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June Interviews













6/3 Gretchen Archer, Double Trouble
6/10 Kaye George, Deadly Sweet Tooth
6/17 Annette Dashofy, Til Death
6/24 Adam Meyer


Saturday Guest Bloggers

6/6 Mary Keliikoa
6/13 William Ade
6/20 Liz Milliron


WWK Bloggers:

6/27 Kait Carson
6/30 WWK Writers--What We're Reading Now

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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!


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, and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination! All are winners but without Agatha Teapots. Onto 20121!


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."


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


Kaye George's second novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Deadly Sweet Tooth, was released on June 2. Look for the interview here on June 10.


Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


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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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Coming Up for Air


I did it! I turned in my 8th Zoe Chambers Mystery (titled Fair Game) on time along with my thoughts about the cover art. After being overwhelmed with a back-to-back book release and deadline, the sense of freedom was exhilarating.

Someone recently asked me how I celebrate these things. Let’s see…

I ate chocolate. My husband and I toasted with a glass of mead, homemade by my good friend Tami McClain.

We bought a new car…
 
Hubby's new Crosstrek (which I borrowed for
my road trip)
Okay, that last item had nothing to do with the deadline. Hubby’s old car was nearing 200,000 miles and needed some major repairs. He was long overdue for a new vehicle.

He also let me and my travel buddy, Liz Milliron, take the new Crosstrek on a weekend road trip to Indianapolis for Magna Cum Murder, another nice way to celebrate. I didn’t even pack my laptop, although I did take my Chromebook to check email. It was nice being able to devote all of my convention time to hanging out with readers and making new friends as well as touching base with old friends. No retreating to my room to hammer out a scene or a chapter.
 
Glamming it up with travel buddy Liz Milliron at
the Magna Cum Murder banquet
Free! I’m free!

Since I’ve come up for air, I intend to go on a couple of dates with my husband, maybe catch a movie. I’m working my way through my to-be-read piles (shelves, mountains). And I’ve started my spring cleaning!

Yes, you heard me right. My spring cleaning. I’m well aware that it’s October.

However, I can’t get too used to the concept of having a life away from the fictional world where I spend most of my time. I need to make an outline for the next book. Maybe start playing with some opening lines. Because before too long, Fair Game will come back to me complete with edits and I’ll once again crawl into Book Jail with a deadline to meet.

The freedom of coming up for air is sweet but short-lived.


Do you celebrate your work accomplishments? How?

11 comments:

Jim Jackson said...

I try to make sure to celebrate something every day. Even though I’m “retired” I still take vacations where I will not do any author work unless it’s critical (CRITICAL!).

Annette said...

I hope to be able to do that someday, Jim. Right now though, even when I'm not dealing with an immediate deadline or am "between books," my characters won't shut up and leave me alone!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

My life is in permanent catch-up mode. Yesterday we attended a fabulous production of "Guys and Dolls" at UCincinnati-CCM. The dance sequences were wonderful.

Liz Milliron said...

What a trip!

Kicking back with a cup of tea and a totally frivolous book to read is always nice.

Annette said...

That sounds lovely, Margaret!

Liz, it was so much fun! Especially since we didn't get any dents or dings in the new car!

Warren Bull said...

Travel is a good way to celebrate. Trying something new. And for me, singing takes me out of my "writing head."

KM Rockwood said...

I bet you're enjoying your respite, but I'm equally sure you'll soon be chomping at the bit to get to the next project.

Kait said...

Oh, what fun! And the new car is gorgeous - what a great way to celebrate.

How I celebrate depends on the magnitude of the accomplishment. Completed chapters - a dark chocolate kiss - completed books...a special treat with that has meaning at that moment. Could be a trip, a great dinner out, a movie - you get the idea.

Annette said...

Warren I WISH I could sing. Alas, no one wants to listen to my sad attempts.

You're absolutely right, KM. I'm already making notes and starting to plot the next book.

Kait, we did the dinner and a movie today. Partly to celebrate, partly to reconnect after being holed up for so long!

Paula Gail Benson said...

Congratulations, Annette! The exhilaration of accomplishment is always great. I like to celebrate with friends. Looks like Magna Cum Murder was a great event.

Annette said...

Thanks, Paula. And it really was fun. You need to attend it some year!