I’m very happy to have my short story, The Mercy Killer, up on Mysteryrat’s Maze podcast today. It’s my first experience writing for a podcast and I think the actor, Thomas Nance, did a great job. Thanks to Lorie Lewis Ham for accepting the story and setting it all up.
Today, I’m guest blogging on Susan Palmquist’s blog, This Writer’s Life, on creating characters that readers can relate to.
KRL: When did you first write “Mercy Killer” and where did you get the idea?
KRL: Has it been published?
KRL: Have you written and published many short stories?
KRL: I understand you also write mystery novels, what is easier writing short stories or books?
A year and half ago I was honoured to be elected to the board of directors of Crime Writers of Canada as the regional representative for British Columbia/Yukon/Northwest Territories. CWC is the national professional association for mystery and crime writers in Canada. Our mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers with readers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, and the media.
Whenever we organize an event, such as the panel presentation and display table we set up at Word Vancouver at the Vancouver Public Library on September 30, I usually present it as an opportunity to sell books and connect with readers.
But, inevitably, the thing that members comment on is how much they enjoyed spending time with other members. And new writers say how surprised they are at how supportive other members are.
As well as CWC, I belong to Sisters in Crime, which promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers, and our local chapter, Sisters in Crime – Canada West. I also belong to a number of online discussion groups.
For people involved in an occupation as solitary as writing, it’s a pleasure to connect and share information with other writers.
I always encourage other writers or aspiring writers to join a professional association. You’ll be glad you did.
I’m giving a workshop tomorrow, May 12, at the Write On Vancouver festival being held at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central branch. Tips for Starting your Mystery Novel will help aspiring writer’s create their characters, develop their setting, and draft that all-important first sentence. Join me from 2:15 to 3:45 pm in the Alice MacKay Room on the Lower Level. This is a free event.
You’ll also have a chance to browse authors’ and publishers’ tables in the library’s atrium. Crime Writers of Canada will have a table there. Stop by and meet AJ Devlin, Jay Allan, Storey, Debra Purdy Kong, and me at the table from 10:30 – 4:30. The adjacent Sisters in Crime Canada West table will be staffed by Kathryn Jane, Loreth Anne White, Karen Dodd, and Karen M. Owen. Learn more about both crime writing organizations, sign up for newsletters, and find out about planned events.
See you Saturday!
This afternoon I moderated a session at the Firehall branch of the Vancouver Public Library which gave a sampling of the depth and range of crime fiction in this part of Canada. Carys Cragg read from Dead Reckoning, her heartbreaking and uplifting memoir about meeting the man who killed her father. AJ Devlin had us laughing out loud with his brand-new debut novel, Cobra Clutch. And Robert W, Mackay thrilled us with his story of wartime bravery, Soldier of the Horse. Thanks to the Vancouver Public Library for hosting this author reading event, part of a series of events celebrating Crime Writers of Canada’s 35th anniversary.
Meet some local Vancouver-area authors at these Crime Writers of Canada events: