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August Interview Schedule
8/7 Rhys Bowen Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
8/14 Heather Gilbert Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass
8/21 Lynn Chandler Willis Tell Me No Secrets
8/28 Cynthia Kuhn The Subject of Malice
8/31 Bernard Schaffer An Unsettled Grave

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 8/3 M. S. Spencer, 8/10 Zaida Alfaro

WWK Satuday Bloggers: 8/24 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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 will be released on June 18th.

Congratulations to Margaret S. Hamilton for being a finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier contest. Margaret competes in the Unpublished/Mainstream mystery/suspense category.

Congratulations to Shari Randall for WINNING the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Curses, Boiled Again was published by St. Martin's last year. Read the interview about the book here. Yay, Shari!

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: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.

James M. Jackson extends the Seamus McCree series with the May 25th publication of #6, False Bottom.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Understanding by Nancy L. Eady

It didn’t take long after I started writing in earnest before I discovered that non-writers do not understand writers on certain crucial issues. Here is my top ten list.

1)    Writers anxiously await non-writers’ opinions of our work when we let them see it before sending our story or book out into the cold, cruel world. We will not assume that they liked it if we don’t hear from them. The longer it takes to hear from them, the more we fear the writing is terrible.

2)     Writers cannot control our characters. They have a will of their own. Yes, we are creating them. Yes, we build the world around them. But then they take over. To push them to act in a manner contrary to their nature is to invite a revolution, or even worse, a complete strike a/k/a writer’s block.

3)    Writing is not nearly as lonely a profession as non-writers think. We meet fellow writers through many types of organizations – local, regional, national, and virtual. Various list-serves and other contacts keep my email box humming, while on-line communities on Facebook and Twitter keep up a running dialog between authors.

4)    Our fellow mystery writers are not competitors but colleagues. Business people selling products have the hardest time with this concept. Unlike laundry detergent, where buying Tide means I’m not buying Gain, buying Book A does not mean a reader will not buy Book B and then Book C. The more enthusiastic readers of mysteries out there, the better.

5)    Finishing the first draft is only the first step in writing a book. After that, developmental edits, copy edits and proof reading remain. We may have to rewrite our book yet again to satisfy agents or publishers. And yes, the rewriting and editing can take longer than writing the first draft did.

6)    Writing is hard work. It requires time and dedication. While writing, we are not free to discuss homework, our plans for next weekend, what we want to watch on TV or whose turn it is to walk the dog or take out the trash. We may not even hear the non-writer the first three times he or she speaks.

7)    NaNoWriMo. To be fair, not every writer gets NaNoWriMo either. (NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, where hardy souls set a goal of writing an entire novel during the month of November. NaNoWriMo has become quite the annual writing event.) 

8)    Receiving an email from a fellow writer is a friendly wave that lights our souls.

9)    We write because we can’t not write. Our writing won’t let us alone. Yes, life interferes at times and we put it aside for a while but we are always compelled to return.  

10)    A subtle bond exists between writers that transcends political beliefs, religion, race, creed or life-style. Only fellow writers understand the power, the pleasure and the pain of putting your ideas on paper and watching them take flight. A fellow writer understands the euphoria of being in “the zone.” Frustrated by writer’s block?  Fellow writers have been there, done that. A fellow mystery writer won’t bat an eye when you post a question on-line asking about the best way to kill someone, the best weapon to use and what poisons work best.

If you are a writer, what have you noticed non-writers fail to understand about us?  If you are a non-writer, what are some of the oddest things you have discovered about writers? 


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

My kids and their spouses are appreciative of my writing successes, but rather...wary. My first anthology publication was a short story set during a New Orleans wedding weekend that shared similarities with my son's wedding (without the scheming bridesmaids). With my daughter's upcoming beach wedding, they're bracing themselves for another wedding murder story.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Thanks in so many ways for writing this column for today. My immediate family understands how I listen to people at the next table or think about how something simple, like a baby carriage, can become a means to transport something evil, but my extended family questions the joy I'm getting from writing and didn't understand when I incorporated all of their names - I mixed up first and last names - into my first short story that sold. I thought I was paying tribute to them, but one in particular felt I was invading her privacy (maybe because I caught all of her haughty characteristics before I made her the corpse).

Grace Topping said...

Fun post, Nancy. Non-writers don't understand that our main character isn't us. When I first started writing, I felt really self-conscious that people would think my main character was me. Or that my mother was the model for the dreadful mother in my book. I almost felt I needed to put a note at the beginning that my mother was wonderful and not like the mother in my book.

KM Rockwood said...

Most of the non-writers who have commented to me on my writing are of the "I can't even begin to conceive of writing a short story, much less a whole book. More power to you."

But then, many of them are not exactly avid readers, so they might say the same thing about reading a whole book, too.