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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.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Heartbreaks and Half-truths--an Anthology

I love short stories. I love reading them, writing them, and sharing them with other readers.

The first short story I can remember reading was The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, by James Thurber. It was originally published in 1939, so it had been around for a while before I happened upon it.  I
Paula Gail Benson and I
both have stories in this anthology.
don’t remember the circumstances. When I was a child, my father restricted our reading to the children’s section of the public library (which did not permit children to take books out from the adult section) and a few other books, like Nancy Drew, that the library considered too “frivolous” to include in their collection.

However I managed to get hold of Walter Mitty, I was entranced. A short read with comparatively few details, yet the character sprang to life before my eyes. I was not familiar with the concept of literary reviews, and thus my take on it was mine alone. I saw a hapless, dreamy character who tried hard to fulfil his responsibilities in an unwelcoming, critical world. He escaped the way I did, by “writing” stories in his mind. And he had a knack for inadvertently embarrassing himself, as he did when he suddenly remembered what he was to purchase and said, “Puppy biscuits!” loudly in a store. People around him snickered. He could do nothing but pretend to not hear them.

When they arise, I like to answer submission calls for short story anthologies. The guidelines present a challenge and an opportunity. Sometimes a story forms complete in my mind, seemingly with little input from me. Sometimes I get the nugget of a story and have to work long and hard to make it happen. And sometimes, alas, no appropriate ideas spring to mind, and unless I have a great deal of time and energy available, I have to abandon the project.

I saw the submission call for Heartbreaks and Half-truths and was intrigued. I don’t usually write romance, but romance is an essential part of life, and I find it impossible to write fiction without including it in my stories.

Since I’ve submitted to her before, I knew I could work with Judy Penz Sheluk, who was planning to publish the anthology with her Superior Shores Press.

A character sprang immediately to mind. A cynical middle-aged man from a wealthy family who has never quite managed to make his own way in the world. Finding himself “financially embarrassed” and deeply in debt to unsympathetic loan sharks, he devices a plan to wed a wealthy but homely and insecure heiress to a commercial fortune, who is barely in her twenties. The outcome is not a happily-ever-after ending.

I’m familiar enough with this process to know that acceptance is by no means guaranteed, but in this case the story was chosen for the anthology. It is currently available for pre-order and will be published on June 18. Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088ZGF18Y

And now on to other open submission calls, one for a cozy mystery in a small town, and one for the next ­The Killer Wore Cranberry­ in the fun and wonderful Thanksgiving series by Jay Hartman. For that one, I’m thinking a family gathering where, despite numerous attempts, no one is able to provide a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.


Kait said...

Congratulations, Kathleen. Writing shorts is an art in itself. One you have obviously mastered. Best of luck with your other submissions as well. The Killer Wore Cranberry is a modern classic!

Susan said...

Congratulations, Kathleen. Short stories are a delight to read.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Congrats, Kathleen!

Judy Penz Sheluk said...

I loved Kathleen's story from the moment I read it. Very clever, great twist at the end, and loaded with wit. Thanks for spreading the news about the anthology, too.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Kathleen, I enjoyed this story very much. You develop characters so well in your short stories. A great read!

KM Rockwood said...

Kait, thanks. I love to put a little bit of humor into short stories. That's one of the things
that makes "The Killer Wore Cranberry" series such fun.

Thank you, Susan and Margaret.

Judy, it's a pleasure to work with you.

Paula, I enjoyed your "Living One's Own Truth" in the anthology.

Peggy Rothschild said...

Hi Kathleen - Great post. I'm looking forward to reading your story!

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks, Peggy. I hope you enjoy it!