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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.


Saturday, November 23, 2019

Write What You Know, by Kait Carson

“Write what you know.” The quote is variously attributed to Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway. The Hemingway version actually reads “I decided that I would write one story about each thing I knew about.” Tortured English for my two cents, but who am I to argue with Hemingway. He was an ace at covering his bases, and as he matured, he must have realized that writing what he knew might be a tad boring so he decided to ask himself “What did I know best that I had not written about and lost? What did I know about truly and care for the most?”

The last is the money question for me. What do I know about truly and care for the most? What question do I want to let my characters help me examine? The answers have nothing to do with spending months cooking on a boat—when I had no idea how to cook, or spending every weekend in the Caribbean throughout the 1980s. Yes, I know all about those things, but who cares?

What do I know about truly because of those experiences? Gratitude. The men on that boat taught me to cook. Their efforts kept the captain from putting me ashore when he discovered I was a fraud. Because of them I can make a full meal from any three ingredients, and I know the gossamer silk feel of the trade winds when they kiss your cheek in your sleep. Mercy. A woman in Sint Maarten took me into her home and nursed me back to health when I had dengue fever and no place to stay. She taught me that having enough is being rich, sharing it doubles the wealth, and there is always room for one more. Because of her, I know the honey-sweet taste of sucking on a hibiscus flower, the prickly feeling of a bananaquit landing on your arm, and that peas (a type of bean) and rice can extend any meal.

If I’m doing my job as a writer, then each character I write is informed by their own unique blend of qualities that breathes life into them. The gruff sailor can realistically display a gentle side. A woman can follow her heart to defy her family and display Herculean kindness. These are things that I care the most about. The deep well from which mankind draws to form and shape behaviors that are as often ephemeral as they are immutable. Those are the questions I want to examine, how each character, in life and fiction, is the architect of their own story.


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Nice blog, Kait!

Sasscer Hill said...

Kait, your comments are spot on. It is that spark deep in a character's heart that surfaces under duress, turns his world upside down and sends him on a journey that both terrifies him and gives him a sense of power and abilities he never knew he possessed.

Warren Bull said...

I often feel like I am conveying the character's story rather than my own.

Kait said...

Thank you, Margaret!

Kait said...

Well put, Sasscer. The best times as a reader and a writer are when you can feel that spark in a character and they leap from the page.

Kait said...

Absolutely, Warren. In many ways, our characters are our children. We do our best to give them a good grounding,but they turn into individuals and set the writer's plan on a new course.

KM Rockwood said...

All of our stories (and characters) emerge from ourselves and our experiences. How we distill and present them is the very basis for our work.

Kait said...

So true, KM. Which is why it is so gratifying to be a writer. Our experiences are wet clay that we shape into characters with lives of their own.

Nancy Nau Sullivan said...

Thanks, Kait. I've often thought about that "write what you know" business, but I think you nail it when you add the "what you care about." I wrote my first mystery about a place I know well, but the thing that really propelled me is that I truly care about what is happening to that island. I think the writer has to care about in situ, at least, I do.