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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

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!

Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. 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.

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


Thursday, June 11, 2020

"Busted at the Booksale" Podcast Story

By Margaret S. Hamilton

Last fall, I submitted my annual Halloween/holiday short story to Kings River Life. Lorie Lewis Ham published my first short story in 2014, and to commemorate the event, I submit a new story every fall.

Lorie gave me two options: immediate publication or waiting till May for podcast publication. I chose the latter, and after several rounds of edits, the story was ready for the narrator.

A talented and versatile actress, Donna Beavers, recorded the podcast story, ably handling the many different voices: my intrepid amateur sleuth, Lizzie Christopher; her Jericho PD sidekick, Officer Bethany Schmidt; Lizzie’s husband and children. With two seniors, Jeb and Essie, thrown into the mix plus members of Bethany’s family, it’s a well-populated story.

I wrote the story as a reflection of daily life in suburban Ohio. The Cincinnati area is a hot point of both drug and human trafficking with many local communities affected. I threw in a reference to the “Run Hide Fight” training at schools and workplaces. Nupur Tustin, who had recently completed a law enforcement ride-along, supplied a crucial detail about drugs smuggled between the pages of books. In the story, senior citizens, living in poverty, are lured into drug distribution because they can’t keep up with the high cost of prescriptions and winter utility bills.

I’m pleased with the podcast and hope you enjoy it too!

Readers, do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Writers, have you published your work as a podcast or audiobook?

 Red Buckeye, Blue Ash, Ohio


Susan said...

What a timely story idea! I was on a podcast ten years sgo in the Chicago area talking about my first book—a memoir. Now I listen to podcasts every day, mainly for news, sometimes for entertainment.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Susan, my kids enjoy podcasts but I haven't experienced them until now. It's a different and enjoyable experience.

KM Rockwood said...

I pretty much always listen to KRL's podcasts. They're fun.

The actress here did a great job with a great story.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Thanks, Kathleen. I'll have to make the KRL podcasts a part of my regular routine. I've realized how lovely it is to take a break from the computer screen.

Jackie Layton said...

I enjoy listening to podcasts, and I've been interviewed on the Cozy Ink Podcast as an author. I've never participated in a podcast where my book has been read though.

Congratulations, Margaret!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Jackie, thanks for stopping by WWK.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Margaret, congratulations! I haven't listened to many podcasts, so this was a treat. I can see myself getting hooked on them. I loved Donna Beavers' voice and think she did a great job.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Shari, if I write a podcast story in the future, I'll limit the number of characters. Donna did an excellent job capturing the different voices, especially the seniors.