Entries by Paula Benson

Two Mini Anthologies

by Paula Gail Benson Woman’s World has two weekly features: 5-minute romances and 2-minute mysteries. Mystery Writers of America lists Woman’s World as one of its approved periodicals/webzines, which means that it meets “MWA’s professional standards of good business practice and fair treatment of authors” and that stories published in Woman’s World may qualify for […]

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Answering Debra’s message from Friday: yes, there is still time for resolutions! Also, there’s time to celebrate last year’s accomplishments. In 2021, I was pleased to make progress in my writing. My short story “Cosway’s Confidence” won second place in the Bethlehem Writers Group annual contest and was featured in their quarterly online publication, the […]

Holiday Story Traditions

by Paula Gail Benson Stories have always been part of the holiday season. Whether from reality, like the newspaper response to Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter from the editor of New York Sun (often called “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”); or Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” also known by its first line […]

The Red Penguin Collection

by Paula Gail Benson Red Penguin Books, a small publishing company based in New York and headed by Stephanie Larkin, began an imprint to showcase new and established writers of shorter works. Its Red Penguin Collection currently has twenty-eight volumes of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, monologues, and short plays. The editor is J.K. Larkin, Stephanie’s […]

Elizabeth “Betty” Wason: Journalist and Cook Book Author

by Paula Gail Benson While doing some research on the history of cooking, I came across foodtimeline.org, created in 1999 by reference librarian and food lover Lynne Oliver and meticulously maintained by Lynne until her death in 2015. The site now is updated by the Virginia Tech Library system, which has a special collection on […]

Plotting or Plodding, or Both?

by Paula Gail Benson About a month ago, I began noodling with an idea for a novel. I started writing in a notebook, with a cover that had the phrase: “Wherever life takes you–trust your journey.” Following that advice, I started generally with entries about what I would like to write. I had a strong […]

New Short Story Anthologies for Fall

by Paula Gail Benson   This fall, several new short story anthologies have appeared to provide wonderful entertainment on cooler evenings. Here are a few:   So West: Love Kills is the ninth anthology published by the Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, recently released in conjunction with its virtual Write Now Conference. Featuring […]

Fabulous Books to Be Released this Fall!

by Paula Gail Benson This fall a number of great authors are making their debuts or continuing their publishing success with some fabulous reads for the season. I selected the following four to highlight because of my connections with each writer: Yasmin, Tara, and Hank have become close personal friends and Wanda and I are […]

Visiting Beaufort, South Carolina

by Paula Gail Benson If you’ve seen the movies The Big Chill, The Great Santini, and The Prince of Tides, then you’ve seen parts of Beaufort, South Carolina. Pronounced Beau (rhyming with DEW) -fort rather than the North Carolina Beau (rhyming with SEW) -fort, the city preserves its historic features while offering a thriving community […]

ITW 2021 Thriller Short Story Award Goes To . . .

by Paula Gail Benson Alan Orloff I remember meeting Alan Orloff at Malice Domestic when his first novel, Diamonds for the Dead, was an Agatha award finalist. Since that time, he has published nine additional novels and a myriad of short stories that have appeared in Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked & Loaded, […]