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C. Hope Clark is founder of FundsforWriters, a well-known writer’s reference for grants, contests, markets, publishers and agents for the serious writer. The website and newsletters have existed for fourteen years, and been recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine in its 101 Best Websites for Writers for thirteen of those years. 42,000 writers receive her newsletters each week.
She’s published in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents, The Writer, as well as multiple trades, glossy mags and numerous Chicken Soup books. She’s been interviewed often by both writing and business websites, and speaks to writing conferences throughout the United States. Her book, The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Success, continues to sell steadily.
She is also author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Lowcountry Bribe is the first in the series published by Bell Bridge Books. The mysteries describe federally employed Carolina Slade’s sleuthing abilities throughout rural, rarely seen South Carolina settings, facing crimes not found in your typical mystery. Her follow-up, Tidewater Murder, is now available too, and absolutely rocks. The third book in the series will be released in 2014.
Read more about Hope and Carolina Slade at here website.
I will be interviewing Hope and moderating the chat, as I have for over a decade now, tomorrow night (September 29, 2013) at 7 PM EST. Just go to The Writer’s Chatroom and click on “Enter Chatroom,” no password is needed. Hope to see you all tonight night!
LOWCOUNTRY BRIBE by C. Hope Clark has the best opening line I have read in quite some time: “O-positive primer wasn’t quite the color I had in mind for the small office, but Lucas Sherwood hadn’t given the décor a second thought when he blew out the left side of his head with a .45.” I was hooked.
Hope’s descriptions don’t end with that beautiful Tarantino-esque opening. In what sounds at first like the last thing I would ever read – an agricultural mystery in the Deep South – Hope delivers fast paced, easy reading, absolutely compelling prose. Her sense of place and people put you there, and the tension and twists don’t let you put the book down. I read it in one sitting, and I don’t do that often. I loved the characters, and the edge. And this is coming from someone for whom mysteries are just not in the wheelhouse.
Carolina Slade Bridges is a strong female protagonist, a good woman drawn from equal parts Dashiell Hammett, Patricia Cornwell, and Elmore Leonard. She’s tough, she’s harsh, she’s by the book, and quite often, she’s Hope Clark herself – or at least the woman, mentor, and friend I have come to know after a decade of interviewing her at The Writer’s Chatroom. It’s no secret the book is loosely based on real events, but how close, no one’s talking. Any way you slice it, Slade (don’t call her Carolina) rocks, and I can’t wait for the next installment – TIDEWATER MURDER, due next month. Four stars out of four, highly recommended.
I have been interviewing writer C. Hope Clark of Funds for Writers in The Writer’s Chatroom on a regular basis now for nearly a decade. She is a wonderful lady, a terrific writer, a font of amazing writing knowledge, a mentor, a friend, and now, a novelist.
Tonight I will be interviewing her about her just released first novel, Lowcountry Bribe, the first book in the Carolina Slade Mystery Series. So please come on by the chatroom here tonight at 7:00 PM EST to find out more about the book, the author, and the world of writing.
Here’s more about Hope: C. Hope Clark is founder of FundsforWriters.com, a well-known writer’s reference for grants, contests, markets, publishers and agents for the serious writer. The website and newsletters have existed for a dozen years and been recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine in its 101 Best Websites for Writers for eleven of those years. 42,000 writers receive her newsletters each week.
She’s published in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents (by Writer’s Digest), The Writer Magazine, as well as multiple trades, glossy mags and numerous Chicken Soup books. She’s interviewed often by both writing and business websites and speaks to writing conferences throughout the United States. Her book The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Success, continues to sell steadily.
She is also author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Lowcountry Bribe is the first in the series published by Bell Bridge Books. The mysteries describe federally employed Carolina Slade’s sleuthing abilities throughout rural, rarely seen South Carolina settings, facing crimes not found in your typical mystery.
Hope Clark lives in rural South Carolina, on the banks of the beautiful Lake Murray, amidst her wildlife and gardens, alongside her federal agent husband and chickens.
Hope to see you tonight!
Chat with C. Hope Clark
C. Hope Clark (Hope) founded and serves as editor of www.FundsforWriters.com, a well-known writer’s reference that reaches 20,000 readers weekly with grants, markets and motivational editorials that generate stacks of thank-you notes from readers. Writer’s Digest voted FundsforWriters one of its 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for the past nine years.
Hope’s dozen ebooks are rapid sellers ranging from “Grants for the Serious Writer” to “Short & Sweet; Markets for Fillers.” Hope has published in magazines like Writer’s Digest, The Writer Magazine, ByLine Magazine, Next Step Magazine, College Bound Teen, TURF Magazine, and Landscape Management. “The Shy Writer” is a nonfiction paperback she penned to aid writers like her who have difficulty appearing in public. Published in 2004, it continues to readily sell and was re-released as a second edition in Fall 2007.
After 25 years as a manager with the federal sector, she requested an early retirement in her forties to write full time and manage FundsforWriters, marrying her knowledge of grants and her love of writing.
She lives in Chapin, South Carolina on the banks of Lake Murray and has completed a novel, the first of an agricultural mystery series, which is currently being read by several agents. She is married to a recently retired federal agent who inspires her love of mystery writing.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
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The 7th Annual FundsforWriters Essay Contest, sponsored by IdeaWeaverSoftware.com.
THEME: “The Best Advice I Ever Had.”
As is the FundsforWriters trademark, applicants enter with or without an entry fee, their choice. Prize monies range from $10 to $200.
LIMIT: 750 words.
DEADLINE: October 31, 2008.
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