Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
~ SINC Mission Statement
NEW LOCATION on February 11: CAFE EXPRESS!
Program: Meredith Lee (Dixie Evatt and Sue Cleveland) on How to Launch Your Book
The Word on Our Members
Dixie Evatt & Sue Cleveland
How to Launch Your Book!
Dixie Evatt and Sue Cleveland, writing as Meredith Lee, authored SHROUDED, a Crispin Leads mystery. They’ll tell us the steps they took and the adventures they had in launching their first book last fall.
New feature: How many times do we think of a question, but it escapes before the meeting. This year SinC encourages members to send questions in advance of the meeting. Each month, we will post the guest speakers for the following month and the deadline for advance questions. The questions will be passed on to the speakers as soon as we receive them.
Send questions for Sue and Dixie — Deadline Sunday, February 4.
Please e-mail advance questions to Fran Paino at franpaino at gmail dot com OR to
Noreene Cedeno at noreenm74 at yahoo dot com
For information about the Heart of Texas Chapter contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity, (512) 266-6543.
Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/
We live in a time of instant everything, courtesy of the electronic highway.
It creates a community of toddlers.
When they don’t get immediate gratification, they get petulant and sulky.
I write because in 1962 I put in my application for a job
working in the children’s department at Sears,
and they never called me back.
The Word on Our Members
Valerie Chandler, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller, Alexandra Burt, Manning Wolfe, and Honorary HOTXINC Member Scott Montgomery will speak and sign at the launch of Austin Mystery Writers’ second crime fiction anthology, LONE STAR LAWLESS, at BookPeople, February 4, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. They will be joined by contributors Janice Hamrick, Mark Pryor, Terry Shames, and George Wier. Kaye George and Larry Sweazy, whose stories are included in the book, will not be able to attend. LONE STAR LAWLESS is dedicated to Austin Mystery Writer and HOTXSINC member Gale Albright, two of whose stories appear in the book. Gale died in 2016.
Laura Oles will speak and sign copies of her new book, DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN, at BookPeople on February 5, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Terry Shames (A RECKONING IN THE BACK COUNTRY) and James Ziskin (A STONE’S THROW) will also speak and sign. DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN is Laura’s first book.
Laura Oles’ article “Beloved Settings: Considerations for Fictionalizing a Favorite Place” appeared online in Writers’ Digest on January 19, 2018. Watch for her post about DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN on the MysteryPeople blog.
Sue Cleveland and Dixie Evatt, who write under the pen name Meredith Lee, presented “The Mystery Inside Our Little Grey Cells” at the OLLI Lamp program at The University of Texas. Watch a video clip of the session on Sue’s Facebook page.
ThirtyNineStars, the business partnership of Sisters in Crime Dixie Lee Evatt and Sue Meredith Cleveland, received the 2017 Ignite Rising Star Award from IngramSpark.
The writers, who publish under the pen name Meredith Lee, were notified that they were selected for the award, which recognizes, “authors new to IngramSpark in 2017 who have already demonstrated a savvy approach to their self-publishing journeys.”
IngramSpark is the distributor of the author’s debut novel, SHROUDED. The thriller, the first installment in the Crispin Leads Mystery Series, is the story of a graduate student whose trip to Rome to study burial rituals at the Vatican is derailed when she is witness to a murder.
Ignite awards honor booksellers, publishers and libraries that exhibit outstanding best practices in indie publishing in three categories: best practices in indie publishing, best practices in community engagement, and rising stars.
To learn more visit www.meredithlee.net.
The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel,
where you have the emotional aspect of a detective’s personal life,
the circumstances of the crime and, most important,
the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character.
The articles below were shared on The Passive Voice.
The following articles were posted on the IngramSpark blog.
Someone once asked John Updike, “Why don’t you write a mystery?”
And he answered, “Because I’m not smart enough.”
Here’s a guy who’s written brilliant fiction, won two Pulitzer Prizes,
but he has a different skill set, just as I couldn’t have written Rabbit, Run.
Writing a mystery takes planning and plotting.
You lay a bomb on page nine; it doesn’t explode till page four hundred.
Even a bad book takes some talent and work to put together.
No Lo Contendere
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Also send head shots and a list of your book titles to Kathy for the HOTXSINC author page.
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