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April Interviews













4/1 Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
4/8 John Gaspard
4/15 Art Taylor, The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74
4/22 Maggie Toussaint, Seas the Day
4/29 Grace Topping, Staging Wars


Saturday Guest Bloggers
4/4 Sasscer Hill
4/18 Jackie Green


WWK Bloggers:
4/11 Paula Gail Benson
4/25 Kait Carson

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WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.


Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!


KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.


Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

My Summer Vacation with President Obama by Carla Damron

LL Bean’s is a mammoth store in Freeport, Maine where one can buy boots, tents, clothes, sleeping bags, dog beds, and tiny President Obama finger puppets. This last item came as a surprise to me but there he was, peeking over the top of a barrel in the LL Bean’s coffee shop.

He seemed to want me to buy him, so I did.

Thus began my summer vacation with President Obama.

He had a fine time in the first house we rented in Casco, Maine. He doesn’t like to kayak, but enjoyed hanging out on the porch watching the campers from across the lake learn how to turn over sail boats. He did NOT enjoy the staticky taped bugle call that woke both of us every morning at the ungodly hour of eight. He was also quite enamored with a giant inflated rainbow unicorn a few houses down, but I refused to steal it for him. 

Since I didn’t have my usual editors with me (cats Scout and Fenway), Obama gave it a try. FYI, this guy is smart, and not shy with his critiques. “Another adverb Carla? Are you KIDDING me?”





His favorite part of that week was the excursion to Campobello in New Brunswick, Canada, where Franklyn Delano Roosevelt and his family often vacationed (and where his first symptoms of polio began manifesting). Campobello is an international park, sponsored by both the US and Canada, and we had to go through a checkpoint to enter. Because Obama didn’t have his passport—it was probably with his birth certificate back home—I kept him hidden in my purse.  

My portable president.

He insisted that I take his photo beside the side-by-side American and Canadian flags, snarkily commenting that he wasn’t sure how long this friendship would last. Forever, I whispered, because that’s the hope I cling to.



We ate at a seaside café and, because it was Canada, sampled the food oddity called “Poutine” (for you southerners, and foreigners, and people who know better than to put bizarre food in your mouth, poutine is French fries, with cheese curds, and gravy.) “Who even thought of this?” Obama asked, though honestly, it didn’t taste as bad as I expected.


During our second week, we moved to a lovely pine cabin in Orland, Maine, closer to Acadia park. We took three different excursions into the park, and it was then that a different side of President Obama emerged.


It’s probably my fault. I enjoyed taking his photograph, and people commented about how dapper he looks, even without any legs. President Obama decided ALL the photos needed him. He became the most obnoxious, persistent photo-bomber I’ve ever known. Here’s a perfectly lovely shot of Schoodic Point. He had to hurry to get in this one.


And Thuya Gardens? The flowers were brilliant and lush, and I wanted to capture a hummingbird or bee beside them, but no. I got this guy.


Here he is on Cadillac Mountain at the marker designating the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard. He tried to claim he hiked it, but A) we rode up in a car and B) he HAS NO LEGS.



It’s my fault, I know. I created this monster. And this coming weekend, I return to New England to attend a Writing Residency at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. President Obama insists that he’s coming along.

I’m scared to think what he might get us into.


So, how’s your summer been?

8 comments:

Kait said...

My, Carla, you do travel with some heady company! What an adorable post. It looks like you had a great vacation. What's next for you and Mr. Obama?

carla said...

Kait, we leave for Vermont for a writing residency on Saturday! He's excited!

Paula Gail Benson said...

Happy traveling, Carla. Looks like you have a fun companion.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Have a great writing residency in Vermont. I hope it's cooler than South Carolina.

Kait said...

Have a great trip to Vermont, fortunately, it doesn't look as though the former Pres will be a suitcase hog with his wardrobe!

Gloria Alden said...

I love this, Carla. My Washington State sister sent all her siblings a wonderful large book full of photographs of him. I ate poutine in Canada, too. It was good. I've also been at the top of Cadillac Mountain. What a view from there. Enjoy the rest of your time in New England. I don't live there, but I've traveled there more than once and enjoyed it every time I've gone.

Shari Randall said...

Cannot stop laughing! What heady company!
I hear he's an excellent writer, so I'm sure he'll enjoy the residency in Vermont. You may have to keep an eye on him, though, so he doesn't hog the spotlight!

carla said...

Thanks, y'all. Hopefully it will be a little cooler in Vermont, because Pres. Obama only has that one outfit.