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

Starting on 11/27, WWK Bloggers will present new holiday short stories for your reading pleasure until the New Year. Look for a new short story each week. We will resume blogging on January 1, 2021.

11/27--Margaret S. Hamilton, "They Shoot Pumpkins, Don't They?"

12/03--Annette Dashofy, "A Christmas Delivery"

More to come!


KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Margaret S. Hamilton's "Dealing at the Dump" will appear in Cozy Villages of Death Fall 2020.

Margaret S. Hamilton's "Black Market Baby" and Debra H. Goldstein's "Forensic Magic" will appear in Masthead: Best New England Crime Stories Fall 2020.

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.

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

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

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

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.


Saturday, November 21, 2020

A Writer Looks At 2020 by Kait Carson


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times[1]? Nope. Nationally there was no best of times. It was a dickens of a year? Nope. That merely echoes the quote above. Same caveat. It was an annus horribilis? Ah, that’s better. Thank you Queen Elizabeth II. By the time this blog appears we will have been through the 2020 election cycle and may know who was elected president. We may also know if COVID-19 thrives in cold weather and, if we are lucky, how close we are to a vaccine.

New Year’s articles are traditionally filled with hope and looking forward to good news. This year began with the threat that thieves were just waiting to backdate our legal documents and thwart our intentions if we didn’t use all four numerals of the year. We should have been warned. 2020 was not going to be a normal year.

As the New Year kicked off, we were aware of an outbreak of a coronavirus in China. In January, China seemed far away. By March, well, we all know where that went. Writers had an especially difficult problem with isolation and self-quarantining. Most writers are introverts. We like our own company. We also seem to prefer to have isolation optional. Once it became the law of the land, Facebook posts and message boards made it clear that writers were unable to write.

COVID-19 didn’t only sap energy from its victims. It sapped it from writers, too.  Facebook and Twitter were full of posts about an inability of writers to be creative. Part of it may have been due to everyone isolating together. A writer used to solitude may not adapt well to isolation with spouse and children. I contend, with no evidence other than many discussions with other writers, that the paucity of energy and creativity sprang from a different source. Truth is always stranger than fiction, but in 2020 we were all parties to the same nightmarish story. How do you top current events?

Worse, with information, true and false, flying at the speed of the old Concorde jet, how is a writer supposed to have the energy to parse the information, separate the chaff from the wheat and write? Based on my unscientific survey of social media, it took writers the better part of five months to get back to their former stride.

Facebook writer groups filled with questions of addressing the pandemic. Should fiction writers acknowledge or ignore it? No one knows how long the pandemic will last or what the new normal will be on the other side. Will the failure of our characters to socially distance, be mindful of crowds, and/or have a face mask at the ready serve to date our work as pre-pandemic? Has writing scenes as we know it reached the end of an era?

Most of us, writers and readers alike, read to escape. We want to be drawn out of our everyday lives and entertained. Do readers want to read about pandemic issues or do they want to leave them behind? Hard choice, but one that must be answered.

Readers and writers, has the pandemic changed what you read? How? Writers, do you intend to incorporate pandemic mores into your books?

I wish you all peace, love, and rock and roll in 2021 and thank you readers for staying with us on the roller coaster ride that is known as 2020.

[1] Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.


Jim Jackson said...

Normally my fiction reading consists primarily of mystery/suspense/thriller with a bit of other genres tossed in. I also read a fair bit of nonfiction.

This year, fantasy novels occupied much of my reading space, and my nonfiction reading took a precipitous decline.

I suspect it was a combination of escapism and reading about (mostly younger) protagonists fighting and after many obstacles winning against oppression.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

After months of obsession with the election, I'm deep in writing mode, which means I struggle to read books.

KM Rockwood said...

What a year! Here's hoping 2021 treats us better.


Kait said...

@ Jim - You may be on to something, Jim. Escapism and winning against the odds are hopeful and wonderful themes for this year.

@Margaret - Isn't it amazing how that happened. Almost as if the dam broke. Glad you have gotten back in the groove!

Kait said...

@KM - Amen, sister. This has been the year that was.