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August Interview Schedule
8/7 Rhys Bowen Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
8/14 Heather Gilbert Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass
8/21 Lynn Chandler Willis Tell Me No Secrets
8/28 Cynthia Kuhn The Subject of Malice
8/31 Bernard Schaffer An Unsettled Grave

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 8/3 M. S. Spencer, 8/10 Zaida Alfaro

WWK Satuday Bloggers: 8/24 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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 will be released on June 18th.

Congratulations to Margaret S. Hamilton for being a finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier contest. Margaret competes in the Unpublished/Mainstream mystery/suspense category.

Congratulations to Shari Randall for WINNING the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Curses, Boiled Again was published by St. Martin's last year. Read the interview about the book here. Yay, Shari!

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.

James M. Jackson extends the Seamus McCree series with the May 25th publication of #6, False Bottom.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Composing a Short Story by Warren Bull

Composing A Short Story by Warren Bull

Image from Toledoblade.com

Composer Randy Newman, famous for his ironic songs Short People and I Love LA, and his musical scores for movies compared composing music to writing short stories. During a YouTibe interview about songwriting the composer said although 95% of songs are love songs, he does not see himself as a romantic person or have a lyrical voice. Newman got bored writing typical love songs and needed to express himself in other ways. The singer/songwriter said he does not know why a composer should not have the latitude short stories writers have.

Most of his songs are written in the third person. He acknowledged a song may not be the best medium since most songs are “from me to you” and that is what people expect. But, “In my best songs, I can see characters” in them. He continued, “by the diction of the singer, the words he knows and how he says them the audience knows who the character is and what he’s about.”


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I never thought about songs this way. Interesting!

carla said...

He's a brilliant songwriter!

KM Rockwood said...

Artistic expression takes many forms, but usually comes from the same inner source.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Lyrics for music are complicated in that the words and music need to mesh. I admire the talent of great song writers. And they do tell stories.