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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

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), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

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. 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 July 31, 2018.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trivial Pursuits

By Julie Tollefson

Every two weeks, my husband and I join a group of friends to compete in trivia night at a local bar. We’re always among the top scorers going into the final round, and we always blow it at the end. We wager too much (points, not money) and, sometimes, overthink the “twist” behind the last question of the night and talk ourselves out of the right answer.

Trivia night at Johnny's Tavern and members 
of our Up for Anything team.
Despite our missteps, it’s no mystery why we keep coming back.


It's a journey with friends, first and foremost. Our trivia group is an ever-changing cast of characters. Co-workers, friends of friends, acquaintances. We laugh and worry and argue our answers and eat and drink and try to spy on other teams. It’s comfortable and evokes the same kind of feelings as when a new novel featuring familiar characters releases. Sally Goldenbaum’s Seaside Knitters series comes to mind. I look forward to every new adventure with her four women protagonists and I envy their close friendships and weekly dinner gatherings.


Because my book club met the same night last week, I missed most of trivia. I arrived, head buzzing with ideas (and a topic for a future blog post), just as our team (Up for Anything) entered the final round. We led all other teams by a few points, and my teammates were bordering on giddy with the exhilaration of closing in on our long-cherished goal of beating Hops and Barflies. Their excitement charged the grease-laden, beer-tinged air around our table with a delightful tension of the sort I associate with reading a well-crafted thriller (think Meg Gardiner or Lee Child).

Suspense and a twist

Our trivia master of ceremonies is a, well, master of suspense. He knows how to draw out the big reveal. The final round category—movie villains—sounded easy enough, but the question (on the American Film Institute’s list of top 50 villains, only one villain never appears on screen—name this 1942 movie) was tricky. We had decided to risk most, but not all, of our points, and now we dithered over the answer. At the last possible moment, we scribbled the name of a movie on our entry and raced to turn it in under the deadline.

Then we waited, literally on the edge of our seats, for judgment.

The trivia host announced the results slowly. “Not a Tumor, you said The Shadow. You’re incorrect. You had fifty-three points. You bet fifty-three, bringing you to zero.”

He continued through each entry, about a dozen in all. Most teams guessed wrong and lost all of their points. Then Hops and Barflies named the right movie (our host didn’t say what it was) and doubled their score, putting them fifty-plus points ahead of us.

We could barely contain our anxiety.

Finally: “Up for Anything, you wrote “[redacted—put your guess in the comments!]. You’re correct…”

At this, we screamed and jumped and high-fived and completely missed the last of his announcement declaring us the winners.

Okay, it might be a stretch to compare one winning night at trivia with book structure, but it seems to me the elements that I most enjoy in a novel are also the elements that make nights out with friends so danged entertaining. And it’s given me much to think about as I continue revisions on my manuscript-in-progress.

Oh, and that $25 prize money split eight ways? Sweet!

Anyone care to guess the answer to our final trivia question? It’s a movie virtually everyone has seen. (No cheating!)


KM Rockwood said...

I'm not much of a movie buff. The only crime movie from about that time (and I'm not sure of the title) is a follow-up to The Falcon.

Jim Jackson said...

As a person who rarely goes to movies, has no memory of titles and couldn’t care less for actor names, if I had been on the team I would have kept my mouth zipped. But game nights with friends can be great fun.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I even tried to cheat and couldn't guess knowing 25 choices of movie titles. This just proves what a lousy movie enthusiast I am--maybe I can't sit still for two hours watching, maybe I'm just not into the visual arts, maybe I've seen too many really b-a-d movies! I'll wait and find out when you tell us. You are going to tell us, right?

Margaret Turkevich said...

Game nights are fun, especially trivia. I give up on the movie title.

Warren Bull said...

I have no clue about the title but I live trivia games.

Julie Tollefson said...

Wait - no one's willing to guess? Ah, okay. I honestly didn't know the answer, either. I'll check back later, and I promise to reveal the answer. All in good time, of course.

Kait said...

Mega congratulations on your win! We used to go to a bar in Waterville Maine that had a trivia night every Thursday - it was great fun and we went as often as we could. I think we won once. Our group was composed of a bunch of engineers from GE. They swore the deck was stacked against them, not enough math questions. Yeah, right. When it comes to movie trivia, I'm a head-smacker. You know, one of those people who can't come up with the answer, but when it's revealed has to smack her head and say, "Of course, I knew that!" So, I've got the heel of my hand poised. When is the reveal?

Kait said...

I just cheated - I NEVER would have gotten that! Smack! Of Course, makes perfect sense.

Julie Tollefson said...

Well I'm disappointed no one wanted to venture a guess. And Kait! You cheated! I'm shocked.

The final trivia question: On the American Film Institute’s list of top 50 villains, only one villain never appears on screen—name this 1942 movie. And the answer is...

...Bambi! The villain, Man, does not appear on screen.

For the record, I never would have guessed this answer. Fortunately, one of our team members is well versed in the arts and entertainment world!