bloggers write on 7/15--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/22--Kait Carson, and 7/29--E. B. Davis.


“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 be published. 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's short 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.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

James M. Jackson's 4th 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.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Discovered on WWK

by Shari Randall

Bloggers, do you ever wonder who reads your blogs? And more than that, do you wonder if your blogs make a difference? Sure, you can check your stats. Readers may share a comment. But sometimes I wonder, as the song goes, is there anybody out there?

Yes, there is!

Last week I received a heartwarming email from Diana Belchase. Diana is an award-winning romance writer - currently nominated for another RWA Golden Heart Award - who has done a fascinating series of author interviews on YouTube. I interviewed her on Writers Who Kill last year. This is what Diana wrote to me and all I can say is, what a difference a year makes.

"A Hollywood legend has it that a movie director discovered Lana Turner as she sat, drinking a milkshake, at Schwab’s drug store. I knew how she must have felt when a local TV executive read the Writers Who Kill blog and said, 'Why aren’t you shooting these interviews for us?'"

As Diana wrote: Wow!

Diana went from a one-woman YouTube show to leader of a fourteen-person team producing BookSmart, a television show that focuses on authors, readers, and the world of fiction. BookSmart will be available in the Washington, DC Metro area and online. Her station is in negotiations to expand BookSmart's reach into markets across the US and Canada.

There are three best parts to Diana's news.

One, there will be a show focusing on, as Diana says "everything fiction readers crave": author interviews and book news in every genre from romance and thrillers, to nonfiction and graphic novels. BookSmart will cover everything that connects books and readers. Diana’s latest interviews featured Jude Deveraux, Steve Berry, Jayne Ann Krentz, Sabrina Jeffries, Brad Meltzer, Heather Graham, Jon Land, Charlaine Harris, and so many others, including the last video interview with the late Jo Beverley. You can see her interview with Harlan Coben here.

The second is that Diana took on this new challenge, despite, she admits, her fears: Could she pull it off? Could she do all the classes to get certified in this highly technical field? Could she take that leap into the unknown? I'm happy to report that not only did she make the leap, Diana also conquered green screens and is certified as a studio tech, editor, and producer. Inspiration for us all.

The third? I'm thrilled that Writers Who Kill was the Schwab's soda fountain where Diana was discovered. Milkshakes for everyone!

Did you ever get surprising news about a blog you wrote?

Here's Diana's Bio: Diana Belchase grew up dreaming of castles, damsels in distress, and the gallant princes who rescued them -- except sometimes it was the damsels who did the rescuing. ;-) She loves action, women who take charge, and the men who tame them. In her spare time, Diana blogs about her life in Washington, D.C. and interviews authors for her TV show, BookSmart. She lives in farm-country, just over the D.C. border, with her own perfect prince of a husband, where her nearest neighbors are cows, a flock of lambs, and wild roosters that nest in the trees. She has recently become fluent in the local dialect of moo.
 
Last year Diana was a triple nominee for the Daphne du Maurier award.  The first book in her Born to Spy series, The Spy in the Mirror, won the Golden Heart in 2011. Escape from the Harem, a sequel to The Spy in the Mirror, is a finalist for this year’s Golden Heart award. Here’s a taste:
 
Sent on a cruise ship as bait for a ring of kidnappers, Trina Bianchi has been guaranteed the trackers in her clothing, and the team of operatives following her, will keep her safe. When the mission goes haywire, she ends up abducted for real – imprisoned in a Sultan’s harem along with seven other American women. Armed with nothing more deadly than a steak knife, Trina must rescue her fellow captives. But when she makes the ultimate sacrifice, only her boyfriend, billionaire Preston Grahame, can save her and help her bring a terrorist to his knees. 
 
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24 comments:

Kait said...

This is such an exciting post! Congratulations Diana.

I've had some amazing retweets of blogs and some fun discussions with other authors, but nothing like this has ever happened. Well done and well deserved.

Jim Jackson said...

You just never know. I’ve had people tell me years after a blog that they had found something particularly interesting, or useful. Who knew until they told me in person? And I admit to reading and appreciating more blogs than I comment on.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

What an incredible experience--and I am glad to know that blogs can make a difference. Congratulations, Diana. I haven't seen your show, but I will look it up on the Internet.

Diana Belchase said...

Thanks so much for posting this update, Shari! I'm thrilled to be here again and grateful for you being the catalyst for all this. You're a doll!

Diana Belchase said...

E.B. Davis, we're on hiatus right now putting together a new lineup. But if you follow BookSmartTV.com, you'll see our TV schedule and, once we're free of contractual limitations with the studio, our shows will also be posted there, too. :-)

Diana Belchase said...

Kait, I once had someone in India really like my tag line, but almost nothing else on Twitter. This was such a shock! Thanks for being here.

Diana Belchase said...

Jim, you're right. Sometimes it is about putting down all your info, or dealing with comment mechanisms that seem to want your life's blood and take too long, or having nothing new to add. It is hard to comment, but I really appreciate that you did so here. Aside from this my best experience was when someone came up to me and said they were my fan. It was a heady experience I'll never forget.

Shari Randall said...

Just so happy to play a part is this exciting development, Diana! It is amazing how far the Internet can carry our words, isn't it? How fun that you have a fan in India. A reader in Denmark once asked to repost one of my blogs. That still makes me smile.

Warren Bull said...

You never know. After one blog, I found I had readers as far away as Japan.

vicki batman said...

Waving at Diana, a fellow sister. So happy about your show. Hugs!

Grace Topping said...

Diana/Shari -- It goes to show you that we never know where a little path will lead. Congratulations, Diana. I'm looking forward to following your program.

Carla Damron said...

So cool, Shari!!!

Julie Tollefson said...

What a great story - congratulations Diana! And thanks Shari for posting the update!

Paula Gail Benson said...

Shari, this is wonderful, both for you and Diana. Congratulations and continuing good wishes!

Margaret Turkevich said...

very exciting! keep us posted on WWK

KM Rockwood said...

What a great story!

To quote Seneca, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

The opportunity arose, and you were prepared to move forward with it.

Gwen Hernandez said...

Love this story, Diana! So excited for you. :-)

Diana Belchase said...

Thank you for the good wishes everyone!

Sarah Andre said...

Thrilled at your astonishing professional growth, Diana, and there's nothing but blue skies (and soda fountain shakes) up ahead. Best of luck!

Sharon Wray said...


You have such a fabulous story, Diana. And one day you're going to be giving it to the RWA lunch crowd. :)

I am so happy for your GH final this year and can't wait to cheer you on in San Diego!

Maryann Corrigan said...

Great story! Congratulations, Diana and Shari! I'm looking forward to BookSmartTV.

Diana Belchase said...

Thanks for being here Sarah, Sharon, and Maryann. I'll keep you posted about the show.

Krista Hall said...

Diana, you are a modern Renaissance woman! I love your author interviews and I can't wait to read all your award winning stories :-)

Diana Belchase said...

Wow, Krista, what a compliment! Thanks for stopping by.