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June Interviews

6/3 Gretchen Archer, Double Trouble
6/10 Kaye George, Deadly Sweet Tooth
6/17 Annette Dashofy, Til Death
6/24 Adam Meyer

Saturday Guest Bloggers

6/6 Mary Keliikoa
6/13 William Ade
6/20 Liz Milliron

WWK Bloggers:

6/27 Kait Carson
6/30 WWK Writers--What We're Reading Now


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

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, and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination! All are winners but without Agatha Teapots. Onto 20121!

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."

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.

Kaye George's second novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Deadly Sweet Tooth, was released on June 2. Look for the interview here on June 10.

Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.

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!


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Hitting a Homerun on Inspiration by Nicole Asselin

Well, we made it through week 4306586 (does time even matter anymore?) of social distance and isolation. Congrats everyone!

One thing I miss is baseball. Probably not surprising since my debut cozy mystery is titled Murder At First Pitch. It is set in the fictional world of an independent league baseball, located on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Luckily, my second book was completed (and currently in edits) before the quarantine. I’m not going to lie, creativity has been a little lacking for me since we locked down. Usually I have the Red Sox games to keep my creative juices flowing, but now there is nothing.

The first book in the Ballpark Mysteries was written exclusively during the historic Red Sox baseball season in 2018. I used the team as inspiration and found myself loving to write during summer days out on the deck with Joe Castiglione (voice of the Red Sox) on my radio.  This year, with no sports on, I’ve found it harder to get into the headspace of my own fictional baseball team.

A breakthrough came this week when ESPN began airing Korean Baseball League games. It’s a surreal experience to watch baseball when I wake up at 5:30 in the morning, but I found it helping me get new ideas and finding more inspiration to write. For those who don’t know, the Korean league is a little different from the majors. They have a cheerleading dance team, which performs on the dugouts between innings. Even with no fans in the stadium, there are plenty of people watching on the computer, and they love all the pageantry.  It’s something I hope the MLB brings to the season if/when they start.  And I know I will be putting some of the fun things I’ve seen into future books.

For some people, writing is a quiet time of reflection or introspection. For me, writing is a way to put my passions on paper. Baseball has been one of my passions for a long time now, and I can’t wait for it to come back. Until then, I can retreat to the world of the Abington Armadillos to get my baseball fix in.

Stay safe, and keep reading!

Nicole Asselin grew up a Navy brat and spent her formative high school years in the middle of Pennsylvania but always identified with her New England roots. Her grandfather introduced her to Red Sox Nation and her grandmother introduced her to mystery novels.

Nicole graduated from Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, in 2004 with a degree in English/Creative Writing, minoring in Dance. Now working in just outside of Boston as a technical writer, she lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with her three cats Julia, Jacques, and Madeline. Nicole is a current member of Sisters in Crime (National and New England) and the Mystery Writers of America. She sits on the Board of Directors for the NE branches of both groups as Social Media Liaison.


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Congratulations on your debut! Great setting.

Grace Topping said...

That was so interesting hearing how baseball is done in Korea. Also interesting that you can listen to a game while writing. I need quiet. But since you are writing about baseball, you probably would find it inspiring. I grew up in central Pennsylvania, Altoona, and it was such a beautiful spot in the Allegheny Mountains. And although I live now in Virginia, I set my books in a fictional town in the midst of the Allegheny Mountains.

KM Rockwood said...

Yes, many sources of inspiration have dried up. I wonder if anything you write while you're following the Korean baseball will have an exotic flavor. One of my brothers lived in South Korea for a while, and he had lots of fascinating anecdotes about the people and the culture.

Jackie Layton said...

Nicole, congratulations on your debut!

I'm from Kentucky, and when basketball got canceled in March I almost went into shock. I totally understand missing baseball. We're a sports family, and I think I'll love reading your book.

Again, congratulations!

Susan said...

Congratulations! Sounds like an interesting series, and, like Grace, I find it amazing that you listen to baseball while you write.

Kait said...

Congratulations on your debut novel and best of luck with the second. When will it be released?

Like Grace and Susan, I cannot imagine writing with background sound. Plenty of writers do, though, I know a few who cannot write without a playlist. They say it sets the mood and brings them to a higher level of creativity. So glad that you found your muse again with Korean baseball. Are you considering a traveling game in your next novel?

Warren Bull said...

Someone once asked me if I write to music and I said "Only if the music in my head counts."