Leslie Wheeler joins us again to tell about an experience that is fast becoming one of the best venues for writers to meet readers and sell books: outdoor markets (farmers, harvest, holiday, or book fairs). Leslie has some delightful stories about the interesting people she has met and the friends she has made at the New Marlborough Farmers Market in western Mass. Readers,Leslie’s blog shows you a wonderful way to find new books and authors that will delight or to meet favorite writers. Authors, this essay will give a you a smile as you see a lovely way to get to know your loyal readers or to cultivate new ones!
Would you believe two guest blogs in one month (just barely!)? This August/July guest blog is from one of my favorite mystery writers, Julianna Deering (DeAnna Dodson), who has created the Drew Farthering Mystery series. I’d never met Julianna before, but I reached out to her because I so much liked her 1930s witty and human Cristie/Sayers/Allingham-style mysteries. Rhys Bowen isn’t the only one who does the period well! DeAnna was kind enough to send me this engaging guest blog where she reveals the travails of battling your way through roadblocks in writing as well as the joys of creating the kind books that you love to read yourself. Her love of 1930s-40s on the screen and on the page makes her a gal after my own heart! Please enjoy! JuliAnna is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).
At last! The Guest Blog is back with Award-winning mystery and romance writer, Janet Raye Stevens! Janet is a smart-talking gal after my own heart, with a penchant for forties films and mysteries. Her blog concentrates on one of my own favorites, Casablanca. She celebrates the characters, tone, and setting that makes the film that over-used, but here totally appropriate, term, a classic. Janet is a mom, reader, tea-drinker (okay, tea guzzler), and weaver of smart, stealthily romantic tales. Janet writes mystery, time travel, paranormal, and the occasional Christmas romance with humor, heart, and a dash of suspense. Her latest mysteries are Beryl Blue, Time Cop and A Moment after Dark. She lives in New England with her handsome better half and their equally impressive children. Connect with Janet at https://janetrayestevens.com/
In our first blog for 2022, we have poet and novelist Catherine Zebrowski explaining the influence of the oral traditions of bards and ballads on her writing, showing us how an ancient tradition lives on by firing the imagination and creative juices of listeners. Kate has had two chapbooks of poetry published, inspired by her Irish Heritage: Immigrant and Gone Stealin’ are available through lulu.com. Her novels, Sleepwalking Backwards (2017) and Through a Bakery Window (2021) were published by TouchPoint Press and are available on Amazon. She is currently working on another novel and a poetry collection. Visit her web site at Catherine Zebrowski Writer.
We’re right in season with this October’s blog by Bret Laurie. Bret’s essay explores the similarities and differences of Mike Flanagan’s 2018 Netflix series and Shirley Jackson’s disturbing novel of horror. Bret provides us with an insightful analysis of how both texts delve into modern fears about isolation from human connection and pressures of modern life. Bret has published in online journals on the horror film and its working out of human anxieties about guilt and loneliness. He also works in editing and social media marketing for an educational publisher. On top of that, he was also one the sharpest students in my Romantic and Victorian Gothic class at Worcester State University!
This month’s blog is by author Michael Samerdyke. He shares with us his inspiration by a filmmaker, whom I agree is one of the most haunting, even poetic, creators of horror in the golden age, Val Lewton. Mike’s collection of short stories, His Queen of Darkness embodies that inspiration. Michael Samerdyke grew up in Cleveland, Ohio but has lived in southwest Virginia for several decades. He holds a Master’s in History from Ohio University and has done research in Berlin and Moscow. He writes horror fiction such as The Kino Trilogy and the Tales of Kurgania trilogy, as well as non-fiction about pop culture, such as “Wascally Wabbit: The History of Bugs Bunny” and “The Horrible Possible and the Horrible Impossible: Thoughts on the Horror Film.”