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


June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied


Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson


Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson













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E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.


Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).


Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!


Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.


Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.


Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!


Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.


KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!


Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sparkly things and celebrations


by Julie Tollefson

I've written before about my “celebrations bowl,” the one I keep on my counter to remind me of my writing successes. Anytime something worth celebrating happens—publication of a short story, let’s say—I toast the achievement with sparkling wine and keep the cork as a memento.

Sometimes, when the news is really good, a cork alone isn’t adequate. When I sold my first story to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, I used part of my payment to buy jewelry. That first sale was a huge boost to my writerly self-esteem, and now every time I wear the ring I bought with that check, I’m reminded that someone liked my fiction enough to pay for it.

In December, another newsworthy event sent me skipping back to the jewelry store: The Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter announced winners of its annual Hugh Holton Contest for unpublished crime fiction manuscripts, and my work in progress, In the Shadows, won in the member division!

The contest is open to unpublished (novel length) writers, member or not, who live in one of the thirteen states represented by the chapter. Guest judges for the member category this year were Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna Mackenzie from Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

The MWAMW announcement about the award included this lovely bit:
Browne & Miller chose Tollefson’s excerpt based on its “atmospheric and well-composed opening scene,” “noticeably elevated writing,” and “rich, lyrical descriptions.”
Wow. I’m overwhelmed (still, almost a month later) and soooo thrilled. I found the perfect pair of earrings to commemorate the award. They kind of match the ring—unintentional, but awesome, right? Every time I wear them, I’ll remember “atmospheric” and “lyrical” and be inspired and grateful anew.

You can read a brief excerpt of In the Shadows on my website.


How do you celebrate the good things in your life?

13 comments:

Jim Jackson said...

Congratulations, Julie. A wonderful end of year/beginning of year celebration of your writing!

~ Jim

Julie Tollefson said...

Thanks, Jim! Yes, it was just the boost I needed to start 2017 off right!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Congratulations! May 2017 be full of good news.

Kait said...

Oh, Julie, so well deserved! What a wonderful beginning to 2017 - and as the year starts, so it continues (that's my story, I'm sticking to it!).

Bubbly is my celebration libation of choice as well. I have those pilsners in the first picture. Never thought of using them for champagne glasses. Now there's a labor saving device. Hope I have a reason to test the theory this year.

May you have many more reasons to pop the cork in 2017 (and beyond).

Becky Michael said...

Congratulations, Julie! Such a great way to begin the new year. I loved the excerpt and look forward to reading more. My celebrations usually involve a cork, also, but from a smooth red.

Warren Bull said...

Congratulations! My celebrations involve dark chocolate.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Yay, Julie! May your cork and jewelry collection grow and grow in 2017!

Gloria Alden said...

Congratulations, Julie. May 2017 continue to be a great year for you. What do I do to celebrate good news? Write about it in my journal and/or share it with family and friends.

Julie Tollefson said...

Thank you, Margaret!

Thanks, Kait - Bubbly for all!

Julie Tollefson said...

Thanks so much, Becky! I enjoy a nice red from time to time myself!

Julie Tollefson said...

Thanks, Warren! Dark chocolate goes with everything, right?

Thanks, Linda! I'm thankful I'm surrounded by some many terrific writers - it's inspiring!

Thank you, Gloria - May you have plenty to journal about in 2017!

Grace Topping said...

I wish you lots of success in your writing and an overflowing bowl of corks.

KM Rockwood said...

Such great news! I'm happy for you, and it's a pleasure to hear how you celebrate your successes. I'm sure you will have many more.