Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Hello From Kathleen

Wow it’s Wednesday! I’m thrilled to be the middle-of- the- week blogger and I’m also thrilled to be with kindred spirits – my three fellow Whiskey Creek Press authors.

We are all morning writers (Larks). Though what is morning for me is afternoon for Margaret Blake in England. We just call her Super Lark. Like Debbie, I also live in Florida – near Tampa. And like Sarita I write both short stories and novels.

I’m still amazed – even after ten years – to be a mystery novelist. I studied and got an M.F.A in creative writing at the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop a while back (quite a while) and fully intended to write literary novels.

Until my twenties it never occurred to me that a mystery novel could be literature. I remembered the stack of whodunits my aunt kept by her bed when I was a kid. The lurid covers always contained a well-dressed dead young woman lying in a poll of burgundy-colored blood. I assumed all mysteries were scary and second rate.

As fate would have it, my first boss was a mystery addict who introduced me to his favorite writers – Sharon McCrumb, Elizabeth George and Martha Grimes.

These women were graceful, elegant writers and mystery writers. I found Anne Perry on my own and was wowed. Like Dickens, her writing gives you a vivid sense of Victorian England—the sooty skyline, the pervasive poverty and the wealth and power of the upper class.

She made me want to write a police procedural. And so I did and then I wrote another. Now I’m hard at work on a third. I’ve never regretted the path I took because it was what I was meant to do.
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5 comments:

Jean said...

Hi Kathleen,
Thank you for inviting me to your blog. I enjoyed reading it with my morning coffee. (I'm not a natural lark)
Jean

Sarita Leone said...

Oh Kathleen, how I remember those book covers! The pool of maroon blood! I could never wait to get my hands on them, often staying up late at night, sometimes scared out of my mind by the story but determined to find out whodunit! :)

Love being here with you and the other lark writers. WE are going to have so much fun!

My next WCP release, Vineyard Mambo, is a murder mystery. Nothing gory, a cozy. :)

Kathleen said...

Sarita, I can't wait to read Vineyard Mambo. Let us know when it's due out.

Debbie Wallace said...

Hi Kathleen! I know she wasn't real but I use to imagine myself like Jessica Fletcher on Murder She Wrote. I loved watching that show and went into withdrawals when they took it off.

My mornings begin anywhere from 3:30-4:30 so you can definitely say I'm a morning person! LOL

margaret blake said...

Hi Kathy, Nice to see you here.

Love, Margaret