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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


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 (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

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.

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


Thursday, May 30, 2019

When Does A Writer Stop Writing?

As I approach a very big birthday—a birthday well past the usual age of retirement—I ask myself: when will I stop writing? All of my non-writer friends are now retired. Some of them babysit young grandchildren. Most of them play canasta or Mahjongg. Regardless of their activities, their working days are over. Mine sure aren't. I find that I'm busier than ever writing mysteries, promoting my books, writing blogs, and going to conferences. My writer friends are doing pretty much the same. Which makes me wonder—when does a writer stop writing?

Like me, many of my writer friends pursued other careers in their earlier years. Some were teachers, librarians, journalists, lawyers. The list goes on. Perhaps it's because we started our career as fiction writers later in life that we continue into our sixties, seventies, and eighties. Writing books, fulfilling contracts, doing readings—whatever the job requires.

These past ten years I appreciated having had books to write and writing-related chores to carry out to keep me on track. Writing fills my days as it gives my days structure. I found this especially valuable when my husband was very ill then died; when I was in treatment for Stage Four Lymphoma. I had an obligation to finish a book. Though I'm currently under contract, I'm pretty sure I'd continue to write more books even if I weren't. I would return to series that I had to abandon in order to work on other books. Spending time each day writing at my computer has become a way of life.

Sometimes I wish I had more free time—to lunch more frequently with friends and not have to work into the evening. I suppose the day will come when I'll realize I can no longer fulfill my writing obligations, and I'll stop doing what's been my life these past thirty-some-odd years. Then I'll write my last chapter, bid good-bye to my readers, and spend my days reading and socializing—or whatever retired people do. But until then I'll continue to write for as long as I can.


Kait said...

Happy birthday, Marilyn. Frankly, I'm glad you are not ready to quit. I've long considered you an inspiration.

So writers say they write because it is a job, other's because they need to emotionally. Sounds like you write because you love it. The best reason of all.

Jim Jackson said...

Sometimes I wonder if writing is best categorized as an addiction (I can't NOT write). Maybe for we oldsters it's a way to stay sharp and relevant.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

All of the above. Good points, Marilyn.

Susan said...

I agree with you, Jim Jackson. I remember better when I’m writing.

Grace Topping said...

I sometimes wonder about the same thing. I'm retired, but with writing and promotional activities, I feel as though I've taken on a full-time job with mandatory overtime. We'll see how long I'll last.

carla said...

Writing is who we are. Not what we do.

Marilyn Levinson said...

I think writing keeps our minds active. After all, plotting is problem solving. We're forced to use those "brain muscles."
Jim, I also think that writing is our way of life. And why is it that so many of the writers I know are—ahem, on the older side of fifty?

KM Rockwood said...

I'm with you, Marilyn. Writing is as important as breathing--as long as one can do it, one does.

Kaye George said...

Writing was my lifeboat during my husband's illness and death also. And now, I honestly have no idea what I would be doing, if not writing. I tried to take up my violin again, but my hands are not shaped right after my arthritis surgery (and the arthritis, too!), so I don't see myself doing quartet or orchestra work any more. I'd love to garden more, but the body doesn't want to do much of that either. Thank goodness for the ability to type out novels and short stories! Long may we all write!

judyalter said...

I'm going to sound like an echo to Marilyn and all the comments, but I too have wondered about "retirement." Writing is not something you can just quit, and I can't imagine myself not writing. As one of you said, it's now what I do--it's who I am. I used to fear retiring from my day job and waking up each morning wondering how on earth I was going to fill the day. With writing it's never a problem. I'll write until I can't. Mahjong sound so boring!

authorlindathorne said...

Great post and I enjoyed the comments. I'll soon be 73 and driving an hour each way to a full-time job in downtown Nashville. To me, being able to stay home and write books would be retirement. Like many of you, I can't imagine retiring from writing and I'm not even a good example since I've only published one book (several short stories). I am spending as much time as possible finishing up on my 2nd book in a series that I started in 2015.

Patricia Gligor's Writers Forum said...

I love your books so I'm happy to read that you're going to write for a long, long time.

As tempting as it sometimes is to "be retired," like you, I'm grateful to have my writing. It's always been my passion and I'd be lost without it. (Even though some days I want to throw my computer out the window. LOL)

Happy birthday!