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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


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Mid-Summer Mystery Conference

by Paula Gail Benson

Brian Thiem's Master Class
Maybe the first mystery we had to resolve was figuring out if authors and readers would gather in a town with the slogan “famously hot” when the temperature was guaranteed to be close to triple digits. Two years ago (2017), we learned writers might come when Jeffrey Deaver, then President of Mystery Writers of America (MWA), offered to present a seminar to each chapter. The Southeast Chapter (SEMWA), headed then by Maggie Toussaint, quickly accepted his generous offer and began searching for a location in South Carolina, one of the six states in the chapter. Charleston would have been lovely, but most events are booked there years in advance. Since I live and have contacts in Columbia, the Deaver program took place at my church in late July, with approximately sixty attending.

Cathy Pickens interviewing Nancy Pickard
Fast forward a year to 2018. The Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime teamed up with SEMWA to host a conference featuring about twenty-five authors including special guest, Elaine Viets, whose appearance was underwritten by the Sisters in Crime National’s speakers’ bureau. Again, we planned the event for the end of July and felt fortunate to have about eighty people attending.

So, might it be possible to do it again?

The wonderful answer, thanks to another SEMWA and Palmetto Chapter collaboration, twenty-three authors, and special guest Nancy Pickard, is a resounding yes!
Settings Panel

Our sophomore effort of Mystery in the Midlands (Columbia is in the middle of South Carolina) took place on Saturday, June 22nd. Held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the event featured three master classes, four panel discussions, a buffet lunch, and an interview with Nancy Pickard by her good friend and fellow past president of Sisters in Crime National, Cathy Pickens.

Silent Auction Baskets
We put out a call for authors through the SEMWA and SinC networks. Also, some of the authors who participated in 2018 sent in suggestions and those new recruits joined our ranks. We had writers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida. New York, Georgia, and Tennessee. (Working behind the scenes, Debra Goldstein represented Alabama, and, while we missed her in Columbia, we celebrated her being with a new granddaughter.)

Writing Noels and Short Stories Panel
Except for the three breakout master classes (Paul Barra’s Hemingway POV, Brian Thiem’s Police Procedure for Authors, and Roger Johns’ and Warren Moore’s Humor in Mysteries) from which participants selected one, the conference had a single track of panel and interview presentations. Raegan Teller moderated Stacy Allen, Paul Barra, Tracy de Hahn, and Nancy Sartor talking about settings. Cathy Pickens’ interview with Nancy Pickard preceded lunch. After everyone had been through the buffet line, we played a game of “guess the author.” Interesting facts about each author were read and the audience member who guessed the identity won $5 bonus bucks to spend with our bookseller, Books on Broad from Camden, S.C. In the afternoon, I talked with Kaye George, Terrie Farley Moran, Nancy Pickard, Cathy Pickens, and Jaden (Beth) Terrell about writing novels and short stories. Sally Handley, President of the Upstate Chapter of Sisters in Crime moderated a great cozy panel with Victoria Gilbert, J.R. Ripley, Dorothy St. James, and Maggie Toussaint. Brian Thiem led the final panel of the day with Candace Carter, Elysabeth Eldering, Sasscer Hill, Roger Johns, and Warren Moore talking about their various journeys to publication.
Cozy Panel

In addition to the authors’ generosity in appearing at the conference, many contributed to a silent auction to benefit My First Books, the South Carolina affiliate for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This program sends a book a month to registered children from birth to age five. I’m delighted to say that we raised $630, which will provide books for 20 children for a year.

Thank you to all the authors and participants. We’re already planning for a third year. Won’t you come join us? P.S. Thanks to Kaye George and others who contributed photos appearing in this post.

Road to Publication Panel

Logo by Krista Anderson


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Looks like a great workshop. Hope to attend one day.

KM Rockwood said...

These gatherings are so helpful and supportive. Sounds like a great conference.

carla said...

Thank you for your leadership on this Paula!

Warren Bull said...

Nancy Pickard is a wonderful speaker.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Thank you so much for all the kind comments. We would love to have all of you attend. Please consider coming next year!

Terrie Farley Moran said...

A wonderful event! Lots of fun and lots of learning!!

Paula Gail Benson said...

Come again next year, Terrie. It was great to have you with us!