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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 bepublished. 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'sshort 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.
James M. Jackson's4th 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.
Authors are frequently
asked what advice they would give to a young
person who wants to be a writer. For me, it’s simple. I quote Dorothy Parker.
“If you have any young friends who aspire to
become writers, the second-greatest favor
you can do them is to present them with copies ofThe Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to
shoot them now, while they’re happy.”
Dorothy Parker is a favorite of
mine.Going all the way back to high school, I memorized The Waltz, a two thousand word monologue about a girl’s thoughts
and conversations while dancing the waltz with a
man who was more of a klutz than a Fred Astaire. I ended up getting an A in the
class and decided right then Dorothy Parker was my muse.
But like all muses, there are days when I feel
like Dorothy and I are dueling it out. At times she can be both yin and
yang.Particularly when I’m toggling
between projects like I am now; blogging while in the midst of promoting my
next book, Room For Doubt, while finishing up the final edits for book
five in the series to send off to my publisher. All while struggling to
remember why I thought to start a short story as a possible spin-off for
another series might have been a good idea.Where was my muse? Why wasn’t she reigning me in?Or cheering me on?
I felt lost.
At times like this, I can feel Dorothy sitting on
my shoulder, taunting me. Reminding me that writers like James Patterson and
Janet Evanovich produce a book every year and sell millions of copies, while my
books remain like needles in a haystack. What was I doing? Wasting my time?
It’s then I holler back another of Parker’s
famous quotes, “Don’t look at me in that
tone of voice.”
Convinced I’ve pushed the negative Dorothy off my
shoulder, I then remind myself I’m not alone. A fellow author friend of mine,
who is neither rich nor famous but well acclaimed in the literary world, having
won numerous awards, frequently jokes his royalty checks, “come rolling in in
the tens of dollars.”
Okay, so it’s not for money nor the fame I write.
It’s my muse, she won’t leave me alone.
Despite the yin and yang of our relationship,
there are moments, like those in Parker’s Waltz,
where she takes control of my imagination, reminding me of something I’ve seen
or heard that begs to be written. Then, with my fingers to the keyboard, we’re
dancing again, waltzing to music only she and I can hear in my head.
Over the years I’ve learned a few things about
working with my muse.
The first is to remember a muse needs to be
entertained. It’s important to feed the imagination. Authors need to refuel
their minds with the works of other artists.Whether they be musicians, painters, sculptors or writers, it’s
important to study their work. To understand their lives and their process.
Creative people aren’t alone in their struggles. But writing, like any of the
arts, requires sacrifice and daily practice. An artist can only be as good as
he or she is willing to take the time to be. It doesn’t happen overnight. Sue
Grafton’s alphabet mysteries weren’t an instant success, and Lee Child admits
he was onto his eighth Jack Reacher book before he knew he had a following.
Second, put doubt aside. Sit down and write.
Write every day. When Dorothy taunts me with self-doubt, I remind myself I’m
only putting words on paper. Writing is all about editing, and I can’t edit
blank pages. But I can edit poor work. The funny thing is, my muse is fickle. By
the third and fourth draft, Dorothy’s critical tone has started to change, my
copy has started to flesh itself out, and we’re back to having fun again.
And third, write what you want. Write that story that won’t
leave you alone. Forget that your publisher or friends don’t think there’s a
market for it. If you believe it, write it. Whether your project becomes the
next best-seller or you’ve simply learned something from experience, you’ve
written it. You’ve given it life. Nobody wanted to publish Tom Clancy’s first
book, The Hunt for Red October. Initially
every single publisher he showed it to turned him down, but Clancy persevered,
and the book went on became a bestseller.Steven King’s first book Carrie was
a manuscript he’d thrown in the trash. It was his wife who rescued it and took
it to a publisher, and well, the rest is history.
At the end of the day, Parker said, “I hate writing, I love having written.” I’m glad she did. Because, as Parker wrote in
the last line ofThe Waltz, as long as
she’s my muse,“I’d simply adore to go on waltzing.”
Nancy Cole Silverman credits the fact both she and Edgar
Allen Poe share the same birthday, along with her twenty-five years in talk
radio, for helping her to develop an ear
for storytelling. After writing everything from commercial copy to news,
Silverman retired from radio in 2001 to write fiction. Today, Silverman has
written numerous short stories and novelettes some of which have been produced
as audio books. Silverman's new series, the Carol Childs Mysteries (Henery
Press) takes place inside a busy Los Angles Radio station. Silverman lives in
Los Angeles with her husband, four adult children,
and thoroughly pampered standard poodle.