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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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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Procrastination

Sometimes I wonder how my mystery novels get written. That's because it usually takes me most of a day to sit down and write those pages. I've yet to miss a deadline, but I'm about to reveal a big secret: I get nervous each time I sit down at the computer, click on Word, and start composing.

I'm not sure why this is the case, after so many years of writing novels. Is it because I'm afraid that I won't have anything to say? Or am I worried that something outrageous will pop out unexpectedly? Such concerns, when so far neither has ever happened. In the first case, I've yet to run out of words. In the second, I really like when my characters surprise me. I give their conversations and actions free rein and rarely remove them from the manuscript.

So why the procrastination? Why do I stop in midsentence to read the email that just zinged its way into my mailbox? Think it's time to check the newspaper or Facebook? Or feel the urge to make that phone call that can certainly wait until I'm finished writing for the day?

Of course, there are times when I'm in the writing zone and happy to remain there oblivious of distractions. My fingers fly as the words materialize before me and the story moves along. I suppose this happens when small but necessary details have been worked out in my mind and I'm free to move on quickly and efficiently.

I've come to understand that some of my procrastination is necessary. When I need to figure out how to segue into the next scene; or decide how, when and where two characters will meet, I turn from the screen to look through my mail or go downstairs for a drink of water. I might even respond to an email or check that evening's TV schedule. And when I return to my Work In Progress, the solution I've been seeking is clear in my head. While I was procrastinating, my mind was busy on a subliminal level  figuring out many answers for me.

And so I'll continue to work the way I do. Because the pages get written, the manuscripts get done.  

3 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I've learned not to push creativity. I walk the dogs or weed the garden and a way forward usually occurs to me.

KM Rockwood said...

Great thought. If I'm having trouble, I sometimes stop writing & go to bed early (I tend to write in the evening, when I don't have as many other responsibilities that need attention) and wake up the next morning with new ideas. Then I hurry to get them written before I move on with the rest of my day.

The subconscious mind is amazing, and sometimes mine needs free rein.

Warren Bull said...

You have to coax the muse. She cannot be commanded.