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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Saturday, July 9, 2016

TIME by D. J. Adamson


A screaming comes from the house every night. It’s a wail of incessant recognition there was a beginning, and there will be an end. It has been happening for a very long time. Time!
I have never had a want for something to do. I grew up with a Midwest, Iowa mother who had breakfast on by seven, house cleaned by nine, gardened during the day, canned what she grew the next morning—after breakfast while cleaning house before gardening time—and dinner on the table every night by six-thirty. I held her type of schedule when I was working as a sales and marketing director: up at five, writing until eight, breakfast for the family, calls to the office, office, home by six, dinner on by six-thirty, reading, family until ten.
I thought getting closer to retirement would give me so much more time. I retired from sales and marketing into academia. Writing is still scheduled for a minimum of three to four hours a day combined with classes, grading papers….oh, and dinner on by six-thirty.
Don’t think there isn’t any play time. I’d be crazy not to enjoy this “vacation” called life. I have traveled extensively, United States and the world.
 I knit, quilt, and sometimes garden to get out of my head. Love to cook. And I started practicing meditation years ago. I am in tune with my inner self.
I know I am a clock winding down
We laugh: Books but no time to read. Stories to write but no time to write them.
If not now, WHEN?
There is time. We are given it every day when we wake up. My mother used to say “a lot can be done in an hour.”  She’s right. Scheduling is part of the key. I have come to my computer first thing for years. I had no time to publish other than small literary pieces when I worked as a marketing director and was raising my family, but I still practiced the art of writing. Stephen King once said it is good to have a closet full of first drafts. He also said that if you want to be a writer, you have to read and write a lot. He likes that word, “a lot.” I chasten my students from using it—overused, undefined. But he’s right. I put reading and writing in my day as just as an important a need as brushing my teeth. Are those first drafts perfect? No, but I do have to go to the dentist, sometimes. Now, I have drafts to rewrite. My schedule has changed from “needs to” into goals at this point in life. I work to put out two books a year. I have opened my closet. 
Tired yet? I’m not.
I never thought I would enjoy growing older, but the time I have today continues to be rich. Children raised, there is more time for me. No, not to be different than whom I have been but to continue to be who I am. So many people work to have more, be more, so they will be happier. But, I have never believed in this philosophy. If there is one thing about being raised by a pragmatic mother, it is:
 “Happy is happy, you don’t need something to create it.”
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
- Anna Quindlen

"Admit to Mayhem is a well-rounded, engrossing read that creates a memorable, believable protagonist and uses her to immerse readers in a series of challenging probes that end not in court, but in the very human realm of motivation and twisted purposes."- Midwest Reviews

D. J. Adamson is the author of the Lillian Dove Mystery series and the Deviation science fiction-suspense trilogy.  Suppose, the second in the Lillian series has just been released.  She also teaches writing and literature at Los Angeles colleges. And to keep busy when she is not writing or teaching, she is the Membership Director of the Los Angeles Sisters in Crime, Vice President of Central Coast Sisters in Crime and an active member of the Southern California Mystery Writers. Her books can be found and purchased in bookstores and on Amazon. To find her, her blog L’Artiste, or her newsletter that interviews and reviews authors go to http://www.djadamson.com. Make friends with her on Facebook and

6 comments:

Warren Bull said...

Activities expand to the time you have available unless you set limits for them.

Margaret Turkevich said...

congratulations on your new release

Gloria Alden said...

It sounds like you stay really busy after you retired. I totally understand that because as I get older, I find myself busier than ever. I thought I'd have tons of time when I retired as a teacher, but it just gave me more time to write, more time to garden and to take on so many other things like joining writing groups, book clubs and caring for a lot of critters. All my days are filled with so much, but I still make time to read and write every day even if it's only writing in my daily journal. Congratulations on your latest book.

Kait said...

Congrats on the new release. To all who say there are not enough hours in a day--it's true. But all anyone ever gets is 24. Using them wisely (and I have no wisdom there) is the key.

Nicole Snow said...

Congrats!

KM Rockwood said...

Wise use of time demands we set priorities, or it just kind of slips away.

I like nothing better than to be able to immerse myself in activities (including reading!) that let me lose track of time.