April-May Issue of Suspense Magazine

The editors of Suspense Magazine once again sent a link for Guild members to access the latest issue of their magazine.

Spring is the time we need to shed that winter coat and open up the windows. We have put together a great issue for you. As always we would like to thank you for all the support you have given us over the years. It really is a pleasure to bring you the very best author interviews, reviews, articles and much more. Now let’s see what’s in this issue.

  • Jack Carr
  • Alma Katsu
  • Jake Tapper
  • Steena Holmes
  • Lee Goldberg
  • Rhys Bowen

Barry Lancet and Anthony Franze are back with their latest “Articles on Talking Writing.” Dennis Palumbo tells us “How not to overwrite.” We step back in time and bring back a great interview that was only on Crime and Science Radio, hosted by D.P. Lyle and Jan Burke, as they talk with Michael Tabor, a forensic dentist that has stories you won’t believe. Along with all the reviews, we have some more surprises inside. So enjoy your spring showers and takes for taking us with you.


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If you write suspense, mystery, horror, or thriller fiction, consider submitting your work to Suspense Magazine. Submission guidelines are here.

Adeline Virginia Stephen 1882-1941

By Ken Yaros

Pen name, Virginia Woolf, lived in the greater London area, born of Victorian parents. She lived through enormous changes and challenges as England and the world moved into modern times. Adeline was no stranger to broken families, unexplainable death and disease, war and its upheaval. Throughout her life, severe depression dogged her and undoubtedly influenced her thinking.

She was prolific and in demand for her newspaper articles, essays, and as a speaker on topics considered controversial at the time. Some of her avant-guard topics included gender identification and changing sexual mores.

As a young adult, she hosted weekly meetings at her home for talented though radical thinkers, several of whom would attain fame as artisans, economists and biographers.

It is challenging to summarize this complex author in a brief article, however she sought to mix fact with imagination and was unafraid to explore at the time taboo subjects such as morality of war, disease, female exploitation, mental illness, class and familial prejudice. Her most notable works include:

  1. Mrs. Dalloway (1925) – Exploration of London society post-WWI. Made into a movie.
  2. Orlando (1928) – An exploration of gender and identity.
  3. To the Lighthouse (1927) – A family faces hardship off the coast of Scotland.
  4. A Room of One’s Own (1927) – Essay. Discusses gender in terms of independence and financial constraints facing women.
  5. The Waves (1931) – Woolf’s masterpiece of style, intertwining prose with poetry.
  6. Between the Acts (1941) – Published posthumously, a play related to WWII and fascism.

Image credit: By George Charles BeresfordFilippo Venturi Photography Blog, Public Domain, Link

Useful Websites For Writers

Today, there are so many websites offering writing and marketing advice that it’s hard to make sense of it all. To help, here are snippets from The Write Life’s article (by Marisol Dahl) titled “The 100 Best Websites for Writers.”


how-to-write-a-book-now.com features tools, tips and secrets to help you write a book and fulfill your dream of authorship.


fundsforwriters.com lists the best competitions, grants and other well-paying markets.

penandprosper.blogspot.com features an array of topics, tips and tricks to help you experience financial success with your writing.

writersweekly.com — around since 1997, this site is a tried and true resource for freelancers, offering regular updates on paying markets.


marketingprofs.com offers articles, podcasts, training events and more about marketing.


mystorydoctor.com offers tips and workshops on how to write your story and get it published.

well-storied.com is a blog and resource hub to help you more easily craft a brilliant novel.

Domenico Loia

Elise Capron of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency Presents in May

What does an agent do, and do you need one? How can you find your perfect agent match? What is it like working with an agent? How has the agent’s role changed in today’s publishing world? Join Elise Capron of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency as she addresses big questions for writers exploring the wide range of publishing options available in today’s literary world. Get tips on how to make yourself marketable to agents, and insight on what publishing path really is best for you.

Elise Capron has been an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency for 14 years. Established over 35 years ago, SDLA represents a wide range of bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors, including Amy Tan, Lisa See, Maxine Hong Kingston, Chitra Divakaruni, Diane Mott Davidson, Eric Foner, Donald Norman, Gary Small, and many more. Elise primarily represents adult literary fiction (with an emphasis on multi-cultural work) as well as narrative non-fiction, particularly by journalists and historians. The SDLA team handles nearly every genre, and you can learn more about the agency and other agents’ interests at www.dijkstraagency.com.

Note that our May meeting will be on the third Monday in May, May 21, since the fourth Monday in May is Memorial Day.

Amazon modifies royalties

After more than 10 years of making nonfiction writers choose between either 70% or 35% royalties, Amazon has introduced a new level — 50%. It’s only for nonfiction books.

Two other key points need to be noted:

(1) This option is only available to authors who use KDP. Those who use Draft2Digital, IngramSpark, or another aggregator to list are out of luck.

(2) It requires an optimal reading experience for readers. The last thing Amazon wants is for Apple or other formats to display more attractive books.

What’s at stake?

Educational and instructional materials, detailed guides, travel books, art books — any book that has lots of images. What’s significant is that writers can now price nonfiction books above $9.99 ($4.99 to $19.99) and there are no download delivery fees.

There are several requirements, and some marketing benefits, but overall it seems like a good option for image-heavy books. As you might imagine, there are many special conditions that apply (i.e., an awful lot of fine print), so it is advisable to get a more detailed description of this new Amazon offer. For more information, go to: https://www.davidwogahn.com/kindle-royalties/

Olga DeLawrence

SDWEG authors will be featured at La Jolla Library on May 12

On Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 17 authors — all of them members of SDWEG — will be showcasing their published works at display tables at the La Jolla Library (7555 Draper St., La Jolla). Visitors will have a chance to greet these gifted writers, find out how they became authors and what they specialize in, and (hopefully) purchase signed copies of their work. The list of authors and their story subjects includes:

SDWEG members are asked to drop by the event to show their support for the organization and their fellow writers.

For details, go to: sdwritersguild.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/LA-JOLLA-LIBRARY-SHOWCASE-Flyer.pdf. Or you can contact the La Jolla Library at (858) 552-1657


What You Missed at the April Meeting

Guest speaker Henry Herz has become a well-established writer of children’s illustrated books, with nine published books and five under contract for publication in 2018 and 2019. He earned this success by traveling down the hard road of the independent (indie) writer/publisher and the even harder road of traditional book publishing.

Having taken both paths, he had some excellent advice for our members. He emphasized that to choose between indie and traditional publishing, you must answer some fundamental questions. He posed more than half a dozen questions, such as “Are you willing to work hard?” “What is your reason for publishing?” “Do you want to publish right away?” And perhaps most importantly, “Can you handle criticism and rejection?”

As you come to grips with your honest answers, you will be able to decide whether indie or traditional publishing suits you. Henry also delineated the pros and cons of indie vs. traditional paths. In a nutshell, the indie path is quicker and easier but you end up tackling many costs, chores, and obstacles that traditional publishers typically shoulder for you. But again, the choice is up to you.

In closing, Henry offered his professional services for those who need help on the indie path. You can contact him at henryherz.com.

Expired: For All Memoirists From Marni Freedman

SDWEG honorary member Marni Freedman sends this invitation to all accomplished and novice memoirists. See the full message below. Note that the events mentioned in Marni’s message will take place at San Diego Writers, Ink, in Liberty Station.

Just a quick invite to our goings on this Saturday [May 5, 2018, at San Diego Writers, Ink].

If you are interested in submitting to the Memoir Showcase this year, we would love to see you at our FREE CLASS this Saturday from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

TO SUBMIT to the showcase: CLICK HERE.

And if you want to spend even more time with us, come to the Memoir Association meeting at 2:45(ish) for the Yes, You Can Publish Panel where two authors will be talking about how to look for and acquire a small pub and how to submit to books like Chicken Soup for the Soul.

To learn about the panel, CLICK HERE.

Really hope to see you – and hope you all submit!
Photo credit: Igor Ovsyannykov

La Jolla Library Showcase featuring the SDWEG–Interview with Bob Boze

Local author and SDWEG member, Bob Boze, will be a participant at the La Jolla Library Showcase featuring the San Diego Writers  Guild’s Meet Your Local Author event, on May 12th from 10 AM to 2 PM

To get to know a little about Bob, he’s provided an excerpt from his recent interview with Rebecca Howie, author, writer, and blogger from Scotland.

Hi, Bob.

Hi Rebecca. Thank you for the opportunity to interview with you.

Q: Had you always planned on becoming a published author?

A: No. I’ve always been an avid reader, and I loved my English and writing classes throughout college but never thought much about writing or publishing anything. Much of my life has been spent traveling, and in the late ’80s I started writing a yearly Christmas letter to let our friends know what part of the world we were in and what we had done over the year. My letters were full of stories and humorous events, and, after being pressured by friends to write a book, I finally started one in 2013.

That book became my humorous autobiography, Love is a Pretty Girl with a Cape to Share Your Dreams With, and was the second book I published. The first was book one of my romance trilogy, Horses of Tir Na Nog.

Q: What inspired you to write the Horses of Tir Na Nog trilogy?

A: A visit to a friend’s horse rescue ranch. The Horses of Tir Na Nog is a real ranch, in the east county of San Diego. When our friend finally moved all of her rescued horses onto one ranch, we went out to visit the new location. Walking around the ranch, my heart broke as I looked at the most abused and malnourished horses I had ever seen. When one of the horses (Deveny), hesitantly let my wife and me approach her, I knew I had to tell her story; actually, all of their stories.

The problem was, it was going to be heart wrenching and I needed a way to temper that. Oh, and did I mention I knew nothing about horses?

Five years later, I published book one of Horses of Tir Na Nog, A New Door Opens.

Q: What made you choose romance as a genre?

A: I’ve always been a sucker for a good romance story, especially the ones that have a happy ever after ending. Given the subject (abused and abandoned horses and young women rescued from the sex trade), along with my need to temper their heart wrenching stories, the YA/Adult Romance genres seemed like a perfect fit.

Q: What is the series about?

A: The series centers around CJ, a 25-year-old girl, who was rescued from the sex trade at 20 and became the manager of a horse rescue ranch. With the support and trust of the owner and two girls at the ranch, she rebuilds her life, then meets and falls in love with a fireman.

The first book, A New Door Opens, centers around the love, support, and encouragement she receives from the sisterhood, formed by the three women, and Shawn, the fireman, who adores her. It also builds a bond between the fire station crew, ranch staff, and those they meet, that eventually becomes a support family for all of them.

The second book, The Sisterhood, finds the sisterhood expanding as CJ (with Shawn) and Shannon (with Bert, another fireman), two of the original sisters, run all over Europe on their joint honeymoon collecting new friends along the way. (Spoiler alert!) While the third sister (Christine) keeps up her end by rescuing more women from the sex trade and falling in love with a Secret Service Agent.

The third and final book, Dreams, brings story closure and everyone together for a reunion in San Diego where new generations carry the sisterhood, and their support family, into the future.

Q: Do you find it easier to write with a schedule or with no time restrictions?

A: In general, I don’t set a schedule for my writing. I will set a target completion date for finishing, but even that I keep loose. In the case of book one of HTNN, as the ideas kept flowing I kept adjusting the finish date, then gave up and brought it to a close as I realized I had at least another book’s worth of ideas. That, of course, turned into book two and my trilogy was born.

Q: Can you choose a favorite character from your books?

A: I have to admit, I love all of my characters. As a sisterhood and support family, they fit perfectly together. But, I do have two favorites. CJ, who the book centers around, because, like Shawn, the more I got to know her the more I fell in love with her. The second character would be Jessie. She’s smart, spunky and just a bundle of love and energy.

Q: Was there ever a point while you were writing the series when you wanted to give up?

A: No. Quite the opposite. I originally envisioned one book, but the more I wrote the more I needed to say. My trilogy started with one message: to make people aware of the abandoned and abused young women in the sex trade and the horses abandoned as a result of the economy crashing. However, the more I learned, the more messages I felt I needed to get out there.

Q: What is the worst part of the writing process for you?

A: Finding time to write. My volunteering at the San Diego Zoo often takes on a life of its own, and there are times when I feel like I live there. So I’m fortunate in that interruptions don’t hinder my train of thought, and I can fall back into write mode after an hour, day, or even a week of no writing.

Q: How much of your stories do you plan, or do you make them up as you go along?

A: I start with a very rough outline and lots of notes. But, it really only covers the beginning and, if I’m lucky, the end. The rest kind of fills itself in as I write.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece of writing advice?

A: Have others read your work as you write! As many and as often as they are willing and don’t get hurt feelings from their comments. Incorporate the obvious and sit on the rest, if you have to, until you understand what they are saying. They are your eyes and ears to what the reader sees. Use them well and appreciate them.

Q: Where can people learn more about your books?

A: The best place would be my website: https://bobboze.com which lists all of my books and has expanded descriptions and readers’ review comments. There are also links to my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads, as well as my social media sites.

Q: What have you learned since you started writing?

A: Wow. Where do I start? How about with subjects I knew nothing about, like horses, firemen, fire trucks, the sex trade, and a ton of other things mentioned in my books? But, most of all, I would have to say, I’ve learned how to write. No, make that, I’m still learning how to write. My writing style and descriptions (for everything) look nothing like they did when I started.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: What started as a beta read swap over a year ago, resulted in my now having a wonderful writing partner, Casey Fae Hewson, who lives on the other side of the world from me in New Zealand. With her help, I’m now about halfway through my next romance novel, The Beach Pool, and, hopefully, I’ve equally helped her with her next two romance novels, Misty Springs and Pacific Vines

In addition, we’re co-authoring another romance novel, Light My Way, which is all about apples and apple orchards in the US and New Zealand: Gee, something else to learn about! Finally, she’s agreed to add her expertise and encouragement and co-author a business book I started, then shelved many years ago, How Not to Fail in Business Without Really Trying.

Want to know more about Bob and his books? Come to the La Jolla Library on May 12 for its Showcase Featuring San Diego Writers Guild’s local authors.