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July Interviews

7/1 Lena Gregory, Scone Cold Killer
7/8 Jessica Baker, Murder on the Flying Scotsman
7/15 TG Wolff, Driving Reign
7/22 Leslie Budewitz, The Solace of Bay Leaves
7/29 Cynthia Kuhn, The Study of Secrets

Saturday Guest Bloggers

7/11 Mark Dressler
7/18 James McCrone

WWK Bloggers:

7/4 Valerie Burns
7/25 Kait Carson


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!

Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. 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.

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


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Sherry Harris Interview by E. B. Davis

The biggest literary find in years had slipped through my fingers three times in a
few short hours. I’d failed to protect it. Hemingway must be rolling in his grave.
Sherry Harris, The Gun Also Rises, Kindle Loc. 707


A wealthy widow has asked Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries through her garage sale business. While sorting through piles of books stashed in the woman’s attic, Sarah is amazed to discover a case of lost Hemingway stories, stolen from a train in Paris back in 1922. How did they end up in Belle Winthrop Granville’s attic in Ellington, Massachusetts, almost one hundred years later?

Before Sarah can get any answers, Belle is assaulted, the case is stolen, a maid is killed, and Sarah herself is dodging bullets. And when rumors spread that Belle has a limited edition of The Sun Also Rises in her house, Sarah is soon mixed up with a mobster, the fanatical League of Literary Treasure Hunters, and a hard-to-read rare book dealer. With someone willing to kill for the Hemingway, Sarah has to race to catch the culprit—or the bell may toll for her. . .

The Gun Also Rises, Sherry Harris’s sixth book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series was released yesterday. Sarah multitasks with aplomb as she’s on the run from reporters and literary treasure hunters, all the while pricing Belle’s mystery books for a charity sale, organizing a fundraiser for a serviceman suffering from PTSD to bring his dog from Afghanistan to the States, and preparing to testify in the trial against a stalker. But she’s not superwoman. While she’s finding clues to solve the murder of a thief, she’s also second-guessing her decision to end her relationship to her ex, CJ, and wondering what to do about DA Seth Anderson, who still is pursuing her. And then, after successfully dodging reporters, her brother shows up to help her, but he also happens to be a reporter.

Sherry weaves an interesting tale around the legend of Earnest Hemingway’s lost manuscripts, a wonderful premise for bibliophiles. She knows her readers well.

Please welcome Sherry Harris back to WWK.                                                   E. B. Davis

Hadley and Earnest
I’m not a true Hemingway fan so I wasn’t aware of Hemingway’s lost manuscripts. Was it something youalready knew? Tell our readers how the manuscripts became lost. I didn’t know about the story until I ran across it while I was doing some research for the novel. As soon as I read it, I knew I had to use it. In 1922 Hadley Hemingway was taking the train from Paris to meet Ernest in Lausanne, Switzerland. She thought he might want to show the manuscripts he’d been working on to a friend so she packed them along with the carbon copies in an overnight bag. When she got on the train, Hadley stowed her luggage and went to buy a bottle of water. When she came back the piece of luggage was gone. The conductor helped her search the train, but the overnight case was never seen again. Back then Ernest Hemingway was known as a war correspondent and hero but not as a novelist. I pictured someone throwing the manuscripts in the trash and taking their nice new piece
of luggage.

Belle was a wonderful character. After the little old Southern belle wielded a shotgun to ward off an armed intruder in her house, I was surprised that Sarah was still suspicious of her. Why? I’m so glad you liked Belle because I do too. Sarah doesn’t know Belle well—only as her employer. And while she wants to trust Belle, there is a nagging doubt about her that Sarah can’t shake. Who doesn’t know they have Hemingway manuscripts in their house?

Belle married into an old wealthy Boston Brahmin family. What does the term Brahmin mean and why is it applied to those early Boston settlers? The term was first used by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1861 to describe a group of wealthy Boston families—many of them descendants of the Puritans. Even though they were wealthy, the Brahmin’s believed in Puritan values of hard work, education, thrift, and culture. They thought you only should be in the newspaper when you were born, married, or died.

Belle was not well received by her husband’s parents, especially her mother-in-law, Winnie, which was the reason they settled in Ellington, not Boston. I was surprised that Belle was charitable toward Winnie. Why, when her husband has died and she can be free of personal contact, would she choose to bring Winnie into her home? Belle has a generous heart and she knew taking Winnie in was something her late husband would want her to do. Thankfully, she lives in a large house and can afford fulltime help for Winnie. That makes it easier for Belle.

Why is Sarah questioning her decision about CJ? Is it due to her looming thirty-ninth birthday? In my mind it’s because of how young Sarah was when they got married and how long they were together. She was with him half of her life and will always have feelings for him.

Sarah’s transparent. She lacks the guile of the poker face. How does this actually help her sleuth? Sarah cares deeply about other people and that authenticity makes her trustworthy. She’s likable and a good listener, which means people will open up to her when they might not to someone else. Sarah wishes every thought that flickers through her head wouldn’t show on her face. But so far, any attempts to conceal her thoughts have failed.

Sarah’s military friend James, who served under CJ for a time, is trying to help a friend, after his fourth tour in Afghanistan, bring home a dog he befriended there. She agrees to help with a fundraiser to bring the dog to the U.S. Why does it take up to five thousand dollars to do so? There are a lot of costs associated with bringing a dog back to the US from a worn-torn country. One of the highest is the cost of the flights. But there is often also medical care, boarding, and food needed along the way. Here is the link to an organization that helps reunite dogs with military members: https://pawsofwar.org/worn-torn-pups/

Belle mentions to Sarah some people are negatively judgmental about mystery books, which I’ve heard before and never understood. Why are people condescending about mysteries? I have no idea although I’ve heard people say it isn’t “real” fiction. I remember a class I took in college called “Teaching Reading in Secondary School” where the professor said it doesn’t matter what you read just get people to read. She even recommended reading comic books if it was a reluctant reader. So, I don’t care what anyone reads – just read!

Sarah doesn’t like rare book dealer Roger Mervine, although she’s just met him. Why? Right after they meet Roger makes a snooty comment about Sarah working with the lesser books and that if she finds anything valuable to let him know. His attitude put her off from the start.

Having been military spouse, you know that for spouses “there’s an unspoken rule about keeping a stiff upper lip when things are tough.” (Kindle Loc. 333) But that’s changing somewhat. Do all bases have a Military and Family Life Center? Most bases would have one or something very similar. It provides free short-term, non-medical, and most importantly, confidential counseling. If they don’t have a center on base help can be accessed online. Here’s a link: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/confidential-help/non-medical-counseling/military-and-family-life-counseling

Can kleptomania be inherited? Yes, according to the research I did. Sources like the Mayo Clinic say if you have a first degree (parent or sibling) relative that has kleptomania it is a risk factor for the family member to have it.

I was surprised to find that Winnie had an embarrassing fault. Is her self-righteousness a defensive maneuver or is she caught up in her own rhetoric without a thought of her own behavior? Winnie is a prideful, snooty woman. She has moved through life thinking she is always right. Part of it is her upbringing and part of it has worsened with age.  

Carol, Sarah’s friend, reveals her bitterness about having been a military wife. But Sarah doesn’t seem bitter. Was the difference due to Carol having children or that it took time from her own artistic pursuits? Overall, Carol isn’t a bitter person and for the most part she liked being a military spouse. It was interesting to me that after her husband’s retired that some leftover resentment spilled out in this book.

Is Sarah finally good and well over CJ? I have had so many fans write asking me if I would bring CJ back and hoping that he was off for some important secret mission. Stay tuned!

What’s next for Sarah? Thank you for asking! Book seven, Let’s Fake A Deal, comes out July 30, 2019. Sarah is opening a garage sale when the police come racing up. Sarah finds out everything she’s selling is stolen and her employers have run off.

Thank you for having me on your wonderful blog!

Sherry's dog Lily


Debra H. Goldstein said...

Sounds like another winning book in this series by Sherry Harris. Good interview with very important links.

Tina said...

I love this series! It's very entertaining and has some thematic meat on its bones. And this one in particular, with a literary mystery at the center, seems irresistible. Congrats, Sherry!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I agree, a literary mystery is irresistible. Looking forward to reading your new release!

Grace Topping said...

Congratulations, Sherry, on the publication of another Sarah Winston book. This series is wonderful. And congratulations on the successful online live Facebook interview with Liz Mugavero and Julie Hennrikus last night. Lot of fun.

E. B. Davis said...

It's no wonder I wanted to interview Sherry again. Her books get better with every addition to this series. I had no idea of Hemingway's missing manuscripts. What a great link.

Sasscer Hill said...

Great interview, Sherry. Enjoyed reading about your latest book. Excellent premise with a fascinating historical background!

Sherry Harris said...

Thanks, Debra!

Sherry Harris said...

Tina, that means a lot coming from someone who writes with a lot of meat on bones!

Sherry Harris said...

Thank you, Margaret!

Sherry Harris said...

Thanks, Grace! It was a delight to read your first book!

Sherry Harris said...

You ask such great questions, E.B.! I always look forward to your insights!

Sherry Harris said...

Thanks so much, Sasser! I love your books.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Great interview as always, E.B.
Sherry, this sounds like another winner in your great series. Looking forward to reading it!

Sherry Harris said...

Thank you, Marilyn. It was fun to incorporate a bit of real history in it!

Warren Bull said...

What a great premise for a book.

Sherry Harris said...

Thank you. It was intriguing to work Hemingway in!

Kait said...

Can't wait to read this. I admit to a love/hate relationship with Hemingway. Loved him in HS and college, in later life I wondered what I was thinking. No matter what I thought of his books, his life has always fascinated. Great title, great premise. The series is wonderful and this will be a stellar addition.

Sherry Harris said...

Thank you, Kait! I have to admit to having similar feelings about him!

Shari Randall said...

Cannot wait to read this one, Sherry! I love your series and a literary mystery is so enticing. I had to read Hemingway in school (didn't we all) and never really warmed up to his style, but his life fascinates. you must have had so much fun researching this book.

Sherry Harris said...

It was really interesting! Going to his house in Key West last winter was the icing!

KM Rockwood said...

I love your books! Putting this one high on my TBR list.