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February 6, 2013

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Swan Song: Creating Characters, Plot, and Setting

B.J. Myrick of Keyhole Conversations interviews author H.B. Berlow about the creation of SWAN SONG. Berlow discusses the development of the characters, plot, and setting of his crime fiction novel.

View H. B. Berlow’s author page here. Check out his novel,  Swan Song, a different kind of book by a different kind of author. You can preview the first three chapters of Swan Song on Amazon, but you’ll be hooked by the time you finish Chapter one.

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Swan Song: From Manuscript to Published Book

January 30, 2013

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Author H.B. Berlow traces the development of his novel from completing a NaNoWriMo challenge, through revising, editing, and pitching the novel, to finally signing with a publisher and holding the paperback in his hands.


h.b. owfiH. B. studied filmmaking and creative writing at the University of Miami in the 1980′s and was involved in the Boston Poetry Scene in the mid 1990s. He is president of the Kansas Writers Association and has been a member of KWA  since 2007. His other passions are cooking, food and wine.  He discusses all these aspects on his blog.

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KWA in 2013: An Interview with H.B. Berlow

January 23, 2013

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In this Keyhole Conversations interview, H. B. Berlow, president of Kansas Writers Association, discusses the purpose of the organization and reveals details about the 2013 Scene Conference which will be held on March 16, 2013.


KWA Scene Conference – March 16, 2013
“The Complete Writer”
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Early Bird Special if you register by February 14, 2013. (What a Sweet Deal!)

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August 26, 2012

This video is the last in a three-part series on pitches filmed at the Kansas Writers Association meeting where members were challenged by president, H. B. Berlow, to pitch their books in  one minute. Authors had ten minutes to prepare and practice their pitches, then they allowed  Keyhole Conversations  to film their efforts.

Our last authors to pitch their books are Diane Roads, Wes Brummer, and Kae Bartelheimer.

About Diane Roads

Diane Roads lives in Kansas with her husband. One of her biggest passions is her School Supply Ministry through her church. She knows young writers can’t be inspired without pencil and paper. Her second passion is in her writing. She had been to eleven schools by the fifth grade, and that in itself made writing a challenge. With amazement, she dared to dream when she wrote her first book, Only the Dog Knows. Using her dog Emmy as a role model, she borrowed pages from her life story and started to write, and she hasn’t stopped. An avid reader of mysteries, Diane gains support and encouragement with her writing from the Kansas Writers Association. No, she has never jumped out of an airplane, but would love to go up in a hot air balloon.

About Wes Brummer

Born in 1955, Wes Brummer grew up in Kingman, Kansas, watched children’s television programs, including shows such as Freddy Fudd and Major Astro, and made up time travel adventures. His first published story was a fantasy called “The Prophet,” which appeared in the Hutchinson Junior College magazine.

Along with the stories he saw on television, Wes was raised on stories of his family’s struggles during the Great Depression told to him by his mother. His current work in progress, Flowers in the Dust, is a historical novel which examines life on a Depression era poor farm and how one young woman seeks to provide some cheer in the bleak existence of the residents.

About Kae Bartelheimer


A standard pitch includes the book’s title and genre, a hook (point that grabs the audience), a cliff hanger, and an indication of where the book fits with others that have been published. All of this must be presented in one minute or less. Listen for these points as you watch the video.

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August 13, 2012

This video is the second in a new three-part series on pitches that were filmed at the KWA meeting when H. B. Berlow, our president, threw out a spur-of-the-moment challenge for members to pitch their books in one minute.  Authors had ten minutes to prepare their pitch. They then allowed Keyhole Conversations to video their efforts.

Our next two authors pitching their books are Conrad Jestmore and Darin Elliott.

About Conrad Jestmore

Conrad Jestmore has published short stories, poetry and non-fiction in numerous journals and anthologies, and is a Past-President of the Kansas Authors Association. His first novel, River of Murder is available as an e-book from, Barnes and Noble.Com, and the publisher, He has earned gainful employment as a welfare case worker in the mountains of northern California, an elevator operator when elevators still had them, a bartender, a paint warehouse stocker, a USO performer and a high school teacher. He is a Reiki Master and currently teaches Reiki classes and heals both humans and animals in his central Kansas Reiki practice.

About Darin Elliott

Darin Elliott works as a Laboratory Technician for Leading Technology Composites.  Married for the past twelve years to his wife Misti, he is the father of three children and grandfather to one grandson (with another on the way).  Darin writes in the science fiction and horror genres with a style reflective of Clive Barker and Philip K. Dick. Darin is pitching The Seraphim Protocol.

His writing methods can be found at his literary blog Webgoji’s Ramblings.


A standard pitch includes the book’s title and genre, a hook (point that grabs the audience), a cliff hanger, and an indication of where the book fits with others that have been published. All of this must be presented in one minute or less. Listen for these points as you watch the video.

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June 21, 2012

Earlier, Keyhole Conversations featured a series on Authors and their art. Then we noticed writers with other creative outlets and discovered a link between writers whose passions extended to creative cooking, so we decided to do a series on writers who cook.

H. B. Berlow, a prolific fiction writer,  dreams up his own recipes. His energy is contagious and his talents are many. He creates his own book trailers, book covers, and  he loves to blog about his two favorite passions, writing and cooking.

His kitchen is a shrine for his passion, right down to the special sink he uses. He credits the extremely artistic and talented contractor,  Mark Anderson, of  Persona Kitchen and Bath Solutions in Wichita, Kansas, for his dream-come-true kitchen.

This is one cooking vlog you don’t want to miss.



4 chicken breasts, pounded to approx. 1/2 inch
flour/salt/pepper for dredging
3 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup white cooking wine
4 Tbs. lemon juice
4 Tbs. capers
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

(1) Dredge chicken breasts in flour with salt and pepper. Place into a skillet where butter and olive oil have started to slowly melt on low heat.
(2) Turn heat to medium. Cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through.  Do not overcook or turn heat up beyond medium.
(3) Lower heat. Remove chicken to warming platter. Add the piccata sauce (wine/lemon juice/capers) and turn heat back up to medium.
(4) Deglaze the pan (i.e. scrape up brown bits left over) and then turn up heat and reduce (i.e. bring to a light boil until some of the liquid has evaporated).
(5) Return chicken to pan. Reduce heat. Turn the chicken over to coat. Put chicken on plate. Cover with sauce. Sprinkle on chopped parsley.

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May 25, 2012

At the OWFI Conference, (Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc.)  held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma May 2-5 of 2012, Keyhole Conversations held a Which Pitch Face-off Competition. Hazel Hart, technical director, filmed the pitches.  Viewers were given the opportunity to vote on the best Which Pitch Face-Off by May 18th.

The results are in. The winner is H. B. Berlow, who captured 70% of the votes. Congratulations, H. B. on your  award.


May 11, 2012

H.B.Berlow is pitching Weekend Getaways or Adventures in Contract Killing.

H. B. studied filmmaking and creative writing at the University of Miami in the 1980’s and was involved in the Boston Poetry Scene in the mid 1990s.  He has been a member of the KWA (Kansas Writer’s Association) since 2007. His other passions are cooking, food and wine.  He discusses all these aspects on his blog.

Leatrice McKinney is pitching Coveted, a YA Urban Fantasy.

In Coveted, Caleb Dunnelly can raise the dead, a handy little skill that’s propelled him straight to the top of the Seven Deadly Sins’ most wanted list. Leatrice McKinney is a freelance writer, a published poet, and a columnist for Writer’s News Weekly. View her books here.

Mike Watson  is pitching his new novel, Treasure of the Anasazi

The author’s debut novel, The Nestorian Alliance, is a Jack Trader Adventure, now available as an e-Book. He is a writer and self-employed geologist and surveyor, living with his wife in a rural setting near Clearwater, Kansas. Mike is currently working on his second novel in the series. The characters in the series reside in or near Durango, Colorado, one of Mike’s favorite places. Find out more about Mike here. 




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February 3, 2012

Fourth in Keyhole Conversations Authors/Artists series is H.B. Berlow, who produces some of his art using the Oops method. “What’s that?” you ask.  Climb aboard. You’re about to find out.

Similar to Jackson Pollock, H.B. creates exciting free-flowing works of art, paintings that crackle with energy. One has the feeling this writer turned painter approaches life with optimism, energy, and enthusiasm.

Can you can guess from his paintings the kinds of genres he writes? Watch the video below to find out.

Read what this author has to say about how he was drawn to painting while simultaneously creating novels

“Before I joined KWA, before the blog and the website and the book trailers, I was basically figuring out where to go and what to do with my writing. At the time, I was doing nothing with my writing. But I still needed a creative outlet.

A friend made a comment about what he termed “Oops” paint, the leftovers or unsellables from stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. I got a wild idea to buy plastic squirt bottles, mix up various colors, lay a canvas on the floor of the garage on top of a tarp, and squirt the paint, similar to Jackson Pollock’s drippings. From there, I used old kitchen utensils, cords from draperies, cheap brushes, wooden or plastic stirrers–anything odd or unique to create a texture.

“I like color. I like free-flowing images. The work is another form of creative expression that ties in with my writing. My painting and other art work has progressed in an open fashion as I allow a freedom of expression to take over.”


January 6, 2012

Welcome to Keyhole Conversations

A Different Kind of Book Review.

It’s always fun to see how characters from the novel respond to our questions. It’s also very interesting to see which character from the book the author allows to be interviewed, which is not always the point-of-view character. It’s one way to see into the heart of the author.

Today’s guest is more than a character, he is also a rather unruly character you won’t meet every day.  He’s R. C. Bellicki, a professional hacker dealing with computers, lost loves, cops, and good beer. He’s got a heart of gold,  is extremely  likeable, and is one guy you will enjoy listening to as he reveals issues from his life and what he thinks of  H. B. Berlow, the author who created him.  You can buy the book at amazon.  Take a look at the video below.


Read the teaser below for a quick review of the story.

Don't miss Kansas Two-Step, a mystery by H. B. Berlow


He’s a gray-bearded old hippie who wears Hawaiian shirts and makes his living  doing subversive internet research. In essence, he’s a professional hacker.  But now R.C. Bellicki has gotten himself caught up in murder, and he has to use all his computer skills to stay one step ahead of the police — and the actual killer.

      Rated: Adult Content

Watch the book trailer below.

A mystery about computers, lost loves, cops, and good beer.

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H.B. Berlow (1962- ) studied film-making at the University of Miami and for a time focused his attention on screenwriting. From 1990-1995 his efforts turned to poetry and he was involved in the Boston Slam Poetry scene, despite doing mostly sonnets and traditional poetry. He moved to Wichita, KS when he met his future wife Shelia. A member of the KWA (Kansas Writer’s Association) since 2007, he has concentrated largely on fiction, focusing on crime (hard-boiled and neo-noir) and transgressive fiction, having been inspired by such writers as James Ellroy, Jim Thompson, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Chuck Palahniuk. He also paints and creates mixed media art works.  He lives in a 100+ year old Victorian house in Wichita with his wife, Shelia, and three cats — Mongo, Camille, & Rupert. You can find his books on Visit his blog.


Be sure to visit his page at Author’s Den


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