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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


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!


Friday, August 7, 2020

Reading Stories not Minds by Warren Bull

Reading Stories not Minds by Warren Bull



It was perfectly clear. To me, at least.  After all the years of writing books, stories, essays,


memoirs, and lyrics I still had to be clued in. Even though I know the life story of my


characters, readers do not.


My latest short story was clear to my beta reader — except for who the characters were, what  the setting was, and when the events took place. On the other hand, I knew how much change was in the characters’ purses and pockets. I knew the protagonist had a hole in his left sock and that he had determined he needed to buy a new pair, but he would get caught up in paperwork and leave the office too late to get the chore done that evening.


The socks were not an integral part of the story. They would never appear, but that’s not the point. As the author, my characters tell me all sorts of things my readers don’t need to know, but my beloved readers would like to know who, where, and when. I have to admit that I don’t like to get too specific about when. In the story, I had to ditch the cell phone, the bread maker, and a popular saying because they did not yet exist in the time period the story took place in.


Readers object to six-shooters that fire a dozen rounds at a clip. They don’t like protagonists who, in the final chapter display martial arts mastery without any backstory to explain it. My fifth-grade math teacher routinely intoned, “Show your work.” Boy howdy, was she right.


1 comment:

KM Rockwood said...

It's always tough, especially in a short story, to balance how much backstory needs to be told without bogging everything down. "Short" means a laser focus on how the story progresses.