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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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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Where Evil Grows by Diane Bator


I’ve always had an active imagination, and I’ve never bothered to tuck it away as an adult. Although now I work in a haunted theatre, which will one day become the setting for a new mystery series, my first real memory of being fascinated with mysterious settings was when I was a kid and would have to use the washroom in the small grocery store we would shop in where I grew up.
In order to get to the washrooms, a side-by-side pair of cramped rooms, we had to walk down a narrow set of creaky stairs into the basement. I always hated having to walk in front of anyone. Back then, basements of old stores were not finished with drywall and a coat of cheery paint. They were dirty, musty, bug-infested, and scary!
That basement in particular had dirt or old cement floors, but sometimes we’d need to walk on pallet board walks between stacks of boxes, which also sat on pallets. Old basements were notorious for seeping walls and flooding, fair enough, but anything could have been hiding behind those boxes.
Even creepier were the bare lightbulbs that hung every few feet. Far enough apart to cast shadows. When you are four or five, those shadows are enough to make you reach for Mom or Dad’s hand.
By far, the scariest part of the whole experience was the song that looped through my head. Where Evil Grows by the Poppy Family. Yup, I started having creepy thoughts young! If you’ve never heard the lyrics, it’s worth a listen. Looking back, I believe that song/basement combination laid the foundation for a lifetime of fascination with mysterious tales.
The safest place in the entire basement was locked inside those little rooms with nothing but a toilet, a sink, and a bright light. Then again, you could never be too careful about what might crawl out of the sink or the toilet…
Eventually, I’d have to leave the safety of the bathroom. Sometimes I’d have to wait for my little brother or a parent. That’s when that song would become even louder inside my head. I was never so happy to head back up the stairs and into the brightly lit store. Yet it seems a part of my imagination brought the whole experience with me.
I have grown to love a good whodunit and suspense, both in movies and novels. It’s led to many a story that begins when I ask myself “what if?” My very first mystery, a novella written for a contest, was based on one of those old murder mystery party games. I actually found the exact same game in a second-hand shop not long after my story was published. My homage to my first mystery, which I’ve since followed with eight mystery novels.
I guess it shows, you never know where evil grows.

What do a trunk full of vintage clothes, a handsome land developer, and a fifty-year-old diamond heist have in common? Find out in All That Sparkles.

Diane Bator is an avid hiker who loves to make a mess in the kitchen. Joining a writing group was the catalyst for coming out of the creative closet and writing her murder mysteries:
Wild Blue Mysteries, Gilda Wright Mysteries, and Glitter Bay Mysteries.

You can find her at:

3 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I have my own "creepy basement" childhood memories. Congratulations on your latest release! I look forward to reading it.

Kait said...

Oh, my, what a perfect setting! Sounds like it would still be creepy today. Best of everything with your latest release.

KM Rockwood said...

That's one creepy song, and to have it turn into an "ear worm" in an already spooky basement must have been terrifying for a kid. Glad you have put it to good use.