If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.

July Interview Schedule:
7/3 Jean Stone A Vineyard Summer
7/10 Mark Bergin
7/17 Christin Brecher Murder's No Votive Confidence
7/24 Dianne Freeman A Ladies' Guide to Gossip
7/31 J. C. Kenney A Genuine Fix

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 7/6 V. M. Burns, 7/13 Joe Amiel,

WWK Satuday Bloggers: 7/20 Gloria Alden, 7/27 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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 Margaret competes in the Unpublished/Mainstream mystery/suspense category.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.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

March Writing Method Through the Basketball Madness

by Paula Gail Benson

I’ve been right there with you watching the brackets and speculating on the final four, but this year, I found March was a time to delve into writing method as much as basketball madness.

Sally Handley and Debra H. Goldstein
Early in the month, I had the opportunity to attend the Upstate Sisters in Crime meeting in Greenville, S.C., to enjoy supper with the group and hear Debra H. Goldstein talk about her journey to publication. Debra understands the writing business and has approached it as she did her legal career: thoughtfully, conscientiously, and courteously. I’m constantly amazed at all that she is able to accomplish (including simultaneously being President of the online Sisters in Crime Chapter known as “the Guppies” as well as President of Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America plus promoting her new series and writing/revising the next novel). She is phenomenal.

I’m tremendously grateful that Sally Handley, President of Upstate Sisters in Crime, played host to both of us. Following the program, Sally, Debra, and I went to her condo and spent a good portion of the evening talking. What is more enjoyable than authors being able to compare notes? Well, maybe a musical theater production, but they are close! I’m also grateful to have seen Sally’s garden, which made me appreciate the inspiration for her gardening series.

Maggie Toussaint, Raegan Teller, PGB, Roger Johns, Sasscer Hill,
and David Burnsworth
Near the end of the month, I had the wonderful opportunity to moderate a panel at a local literary festival known as Deckle Edge, after the feathered texture found on pages in handmade books. This year, the festival took applications and I was very pleased they accepted one for a Detective in the South discussion. The panelists were David Burnsworth, who writes two series about Charleston private eyes (and has been recently interviewed here at WWK); Sasscer Hill, the Agatha nominated author of books about the horse racing industry, who has been compared to Dick Francis; Roger Johns, who now lives in Atlanta, but writes about a female police detective based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Raegan Teller, from Columbia, whose reporter character Enid Blackwell finds that small Southern towns have their own secrets; and Maggie Toussaint, who combines paranormal abilities with police procedurals in the low country near Savannah, Georgia. With only an hour, we barely had time to scratch the surface, but it was a rousing conversation.

In addition, I had the chance to interview Jo Watson Hackl at Deckle Edge. Jo writes middle grade mysteries that involve outdoor settings. Her own background, growing up in a ghost town and avidly listening to storytellers in her family and community, led her to create a delightfully plucky heroine, Cricket, who goes looking for her missing mother with a cricket named Charlene and a poetry loving dog. I really enjoyed hearing about Jo’s life story as well as how she juggles her writing with a career as an attorney.
Jo Watson Hackl

So, many thanks to my March final four of Debra H. Goldstein, Sally Handley, a fabulous panel on the Detective in the South, and Jo Watson Hackl. I highly recommend their work and encourage you to go hear them if they are speaking near you.

What writer presentations have you seen lately and what are you looking forward to? Tell me more about Sleuthfest, Left Coast Crime, and anticipation for Malice!


Kait said...

Sounds like a delightful March Madness - and I bet no one's sneakers squeaked! I haven't been to a writer presentation in a while - I'm hoping to make it to Sleuthfest this year.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

South Carolina is jumping with writer events! Other than Jessica Strawser's Writer in Residence programs at the main library and Books on the Banks, staying home this year.

KM Rockwood said...

What wonderful opportunities! When I can, I love to take advantage of organized events for writers. It's so inspiring, and people (especially mystery and crime writers) are so welcoming and helpful.

carla said...

Paula, it's hard to keep up with you!!!

Grace Topping said...

Paula, it's great that you have so many wonderful events close to you that you can attend. Speaking of great events, I'm looking forward to seeing you at Malice.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Paula, you're the best. And how you do it all, amazes me.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Kait, you're right, no squeaky sneakers, just sneaky writers!

Margaret, please keep sending the beautiful floral photos on FB. They are gorgeous!

KM, I'm looking forward to seeing you at Malice!

Carla, you should mention, not only were you on the program committee for Deckle Edge, but you served as a moderator.

Grace, let's celebrate your debut novel at Malice! Yay!

Debra, you're my inspiration. So proud of all your achievements!

Jim Jackson said...

No conferences for me this year, so whatever contact I experience has to be done electronically.

We will be traveling this year; details in future blogs.