If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.


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

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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!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Thanks to the Literary Helpers

by Paula Gail Benson

My two young friends, Drew and Mary Alton Fiffick, have placed a sign outside their home. It says, “Thanks to the helpers.” It recalls the advice Mr. Fred Rogers received from his mother: when facing scary news, “Look for the helpers.”

These days we have so many who are helping to make our situation better: workers in medical facilities, pharmacies, grocery stores, food services, sanitation, government, and so many more areas. Certainly, we’ve learned the importance of being able to navigate a virtual world and owe a debt to our teachers and religious leaders for finding means to help us remain connected while social distancing is the norm.

I’d also like to thank and commend those in the mystery community that have reached out to authors and readers and helped us remain connected through virtual “meetings.” If you haven’t yet discovered these resources and are hungry for book news, here are a few groups you may want to check out.

Hannah Mary McKinnon began “First Chapter Fun” in mid-March, reading a chapter a day from new releases. Initially, she planned to end the series on May 9, but Hank Philippi Ryan partnered with her and they now read on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 am ET. There are 55 readings so far. More than 500 members have joined the group, and readings are already booked through late September. Check out the reading on Facebook or on Instagram at @FirstChapterFun.

On March 25, author, editor, and instructor Beth Terrell organized a private Facebook group called “Spirit of Ink” to encourage writers and keep them connected. Originally intended to be short term with Beth directing the activities and members making comments, it has continued to provide information about the craft, business, and joy of writing. Beth’s live chats convey many gems of wisdom and her writing prompts and meditations are inspirational. Members may post helpful information, but not self-promotion. To join, friend Beth and ask her for an invite.

Several Virtual Noir at the Bar events have begun and continue. Many are organized through Crowdcast or Zoom. Once you’ve signed up for a session, you can watch the replay if you are not able to join at the time it is held.

Ed Aymar hosts DC Noir at the Bar. In addition to the readers, he now features Chantal Tseng, a mixologist (who prepares a special cocktail for each presentation), and Sara Jones, a marvelous vocalist. Check out his Facebook page for details.

Edwin Hill and Daniel Ford began Noir at the Bar-Boston, which has transformed to Noir at the Bar-New England, in order to take advantage of the vast group of talented authors in that area. For information, friend Edwin Hill or write to him at edwinhill@yahoo.com.

Alex Segura hosts a Noir at the Bar from NYC and surrounding boroughs. Check his Facebook page for dates and readers.

For an international flavor, you might like to investigate Noir at the Bar Edinburgh. You can find it through Facebook.

Early in May, James D. F. Hannah hosted a Virtual Noir at the Bar, Country-Fried Style. Although it had some technical difficulties, it offered delightful dark stories being read by authors with distinctive Southern accents. I hope James will present another program.

If you are looking for craft, the Capitol Crimes Chapter of Sisters in Crime is having a Summer Series: Virtual Workshops for Mystery Writers & Readers. June 20, Lori Rader-Day will discuss “Writing and Publishing Mystery Short Stories”; July 18, Terry Shames will talk about “Using Inspiration to Build Characters and Drive Plots”; August 15, Gigi Pandian will describe the “Art and History of Locked-Room Mysteries”; and September 19, Hallie Ephron will present a program to be determined. For information or to register, check here.

Finally, please let me put in a plug for Mystery in the Midlands, a mid-summer conference sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and the Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Normally held in Columbia, South Carolina, this year, it will be a FREE virtual conference through Crowdcast on Saturday, July 25, featuring Charlaine Harris as the guest of honor and moderated by Dana Kaye. Panelists will include John Floyd, Tara Laskowski, and Art Taylor (short stories), Alexia Gordon, Toni L.P. Kelner, and Gigi Pandian (paranormals), and Charlaine Harris, Dana Cameron, and Jeffrey Deaver (novels to screenplays). To register, click here

I want to say a special thank you to all the literary helpers who are making this uncertain time more bearable by organizing and participating in these virtual meetings. They are invaluable resources.

What are your virtual summer mystery reading and writing plans?

13 comments:

Art Taylor said...

Great post, Paula! Sharing soon!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I'm registered for the Columbia event and looking forward to it! And I'll attend Killer Nashville if it happens.

Shari Randall said...

Looking forward to Mystery in the Midlands! "See" you all there!

Paula Gail Benson said...

Thank you, Art, Margaret, and Shari! It’s so good to see folks by video when we can’t meet in person. Thanks for all the great writing being shared!

E. B. Davis said...

Great resources, Paula. How do you find out about all these writer/reader support groups? They sound like great fun.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Thanks, E.B. I found most of these through Facebook references or list servs follow. I have found all that I’ve attended to be very worthwhile and I have added many books to my TBR list!

Paula Gail Benson said...

Sorry, that should have been “list servs I follow”

KM Rockwood said...

It's comforting to know that our writing community is as strong and supportive as ever, despite the challenges we face.

Jennifer J. Chow said...

So wonderful to know writers are supporting one another! (I have Mystery in the Midlands on my calendar.)

Paula Gail Benson said...

Kathleen, so truer words spoken. Jennifer, I'll look forward to "seeing" you there!

Kait said...

Great blog, Paula, and spectacular links. The virtual world is so exciting. There is so much going on and it's so easy to participate.

Unknown said...

Thank you for plugging Virtual Noir at the Bar, New England, Paula! We have another coming up on May 27!

Paula Gail Benson said...

Thanks, Kait. You are exactly right!

I'm very happy to plug Virtual Noir at the Bar, New England! Going now to sign up for the May 27th event!