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October Interviews

10/07 M.E. Browning, Shadow Ridge

10/14 Alexia Gordon

10/21 Adam Meyer

10/28 Barbara Ross, Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door

October Guest Bloggers

10/03 Kathleen Kalb

10/17 S. Lee Manning

10/31 Sharon Dean

WWK Weekend Bloggers

10/10 Jennifer J. Chow

10/24 Kait Carson


For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Monday, January 22, 2018

ne·far·i·ous by Debra H. Goldstein

We’re adding writers to our blog this New Year. Please welcome author Debra H. Goldstein to WWK.                                                                                                                                                                         E.B. Davis
ne·far·i·ous by Debra H. Goldstein

I already was nervous about writing a blog introducing myself to Writers Who Kill readers when Elaine Douts (E.B. Davis) asked me for a nefarious picture for the sidebar. Many words, including judge, author, litigator, wife, step-mom, mother of twins, community volunteer, Sisters in Crime Guppy president and national board member, Southeast Mystery Writers vice-president, and loyal friend have been used to describe me, but I’ve rarely been accused of engaging in activities characterized as wicked, evil, sinful, or criminal.

There was a time, early in my career as a trial attorney for the Department of Labor, when I was co-counsel on a case of first impression dealing with equal pay in higher education in the state of Georgia that the other side, when being kind, referred to me as “That Damn Lady Lawyer,” but it was for my hard work digging into the facts and evidence rather than for monstrous behavior. During the years I sat on the bench as a federal Administrative Law Judge, I’m sure the attorneys appearing before me said different things, but I hope most included integrity and fairness as opposed to fiendish or diabolical.

Since my first book, Maze in Blue, a mystery set on the University of Michigan’s campus in the 1970’s, was published in 2011 and won an IPPY award in 2012, the standard headshot I’ve used, as seen above, has been meant to be friendly and open rather than depraved or monstrous. In fact, even though my two novels are mysteries, their covers hint at crime while making it clear they have cozy elements.

2017 allowed me to call myself a “Cover Girl” when my name for two short stories made the covers of the magazines they appeared in. Believe me, I was on top of the world when my best story to that point, The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place, my first attempt to be published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine succeeded (May/June 2017). It was icing on the cake when Mystery Weekly featured Day After Thanksgiving Soup on its cover. Each time, I smiled and danced with such abandon that anyone would have been hard-pressed to attach a negative adjective to my behavior.

Faced with a busy schedule and the need to submit a nefarious picture, I mentioned my dilemma to a friend while we were at dinner at another friend’s home on a rainy night. The next thing I knew, she had me sticking my face out from behind the wrought iron of our host’s front door while she snapped a picture with my cellphone. Between the weather and my deliberately stern pose, I thought we had my nefarious picture. My friend wasn’t satisfied. She suggested we create a picture around a colored steam machine. A shout-out to Penny H. who, as you can see from the sidebar picture, captured my nefarious side. The irony is, after a life on the straight and narrow except for my murderous writings, I liked the feeling. Stay tuned – every third Monday.


Jim Jackson said...

Welcome to Writers Who Kill, Debra. The concoction looks nefarious, but your smile? Not so much. I think you might need to watch the Wizard of Oz and check out how the Wicked Witch of the West does a nefarious smile.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

Welcome, Debra. Glad you are writing for us. I think most writers live in their heads rather than act out in public (except for occasional role playing). We want good to prevail over evil, but must portray evil as authentically as we can. As for our pictures--humor above all else! Thanks for joining WWK.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Welcome, Debra. Great photo!

Julie Tollefson said...

Welcome, Debra, and congratulations on your successes to date! I'm looking forward to reading more from you!

Art Taylor said...

Welcome! And love the sidebar pic--it's great!

Grace Topping said...

Welcome, Debra. Love the picture. I look forward to reading more of your blogs--nefarious or not.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Jim, E.B., Julie, Margaret, and Grace, thank you for welcoming me to Writers Who Kill. Thrilled to be here. (How do you guys get up so early????) Art, Thanks for reading this blog --- and it is a natural picture, don't you think? Sorry Jim, I'm lucky I could get a smile -- I'm notorious for never smiling in pictures....... so this was as witchy as I could get.

Kaye George said...

Congrats on joining WWK! Loved your post. I wouldn't say your picture is nefarious, but it IS intriguing. Maybe you're brewing up something evil and you're delighted about it!

Edith Maxwell said...

What a fun story, Debra! Can't wait to read your posts.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Kaye, That's as nefarious as we could get. Believe me, I don't take great pictures....but I love brewing up evil thoughts.
Edith, Thank you. Enjoyed your post today at Wicked Cozy Authors. dhg

Gloria Alden said...

Welcome Debra. I loved your first book and can't wait to read the 2nd one. As you can see from the first picture which is me, I made a scarecrow and stabbed it. O the cover of my first book I had my son dress up in slacks and a dress shirt to pose as a body when my step-granddaughter who does my covers couldn't find a picture of a dead body. She put a garden fork in him on the cover only.

Shari Randall said...

Welcome aboard, Debra! I like your nefarious side - fun to let loose a little! I loved Miss Dixie and I'm looking forward to reading more of your short stories and blog posts.

Kait said...

Welcome to the dark side, Debra! It's great to have you here!

authorlindathorne said...

How nice to see your face again, both the usual pic and the new one your friend took. You are moving along in your writing career at a good pace. I do envy you. This was a good, friendly post with more information about who you are and what you write. Thank you.

Nancy Eady said...

As a lawyer in Alabama, I may, or may not, have encountered either nefarious counsel or judges before, but I'll never tell! Great blog post.

I'm probably the least nefarious person on the planet, so I'm not sure I'd recognize nefariousness anyhow!


KM Rockwood said...

Happy to see you join us! I've read some of your work, and enjoyed it.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Congratulations on joining the blog! I regularly read here. I've always liked your cover with the Mahjong tiles as I play Mahjong. Hugs, vb

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Thanks for the warm welcome..KM, Kait, Shari, and Gloria. Vicki, Nancy, and Linda, appreciate you following the block.

Tabitha Rohm said...

I just love reading your blog. There were parts of it, I had to read over and over again because it so clearly brings out your true character. You are such an awesome person and a pure delight to talk to and listen to.

Maggie King said...

I love Writers Who Kill! Congrats,on your new gig, Debra. Looking forward to Malice.