HoTXSinC January 13, 2019: Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes

New Location!

9411 Bee Cave Road
Austin, TX 78733


Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement

January 13: Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes

Upcoming Programs
The Word on Our Members
Selected Sites
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Nolo Contendere

Bill Woodburn


Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes

A Counselor’s

into Troubled Minds

We often write about extremes of human behavior and its aftermath. To be believable, it helps to understand desperate motives and how extreme events shape our lives. Join Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S, author and counselor for a Q&A session about your characters actions and reactions.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASince 1988, Bill Woodburn has been a counselor, teacher, and workshop presenter. Coming from a family of storytellers, he’s fascinated by the stories each of us lives out. His passion is discovering how our stories intersect and heal individuals, relationships, and communities.

In his writing life, Bill enjoys indulging his love of history to create murder mysteries set from 1960’s Berkeley to the Third Reich.

* (Everybody always asks what the letters mean. It’s Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist – Supervisor.)

Editor’s Note: Please send questions for our speaker to K.P. Gresham, kpgresham at aol dot com before the meeting. 


Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at

For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at


Oh yes, these are fascinating
even though they are a breach of confidence. ~ Miss Marple

A Word from the President

by Noreen Cedeño

I am looking forward to a great year for our Heart of Texas Chapter! We have wonderful, supportive members who are happy to share their wisdom and resources with the group. Our members rock! Please continue to send any publishing successes, calls for submissions, useful marketing tips, or other information to the board so that we can relay the information to our membership. 
Thank you for your patience as we try to locate a ‘permanent’ home for our meetings. While we wish the location would be convenient for all of our members, we realize that this is not a realistic possibility. We have to take pricing, availability of the location, availability of parking, suitability for holding our meetings (noise level, ability to use projectors or audio-visual equipment), and other factors into account. Finding suitable locations has been a challenge for our board and I would like to thank the board members for their hard work in trying to solve this problem.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~ T. S. Eliot


Upcoming Programs

February: Jan Burke, Guest Speaker from SinC National Speaker’s Bureau


And now we welcome the new year,
full of things that have never been. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

The Word on Our Members

N. M. Cedeño will be selling and signing books at the Round Rock Public Library Local Author Fair on January 26! Here is a link to the event:

Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
~ LM Montgomery

Selected Links

Questions to Consider When Plotting a Scene

2019 Writing and Tracking Spreadsheet – from Travis Richardson

A CUP OF COMFORT – by Joan Leotta

The search engine for writers

Remove Image Background     [editor’s note: I haven’t tried this, but Jane Friedman recommends it on her website.]

Short Story Format – William Shunn

Novel Format – William Shunn

Short Story Reviews: Using Multiple POV—blog/short-story-reviews-use-of-multiple-pov

The Book Contract ‘Red Line’

I’ll never understand why everybody puts so much emphasis on January first.
There are three hundred and sixty-four other days in the year
that you can make a change. 
Or make a fresh start. ~ Elizabeth Eulberg


2018 in Review

The beginning is always today ~ Mary Shelley

Members: Please send your news to be included in HOTSHOTS! to hotx2014 at gmail dot com.

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