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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!


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Why This Story?

I’m interrupting my series of FBI Citizens Academy posts (never fear…they’ll continue on my next blogging day!) for a little book launch BSP.

This Tuesday (May 14), my eighth Zoe Chambers Mystery, Fair Game, hits

Why this book? Why now? Two questions I always ask myself in the planning phase of a new project. Often, I choose a theme because it’s close to my heart (Uneasy Prey). Sometimes I select a victim because…well, let’s be honest…someone has ticked me off and I need retribution even if it’s only on the page (Circle of Influence)! Occasionally, I need to wrap up some threads I feel I’d dropped in a previous book (Cry Wolf).

And then there are times I write a story totally for my readers. Such is the case with Fair Game.

I think the first time someone asked me “When are Pete and Zoe getting together?” was around the time Lost Legacy, the second in the series, came out. Even after they were clearly a couple, I’d have readers demand a deeper commitment from them. So Zoe moved in with Pete.

Here’s my problem: I believe happy couples living in bliss a.) is not very realistic (I love my husband but he’s been off work with an injury for a couple of months now, and I again need to kill someone on the page to ease my tension) and b.) is boring. The last thing I want to do is bore my readers!

“When are Pete and Zoe getting married?”

Okay. I can take a hint. Here are the opening few lines from Fair Game:

Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams shifted his gaze from the report he was working on to the small burgundy velvet box on his desk. He’d been in law enforcement for almost twenty years, half of that in the city of Pittsburgh. He’d faced down crack heads and killers. Last spring, he’d even taken a bullet.

But nothing he’d ever experienced terrified him as much as what was inside that little velvet box.

I can hear my diehard Pete and Zoe fans squeal when they hit that second paragraph. But of course, nothing ever goes smoothly.

The romantics in my readership aren’t the only ones for whom I wrote this book though.

Annette and Gypsy at the Fair
As a horse-crazy farmgirl, I joined 4-H when I was in my teens and made many lifelong friends. My 4-H leaders, especially Phyllis Ryburn, helped me come out of my very thick shell by shoving me into leadership roles. I was a reluctant vice-president of our horse club at a time when our president seemed to miss a lot of meetings. She probably didn’t miss that many, but it felt like it to me! I’d never ever had to stand up in front of a group of peers and take charge before. It was daunting. But looking back, leading those meetings taught me that I could speak in front of a crowd without dying.

Good thing. I do a lot of speaking gigs these days.

My 4-H friends have become supportive fans, buying books, attending signings,
Annette and Duchess at the Fair 1977
telling others about my series. Several book releases ago, I did a talk at a local library. It was a gorgeous day in the middle of very late winter, so only a handful of folks came in from the warm sunshine to see me. A group of my former 4-H leaders and friends made up most of the audience.

Including Phyllis Ryburn. I was deeply honored to find out she loved my books!

A couple of years ago, I drove past our county fairgrounds and had an epiphany. What a perfect setting for a murder! Fictional, of course. I mentioned it online and the response from my old horsey friends was epic. Oh, the possibilities!

Phyllis Ryburn
So Fair Game is my gift to my old Silver Bits 4-H Club friends.

Sadly, Phyllis died almost a year ago and never knew about this book. I dedicated it to her and her husband, who was a prankster and a Class A jokester rather than a club leader. He too is gone. I miss them both.

I offer Fair Game as a piece of my gratitude to my loyal fans, be they romantics or horsey folks…or both. And if you are neither, I hope you’ll still enjoy it.


Jim Jackson said...

Congratulations on #8, Annette. Best of luck to you and to it!

Annette said...

Thank you, Jim. #8. It boggles my mind!

KM Rockwood said...

Looking forward to reading this! I've loved the earlier ones. Hope you hit the USA bestseller list again.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Congratulations on your new release. Love the photos.

Annette said...

Thanks, Kathleen and Margaret!

Warren Bull said...

Great! Keep 'em coming.

Annette said...

That's the plan, Warren. Thanks.

Grace Topping said...

I'm probably the only young girl living in the middle of a fair sized city who wanted to be a member of a 4H club. Congratulations, Annette, on your latest release.

Annette said...

Thanks, Grace.

I don't think you were alone. 4-H has more kinds of programs than just livestock. I know there were cooking and sewing clubs back then. Today, there are STEM, Healthy Living, and Civic Engagement programs. Lots of stuff geared to city kids.

Jeanie Jackson said...

It is a perfect Zoe book which means that it is happy and funny and sad. The mysteries were complicated and I would never them figured out. It was uniquely awesome. And I order my own copy even though I got to read an ARC. That is how good it is.