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Starting on 11/27, WWK Bloggers will present new holiday short stories for your reading pleasure until the New Year. Look for a new short story each week. We will resume blogging on January 1, 2021.

11/27--Margaret S. Hamilton, "They Shoot Pumpkins, Don't They?"

12/03--Annette Dashofy, "A Christmas Delivery"

More to come!


KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Margaret S. Hamilton's "Dealing at the Dump" will appear in Cozy Villages of Death Fall 2020.

Margaret S. Hamilton's "Black Market Baby" and Debra H. Goldstein's "Forensic Magic" will appear in Masthead: Best New England Crime Stories Fall 2020.

Two new books for WWK members: Jennifer J. Chow's Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (look for the interview on WWK on 11/11) and Judy Penz Sheluk's Where There's A Will. Both books will be released on November 10.

For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

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

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

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.


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!