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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, 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!


8 comments:

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.