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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


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!


Friday, May 24, 2019

Crazy As a Writer by Warren Bull

Crazy As a Writer by Warren Bull

Image from Jessica Oliveira on Upsplash

One major difference between those who succeed in the writing world of traditional publishing and those who do not is the ability to keep writing, even when there is no reason to do so. Logical and reasonable people switch from something that doesn’t pay off after a reasonable time to something else that does.
Some writers stay with their dreams of getting an agent and finding a traditional publisher. For example, my friend Jenny Milchman’s  “first” novel was released in 2013 by Ballantine Books. Her first novel followed seven novels that were never released. She spent eleven years of writing novels that did not get published.
Once published, Cover of Snow earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal of Books, the AP, and many other publications. It was an Indie Next and Target pick, short-listed for the Barry and Macavity awards, and won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel of the year. The first edition print run sold out quickly. When I checked recently, there were fourteen editions of the book.
Ruin Falls, also an Indie Next Pick, was published by Ballantine in 2014 to starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and chosen as a "10 Best of 2014" by Suspense Magazine. Jenny's third novel, As Night Falls was published by Ballantine in 2015. It was selected as an Indie Next Pick, earned a starred review from Shelf Awareness, was chosen as one of PureWow's Summer Top 30 and won the Silver Falchion award for Best Novel. The film rights to As Night Falls recently sold and the movie is currently being cast.
None of that would have happened if she had come to her senses after the seventh novel, read the handwriting on the wall and took up a sensible course of action.
Fiction writers ask their reader to suspend disbelief.  Writers have to suspend disbelief that their work will be in vain.  Carolyn Hart published a novel in 1964 but had limited commercial success until 1987 when Death on Demand came out. She now has published about 60 novels. I hesitate to give an exact number since it’s hard to keep up with someone so prolific. Naturally, Carolyn has many other publications to her credit. She received the Ridley Pearson Award at Murder in Grove, Boise, Idaho, in 2005 for significant contributions to the mystery field. She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Amelia Award from Malice Domestic. In 2014 she was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.
Even though Jenny and Carolyn are wonderful writers, they had to remain active through hard times and believe in themselves when the lack of positive results suggested that an easier path would have been to give up.


KM Rockwood said...

I think that, for most writers, "success" is the icing on the cake. People write because they want to, or even feel they have to. While having a wide audience is wonderful, it's not the most important thing.

Jim Jackson said...

A famous saying is that "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

The difference between your examples, and the truth in the saying, I assume is that these people did not do the same thing over and over again. They wrote different books; they wrote better books; the networked more efficiently; etc.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Nice round-up, Warren.

Jacqueline Seewald said...


Excellent observations. I also agree with KM and Jim. As Pope said: "Hope springs eternal." The truth is if you love writing and are dedicated to it as we are, you just keep at it. It's always wonderful when writers like Jenny get rewarded for their efforts.

carla said...

Well said. We write because we have to. The words simply need to come out. What happens after is important, too-- but it's best not to let that be our motivation.

E. B. Davis said...

Crazy is as crazy does! At least I'm in good company. I love writers. Thanks for pointing out crazy, Warren. Given your life career--you'd know!