Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Winner of the May Challenge, Caitlin Easter, chats to us about her brilliant winning entry, Blue Sky!

This May we set the WEbook community a slightly different challenge... we asked you to develop a story based on an image. But while this may seem like an easy ask, we decided to make it a little trickier by asking you to do this without utilising the obvious connotations that you would usually associate with the style of image we supplied as a writing prompt.

We wanted you to think outside the... um, door... so to speak...

KERPOW!
As usual, no matter how hard we try to test your writing prowess and flummox you into pushing the limits of your usual writing comfort zones, you all still manage to wow us with a wide variety of brilliant entries that our judges were battling over picking our final six. 

However, having said that... we had no battle over the winner! Caitlin Easter's, Blue Skywas picked unanimously for it's brilliance as a stand alone piece and also because, man, were we desperate to read more! Hint, hint Caitlin...

As per our usual monthly routine, we sat down with Caitlin and had a chat with her about her winning entry, how she came up with the idea and some other titbits.

So, without further ado... 

WEbook: First of all, congratulations Caitlin on being crowned as the winner of our May Challenge! Could you tell us a bit about your winning entry, Blue Sky.

Caitlin Easter: Blue Sky is an ancient history prequel to my ongoing book series, The Ark of Traeadon, which takes place in our far future. Fae and the Faerinnian (’fer-än-ēən) race have played an important role in my work for more than twenty years. This glimpse of ancient Fae was conceived entirely for this challenge and it was a very satisfying giant leap back in time. 

 WB: When writing, where do you draw inspiration from to develop such a rich narrative?

The door to the soul...
CE: My narrative is primarily inspired by my character’s perspective. Rather than beginning with where the story is placed, I focus on who is there and why. I find that environs become most tangible as fully experienced through an intricate personality. My process involves being a character ‘medium’. I become them, one and all, internalizing who they are at that moment and then I decide how they fit in, what they will do and reveal. I interpret what they see, hear, smell, taste, feel and intuit. Their distinctive personalities have insights that insist I enlist suitably unique language. I don’t expect a reader to necessarily care what some high-rise hallway looks like, so my goal is always to first engage some emotional interest. I try to marry anything that I find tedious with a suffusion of attitude. From there I build the physical environment. It is very often peppered in later when found ‘missing’—wait, where are we?  

WB: Your story refers to hierarchy and governing bodies, was it your intention to question power and dominance through the character Tineka who challenges the Councillor?

CE: I took this story a bit further (3,000+ words) before realizing the can of worms it truly is. I might write the book, but after my current ongoing arc-line is finished. The limited continuation did reveal quite a bit more of these characters and their relationship. The short version seriously required imaginative extrapolation. 

Rather than wax overboard here about this race, I’ll speak directly to the question: Nope. 

And now to the relationship: 

Tineka is a model exception in a crowd of faereys. This is why Atlan expects a lot and must be mindful of tolerance; her emotional ‘failings’ are quite normal. Tineka has an intelligent, independent streak, but is not rebellious. Actually, she is soon to graduate with honors from the Diplomatic Corps (mentored for early admission by the Orrend himself, as favor to her father, his distant cousin).  The challenging and/or disgruntled tone of this relationship is instead mildly playful.

The stoicism that is adopted as the respectable norm for an elder is a behavior, and so does not necessarily authentically represent an elder’s emotional state. The tradition of the Kron (stoicism) is employed to learn control over the emotional upheaval that accompanies the physical change to elder.  Most have no trouble regaining a moderate degree of most emotions, though they are usually exhibited privately. Tineka has no intention of parading the stoic show that she deems farcical. There is a bit of arrogance in that, sure, but she highly respects the Orrend. Her teasing with willful spark comes from a hopeful place. She simply wishes to encourage his hidden levity.

Typical faereys are dynamically emotional and willfully fickle. They are curious little people and mischief often follows, but there is not much cause for civil unrest. The faerey stage of life is, in a way, an extended mature childhood. They do not rebel against the elder hierarchy because it provides them with fair, socialist support and education. They are aware of the grander opportunities that will also be afforded them in elder-hood. At the time of this story, although Fae was once overseen by a monarch, the royal bloodline has no preeminent power. This council of thirteen is an executive ministry, elected to represent each of the bloodlines equitably.

Why, yes, I think that is some wax that got all over the board…

WB: The story uses powerful imagery of pollution, you mention the ‘acrid residue’ and the ‘putrid, greenish smog’ - what does the Smog represent?

CE: The first Faerinnian home world was over populated and rendered uninhabitable by waste and pollution. The space trekking survival mission of this advanced race was to find and colonize New Fae. Eventually, the colonists had been forced to settle for a star system with many passably sustainable orbs, none of which were optimal. They’d left ruin in search of another Eden, only to find similar greenhouse worlds. Now, for millennia they’ve been managing the gasses and mapping the heavens for a new mission.

Given the background, obviously, the smog portrays a grim irony of technological advancement that is not tempered with foresight for ecological responsibility. In the ‘short’ I hoped it would serve as a symbolic parallel for Earth, that it might remind our calling to be vigilant caretakers of our own precious ecology.  

WB: In life, I suppose it is fair to say, that we all have something that represents the Blue Sky in your story. What does the Blue Sky represent for you.

CE: Blue sky reminds me to be reverent.  On a cosmic scale, it represents intelligent life as one cog in natural alignment. We evolved into this intricate balance of nature, beneath this blue sky. I belong to the cycle with this precious life, right here, right now.

WB:  Can you give us a teaser as to the future of the portal - does it eventually vanish like previous portals you mention in the story?

CE: I can promise that it lasts long enough for Atlan of Orrend’s clandestine delegation (including Tineka, of course!) to strike a beneficial allegiance with one spiritually and technologically advanced society of ancient earth. The alliance educates both cultures in potentially transformative magnitude. They discover there is a time variance between the planes. Time always passes more slowly in Fae, though unfortunately with no predictable relativity—which does create some trouble for diplomatic race relations.

FINAL SPOILER: The portal itself will outlast its purpose. Tineka and her new friend, an eminent priestess, will study the force within the gateway threshold. They discover that the energy can be mimicked; it can be sourced from one’s own life-force. It can be used to manifest temporary travel portals for ‘curtaining’ with one’s spark at will—a valued talent that is still employed in the future!

Thank you, WEbook, for the interest and for rewarding me with my first-time-ever writing win! The invitation to talk in depth about my work is a rare and decadent indulgence. My motivation to publish has been fully recharged!

WB: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us Caitlin, we really enjoyed reading Blue Sky and look forwards to reading more of it as you post to your project page on WEbook! 

As ever, we would like to thank all of our members who took the time to enter the May Challenge, well done to you all on your fantastic entries. 

Don't forget that the July Challenge, How it Feels to be Free, is now open to submissions... 

The WEbook Team






Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Interview with the April (Fool's) Challenge Winner KyleRKopp

The past, the present and the future walked into a bar. 
Things got tense...

What did Richard III say when there was a half-price Christmas sale at the local camping supplies store? 
"Now is the winter of our discount tent"

Where does Dorian Gray shop for clothes? 
Forever 21

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We're sure you're already on the floor guffawing at the hilarity of our one liners - but a sentence, sadly, does not a writer make (unless you're Hemingway) - so in honour of April Fool's we ran a comedy writing challenge for our WEbook members... 

We were in fits of laughter here at WEbook HQ reading through all of your brilliant entries, but as ever there could only be one winner! We chose KyleRKopp's hilarious entry, Work From Home, They Said, because it not only had us cringing and giggling all at once, but the painfully realistic humour used by Kyle seemed natural and effortless in its deployment - well done to Kyle!

In the wake of his win, we had a chat with Kyle to find out a bit more about his entry...

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WEBook: Congratulations on winning the challenge! Your story was very funny, it is autobiographical at all?

Kyle Kopp: Sadly, yes; this event really did happen, and I seem to find myself in similar circumstances ever since becoming a father.  My first foray into writing was a “daddy blog”, which I considered therapy.  I found it relieving to write out the insane things that were happening to me after my twins were born, share it with the rest of the world and when they laughed, I could finally grasp the humor in the reality that was my life.  It’s much easier to go through life looking at is a comedy rather then a tragedy.  Sometimes the only difference between the two is the audience laughing.

WB: You write humour very comfortably, is it a genre that comes to you easily?

KK: It is, though I tend to shy away from it when I write.  I’m much more comfortable with humor in a face to face, performance type setting where I can gauge the audience and make sure they’re getting the joke.  I’m always concerned that a reader will miss the inflection of certain words or miss the intended tone of the piece entirely, especially with something like sarcasm.  I get real downtrodden when an attempt at humor fails to connect because humor really comes from your soul; it’s much less crushing for me if a dramatic piece fails to resonate.  I feel with heavy pieces I craft them and build them and angle them and if someone doesn’t like them, that’s fine, it’s a structure, something I made.  With humor it pours out of me unfiltered; if someone doesn’t like it then they don’t like me.  I feel much more exposed when I put it out there.

WB: You discuss working life and the social set-up of the workplace - is the story intended to poke fun at office hierarchy?

KK: I certainly wasn’t trying to avoid pointing that out.  While I’d love to pay the mortgage off of my creativity alone, that hasn’t come to fruition yet.  Instead, I’ve had to trudge through the muck of the American workplace for the past fifteen years and the ridiculousness of the hierarchy has not been lost on me.  The average employee sees the executive leave early with golf clubs in hands and then spends the remainder o f the day grumbling about it.  What he never gets to see happen is the executive fall in to the water hazard trying to retrieve a ball on the 9th and spend the rest of the day pulling leaches off his legs.  This was a moment for me to share the reality; shit still happens no matter how high up the ladder you’ve climbed. 

WB: What is your favourite type of writing to read?

KK: I like to be able to relate to a piece, regardless really of genre.  I want to feel that it’s speaking with my voice, or at least a voice I can imagine to be coming from me as well.  I tend to not do well with fantasy pieces for this very reason.  I can’t really relate to riding on a dragon or smelting a sword of pixie alloy.  Thrillers I really get into; I can absolutely relate to panic.  I enjoy history’s very much, as I feel once you stop learning you’re brain begins going to mush, and I have a soft spot for a good relationship story.  Not a romance per se, but a grounded relationship where two people deal with life together.  My wife and I have been through some things, and when I read a story that deals with the struggle of real life and the strength a relationship can bring, I can superimpose myself into that and really draw a connection from the piece.   My wife would like to superimpose us into Fifty Shades of Grey, but I’m a little frightened. 

WB: If you could meet any writer, living or dead, who would it be and why?

KK: We’ll I think meeting a dead author would be a much better story, so my first answer is Oscar Wilde; I feel that’s something he would really enjoy.  But truthfully I feel an hour or so with him would become tedious as he’d just make me feel ignorant with his wit and word play.  Instead I think I’d like to spend a day with Earnest Hemmingway. He’d probably also make me feel extraordinarily stupid, but he’d do it while we were being chased by bulls or battling ferocious man eating sharks, or some other equally daunting adventure.  I feel that would ease the pain of realizing my many inadequacies.  Of course I’d probably be eaten by one of the sharks.  That might not be ideal.

WB: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us Kyle! We look forwards to reading more of your challenge submissions over the coming months. 

Well done to everyone who entered our April (Fool's) Challenge - don't forget that our June Challenge is now running and we're challenging you to write without the use of sight or sound... could you be our next winner?

The WEbook Team

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

May Challenge Winner!

The May WEbook Challenge challenged our community to write a story based on an image... This was a first for the challenge brief - but it certainly seemed to inspire, as we had almost 70 entries to judge this month!

The Challenge Image
We asked, not only for you to interpret the image with originality and surprise, but we wanted you to think outside the normal interpretations and connotations that are naturally attached to a lone door in the woods. This was certainly a tricky task, but so many of you wonderful writers really surprised us with a powerful punch at the end of your stories! 

The judges said: "Wow, were there some great entries this month! We had a bit of a battle over the runners up in the judging room - there were just so many brilliant contenders. The only thing we all agreed on without question was the winner!"


So, without further ado, the winner of the May WEbook Challenge is....
Caitlin Easter with her fantastic entry, Blue Sky

The highly commended runners up are:


Congratulations to everyone who entered! Don't forget that the June Challenge is now running, and this month we're challenging you to take leave of your senses... Good luck!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Women's History Month

Back in March we ran a Women's History Month writing competition, we had some really great entries, many of which took the theme and interpreted in lots of unexpected and inspiring ways - well done to everyone who entered! 

As with any competition, we did have to pick a winner, and we thought that Angelb35's entry, 'Interviewing Destiny', took the challenge into a unique direction. The story highlighted issues of pollution, our interpretation of the Earth as a woman and mother, and was linguistically and metaphorically, a beautiful submission to top it all off! 

Congratulations Angelb35!!

We had a chat with Angelb35 to find out some more about her story... 

WEbook: Hi Angel, Congratulations on winning! You chose a very powerful subject for this month’s challenge - what inspired you to write about this particular female figure? 

Angel: This character, Destiny Travers, is the main character of my novel, 'Manifesting Destiny'. I chose her for my subject in this challenge because she is a very strong, yet very vulnerable, female figure. She has immense power to effect the lives of those with whom she comes in contact, but is helpless to save her own life.

WB: This is a very emotive piece of writing, is it a subject that you feel strongly about? 

Angel: Yes, I do feel very strongly about the slow and agonizing death that we are causing to our planet. The Earth is our home, our mother, we cannot exist without her. Humans as a race tend to be too self involved to realize the damage that we inflict on our environment. We can't see past the ends of our own noses.


WB: You mention several items in the story such as bacon, coffee and cigarettes and you reference the Industrial Revolution, was it your intention to highlight these in order that you could demonstrate the lack of care we take of our bodies as well as the planet? 


Angel:  The short answer to this question is 'Yes'. I reference the Industrial Revolution to illustrate that once humans attained sufficient power to make our own lives easier, we began to dump hazardous toxins by the ton into the air, water and soil that we require to sustain life. I frequently use bacon as a tongue in cheek metaphor to illustrate how we destroy animals by the thousands and consume an excess of protein and meat, just because it tastes good. I use tobacco and coffee to show that we take nature's gifts, natural medicines, and we abuse and misuse them in spite of the life threatening illnesses that come from this behavior. Tobacco use is particularly abusive not only to ourselves, but to those around us. Many of us continue to pump toxic smoke into our lungs and the lungs of anyone nearby, with little consideration. 

WB: Do you think that the Sci-Fi aspects of Destiny's history and character help to distance the story from connotations of religion and creationism? 


Angel: I use the sci-fi aspect of this character to illuminate some of my ideals that may not be 'mainstream'. I believe that it is simple arrogance to believe that we are alone in this universe, whether we were created or evolved. Also, I believe that we are all visitors to this planet. She existed long before we did, and will continue to exist for long after we're gone. We must pass her care on to our children, the next generation of visitors, in better condition than we received it in. That is not happening. 

WB: The reporter is male, do you think that is significant in the contact of the story?

Angel: Yes. The reporter is male because in spite of years of women's lib movements worldwide, men are still largely in charge of the fate of the world. This may not be a popular concept, but it is the truth. In the hands of this reporter, like in the hands of the world leaders, the fate of Destiny, and the fate of Earth rests.

WB: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Angel, and congratulations on you win! We look forwards to reading more about Destiny and other pieces of writing from you in upcoming competitions!

We are always looking for new ways to challenge our WEbook members, and our Women's History Month Competition was run at the suggestion of a member - if you have a good reason for us to run another writing competition like this one, let us know! E-mail info@webook.com with your suggestions, or tweet us @WEbook

The WEbook Team

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Another WEbook Success Story!

Here at WEbook, we always love it when our members achieve the ultimate writer's goal - publication!

Whether a title is published under our own WEbook imprint, picked up through AgentInbox, or one of our lovely members decides to go it alone and self-publish - the most important thing is that all of the books have been created right here on WEbook, with the help of the community!



One of our members, Adam Nicholls, recently decided to self-publish his book, 'The Devil in the Detail'. The book was created right here on WEbook, with help and guidance from members of our community. Because we're always so excited when we discover that one of our WEbook members is ready to publish, we had a chat with Adam to find out some more about his book and the process he went through, with the help of WEbook of course, to get his book to a point at which he felt confident that it was ready to publish... 

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WEbook: Hi Adam! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. 
First of all, congratulations on publishing your book - you must be very excited!
Could you tell us a bit about how you started writing - what influences you and what genre you like to read and write in the most. 

Adam Nicholls: I've always been a reader. I remember when I was a teenager and I was halfway through a story by James Patterson. I'd never read anything by him before and it took me completely by surprise. I sort of dropped the book onto my lap and said to myself: "I would love to create a story like this". I think it all started around there –– now I write crime and the occasional horror story.

WB: What first bought you to WEbook and how has being involved in the site helped your writing?

AN: I've been a member of WEbook for a few years now. I hadn't heard of WEbook before, but somebody in a forum swore by it. I thought I'd check it out, and now I couldn't be more pleased that I did - I couldn't live without it.
WB: Could you tell us about your book & what inspired you to write it.

AN: Well, the story begins in London, with the introduction of an investigative journalist. He's assigned a project in Cornwall - his hometown - and has seven days to gather as much information as he can about a series of murders. Unfortunately for him, he snoops a bit too much, and it brings trouble to his doorstep.

When I began to write 'The Devil in the Detail', I actually had no plans––or even a plot. I just sat down and began writing. I'd just finished reading the Millennium Trilogy, and I fell in love with the mystery in the story, so I put as much of the feeling from this as I could, into my own book.

WB: How long has it taken you to complete your book, and did you face any challenges or doubts during the writing process? How did you overcome these if so. 

AN: It's taken a total of around five months - adding chapters, removing others, cutting and changing everything to suit my test-readers on WEbook.

At first, nobody liked the ending, and it's so important to tie a story off in the right way. But this is why I love WEbook; it's cram-packed full of experienced writers who are keen to help.
Motivation was a big issue for me. Without support from the WEbook community (special mentions go to Alina Voyce and NJ Wade), I couldn't possibly have summoned the enthusiasm to finish this project.

WB: What made you realise that you were ready to publish your book?

An: That's a great question, but I don't think any story is ever truly finished. In this case, it had gone through several drafts  - some of which were particularly painful! - and I was prepared to keep working on it and revising the text. But when one of my readers said, "Don't you dare touch it! I love it how it is!", I saw their point. If that's not a nod towards publication, I don't know what is!

WB: What is your favourite book?

AN: I would probably say 'The Time Traveler's Wife', but I also draw a lot of inspiration from Stephen King. I guess I have an addiction to "dark and delicious" stories.

WB: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Adam! We wish you all the best of luck with, 'The Devil in the Detail'.


To read an excerpt of, 'The Devil in the Detail', check out Adam's WEbook project page...




- The WEbook Team





Monday, 19 May 2014

An Interview With WEbook's March (5 Word) Challenge Winner!

Now that we're well into May, it seems as though the March (5 word) Challenge finished an age ago... yet the passing of time has little impact on the power of the written word.

This is definitely true of the topic tackled by our March (5 Word) Challenge winner's entry, Mid-Century Teenage Drama, by pdsuitt. Within her story, Pam has woven the pervasive issue of bullying, into a story which resonates with anyone who has ever been to High School (pretty much all of us then!).

Whether you were the character, you saw the character, or you had a hand in creating this character, almost everyone will be able to identify with the events described by Pam in Mid-Century Teenage Drama




Recently we interviewed Pam about her story, the ideas behind it, and how she managed to slip those five tricky words into the piece so seamlessly... 
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WEbook: Hi Pam, congratulations on winning the March (5 Word) Challenge!

Mid-Century Teenage Drama, is a very emotionally driven piece of writing - how did you find your inspiration for this story when considering the five words you had to use within it?

Pam Suitt: The main thing was my age. I was born exactly mid-century, 1950. That sounds ancient, even to me! As a child I heard the words from the Challenge in common conversations between the older people I knew. Daddy used balderdash on occasion and grandma called me a rapscallion more than once.

My mother was a bit obsessed about the sinking of the Titanic. She read several books on the White Star Line and the ill-fated ship. She spoke of the elite on board as opposed to the third class passengers and how she supposed things played out on that fateful night. Her version was quite different than the movie versions.


Falsies was a word I heard at school, mostly said with giggles and smirks. Girls really didn’t have anything but tissue and such to enhance their chest area if they were not naturally endowed. It wasn’t a common occurrence, but on occasion you would see the odd overly-pointy or misshapen sweater pass you in the hall at school.

 In deep-south of the USA where I was raised and still reside, biscuits are a staple breakfast food. I have grabbed one heading out the door on the way to school, and in later years when heading to work.

Although most of the words are not commonly used today, they were right up my alley when using them in a story. I didn’t have to think where to insert them, since I set the story in 1957.

WB: High School, teenage-based stories are a popular topic for people to write about - what do you think draws people towards this topic in particular?

PS: Young adult books have become a huge selling genre in the past five to ten years. There are many books as well as movies and television series now with teenage centered characters. The adults in the genre are the secondary characters, something you didn’t used to see.

Even in the 1980’s, John Hughes opened up a vast untouched genre with movies such as Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, just to name a few. I watched them and loved them… fun stuff.

Teenagers since my hippy days have become increasingly more open and things that were taboo several years ago are now commonly seen and discussed openly. It follows this would become a huge genre and a gold mine.  After all, the teenage years are full of drama, growing mentally as well as physically and emotions we tend to let go of as we become more mature, hopefully.   

When older people read a book or see a movie about a group of teens, they can usually find a character that closely resembles them when they were young, so these books can be entertaining to adults as well.  


To be honest, I watch Austin and Ally on occasion and used to watch ICarly before it was canceled. Nick Teen and Disney have made this genre burst at the seams.  You throw in the “Twilight” series of books by Meyers and the rest is history. Even Harry Potter became a teen with girls, as well as Voldemort on his mind as the series progressed.

WB: Your character construction in Mid-Century Teenage Drama is very convincing, can you give us an insight into how you go about designing your characterisation?

PS: Everything I have written thus far, although fiction is based on my family, my friends and me. I have a mystery series called, Spinning the Yarn. They are middle grade mysteries set in the late 1950’s. The first is Mystery in the Mississippi Delta. The second in the series is, Mystery in the Little Woods. I am writing the third now. Everything in the books is biographical in every aspect of my life during that time. I threw in ghosts, time travel through the fork of a tree in a graveyard and I had a mystery novel. My eccentric, crazy grandma is even a main character!


I used my hometown in the Mississippi Delta of the USA as the setting. I do want to branch out but so far I am stuck in the 1950’s and in my hometown and surrounding area.

When I decided to write a “grown-up” book, I set it in the late 1950’s and in the Mississippi Delta as well. It is titled, When Women Wore Dresses. I started with the name of the book and went from there. The characters in “Dresses” are based on my older sister, who is seven years my elder, and her friends.

That may be taking the phrase, “write what you know” to an extreme, but it works for the time being.  I do plan to branch out in the future to something a little more contemporary.

Mid-century Teenage Drama was based on an incident that happened in my high school years to a friend of mine. She had a hard time coming back to school.  I could see her face while I wrote the story.

WB: Your story centres on bullying and the impact that is has on the victim, why do you think that this is an important topic to address?

PS: Bullying in any form is violence, or the beginning of violence. It may not always be physical, but mental bullying is just as bad, and in some cases, worse. Bullying in school, if unchecked, leads to violence later in life. The bullies of today, if allowed to continue to harass people, could very well be our prison inmates of the future, or at the very least, really bad football coaches.

One thing that makes the bullying today worse than in my teenage years is social media. If my story had been set in a classroom today, several people would have taken pictures and it would have been on social websites within minutes instead of forgotten when the next big thing happened.

We tend to think of bullying as a teenage high school dilemma, but you find bullying on television, the internet and in news articles, as well as schools.  We complain about the media, but we are the media. One email with a half truth or even a complete lie can become the absolute gospel truth once it makes its rounds. People’s lives can be ruined virally in the blink of an eye and it can be done anonymously.  I consider this bullying as well. Sadly we tend to believe that which fits our personal agenda so we pass it along.

WB: What genre of books is your favourite to read, and what is your favourite genre to write in?

PS: I have always been drawn to mysteries. It doesn’t matter if they are gothic, traditional, complex or cozy. I love a well written “who dunnit” that keeps me up at night turning pages. When I was young my favorite mystery author was Agatha Christie. She was such a prolific writer, yet none of her books have the same twists or plot line.


 I also love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes. He is the inspiration of many books, television series as well as movies, even today. You have to love a brilliant sociopath that makes solving even the most complicated mystery look easy.

I also love writing mysteries. I start with two things, the title and the ending. After that I start writing and let the story unfold as I think of it, winding it toward the ending I have already in place.

 I have never done an outline for a book or thought about it much. I just start writing and see where it may take me, a journey of sorts. It is such fun to create a lot of clues and side plots, having no idea how I am going to connect or fit them together. When I am tired of the book, (we do get annoyed after reading it 30 times) I will have an idea and then I work it into the ending. Sort of like a jigsaw puzzle.

WB: Finally - what are your five favourite words?

PS: Wow, hard one. I like words that have an old flavor, words even before my time. If I have to choose…ruminating, palooka, shenanigans, melancholy, skedaddle. Five fun words that easily roll right off the tongue, an important quality for a word if you live in the deep south of the United States as I do.

WB: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Pam - congratulations again on winning WEbook's March (5 Word) Challenge! 

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The winner of our April Fool's Challenge was announced on Friday - so a huge congratulations to KyleRKopp with his entry Work From Home, They Said

Don't forget that the May Challenge is now running - and this month we're challenging you to write a sorry based on an image. Head on over to the Challenge page now to enter!



The WEbook Team