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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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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Obsession by Carla Damron


Will you forgive me if I post about my work-in-progress, Bird on Limb, AGAIN? It’s not like I’m obsessed with it or anything. I mean, just because I dream about the characters, jot down notes on work meeting agendas about plot points, or spend most of my waking (and, apparently, sleeping) moments thinking about it—that doesn’t mean I’m obsessed.
So what if I listen to it on my Kindle whenever I take my walks at the gym or in my neighborhood? It’s perfectly normal to stop dead in my tracks and attempt to add a little note to the text about a missing word or screwy sentence construction. All walkers do that, don’t they?

And yes, sometimes when you were in a conversation with me, I sort of spaced out, but you must understand—I do hear you, but I also hear the characters in my brain aching to tell me their story. Sometimes it affects my ability to pay attention.

Perhaps I am mentally ill.

No, but I have a pretty good understanding of what mental illness must feel like.
Last week, I completed a draft. 96,000 words. (Yeah, it’s probably too long so I will be pruning.) I’ve sent it to some trusted readers: my siblings, because they will have good suggestions while offering assurances that I am a wonderful writer. Everyone needs this kind of biased feedback when they finish a draft.

I also sent it to two fellow writers, because they will tell me the TRUTH. They will identify micro issues such as spelling/grammar/skipped words, etc., but more importantly, they will look at the overall arch of the story. They will tell me what works. What doesn’t. What might be deepened. What needs to be removed.

This type of feedback is gold. When they identify a weak sub-plot or poorly defined character, I must not be defensive. I must see it at as an assignment: fix it. Or remove it. That’s my job in rewrites.

In my acknowledgements page in The Stone Necklace, I had a long list of people to thank. Why? Because for me, it takes a village. If writing is communication, the first half is my putting words on paper. The second half is readers taking in those words and their intent. I only know if the second half works by letting readers offer honest, constructive criticism. As readers in my writers’ group, in writing residencies I attend do. Readers like my siblings and trusted writing partners. They are a gift to any writer.

Now that I’m in the revision phase, the obsession has diminished. So, it’s okay to have a conversation with me now. The characters have quieted. I’m capable of focusing on other things. Slowly, I’ll become less in love with this novel I’ve birthed. That’s good, too, because some objectivity will allow me to be a more effective editor.

Maybe next blog, I won’t have to write about Bird on Limb.

Maybe.

What are you working on? Or reading? Do you ever find yourself obsessed?



11 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Finishing edits and sending novel #1 to beta readers. Constructing a "fluid" outline for novel #2 (as a reformed pantser this is a major step). Toying with two short stories (anthology prompts). Attending local Cincinnati events: Author's Guild bootcamp, Anti-Human Trafficking Conference, Hamilton County Opioid Epidemic Forum.

Congratulations on completing your next book!

E. B. Davis said...

I think obsessed is a good thing, Carla. People really don't understand what it takes to birth a book.

carla said...

Margaret— so glad you are attending the anti-Trafficking conference. That is a passion of mine.

Shari Randall said...

Glad you hear you have another book on the way - I can't wait! This obsession is a great sign. Your characters are real and you love spending time with them - that's just the way the readers will feel.

Kait said...

This is wonderful, Carla! It is so hard to explain to a non-writer that these characters, they are real people. Can't wait for the book.

carla said...

Elaine and Kait— that’s why writers need each other! We understand! Shari, thank you. I’m a long way from having something submittable but I’m on the way!!

Warren Bull said...

Huh? Why interrupt me now? The Judge just confessed and I have to figure out how to get the papers to Coop before the building burns down. Obsessed? I don't have time to obsess while the plot is whirling through my head.

carla said...

No, Warren. That's not obsession ...

Gloria Alden said...

Carla I'm working on the tenth book in my Catherine Jewell Mystery Series. I started reading some of my earlier books, too, and decided I need to go to the chapters on the current book I'm writing and add some of the characters from my earlier books. I still have to figure out who the murderer is in this book yet. Fortunately I have two people who read and edit my books. One lives in England and the other in Cincinnati. We've been editing each others' work for at least ten years or more now. And yes, I feel my characters are real people.

carla said...

Gloria, that’s because they are real people!

Jim Jackson said...

I just finished a rewrite of False Bottom (Seamus McCree #6). It had been several months since I picked it up, and the rest allowed me to recognize several problems. That’s the good news. The bad news means it might not be done this spring with all the other stuff going on. Sigh.