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Guest Blogger Judy Penz Sheluk: The Power of “What If?”

Posted on: July 18th, 2015 by Carrick Publishing 6 Comments

Judy Penz Sheluk As a mystery writer, I’m often asked where I get my ideas. The answer to that varies by the story, although I’ll admit that there’s always some impetus that drives me to want to develop the fictional characters and inhabit their world for a while.

Let’s take, for example, my short story “Live Free or Die,” which appears in World Enough and Crime (Carrick Publishing, Nov. 2014). Although the story takes place in Toronto, as the title suggests, New Hampshire is most definitely represented. Without giving too much away, the plot involves a naïve twenty-one-year-old, Emerald (Emmy) and her love affair with Jack, a thirty-year-old man from New Hampshire who’s not all that he seems. Am I Emmy? Of course not. But, like Emmy, I did once work in the credit department of a Toronto-based insurance company, and I did have the misfortune of falling head over heels with a cad I met while working there. I merely took those circumstances and said, “What if?”

Judy Penz Sheluk - Hang Man's NooseBGWriting a novel takes even more of those “What if?” moments. In my debut mystery, The Hanged Man’s Noose (Barking Rain Press, July 2015), freelance writer Emily Garland is cash-strapped, newly single, and tired of reporting on the same old Toronto condo stats. When she’s offered a lucrative assignment in the village of Lount’s Landing, she decides to take a chance. All she has to do is relocate and uncover the real story behind a proposed redevelopment plan. And that’s where “What if?” comes in—along with a greedy developer and a feisty antiques shop owner who will do anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s Main Street.

Once again, I’m not Emily Garland. I have, however, been a fulltime freelance writer, specializing in art, antiques and the residential housing industry, since 2003. (I’m still waiting for a lucrative assignment to come my way!) I’ve also seen firsthand how irate people can get when unwanted development comes to their neighborhood. What if???

Getting ideas is as simple as paying attention to the world around me. The “what if’s” are what help me turn those ideas into fiction.

Judy Penz Sheluk is a member of Sisters in Crime International, Guppies, and Toronto, as well as Crime Writers of Canada. Find Judy at judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews other authors and blogs about the writing life.

Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, is scheduled for publication July 21, 2015. Click on the Barking Rain Press logo to sign up to receive the first 4 chapters FREE and get a 35% off coupon to buy the book!

Launch party for World Enough and Crime – Sleuth of Baker Street, a smashing success!

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Carrick Publishing

We’d like to thank Tammy-Li Carrick for the photos shown in the following collages.

We also send a huge Thank You to Ken Quan for the lovely photos immediately following the collages!

Click to view the powerpoint World Enough Sleuth Launch.

Click to view the full Powerpoint created by Ken and Sophia Quan  World Enough and Crime Ken Quan 2014 12 06

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Below: Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, 907 Millwood Road, Toronto.

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The food table was laden with wonderful treats: home-baked cookies by Joan O’Callaghan, a fruit tray from Rosemary McCracken and Ed Piwowarczyk, and sandwiches and cheese from the Carricks.

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Excellent musical background was provided by Ted Carrick.

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Author Rosemary Aubert (the Ellis Portal mystery series) chats with Ed Callway. We thank Ed and Madeleine for bringing the wine, and Ed for manning the drinks table.

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Donna takes a break with Ted and Tammy-Li Carrick.

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Hard-working authors arrive early to sign copies of World Enough and Crime.

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Left to right: Authors and friends Judy Penz Sheluk, Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Melodie Campbell and Dave Campbell.

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Donna, Ted and Tammy-Li visit with dear friend Sophia Quan.

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The store was hopping with energy throughout the event.

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Donna takes time out for a quick photo-op with our anthology.

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Our lovely anthology among the many great crime books!

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A crowded bookstore is a beautiful sight.

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Dear friend Gaby Gaedecke was a very welcome guest, sharing a hug with Donna and Tammy-Li.

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Sleuth of Baker Street store owner Marian Misters rings up a sale of World Enough and Crime.

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Percy stands guard over the book-stash!

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Melodie Campbell (The Artful Goddaughter) reads from her story “Cover Girl”.

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Donna Carrick (The First Excellence) reads from her story “Doctor Shediac”.

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Rosemary Aubert (Don’t Forget You Love Me) reads from her story “The Prime Suspect”.

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 Rosemary McCracken (Black Water) reads from her story “Antonia”.

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Alex Carrick (“Five Scoops” is an Addiction) discusses the inspiration for his story “The Peace of Mind Thief”.

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Bianca Marais reads from her story “The Savages Among Us”.

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Joan O’Callaghan (Amazing Days) reads from her story “Runaway”. Earlier Joan also read from “Delights in Novelty” by Brad Ling.

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The yummy food and wine provided a welcome re-fuelling for our gathering.

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John Thompson (Spirit Over Steel – MKII) reads from his story “What Fresh Hell is This?”

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Ed Piwowarczyk reads from his story “The Angels Wait”.

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M.H. (Madeleine) Callway (Windigo Fire) reads from “The Ultimate Mystery”. Earlier, Madeleine also read from “Potluck” by Lynne Murphy.

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Alex Carrick (“Four Scoops” is Over the Top) reads from his story “The Peace of Mind Thief”. Earlier, Alex also read from “Live Free or Die”, by Judy Penz Sheluk.

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Our thanks to Holly Quibbell and Thomas Cazes for providing delicious gourmet tea samples for our event!

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Thomas chats with Carrick family friend Sophia Quan.

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Below, left to right: Madeleine Harris-Callway, Donna Carrick and son Thomas Cazes.

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Donna chats with long-time friend Stephanie Bell.

Authors M.H. (Madeleine) Callway (left) and Rosemary Aubert (right) enjoy a break with friend and fellow-writer.

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We want to thank everyone who made this day a great success!

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