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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Monday, January 4, 2021

Welcome, 2021!

Because of some serious health issues, I have been in hiatus from this blog for a number of months. I'm glad to start 2021 back on Writers Who Kill. 2020 was a bear of a year for almost everyone I know, and I think we're all glad to see the end of it. 

 

As the New Year comes around, I like to take stock and reflect on the past year, and then, I like to look forward to the new year and ask myself two questions. What do I want less of in this new year? What do I want more of in this new year? Then, I usually try to plan on how to get less of what I don't want and more of what I do in the year that's just beginning. My process used to be much more involved and goal-oriented, but this is what I have finally pared it down to, and I find it more useful than setting a new bunch of goals with related tasks or writing down a bunch of New Year's resolutions that I will probably break by the end of February. 

 

What do I want less of in the coming year? Pain, fear, stress, depression, and illness-caused dependence. 2020 was pretty much maxed out on all of these issues for me. Given my chronic illnesses and permanent damage from injuries, I'm not going to be able to get rid of all of the pain and illness-caused dependence, but I have high hopes to lessen both of these in the coming year and to do everything I can to completely erase fear, stress, and depression. 

 

What do I want more of in 2021? Writing, spinning, knitting, weaving, cooking, organizing, drawing, blogging, music, candles, Tarot, and magic. That last might sound strange, but I truly think I'm ready for a little magic to creep back into my life. I've been in survival mode for too long. 

 

One good thing about getting older is that you learn a thing or two, and one of the things that I've learned the hard way is that, if you want more of something in your life, you have to put more of that thing in your every single day. If you don't, all of the shoulds and must-dos and expectations of others will crowd it right out. A second truth that I've learned is that, if you want to be good at anything, you need to practice it every day. This goes for being happy as much as it goes for writing or spinning or knitting or weaving--anything! 

 

I intend to start 2021 the way I hope to finish it-- putting all of the good things that I want in life into every single day, as much as I can, in as many little ways as I can. What are your plans for the new year?



Linda Rodriguez's 12th book, The Fish That Got Away:
The Sixth Guppy Anthology
, is about to be published. Her 11th book was Fishy Business: The Fifth Guppy Anthology (edited). Dark Sister: Poems was her 10th book and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel, based on her popular workshop, and The World Is One Place: Native American Poets Visit the Middle East, an anthology she co-edited, were published in 2017.  Every Family Doubt, her fourth mystery featuring Cherokee detective, Skeet Bannion, and Revising the Character-Driven Novel will be published in 2021. Her three earlier Skeet novels—Every Hidden Fear, Every Broken Trust, Every Last Secret—and earlier books of poetry—Skin Hunger and Heart's Migration—have received critical recognition and awards, such as St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Best First Novel, International Latino Book Award, Latina Book Club Best Book of 2014, Midwest Voices & Visions, Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, Thorpe Menn Award, and Ragdale and Macondo fellowships. Her short story, “The Good Neighbor,” published in Kansas City Noir, has been optioned for film.
 

Rodriguez is past chair of the AWP Indigenous Writer’s Caucus, past president of Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime, founding board member of Latino Writers Collective and The Writers Place, and a member of International Thriller Writers, Native Writers Circle of the Americas, Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, and Kansas City Cherokee Community. Learn more about her at http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com

10 comments:

Jackie Layton said...

Welcome back, Linda. I’m glad you feel better! Happy 2021!

Jim Jackson said...

It's good to see you back, Linda. It's work to turn wishes into reality, and I hope 2021 gives you room to succeed.

Kait said...

Welcome back, Linda. It's good to see your posts again.

We do need to remember that we are the masters of our experiences. Happiness, after all, is a choice like any other. I plan on doing more writing, crocheting, reading, and relaxing.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Welcome back! 2021 is a year filled with expectations.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks so much, Jackie! Happy 2021 to you, too.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Jim, you're so right about the work needed to turn wishes into reality. We've been without internet, due to snowstorm. I'm doing this on my phone and it won't let me get into Settings on Stiletto Gang. As soon as I have a internet again, I'll switch you to administrator.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Kait, I love that! "Masters of our experiences," so indeed. That's a whole wonderful way to put it.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks, Margaret. I have truly appreciated all your lovely mood-cheering cards while I was gone.

KM Rockwood said...

An inspiring post!

Glad to see you back.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks so much, KM! It's good to be back with all of you.