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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

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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

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Happy (?) New Year



by Kaye George


If you want to get a whole lot of responses online, just post that you’re sick and feeling lousy. I did that recently and was astonished at how many other people seem to have the same lingering malady that I’ve had for most of December. I’m writing this the end of December and am not really feeling very much better. (I’m seeing the doctor again in a few days, though.)

However, my horoscope the day I’m writing this, December 31st, gives me hope.

Priorities and fantasies. Hm, this assumes they’re wildly different. But bringing them together sounds like a good thing, right?

One priority is to get healthy. Another is to meet my upcoming deadlines. Maybe my priority is to get things published and my fantasy is to sell a million of each short story and novel. Yes, bringing them together would be a very good thing! Especially since I have a new series starting in March and have high hopes, even fantasy aspirations.

Since I started this essay with the health thing, I should relate it to my writing.

That’s easy. It’s all material! I haven’t used this awful malady (coughing, runny nose, no energy) yet, but you can bet I will. My characters do end up suffering whatever I’ve recently gone through, somehow.

I had a horrible cold when I wrote the short story “Handbaskets, Drawers, and a Killer Cold” so my main character, a Chicago cop, did too. I felt so awful when I wrote it, but I think I put a lot of realism into it because it was nominated for Best Short Story Agatha Award that year (2009).



Another time I stubbed my toe. Actually, I broke it and it gave me all kinds of problems. So my character, stubbed her toe, too, and it gave her lots of problems.

The cold theme came up again for a character. She had my cold, of course. This was Chase Oliver in the third Fat Cat book, FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE. I was able to play it for comedy this time, rather than misery, as in the above short story. Everyone she knew let her know exactly what she should do for her malady, and some of the advice conflicted. (That’s actually based on my experiences, too.)



Anyway, I HOPE everyone who has been suffering through this month-long upper respiratory yuck is soon (or already) fine and that 2020 will prove to be a much better year for all of us.


above photo from morguefile.com by Fidler Jan


12 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

priorities and fantasies! I like it. Right now the puppy and I have different priorities: his is chewing woodwork and mine is deadlines.

carla said...

I've got the bug now, too, Kaye! Priority: GET WELL. Arghhh.

Kaye George said...

Good luck, Margaret, with the conflicting goals. Carla, my sympathy and commiseration!

Grace Topping said...

Glad to hear that your various maladies have given you fodder for your books. Shows they are good for something. Hope you feel better soon. Going into week four of my cold, I beginning to think I may survive. Happy new year.

Kaye George said...

Grace, my doctor's daughter is in her 5th week and I think I'm in my 4th. I hope we all clear up before the 2 months that some people are having this!

KM Rockwood said...

Hope everybody's feeling better! Will I jinx myself by saying that, so far, I have eluded this one?

I think (hope) I have a certain immunity to a number of these maladies from working in high risk environments (prisons--extensive interaction in a very crowded environment with inmates from all over, and a public alternative school with a high homeless population) where I was exposed & either got a mild version or managed to shrug off various infirmities.

Now watch. I will probably be down with the flu-from-hell next week.

Kaye George said...

I hereby remove any jinx you may have invoked! Vanished! I do think exposure over time is more effective than a lot of other preventive measures. The super flu shot sure didn't do it. IF this is flu. No one wants to define it.

Kait carson said...

Oh, feel better, Kaye! I loved your Chicago cop story. I wonder when my broken wrist will show up on a character. Hum. Wait. I DO know.

Susan said...

Feel better, Kaye!

Kaye George said...

Thanks, Kait and Susan. It's getting better very gradually!

Annette said...

Wishing you Healthy New Year, Kaye. And my characters tend to suffer the same ailments as either I have or my husband has. I figure, we had to deal with the pain so we might as well USE it for something beneficial, right?

Kaye George said...

Right, Annette! No suffering for nothing!