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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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Some Thoughts About Writing A Cozy Series by Marilyn Levinson

 Writing a series, I've discovered, requires focusing on more than one book at a time. Last month Checked Out for Murder, the fourth book in my Haunted Library series came out. This required months of promotion: Facebook parties, guest blogs, a virtual book tour, etc. At the same time I've been writing and editing Death On the Shelf, the fifth book in the series. And following my agent's instructions, I've started to outline Book Number Six. Then there are the price reductions and unexpected activity involving earlier books that demand my immediate attention. Is it any wonder I occasionally mismatch titles and murder suspects in my head?  

The nice thing about writing a series is that your main characters and setting are already established. I'm very fond of my sleuth Carrie Singleton, Evelyn the ghost, and the others who populate my books. I enjoy writing about their experiences and relationships, and, of course, the mysteries they solve as the series progresses. Carrie works in the Clover Ridge Library. Her life is filled with colleagues, friends and relatives. As head of programs and events, she also has the opportunity to meet new people—very important to a series as each book in a series requires new situations, events, and themes. Personal issues arise as well as problems facing the community—all fodder for a murder mystery. 

 

A cozy series provides readers with well-loved characters, a familiar sense of place, and the knowledge that all will be resolved in the end. At the same time, each book must offer new mysteries and new directions—a challenge to the author and not for the faint of heart. 

 

 

8 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

coming up with new topics, or a new perspective on an established topic, is always a challenge.

KM Rockwood said...

Reading a book in a favorite series is like visiting old friends. And the thrill when a new one comes out! The major frustration is that the author can't write any where near as fast as the reader can read.

Kait said...

I cannot imagine how confusing it is for those who write more than one series! Was the promo more time-consuming in this age of COVID-19 or was it easier because all could be handled from home?

Marilyn Levinson said...

Thanks for your comments, Margaret, Kathleen and Kait.

Kait, I have friends who write 2 and 3 series at the same time. I marvel how they manage to do this timewise. At this point in my life, I could only write one series at a time.

Kait said...

@Marilyn, I agree. I have a friend who writes multiple series in multiple genres - I would definitely lose my mind and have my romance heroine hot on the trail of my serial killer showing up in my cozy while my sleuth baked cookies in the thriller! My admiration to those who can do it.

Marilyn Levinson said...

In multiple genres! That is impressive! I'm with you, Kait. What I would like to do if/when I get some free time is 1) finish a children's book, the third in a series and 2) write a few short stories.

Saralyn said...

Congratulations on writing a successful series! It's a tribute to your talent, creativity, and hard work that you've accomplished so much.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Thanks so much, Saralyn. You are very kind. And it's true about the hard work. I find I'm doing more and more "book-stuff" related to my books. We're in a mystery writing community and even in this Time of the Covid we are very active Zooming and in communicarion with our readers and with each other via social media.