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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!


Sunday, August 9, 2020

This Is Me!

Hi all, I’m Abby Vandiver, aka Abby Collette and I write cozy mysteries.
I’m new to the Writers Who Kill blog and am excited to be here. I thought my first blog was the perfect time to introduce me and my books to you.
I hadn’t always been inspired to write. As a child I wanted to be an actor and a teacher. (Yeah, because those two things go together, right?) Then I took 9th grade biology and it made my synapses snap and excited all my neurons. I loved that class! Loved it so much that I decided it was what I had to do with the rest of my life. Yep, I was going to be a doctor.
But as happens with a lot of us, life had different plans.
Long story short I ended up getting a bachelor’s in Economics (used it to be a Economics professor), a master’s in Public Administration (became the City of Cleveland’s Registrar of Vital Statistics) and a Juris Doctor (yep, I was a lawyer, too). Becoming a doctor somehow never happened (although I have a minor in biology and worked as a dialysis technician while working on my masters, but, alas, that doesn’t even come close to being a doctor).
 Now, I bet you’re wondering how do you go from teaching supply and demand and filling my days with courtroom drama to writing cozy mysteries?
My guess? It was fate.
Back around 2012, I took sick and was mostly bedridden for more than four years. During that time, I had long hospital stays and multiple surgeries and I needed something to do to keep my mind off what I was going through, so I began writing. I started with an online magazine and then one day, my daughter called and told me she found “my book” in her garage. My book?? It took me a minute to realize what she was talking about. It was nearly fifteen years earlier, during the time I was raising two teenage children and after moving my eighty-year old mother in with me, I’d lost my job and instead of sending out resumes, I decided to write a book.
I couldn’t tell you what possessed me to do it. I had never taken a creative writing class or had imagined writing anything (other than a motion to the court), nor could I tell you where I got the idea for the story. But as I sat down to write, it just flowed out of me. That should have been a clue that it was what I was meant to do.
 But it took another fifteen years (and me being sick) for me to publish that first book, In the
Beginning. It was too long, more character driven than action packed and didn’t follow any rules of writing. (Who knew there were rules to writing?) But even though I didn’t quite know what I was doing, I sent it out into the world and it did okay (after making revisions, of course).
Although cozy mysteries are my thing now, that was not what that first series was. Self-published, one book turned into three, my Mars Origin series was a Dan Brown-ish kind of mystery. You know the kind: Hidden artifact that reveals information that if it got out could change the world as we know it; the main character is the only person who can keep the information from the bad guys and save the world. My books, though, didn’t have peril around every corner, no blood or guts and not one ounce of romance. It was more cozy than thriller/suspense.
So, I’d found my niche and my Bed & Breakfast Bedlam, a spin-off of sorts of my first series, became my first cozy mystery book. The genre fit exactly with the kind of books I wanted to write. There are six books in that series the last book written in 2017. Today, I still get readers asking will I write any more books in the series. And my answer is always yes!
I don’t know when, but I hope to write more Logan Dickerson books. Meanwhile, I have penned four other cozy series—the Normal Junction Cozy Mystery, the Tiny House Cozy Mystery, the Romaine Wilder Mystery and my new, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery set in Chagrin Falls, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio where I live. The first book, A Deadly Inside Scoop, is out now and sold everywhere books are sold. 

Check it out here: bit.ly/ScoopPRH

Here's how to keep in touch with me:

That’s all for now. Feel free to ask me questions in the comments and tell me about you too—where you live, what kind of books you like to read, or anything else you’d like to share. I’d love to get to know you!


Kait said...

Hi Abby, welcome to the blog! Looking forward to getting to know you.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Waves from Cincinnati! Welcome and look forward to reading your books.

Jim Jackson said...

Welcome to WWK, Abby. I always thought Chagrin Falls was the perfect name for a cozy series setting!

~ Jim

Judy Penz Sheluk said...

Welcome aboard, great to learn a bit more about you. Very inspiring.

Annette said...

Welcome, Abby! We're so glad to have you join us!

KM Rockwood said...

Happy to have you join us. It's fascinating to hear about your work; you have certainly been very prolific.

Nathan said...

Welcome Abby!!!!!!!!

Shari Randall said...

Abby, I’m so glad you’re here!

Susan said...

Welcome, Abby. I’m looking forward to your posts.

Karen Lakis said...

I loved reading about your background! Sometimes I question my late start in writing. It’s encouraging to read about another writer who did lots of things other than write. Your new series sounds like a lot of fun. I love cozies!

Jennifer J. Chow said...

Yay, Abby! It was so interesting reading about your backstory, especially the time your daughter found your book! (Also, I was pre-med for a brief spurt...until I took Organic Chemistry.)