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October Interviews
10/2 Debra H. Goldstein, Two Bites To Many
10/10 Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder
10/17 Lida Sideris, Double Murder or Nothing
10/23 Toni L. P. Kelner writing as Leigh Perry, The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking
10/30 Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
10/5 Ang Pompano
10/12 Eyes of Texas Anthology Writers
10/19 Neil Plakcy

WWK Bloggers: 10/26 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

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!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.


Saturday, February 23, 2019

It Flies in the Face of Research by Kait Carson

I’m a news junkie. There was a time when my best ideas were ripped from the headlines and I subscribed to, and read, six newspapers. Four major market – The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Miami Herald, and The New York Times, and two local markets, The Fiddlehead Focus (Fort Kent, Maine) and The Keynoter (Key West, Florida). Then real news became stranger than fiction and nothing I wrote changed it. I’m down to two local markets and the NY Times.

I’m still keeping track of stories that interest me. Most writers have a slush file of idea generating stories tucked away. Anything that arouses curiosity goes into it. Entire series of articles or just tidbits of details with notes scribbled in the margins or as comments in a digital file. One writer I know will only keep the idea if she can see a way to bring the story to a conclusion and have no loose ends.

My slush file gave birth to this blog. I came across an article in the opinion section of the New York Times titled What Happens to Creativity as we Age? The conclusion was, it declines, mainly because as we age, we know more and we tend to ignore anything that contradicts what we already think. My mind filled with scores of writer interviews and blogs I’ve read that point to a desire to explore a question in depth as the inciting reason for writing a certain book, and I laughed out loud. And yes, writing does seem to encourage rather than discourage finding your voice later in life.

The authors of this opinion piece are learned people. I cannot dispute their findings and, in many ways, I agree with them. Perhaps they have overlooked a key element in continuing creativity through the aging process: Curiosity. Writers are curious people. Aging coupled with curiosity can very well lead to the suggestion that grandpa could turn back time by not eating his vegetables.

Readers and writers, are you more or less creative than you were ten years ago?


Grace Topping said...

Ten years ago I started writing fiction for the first time. So I’m probably about as creative today as I was then—probably because I have a contract for two more books that makes me creative whether I want to be or not.

Margaret Turkevich said...

In 2009 I was enduring all the drama of a daughter in high school. I'm much more creative now that I have a quiet house...and all that material to draw upon!

Kait said...

Love it, Grace, you are creative whether you want to be or not. So true, and creativity seems to feed creativity. That was/is the premise behind morning pages. Just sit and start, the rest will come.

Kait said...

Amazing, Margaret, I so admire folks who can write in the midst of drama, or even play lists, but write they do, and God bless them. Catharsis maybe? I bet you got some great grist for the creativity mill, and from reading your posts, it sounds like you and your daughter also have a great relationship so you were putting your creativity in the right place at the right time.

Gloria Alden said...

I get a daily newspaper, and I also get some other material in the mail that keeps me up to date plus I listen to the radio and hear the news and other things of interest there, too.

I started writing ten years ago or maybe more. I also get magazines like TIME and READERS DIGEST.
I think I'm just as creative now as I was when I first started writing. Partly because now I have a series with characters that I'm attached to. Also I'm an avid reader and I think that helps me to to keep interested in writing. I'm currently working on the tenth book in my series.

KM Rockwood said...

I wonder if some of the "creativity" that declines with age has to do with diminishing physical abilities--things like fine motor skills, stamina, etc--that don't come into play so much with writing.

Or maybe, as we get older, we are much better at deluding ourselves.

Whatever. I will continue to write.

Kait said...

Can't wait to read #10, Gloria. It sounds as if you are just as creative now as when you first started writing. Look at all that you do to stay interested!

Kait said...

Yes, I agree that diminishing physical abilities could and do stymie creativity. But I wonder if perhaps the inability to create, or bring the creation to fruition, in one arena doesn't spark an outpouring of creativity in another. In many ways creativity is more a matter of seeing what exists in a different way and building on it.