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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, February 15, 2020

Dangerous Situations by Kathryn Lane

The recent virus scare coming out of China reminds me how becoming an author has made me write about danger rather than travel to perilous locations looking for it.

For two decades, while I worked for a multinational corporation, my friends thought I was crazy to travel, taking temporary assignments in places like Colombia during the Pablo Escobar years, jetting to Africa as an outbreak of Ebola was underway, and going to India when the bubonic plague threatened to turn into an epidemic in that country.

Yet I never felt in danger. I’d be in northern India when the plague was mostly concentrated in the south. Or I’d be in Morocco when Ebola popped up in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And as far as Pablo Escobar was concerned, his radar never focused on a foreign female accountant in a backroom examining financial data at her company’s Colombian affiliate.

Then I left my corporate job to start writing.

That’s when my friends concluded I was indeed crazy. Why would I abandon well-compensated employment to write fiction?

Besides my paycheck, a fringe benefit consisted of my business travel. The weekends, my own time, had provided opportunities to visit tourist sites, indulge in local cuisine, meet people, and luxuriate in cultural experiences of my host countries. Leaving my corporate job also upended risky ventures, such as swimming in the rio Amazonas in Brazil or chasing wild camels in the high, dry plateau near Ouarzazate in Morocco. Overnight my travel pursuits went from being lived out in real life to emerging as stories on a computer screen. I still travel for research purposes, most recently to Croatia, to check out falcons and Harris Hawks. One of these beautiful birds features in my latest novel.             
When I started writing, a woman named Nikki Garcia came to life in my consciousness. She became the protagonist in my first novel, Waking Up in Medellin. Pure fiction, it’s set in the murky world of international finance. For the second book in the series, Nikki changed jobs from international finance to international private investigator in Coyote Zone (soon to be re-released as Danger in the Coyote Zone) set in Mexico.

My latest novel, Revenge in Barcelona, finds Nikki escaping to Barcelona, Spain, after her life is threatened in Mexico. She discovers very quickly that the danger she is running from has followed her to Spain.

Now I live vicariously through Nikki. I place her in heaps of trouble, and she must fight her way out to survive. I’m taking advantage of my past travels to set my novels in exotic places. Since I never experienced a plague or viral epidemic up close, I will probably never write a story about an end-of-the-world crisis. But if I do, I’ll send Nikki in to do the real work while I sit at my desk carrying out the necessary research.

About Kathryn

Kathryn Lane, originally from Mexico, took the long road to becoming an author. An artist in her early years, she became a certified public accountant to earn a living and embarked on a career in international finance with a major multinational corporation until she decided to take up writing. In her stories, she draws deeply from the prism of her experiences growing up in a small town in northern Mexico as well as her work and travel in over ninety countries around the globe. Her Nikki Garcia Thrillers are set in various locations:

Waking Up in Medellin, set in Colombia, South America, won “Best Fiction Book of the Year-2017” at Killer Nashville’s International Mystery Writers’ Conference.

Danger in the Coyote Zone, set in Mexico, won first place in the Action-Adventure category of the Latino Books into Movies award-2018.

Revenge in Barcelona, the latest Nikki Garcia Thriller is set in Spain. It was released in December 2019.

Kathryn’s collection of short stories, Backyard Volcano and Other Mysteries of the Heart, mostly set in the U.S. and Mexican border states of Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua, was named “Best Short Story Collection-2018” by Killer Nashville.

Kathryn and her husband, Bob Hurt, split their time between Texas and the mountains of northern New Mexico. She loves the arts and is a board member for the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council (Conroe, Texas). She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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Margaret S. Hamilton said...

What an exciting path toward writing fiction! Our world seems to offer too much in the way of man-made and natural disasters, doesn't it?

Susan said...

Your life story alone is amazing. Nicely done!

E. B. Davis said...

You have fodder for fiction, that's for sure. Good luck with the series!

KM Rockwood said...

You've used your experiences to weave fascinating fiction set in unusual places. I hope your series thrives.

Grace Topping said...

I give you a lot of credit, Kathryn. At the first sound of danger, I would be cancelling any trip I had planned. I would rather read about them from the safety of my own home. But, congratulations on your publications. They sound exciting--but maybe not as exciting as your real life.