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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

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!


Monday, January 21, 2019

Why Do We as Writers Kill? by Debra H. Goldstein

Why Do We as Writers Kill? by Debra H. Goldstein

Why do the writers on this blog kill? What perverse joy do we or our peers get from dead bodies, dismembered body parts, bashed brains, or subtle symptoms of poisoning? Secretly, do you think our families wish we wrote literary works instead of books and stories in the mystery genre?

What makes us listen to two people in a restaurant and immediately discern a conflict that will result in the death of the one of the two we least like? Do other people observe their surroundings and think about where a dead body can be shoved? Outside of our sphere of friends, are we classified as “normal
The answer probably is “no,” but who cares? I can’t speak for my fellow bloggers, but I write in the mystery genre, because I love it. Although I have written and been published in the non-fiction and literary areas, my passion is whodunits.

Despite reading every aspect of the genre, I primarily write traditional or cozy mysteries. In my other life, I traveled a lot and found traditional or cozy mysteries to be easy plane or beach reads that completely took me away from the stress of my everyday world. Often character driven and with crisp dialogue, these mysteries quickly invested me in their stories and challenged me to figure out the murderer before the great reveal. My goal in writing them is to provide the same fun for other people.

To some, the fun may seem a bit macabre, but I think I can speak for all of us --- we wouldn’t want it any other way.


KM Rockwood said...

I grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys; my first "adult" reading was my aunt's Agatha Christie (children weren't allowed to check out books from the adult section of the public library.)

While I have certainly expanded my reading since then, I retain a fond spot for mysteries, and they remain my favorites.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I read and write mysteries. It's who I am. Potential plots are all around me.

Gloria Alden said...

I read and write mysteries because I want to figure out who the murderer is in the mystery books I read. I enjoy figuring out who the murderer was before the end of the book. Right now I'm working on my latest book that will soon be published and trying to decide who my murderer will be. I pretty much have decided who he will be, but now I have to figure out how the main character of my book will figure out who the murderer of two young men who were murdered earlier in the book. In this book I'm dealing with the opioid problem that is so large problem today.

Although mysteries are my favorite read, I read other books, too. Because I belong to two book clubs I'm usually introduced to books that are not mysteries.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Interesting... we write it, we read it, we think in terms of it...… Although all of you read other things, too …. this is in your soul (and what does that imply?)

Pam Hopkins said...

I am not an author and I absolutely love mysteries. That said, I often find myself imagining what murder took place, how it happened, and who did it and why. I write these stories in my head whenever something triggers my imagination. I have fun doing that and have absolutely no intentions of writing any of it.

carla said...

I love mysteries. I love literary fiction. I'm happiest when I'm reading both at the same time-- something literary and a fabulous mystery. My mood decides which will be my bedtime reading!

Grace Topping said...

I read and write mysteries because I love trying to solve the puzzle of who did it and why. While I admit that I occasionally like a funny romance, I still gravitate back to mysteries. As I read, my mind is looking at every possible thing as a clue. I do this even while watching TV mystery shows like Midsomer Murders. It annoys my husband when I keep point out possible clues and motives, and sometimes I guess correctly who the murderer was. It's the challenge of it in reading. In writing, it's the challenge of being fair in presenting clues but making them hard to find.

Tina said...

I have heard it said that romance is the genre of emotion, sci-fi the genre of ideas, and mystery the genre of Justice. For me, crime fiction is a way to vicariously explore it, to practice my wings as it were, before attempting to deal with the real world, where justice is not guaranteed.