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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


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Left High and Dry

by Kaye George

What to do when you’re left high and dry? That is, when your nice little small press goes away, the one that published the series that starts with the first serious mystery novel you deemed worthy. The mystery novel you worked on for ten years. The mystery novel that tells of an alternate life you might have led, had things gone differently.

Me playing an outdoor wedding in Dallas; daughter was my page turner
I’m a life-long classical violinist, from the age of ten anyway. So when I started out to write in this genre, I created a character who was also a classical musician, but a keyboardist, just so she wouldn’t be exactly like me. And I had her become a composer and conductor, two things I’ve dabbled at, but never did for a living. I guess you could say Cressa Carraway is my alter-ego. 

During the ten years I took to get the first novel in shape (never mind the two I wrote before that—they’re hopeless), I took classes, learned about critique groups, joined writers’ organizations locally and, eventually, online. In other words, it took me about ten years to learn how to write a mystery.

Then I started querying agents. I learned that classical music is not considered by them to be a popular hook. I ignored those who said that and kept querying. For a long time. I ran out of agents and started on small presses. Lo and behold, Barking Rain Press decided to take it. I was thrilled! (It wasn’t my first novel accepted—I wrote a few more during that ten years and had two others accepted by other small presses, but it’s my first baby.) It even became a Silver Falchion Finalist at Killer Nashville.

I wrote a sequel and Barking Rain published that one, too. The series even acquired some fans. Things were going well!

Then I got sidetracked on other projects, always meaning to get that third one written. Soon, soon. But, before that happened, things started getting out of kilter at BRP. Royalty statements were late. Payments were late. Communication was extremely poor. I had asked for my rights back from another small press where I had disastrous experiences and ended up self-publishing that series. So I decided to get my rights back for this series, too.

Just about the time the second book reverted to me, BRP announced they were going to shut down! Good timing on my part, for once. So, what to do next? 
morguefile.com by lauramusikanski

CreateSpace, the self-publishing tool I used, wasn’t there anymore. Oh brother! What a bother. 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!


Kait said...

You have my attention, can't wait to find out.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Congrats! What a journey.

Grace Topping said...

You certainly have had some challenges. But I'm glad that you haven't let them defeat you. Can't wait for the next chapter.

Kaye George said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kait, Margaret, and Grace. Just...One More Thing.

KM Rockwood said...

Well, we certainly see why you are such a great mystery writer. You've left us in suspense about your solution, and we'll have to wait two weeks for the next installment.

Kaye George said...

Yes, KM, that's my clever ploy! :)