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


WWK's May interviews will be: 5/2--indie author Bobbi Holmes, 5/9--TG Wolff (aka--Anita Devito), 5/16--Chocolate Bonbon author Dorothy St. James, 5/23--Lida Sideris, 5/30--Food Lovers' Village (and multiple Agatha winner) Leslie Budwitz. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


Our May Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 5/5--John Carenen, 5/12--Judy Penz Sheluk, 5/19--Margaret S. Hamilton, 5/26--Kait Carson.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), will be available on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here.


Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:


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. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with the authors in this anthology on 4/14! Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.


Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in August, 2018.


In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos.

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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 Turkevich 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.