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


June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied


Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson


Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson













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E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.


Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).


Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!


Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.


Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.


Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!


Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.


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


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

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Change and Creativity by Kait Carson



One of my favorite books and movies when I was a child was Auntie Mame. My Aunt Annie, a denizen of Greenwich Village and a contemporary of Marion Tanner, the real Auntie Mame, shared the same zest and philosophy of life. Aunt Annie also taught me that life is meant to be lived, and change is a good thing. Even unexpected change. Maybe especially unexpected change. Most of the family found her an embarrassment. I thought she was wonderful.
In this time of COVID-19, my husband and I had been living in Southwest Florida. I was crafting mysteries (not so often as I would have liked) and working more than full-time as a probate paralegal. With COVID numbers climbing in our county, and my entire office working remotely, hubs and I decided it was time to fly the coop. We have a home in Maine and becoming COVID refugees seemed ideal. So, I took three weeks’ vacation, we packed the house, rented an RV, and set off in our hotel on wheels for the Crown of Maine with our three cats and six conures.
I’d forgotten how much I missed Maine. It’s too far away to come for a long weekend, so we hadn’t visited in nine years. As soon as my feet hit terrafirma I raced up the hill to visit my woods. We have 167 acres of which 142 are wooded. The trail was overgrown, and mosquitos were gnawing at my ankles and I didn’t care. On the way back to the house I felt my creative well filling, a feeling that had been absent for eight of the past nine years.
It occurred to me on that walk that all of my short stories but one and all of my books but two had been written in Maine. They were polished and sold in Florida, but Maine had birthed them. Now ideas were bubbling so fast that I didn’t have time to commit them to paper. Instead, I fingered the audio recorder on my phone and started dictating. It was a delirious time.
The other shoe dropped when I got home and found a message from my office telling me that by moving to Maine, I had resigned. There was a brief moment of shock followed by a feeling of joy. I channeled my internal Auntie Mame/Annie and rejoiced in the opportunity. I could follow my dream and live my life as a full-time writer. None of those newly hatched ideas would go to waste because I didn’t have the time. Now was the time.
I’m excited by the possibilities. For the first time in my life I’m able to wake up and not only smell the coffee, but be part of the delicious mix of caffeine and richness. The first book of my new series has three more chapters to edit before it goes to beta readers. I’m writing a blog post earlier than the week before it’s due, and I’m surfing an embarrassment of story ideas for magazines.
Yep, life is a banquet – and I’m filling my plate.

8 comments:

Annette said...

That's awesome, Kait! I need to find a place to refill my creative well too, but unfortunately, I'm stuck here. *sigh*

I hope you share some pictures of your Maine woods soon!

Jim Jackson said...

As someone who has always been attracted to the northwoods, I bid you welcome back & happy creating.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Congratulations! Hoping your new life is filled with inspiration. How are the birds and cats?

Kait said...

@Annette - Oh, Annette, I hope you find it. The woods you showed on your FB page looked like just the place. Where do you go to refill the well in non-COVID times?

@Jim - Thank you! As Dorothy said, there is no place like home.

@Margaret- Thank you! The birds and the cats are adapting well. We were concerned about the birds as they are tropicals, but they are all growing extra down. Nature is amazing!

Shari Randall said...

Kait, I'm so inspired by your brave Auntie Mame move! I can practically feel my own well of inspiration filling up. Hope all your critters have settled in and are also loving Maine.

Kait said...

Thanks, Shari. Ain't it great! There is something special about New England.

Susan said...

New England is one of my favorite places. Happy you’re home.

KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like fate has given you a gift, and you are taking full advantage of it.

Happy writing!