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


Here are our September WWK interviews:

September 5: Marilyn Levinson/Allison Brooke, Read and Gone

September 12: Libby Klein, Midnight Snacks Are Murder

September 19: Annette Dashofy, Cry Wolf

September 26: Judy Penz Sheluk


Our September Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 9/1--Peter Hayes, 9/8--Wendy Tyson, 9/29--Catherine Bruns. Margaret S. Hamilton blogs on 9/15, and Kait Carson blogs on 9/22.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

KM Rockwood's new short story, "Map to Oblivion," has been included the anthology Shhhh...Murder! edited by Andrew MacRae and published by Darkhouse Books. It was released on Sept. 12.

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."

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.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

From Food Blogger to Mystery Author by Debra Sennefelder

Please welcome new WWK blogger, Debra Sennefelder. I will interview her about the first in her Food Blogger Mysteries, The Uninvited Corpse, on March 28th. We're delighted she decided to blog with us.                                                                                                                                 E. B. Davis

I am thrilled to be here today to introduce myself and share a little bit about my upcoming release, The Uninvited Corpse.  I made a few stops along the way to becoming a published mystery author and one of those stops included a stint as a food blogger. That's right, I was The Cookbook Diva. I blogged about my favorite cookbooks, shared some of my favorite recipes and hustled to get comments, page views and had a love/hate relationship with my DSLR camera. Yeah, good times.

These days I'm creating fictional worlds that include plotting murder, developing recipes for my and a creating bunch of lovable characters. So how exactly did I go from food blogger to author?

I'd been pursuing publication for several years and I got discouraged enough to look for another creative outlet. At that time blogging was becoming popular so I started my first blog on a community website. There were dozens of blogs (on the now-defunct website), and I was hooked.  After a couple of months I realized I wanted to branch out on my and I'd discovered food blogs. Talk about a perfect match. I love cooking and baking and I love writing. I began a free blog on Wordpress.com and after about six months I bought my blog domain and shifted over to my own website. The Cookbook Diva.com was born.

I reviewed cookbooks, developed recipes and struggled with my photography. I loved everything about blogging. What I loved most was the fact no one could tell me what to write, how to write it or when to write. The freedom was intoxicating. It was heaven, yet something was missing - fiction.

I realized I missed writing fiction, something I'd done since childhood. To say I was torn would be accurate. I could continue with food blogging, maybe becoming the Connecticut version of the Pioneer Woman, or go back to a dream I'd had since I was a kid, which was to be an author. I decided to ease back into fiction writing by connecting with a critique partner and spending a few hours a week writing in addition to my day job, blogging and life. A point came where something had to give, I couldn't do it all. The more I worked on my manuscript the more I realized that's what I was meant to do. Within a year I stopped blogging and a year later I let the website go and put all my eggs in one basket. Within a year after that, I'd had a completed manuscript, found an agent and was offered a three-book contract about a food blogger who has a side hustle of solving murders. I think I made the right decision.

In addition to writing The Food Blogger Mystery series, which debuts March 27th with book number one The Uninvited Corpse, I have sold a second series, The Resale Boutique Mystery series to Kensington Publishers and debuts in January 2019. I'm looking forward to spending every fourth Monday here with you and sharing my journey as a debut author this year.

18 comments:

Margaret Turkevich said...

congratulations on your upcoming releases. Food and crime fiction are an excellent pairing.

Debra said...

Thank you, Margaret!

Kait said...

What a great look at an interesting process! I love the cover - it has all the elements of a fun cozy read. All the best with the new book - it's on my TBR. Stay warm in CT.

Sasscer Hill said...

I absolutely love your title! Makes me want to read the book. Hope you sell truckloads of copies.

KM Rockwood said...

Welcome Debra!

I'm looking forward to reading your books and to your monthly blogs.

Jim Jackson said...

Welcome to WWK, Debra. You have a great tale of how persistence can pay off. I look forward to a future blog about how an unpublished author landed TWO new series contracts.

~ Jim

Shari Randall said...

Hi Debra, So happy you've joined us on Writers Who Kill! I love the title of your book - can't wait to read it.

Warren Bull said...

Welcome! You are the second Debra of the group.

Debra said...

Hi Kait,

Thank you! I hope you'll enjoy the book. I'm trying to stay warm and by the end of the week it's supposed to get up to the upper 40s! Yay!

Debra said...

Hi Sasscer,

Thank you! It was my working title and my editor loved it.

Debra said...

Hi Jim,

Thank you! I'm so happy to be here. I am fortunate that I have two series with Kensington. Both are so much fun to write.

Debra

Debra said...

Hi Shari,

Thank you! I'm very happy to be here and I'm looking forward to this year. I hope you'll enjoy the book.

Debra

Debra said...

Hi KM,

Thank you. I hope you'll enjoy the book and find my future posts here interesting.

Enjoy your day!

Debra

Debra said...

Hi Warren,

Thank you for the welcome. WWK does have it's full of Debras this year. :)

Gloria Alden said...

Welcome to WWK, Debra, and congratulations on getting your book published. I look forward to reading it.

Deborah Romano said...

Oh, you're another CT person! So am I. I'll have to support my local author!

DebRo

Debra S. said...

Hi Gloria,

Thank you! I hope you'll enjoy the book.

Debra

Debra said...

Hi Deborah,

Ready for the snow that's coming tomorrow? We just got rid of that foot of snow that came last week. Oh, well. Another snowy day means more reading time. :)

Have a nice evening,

Debra