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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


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Mexico is for Writers. Seriously. By Carla Damron

I’m just back from Mexico. I was there on some important writer business. I certainly wasn’t there to sample tequila, snorkel, and tour Mayan ruins—those are things tourists do. No, I was there to hone my skills as a novelist, to focus on my craft and my current work-in-process, and learn more about the business end of the writer’s journey.

View from the hotel lobby, where I sat... writing. 

You know, so what if we had a little time off? Taking in more of the island—Cozumel—was the best use of this time to expand my experiences and all. Maybe I’ll even set a novel in Mexico one day. And the tequila tasting? That was me immersing myself in the local culture, something writers ALWAYS do. Yes, I did purchase a couple of bottles, but that was so I could bring what I’d learned home. I can sip when I need reminders about what that cultural experience was like. Writers do stuff like that ALL THE TIME.

And the visit to the Mayan ruins? Setting, my dears. It was all about establishing and describing setting. I took pictures so I can be more authentic when I write--- maybe a mystery set in a temple devoted to Ix Chel, who is now my FAVORITE Goddess, and not just because she didn’t require human sacrifice. I’ll certainly include Ventura, the tiny Mayan unofficial tour guide who educated me about flora, fauna, and the Mayan ways. “We are all small statured. See that little window in the temple? It’s really a door.” And my favorite: “Ventura, do you have snakes here?” A shrug. “Just the boa constrictors.”

I'm told this wouldn't make a good author photo 
Snorkeling was necessary for stress release. Hey—you spend many hours with a bunch of very intelligent, sophisticated writers (who may or may not have been consuming margaritas) and you’d need to unwind, too. So I signed up for a snorkeling venture, and tossed myself into the warm, crystal clear water to marvel at the beautiful sea life. I don’t know how I’ll use this experience in my writing, because Mermaid-centered detective stories are so last year, but it was an incredibly refreshing outing. It rejuvenated me, so I’d be ready to WRITE some more. See? Everything I did was in service to my craft.      

The trip back involved a plane nearly two hours late leaving while the American pilots argued with Mexican airport people about which runway to use. A mad dash in Atlanta through Customs, baggage claim, security, to a gate in a terminal far, far away did not dampen my love of this trip. Even learning that TSA had unwrapped my tequila didn’t do it.
Typical Cozumel sunset. Seriously.

Mexico is a fine place to be in January. You know, to work on craft and stuff.

How about you? Any winter vacations—I mean work trips—planned?


Annette said...

"Research" through travel is the best part of being a writer! And yours sounds like an amazing experience, Carla, with lots of story fodder.

I have a road trip coming up next month for the VA Festival of the Book. Work trip, yes, but what wonderful scenery to explore along the way!

Not as exciting as Mexico, but it'll have to do for now.

E. B. Davis said...

I'll be going to Naples, FL at the end of the month. My sister and brother live there. I will visit them. I did write a novel set there. Next time, the setting will be at home in Hatteras. Glad you got away and had fun--I think taking breaks is important, too!

carla said...

Annette, Virginia sounds wonderful. Hope it's a great success. EB--Florida to see family sounds relaxing. And no hurricanes in Feb!

Nancy Nau Sullivan said...

Love it, Carla! LOVE Mexico--Im writing a mystery set in Mexico City. Gosh, I just might have to return for more "research"--buns at Ideal, a walk among the temple ruins at the Zocalo, a bike ride to Chapultapec, another loving gander at Rivera's murals. Ah. Research! Yay!!Thanks for the inspiration!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Carla, loved hearing about your adventures in Mexico! I'm sure little nuggets will find their way into future stories.

Warren Bull said...

If only it was tax deductable.

Paula Gail Benson said...

I had no doubt you were working diligently on your WIP, which I know did not take place in Mexico (maybe it does now). I know how devoted you are to your craft. I'm sure Ventura had to pry you away from your laptop to tour the Mayan ruins. I feel for the poor guy. And, the tequila? Simply your way of channeling Hemingway. Yeah, right. You keep on believing, Carla. And thanks for letting us experience it vicariously! My winter vacation was to visit Main Street's Saturday Soda City Market. I purchased local honey, comb included.

KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like a great trip. And a lot of inspiration. But as for actually working on a manuscript..?