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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


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.