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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.
“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.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
The Challenge Continues
Back in September, I wrote about my goal to challenge myself to add variety to my reading habits, inspired by the Sisters in Crime Report for Change: The 2016 SinC Publishing Summit Report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Mystery Community. The report’s Appendix A, known as Frankie’s List, is a terrific resource for identifying mystery writers from diverse groups: African American writers, Asian American/Asian writers, Hispanic/Latino/a writers, South Asian American/South Asian/South Asian British writers, Native American writers, and LGBT writers.
As I wrote in September, I began my Frankie’s List reading journey with The Red Queen Dies by the list’s namesake, Frankie Bailey.
Since then, I’ve read four more books by authors on the list and discovered a new-to-me author, Attica Locke, whose voice and storytelling I loved. Her first book, Black Water Rising (2009), was nominated for a bunch of prestigious awards, including the Edgar. I found it to be atmospheric and engaging and as soon as I finished it, I wanted more. So my next Frankie’s List selection was Locke’s second book, The Cutting Season (2012). This story featured different, but equally amazing, characters and won the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Locke’s third book, Pleasantville (2015), returns to the same protagonist as Black Water Rising and is on my TBR list.
My next challenge selection was a bit of a cheat: The Wire in the Blood (1997) by Val McDermid. I already know and enjoy McDermid’s work, but I hadn’t read this one yet. Her characters are so real, they almost seem like friends.
My final selection for this Frankie’s List challenge update was Tatiana (2013) by Martin Cruz Smith. I read and enjoyed Cruz Smith’s Gorky Park years (decades? Eek!) ago, and Tatiana follows another Arkady Renko case. These novels have a unique rhythm that fascinates me as much as the story he tells.
I just finished Tatiana, and I’m taking my time to consider my next Frankie’s List choice. Who should it be? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Naomi Hirahara? Alex Segura? So many choices and such great reading ahead!
How do you challenge your reading habits? What’s the last great book you read?