After seeing a post over on Sarah’s Crime Pieces blog this week and being touched and reminded by a great cause and the charitable heart of crime writers, I wanted to do a post myself about the In a Word: Murder anthology that the lovely Margot Kinberg over at the blog Confessions of a Mystery Novelist has organised and edited.
It was then that I realised I didn’t know enough and I didn’t have the eloquence to do the justice to the heartfelt decisions that had gone on behind the scenes to bring this to fruition, so I asked Margot if she would mind saying a little about how, In A Word: Murder, came about, and what it means, to her personally and those involved.
She was extremely obliging and I received something back from her the same day!
I hand you over to Margot to tell you about this special crime anthology.
Thanks very much for hosting me, Rebecca. Thanks too for letting me share the background of In a Word: Murder. Here’s how it all started. Maxine Clarke was a dedicated and knowledgeable friend to the world of crime fiction. I’m also honoured that she was a friend to me. Her passing last year left a real void in the crime fiction community and in my life. I wanted to do something in her memory, and what I do is…write. Maxine had once told me half-jokingly that I ought to have my sleuth Joel Williams solve the murder of a publisher, editor or reviewer. So I decided to do just that, with the proceeds of the story going in aid of Princess Alice Hospice, which was so helpful to Maxine and her family in her last days and weeks. Then, with inspiration from fellow blogger and author Patti Abbott, the project became an anthology. I was honoured and delighted that some very talented writers from the international community wanted to be a part of this project. They made this all possible, and I am grateful. And I’d like to think that Maxine would have been pleased.
Many thanks again for inviting me for a visit!
Thank you Margot!