Monday, March 12, 2012

Masters of Mystery: MJ Williams

I am Mary Joy Johnson (right), one half of the team writing under the pseudonym M. J. Williams; my sister-in-law Peggy Williams constitutes the other half. We teamed up to write mystery novels.
Peggy has been a free-lance writer most of her adult life, writing scripts for documentary films, magazine features, and online content. She has taught elementary school since graduating from Michigan State University. She also received a masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peggy and her husband, Mark, have two grown children and one new grandson, who, of course, is the light of their lives. When Peggys not teaching, shes writing. 
When Im not writing, Im quilting. I retired from teaching writing at Bay College in Escanaba, Michigan several years ago. I earned both a bachelors and a masters degree at Central Michigan University. I also have two grown children, but I beat Peggy in the grandparent department; I have three teenage granddaughters  Since my retirement, I tutor ESL and learning disabled adults and have become very active in Madisons quilting community.

Weve recently independently-published our mystery novel, On the Road to Deaths Door, the first in a series, featuring a retired small town public safety officer and her husband. Emily and Stan Remington inherit a used RV and begin their travels in Wisconsins Door County where they are thrown into a murder investigation involving an old college buddy of Stans. It is available for the Kindle and as a print-on-demand paperback from

The next book in the series, which takes place in Boston, is in production (read that as were still writing it).

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Contests! $100 first place prizes

Wisconsin Writers Association is still accepting submissions for the Spring Contests


WWA Contests
All mailed contest entries must be sent to the Contest Registrar:

(snail mail on the contest site)

(to enter online, see below)

To enter online follow these steps:
  1. Download and read the full 2012 Contest Rules
  2. Click one of the contest entry links below
If you have questions about entering any of these contests, please contact the Contest Managers below:
  • Al P. Nelson Journalism Contest Manager ncmgr[at]
  • Florence Lindemann Humor Contest flmgr[at]
  • Jessica Nelson North Contest ctwg [at]

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Television, Newspapers, online Magazine, Espionage: James Strauss



Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Season II, Downton Abbey, the second show, took him back. The Somme. The ornately crude touches of wretched death among the barely filth-covered living took him in even though his own memories held a repository of tropical mud spilling out in nights of heat and moist dishonor. Bailing out of hell and climbing its bitterly sharp rungs of crabbing misery to reappear in the real world for a brief visit before plunging headlong back into the slag of sapient seething flesh awaiting an ever encroaching rendition. It is only a well made television series his mind screams silently from behind his emotionless features, long trained to show nothing of having lived on one’s belly in cloying fear, having writhed in the basal shallow stench of one’s own fluids.
That was then, as it is now, a man molded in moving fear while being required for life to advance in structured order. The man lives around an idyllic lake in the south of a coldly idyllic region buried deep within the midsection of America. He writes of honor, of challenge, of mind and meaning lost but reassembled. The Boy, his first novel. It reaches back to prehistory and describes accurately our current human condition. Coming novels of espionage; The Bering Sea, Indigenous Asset, Closer to God, resting on publisher’s desks in New York awaiting a coming date. He writes a newspaper called The Geneva Shore Report, which publishes weekly (tgsr. onsugar. com) and an online magazine named bearing his name. And he writes for House, the Fox Television show, having worked on Deadwood, Saving Grace and Entourage previously.

To be found on the web 

(Permission in progress to post James' book information.)

·         Hardcover: 271 pages
·         Publisher: Gale/Five Star -Science Fiction and Fantasy Series; 1st edition (April 2009)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 1594148139
·         ISBN-13: 978-1594148132

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