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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


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!


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Nobody Cares About Our Writerly Philosophical Debates by J.J. Hensely

Writer A:  Prologues are a complete waste of time.
Writer B:  Well—
Writer A: No! They are. I have fifty reasons why and will explain them in detail.
Writing Community:  This sounds like an interesting topic readers would find extremely interesting. Let’s discuss this on social media and set up panel discussions at conferences.
Admit it. If you’re a writer, you’re thinking:  Hey, this is a debate I’d love to jump into! This is perfectly fine if the audience is other writers, but all too often we try to pull readers into these conversations and act as if they have an emotional investment in the outcome in our opinions. I’ve seen this happen on social media and in person at conventions and other events.

Somehow, fun and engaging conversations involving an audience spin out of control when a panel of authors gets immersed in a discussion about what elements really distinguish a suspense novel from a psychological suspense novel. Or what is a mystery verses a thriller? Or when can we truly categorize a work as a neo-vigilante-fantasy-noir-literary romance verses a non-neo-vigilante-fantasy-noir-non-literary romance?

These discussions can be long. They can get heated. As writers, we feel passion and we know our passion will be felt by the readers. Except for one thing.

Nobody cares.

I mean, we care. And sure, some readers might not mind getting pulled into the minutia of our world. But, most readers don’t care one bit. And as if it wasn’t enough to subject readers to our ramblings on Twitter and Facebook as well as at live events, we do it on our blogs where we should be engaging our readers. Instead we go on and on about whether we should outline or not before writing a novel.

Sadly, these are self-inflicted wounds and missed opportunities. When writing a post, sending a tweet, or making an appearance, we should to be cognizant of our audience and take every chance we get to relate to them by talking about things they care about. Amazingly, those are things we care about too. However, being writers many of us are introverted by nature and we are hesitant to open up about real life. So writers delve into, and find comfort in, the obscure and the academic. But, we don’t need to do this. Because most of those things readers find intriguing, we do as well. Ironically, we don’t always express the connection as well as we should.

J.J. HENSLEY is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service.  He is the author of the novels Resolve, Measure Twice, Chalk’s Outline, Bolt Action Remedy, and Record Scratch. 
Mr. Hensley’s first novel RESOLVE was named one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was named a Thriller Award finalist for Best First Novel. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers.



Annette said...

Hi, J.J.! (waving from Pennsylvania!)

Good topic. I try to be aware of my audience and speak or write to whatever the group but it is hard to tell. Many readers are also aspiring writers. Most writers are avid readers.

Anyway, can't wait to read the new book!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

During a recent trip, I talked to many people about mystery writing. No one was interested in sub-genres or even the different between a thriller and a mystery. What they wanted was a "good read" with interesting characters. So that's what I talked about.

KM Rockwood said...

How true! If we want to be read, we need to keep the readers firmly in mind.

Holly said...

Great post. Very true. When I read Tweets containing such insane things as "I am not writing for my readers", believe it or not, I have a friend who does this all the time. Even disses prologues saying how stupid they are. I always pm him and suggest that it's not a good idea to no avail.
Easy to fall down rabbit-holes, harder to pull yourself out.

Gloria Alden said...

I'm both a writer of cozy mysteries and an avid reader of all kinds of mysteries as well as
other books, too. I belong to two book clubs and last year I read 97 books and am getting close to that amount this year, too. When I'm invited to do talks about my series, after I talk about my books, I open up for questions and comments. I often hear from some of my followers asking how soon my next book will be out.

Jim Jackson said...

I find, with the exception of whether is a plotter or panster/organicwriter, audiences don't care much for the writing process and prefer to hear more personal anecdotes and stories. Unless another writer is in the audience, no one cares whether I construct detailed character interviews before I start writing or whether I write in chapters or scenes.

Best of luck on your newest publication.