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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!


Thursday, August 20, 2020

WWK Interview with Debbie DeLouise by Marilyn Levinson

Marilyn: I'm happy to welcome Debbie DeLouise, a friend and fellow Long Islander, to Writers Who Kill.

 Debbie: Thank you for inviting me, Marilyn. As you know, I write cozy mysteries as well as in other genres. I’m a full-time adult reference librarian and a great lover of cats, three of whom live in my home. 
Marilyn: How did you get started in writing?

Debbie: I’ve always been an avid reader. That’s one of the reasons I became a librarian. When I was in college, I gained experience writing for the college newspaper. After I married, I wrote articles for pet magazines and joined the Cat Writers’ Association. One of the requirements to become a professional member was to have two published articles, so I started submitting my work. A few years later, my short mystery story appeared in the Cat Crimes Through Time anthology and I self-published my first book, Cloudy Rainbow, after my 15-year-old cat Floppy died. I didn’t write for some time after that because I was working full-time and had a young daughter, but a library patron persuaded me to start writing again. In 2015, I published the first book of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, A Stone’s Throw. Since then, I’ve published 8 books, one novella, lots of short stories, and a few magazine articles. 

Marilyn: Quite inspiring. Can you tell us more about your cozy series?

Debbie: The Cobble Cove books take place in a small fictional upstate New York town and feature a librarian, a newspaper publisher, and a Siamese library cat named Sneaky. As the books progress, Sneaky takes on more of an active role. In the fourth book, Love on the Rocks, he's joined by a female calico named Kittykai. In the stories and novel that follow, readers know Sneaky and Kittykai’s thoughts as they help solve mysteries. This fifth title is set in October and involves a Halloween mystery.

Marilyn: Tell me a little bit about your new release, Memory Makers, which is a medical mystery. What inspired you to write it?

Debbie: Lauren Phelps, a kidnap investigator, volunteers for a clinical trial of a new memory drug in the hopes of recalling the face of the man who murdered her sister twenty-five years ago when the two of them were taken from their backyard. The idea for Memory Makers came about because I wanted to write about memory disorders after my mother died. My dad had Alzheimer’s and my mother had dementia. Many of my experiences and those of my parents are featured in the book. For example, one of my characters in the clinical trial believes she's in school and that the other patients are classmates—something my mother believed when she was living in the nursing home. 
Marilyn: Do you feel that your work as a librarian helps with your writing?

Debbie: Definitely. I order the fiction and mystery books for our collection by reading reviews, so I have an idea of what’s popular in those genres. I’m also a reviewer for Booklist.

Marilyn: How do you promote your books, and do you have tips for other authors?
Debbie: I promote my books on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc. I also have two blogs, a newsletter, and I belong to two retweet groups and AllAuthor, which I find to be a helpful promo site. I have my own Facebook group, Debbie’s Character Chat Group, that’s hosted each month by one of my characters who shares excerpts and information about the book in which they’re featured.

Promotion is a time-consuming activity, and authors have to research what works best for them. My only tip is that it’s important that authors—whether self-published, with a large publisher or an Indie—network with other authors.

Marilyn: Do you have any future goals?
Debbie: My plan is to find a literary agent to represent me and to publish many more books and short stories. 

Marilyn: Besides Memory Makers, do you have any other new books coming out soon?

Debbie: Yes. I also just released “Sneaky’s Summer Mystery,” another Cobble Cove story and I’m working on the fifth Cobble Cove mystery, tentatively titled, No Gravestone Unturned, that I hope will be published in the fall. Lastly, I’m also self-publishing a non-fiction cat book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats, featuring articles and blogs related to feline health, behavior, and humor all told from a feline point of view. This book should be out later this month.

Marilyn: Thanks for the great interview, Debbie, and best of luck to you on your new releases. Please list your social media links for readers who wish to connect with you.

Debbie: My pleasure, Marilyn. Thank you for the interview.

Debbie's links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2bIHdaQ
All Author: https://allauthor.com/author/debbiedelouise/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/debbie_writer/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiedelouise/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debbie-de-louise
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/debbiedelouise
Debbie’s Character’s Chat Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/
Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com
Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog: https://Sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Welcome, Debbie! I look forward to reading your books. And, thanks to you and all your librarian colleagues for keeping the libraries running during the pandemic. What would I do without a fresh stack of books and DVD's every week?

Ileana Renfroe said...

Awesome interview.

KM Rockwood said...

You have such a busy life! I love cats, too; we're down to three (we haven't deliberately acquired a cat in 30 years, but at one time we were up to nine who just showed up.) Perhaps people are being more responsible with their pets.

I'll be looking into your books!

Marilyn Levinson said...

So glad to have you with us today, Debbie. I love the photos that you take of your cats every day.

Kait said...

Thank you for visiting, Debbie. I am in awe at how prolific you are and looking forward to meeting the human and feline crew in the Cobble Cove series.

Grace Topping said...

You've accomplished a lot. Congratulations. Congratulations on your recent Cat Writers award.

E. B. Davis said...

Sounds like fun! Sneaky, what a wonderful cat name.

Debbie De Louise said...

Thanks so much for the interview, Marilyn, and thank everyone for their kind comments.