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

September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity


September Guest Bloggers


9/19 Judy Alter


WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson













*************************************************************************************************

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.


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


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


Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!


Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!


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.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Introductions All Around by Jennifer J. Chow

Hi, I’m Jennifer J. Chow, and I’m excited to join the Writers Who Kill blog. I’ll be regularly blogging on the second Saturday of each month.

 


I grew up on a steady diet of Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown. Even as a kid, I was interested in writing stories. I remember borrowing my dad’s old typewriter and banging away on the keys (and using a lot of correction tape) to create my rough drafts. I even wrote a mystery short story in the sixth grade. I think it was called, “The Case of the Missing Jewel,” and I got an “A+” on the assignment.

 

As I grew older, I put my desire to write on the back burner. My parents often told me that writing wouldn’t pay the bills. Plus, I knew of exactly one Asian American writer who’d “made it”—Amy Tan, and I knew I was no Amy Tan.

 

Interestingly enough, I did try my hand at a contemporary novel with multiple perspectives. The book was inspired by a tragic event, kept secret for decades in Taiwan history; my first published novel, The 228 Legacy, found a home at a small press. Although that novel did have secrets lurking within its pages, I wouldn’t write a full-fledged mystery until later.

 

I had toyed around with writing a full-length mystery for a while, but I wasn’t certain I could pull off the tricky plotting. However, my mom and I had often read Agatha Christie’s works together, and when my mom was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage four cancer, I decided to take the writing leap. Due to the time pressure and other factors, I ended up self-publishing Seniors Sleuth, the first in my Winston Wong cozy series. (My mom wasn’t able to read the finished product, but she did see a draft of the manuscript before she passed away.)

 

I’m currently writing a new series for Berkley/Penguin Random House. The Sassy Cat mysteries feature a Los Angeles pet groomer, Mimi Lee. The first book in the series, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue, released in March 2020, and the second one, Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines, comes out in November 2020.  

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/YTY/a-sassy-cat-mystery/

 


Please connect with me online:

www.jenniferjchow.com

https://twitter.com/JenJChow

https://www.instagram.com/jenjchow/

https://www.facebook.com/JenJChow

 

Thanks for reading my introduction! I’d love it if you introduced yourself in the comments and told me a little bit about yourself.

10 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Welcome! Currently living in Cincinnati. I've based my many short stories in a small Ohio college town, New Orleans, and a small Cape Cod town. Prepping first amateur sleuth mystery for querying, second mystery in a complete first draft.

Avid traveler, gardener, and garden photographer. Usually seen attached to the leashes of two black standard poodles, Jazz and Louie.

Jennifer J. Chow said...

Hello, Margaret! Thanks for sharing. Best of luck with your upcoming submission!

I love that line about you being attached to the leashes of your poodles!

Jim Jackson said...

Welcome to Writers Who Kill, Jennifer. Best of luck with your new series. Do you have penciled in publication dates? I know with Covid-19 many publishers are upending their timetables.

KM Rockwood said...

I thoroughly enjoyed Seniors Sleuth--a fun story with both depth and a light touch of humor--and I look forward to your new works.

Susan said...

Hi, Jennifer, and Welcome to Writers Who Kill. We’ll look forward to hearing about your books!

Jennifer J. Chow said...

Jim: Book 2 in the Sassy Cat mystery series, MIMI LEE READS BETWEEN THE LINES, comes out on November 10, 2020. Book 3 is currently scheduled for September 2021, so we'll see...

Jennifer J. Chow said...

KM, thank you so much about Seniors Sleuth!

Jennifer J. Chow said...

Thanks for the warm welcome, Susan!

E. B. Davis said...

Welcome, Jennifer. Sorry I'm late, but I wanted to add how much I enjoyed your book!

Jennifer J. Chow said...

Thanks, E.B.! So very kind of you.