Starting on 11/28 WWK presents original short stories by some of our authors. Here's our lineup:

11/28 Debra H. Goldstein, "Thanksgiving in Moderation"

12/5 Annette Dashofy, "Las Posadas--A New Mexico Christmas"

12/12 Warren Bull, "The Thanksgiving War"

12/19 KM Rockwood, "The Gift of Peace"

12/26 Paula Gail Benson, "The Lost Week of the Year"

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November Interviews
11/6 Barbara Ross, Nogged Off
11/13 Lena Gregory, Scone Cold Killer
11/20 Lois Winston, Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide
11/27 V. M Burns, Bookmarked For Murder

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
11/2 V. M. Burns
11/9 Heather Redmond
11/16 Arlene Kay

WWK Bloggers: 11/23 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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.

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

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.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.

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: or at Amazon:

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30. It is now also available in audio.


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!