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October Interviews

10/07 M.E. Browning, Shadow Ridge

10/14 V.M. Burns, Steal Away

10/21 Adam Meyer

10/28 Barbara Ross, Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door

October Guest Bloggers

10/03 Kathleen Kalb

10/17 S. Lee Manning

10/31 Sharon Dean

WWK Weekend Bloggers

10/10 Jennifer J. Chow

10/24 Kait Carson


Two new books for WWK members: Jennifer J. Chow's Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (look for the interview on WWK on 11/11) and Judy Penz Sheluk's Where There's A Will. Both books will be released on November 10.

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!

Judy Penz Sheluk, publisher of Superior Shores Press, has just announced a Call For Submissions to its third multi-author anthology. Details can be found here: http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/superior-shores-press/moonlight/


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. 




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.