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
















February Interview Schedule:

Keenan Powell 2/6, Hemlock Needle

A. R. Kennedy 2/13, Saving Ferris

Shari Randall 2/20, Drawn and Buttered

V. M. Burns 2/27, The Puppy Who Knew Too Much


Saturday Guest Bloggers: 2/2 Marilyn Meredith, 2/9 Chloe Sunstone

WWK Satuday Bloggers: 2/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 2/23 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:


We are especially proud of two WWK bloggers:


Congratulations to Shari Randall for her nomination for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Curses, Boiled Again was published by St. Martin's last year. Read the interviewabout the book here. Yay, Shari!


The Malice Domestic conference participants have nominated Annette Dashofy for an Agatha Award for her Zoe Chambers mystery Cry Wolf, published in 2018 by Henery Press. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Annette about Cry Wolf here. Will four nominations be the charm?


Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: http://a.co/d/jdSBKdM

Grace Topping signed a three-book contract with Henery Press for her Laura Bishop Home Staging series. Congratulations, Grace!


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.


Warren Bull also has a story in Shhh...Murder! Look for "Elsinore Noir," Warren's short story, in this anthology.


Shari Randall's third Lobster Shack Mystery, Drawn and Buttered, was published February 26, 2019. Available for sale.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 
by Kait Carson

What! Happy New Year? How is that possible? It’s only June. We’re not even close to the New Year. That may be so, but I’m more than ready to ring in the new and ring out the old. 2018 has been the year of the dark star. 

I’ve referred to it as the testing year. For the most part, nothing too terrible has happened. At least not until recently. So, without further ado, welcome to 2018 part deux.
There used to be a tradition in Buenos Aires, Argentina that on New Year’s Eve administrative office workers threw all of the prior year’s papers out the window. The New Year began with a clean start, a new slate. Okay, I confess I learned about that tradition from a 1960s coffee commercial, so I don’t know if it’s true, it makes a nice story. And for 2018 part deux, I’m following it.

You may remember how excited I was to be writing Sanctuary City. It was to be the third installment of the Catherine Swope series. A ripped-from-the-headlines thriller. I have the outline, and about a third of the first draft complete. Each morning when I sat at my desk writingbecame harder, and harder, and harder. It seemed odd because I knew where the story was going, knew my villain, even had a rough draft of the final cataclysmic scene. Why then did it seem that every time my fingers hit the keyboard, I had to shove aside the image of a man in a skeletoncostume on Key West’s famous Duval Street with a knife protruding from his chest?

Who was that guy? Getting rid of him was like playing mental whack-a-mole. Without warning, my imagination was filled with a group of twentysomething characters and they were all talking at once. Believe me, I tried to put the brakes on the situation. I haven’t been twentysomething for oh…. a lot of years. We won’t discuss how many. These kids come with vocabulary that’s Greek to me. I have a lot to learn. They’re also a headstrong and prolific lot. They’ve already gotten themselves involved with three other murders.

I know when I’m beaten. Like the Argentines in that old commercial, I cast out Sanctuary City, and am now hard at work on Fantasy Fest Fatality which takes place during that amazing Halloween revel in the Keys known as Fantasy Fest. The second in the series will be a winter book set on New Year’s Eve, working title Corpse in a Conch Shell, the third set in April with a working title of Crawl Duval and Die, and the fourth will be set in July, featuring a death during Hemingway Days, no working title yet.
If the writing gods are favorable, and my muse smiles on me, I plan to have three of these books out in twelve months. Cross your fingers for me!

Readers and writers, are you ready for 2018?








13 comments:

Margaret Turkevich said...

go for it! And good luck with the twenty-something vocabulary and social media usage.

Kait said...

Thanks, Margaret!

Gloria Alden said...

Kait, like Margaret says, go for it. I'm looking forward to reading whatever you write.

As for me yesterday I opened up the fourteen first chapters of the tenth book I started at the end of February and quit in March to read and get an idea of where I'm going with this book since for some reason I quit writing in March. Too many other things going on, I guess. Anyway, I know I have those who are looking forward to reading my next book so I need to get back to writing at least one chapter a day after I write the bios for the six possible suspects who could have been the murderer. Then I'll be able to pick one as the murderer. I also realize there are edits I need to make on those fourteen chapters, too, although not many, thank goodness.

Warren Bull said...

I'm just about done with everything I know anything about in my current project so what happens next will be an education.

KM Rockwood said...

Sometimes you just have to admit that what you plan to write, and what your characters insist you write, can be entirely different things.

That's an ambitious schedule, but I bet you can handle it.

Kait said...

I'd like to give a special shout-out to Grace for posting my blog for me this morning while she was traveling in PA. Thank you, Grace!

Kait said...

Hi Gloria, Sometimes you need a break and the book benefits from sitting back and letting the story flow around you. Six possibles! What a great way to select the killer. No wonder I have such trouble figuring out who your killers are in advance of your endings! Each of your possibles always have such perfect motives and opportunities that I waffle back and forth among them until the final clue is discovered.

I started DAYLILIES FOR EMILY'S GARDEN last night - I couldn't put it down and read over half before I finally realized I was dozing more than reading and turned off the light. What a wonderful book.

Kait said...

The perfect way to describe the fun part of being an author, Warren! Enjoy the ride.

Kait said...

So true, Kathleen! They can be difficult little tykes at times. I wouldn't mind it so much if they would gloat less.

It may sound ambitious, but it's really like taking dictation. The oddest thing.

Gloria Alden said...

Thank you, Kait. I'm glad you like my second book. Right now I'm trying not only to figure out who the murderer is, which I won't do until I write a bio for each of them, but which of my characters that return throughout most of my books will be brought back in this one. I almost always throw in Belle Polsky, who with her husband runs Belle's Diner which is where a lot of people go to eat including some of the policemen. She's a nosy person full of gossip. I've already brought in Martha, the police chief's mother, but I haven't brought in Bruce Twohill yet who is a continuing character after book two.

I also find once I start writing my characters take over their own conversations much of the time.

Kait said...

Oh, I'm glad to know Bruce comes back! You had me at your younger Paul Newman description. I'm eager to learn more about him.

Yes, characters do drive the plot. I learned so much from Linda Rodriguez's excellent book PLOTTING THE CHARACTER DRIVING NOVEL and I refer to it at the start of every new book.

Jim Jackson said...

I am such a slow worker; reading about prolific writers makes me feel like a slug. It’s not your fault, of course, the mind angst belongs to me. No one told me to make the comparison. (Well, at least no one since I became an adult.)

To answer your question about the second half of the year, I plan to publish Seamus McCree #6, False Bottom, and start working on a new series.

And I’m looking into selling prints of some of my photographs – we’ll see if anyone loves them enough to want to have them for their own.

Kait said...

I can relate, Jim. I am usually slow as well. This time (or so far) it seems out of my hands! I am looking forward to FALSE BOTTOM.

Good luck with selling the prints. You certainly are a talented photographer, you should easily find takers.