If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.














January Interviews
1/1 Sherry Harris, Sell Low, Sweet Harriet
1/8 Barbara Ross, Sealed Off
1/15 Libby Klein, Theater Nights Are Murder
1/22 Carol Pouliot, Doorway To Murder
1/29 Julia Buckley, Death with A Dark Red Rose

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
1/4 Lisa Lieberman
1/11 Karen McCarthy
1/18 Trey Baker

WWK Bloggers: 1/25 Kait Carson, 1/30 E. B. Davis

*************************************************************************

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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.


Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

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

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30. It is now also available in audio.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Cliffhangers

by Kaye George


Here’s where my last post for Writers Who Kill left off:
... I actually DID come up with an excellent solution, but I have to leave you with a teaser—can’t tell you yet what will happen. Tune in two Sundays from now!

Here it is, two Sundays from then. But…well…I can’t tell you the solution to having my publisher go out of business yet. I’ll have to leave you with a cliff hanger again this time. Sorry! 


Speaking of cliffhangers, they are a staple in genre fiction, at least in the kind I write. They are how we keep our readers turning pages, staying up late, and—we hope—enjoying our books. They belong at the ends of chapters and scenes. I’ve taken classes where it’s advocated to do them at the end of every chapter and scene. I’ve also been advised, by an editor I respect, not to put them at every single one. That gets too predictable—ho hum.


How do we create cliffhangers? We raise a question and don’t answer it. Yet. We start some action and don’t finish it. Yet. We create an expectation and don’t fill it. Yet. Sounds like we’re being mean, doesn’t it? It’s all for your own good. Trust me! 


Another way to produce tension with a cliffhanger is to change the point of view (POV). Just when one character is getting to the juicy part, end the scene and switch to the other character. No, that’s not cheating! It’s our way of making it more interesting.

So, hang on for two more Sundays! I hope you’ll be back.

Photos from morguefile.com

by teacake, impure_with_memory, MushyTaters

4 comments:

KM Rockwood said...

The idea of ending every chapter with a cliffhanger is tempting. We want our readers to think, "What happened next?" and stay up to read just one more chapter.

But you're right--that would end up being boring.


Change of POV is a great technique, but I seldom use more than one POV in my work. This one person (or animal or robot or ghost) is telling the story through me, and I can't get my mid around another POV.

Kaye George said...

Changing POV is just one trick in the bag. It's a big bag! Thanks for stopping in, KM.

Kait said...

I'm on the edge of my chair!

Chapter-ending cliffies are wonderful techniques, but not every chapter and NEVER at the end of a book. My wall has a few dents due to book ending cliffhangers where the solution to the crime has been left hanging. Cliffies for subplots are fine, at least in my opinion.

Kaye George said...

I agree, Kait! Unless the next book is right there, within reach, that just doesn't work! I know they want to to read the next book, but it may be months, a year, before it comes out. By that time, you're not really interested any more.