IWSG: Happy Anniversary!
It has been 12 years since Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh launched the Insecure Writers' Support Group. He obviously hit a nerve and filled a need, because the group has been going strong ever since, with monthly blog-hop postings and tons of encouragement, support, and often very concrete help being passed around the group. While the membership does fluctuate, a look at the top half of the sign-up list will show you people who have been active more or less from the start. Take a look at their stories!
In personal news: A Coastal Corpse has released at last! The first book in my new Seffi Wardwell mysteries is now available for sale. I am currently deciding if I'm going to jump right into editing the (already drafted) second book in the series, or draft the third book first.
Retired science teacher Seffi Wardwell is making herself a new home on the Maine coast. She has a flower garden to keep up to the stiff local standards and a tough job in breaking down the locals’ suspicion of outsiders and making friends. She also has a distressing tendency to find herself in the middle of murder investigations.
Retired science teacher Seffi Wardwell has moved to coastal Maine looking for peace, fresh air, and an accepting community. So far, she’s enjoying the sea air.
When a corpse turns up in Seffi’s flower garden, she can’t help asking questions about the victim and his death. Police officer Miah Cox doesn’t want her assistance, but Seffi’s curiosity is what made her a scientist.
The more she learns about the dead man’s background, the more she wants to know. Estranged from his wealthy family, and a village pariah for something that happened years before, the dead man had plenty of enemies. At least one wanted to make him disappear forever, and they’re all eager to see this case wrapped up and forget about him.
The way Seffi sees it, somebody has to care about him, and as a fellow outsider, she’s it. But all of her poking around is stirring up trouble in the village. It’s up to Seffi and Miah to figure out whodunit before they strike again, and before the locals decide the handiest scapegoat is Seffi herself.
Here's the purchase info:
Amazon Kindle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CGN9Z7ZD
Amazon Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CH23RZ5H
Amazon Large Type: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CH22JJX3
iTunes (Apple Store): https://books.apple.com/us/book/x/id6463561594
Why? The IWSG is here to share and encourage, to offer a place for authors to admit their insecurities and offer help and support to each other.
How? The official IWSG posting day is the first Wednesday of every month. Hop around the list and see who has worries, triumphs, and news to share.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
Hoo, boy. A little research reveals my first IWSG post was in November 2015, so I was a few years late to the party. Since that time I have never fallen off the wagon, though there have been a few when I've posted that I'm on the road or the trail (as in fact I am right how) so couldn't hold up my end of the bargain with my post. I connected with the group through the web site (the only option then), probably following a friend into the group (Jemima Pett, I'm looking at you!).
©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2023