Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly to support the work of women crime fiction writers. Readers and writers, male and female–all are welcome.

What’s in Your Toolbox?


Laura Bush Community Library
9411 Bee Cave Road
Austin, Texas 78733

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

January 13: Twisted Villains & Wounded Warriors – A Counselor’s Insights into Troubled Minds – Presenter, Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S

February 10: Guest speaker Jan Burke, SinC National Speaker’s Bureau

March – December: TBA



Yarborough Branch Library of the Austin Public Library
2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, Texas 78705
2:15 p.m.


1101 S. MOPAC, Austin, Texas 78746
2:15 p.m.


La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern
2203 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.



January: The Military Police & Foreign Area Officer – Presenter, Lt. Col. Michael Grygar

February: How to Launch Your Book – Presenters, Sue Cleveland & Dixie Evatt, who write as Meredith Lee

Sue Cleveland & Dixie Evatt






March: Creating & Stealing New Identities – Presenter, Mystery Novelist Billy Kring

Billy Kring







April:  Strategies for Solving Problems of Character, Scene, Plot, and Structure – Presenter, Michael Noll, Program Director, Writers’ League of Texas 

Michael Noll







May: Breaking the Madalyn Murray O’Hair Kidnapping/Murder Case – Presenter,  Ed Martin, former U. S. Treasury agent, now private investigator at Sage Investigations

June: Travis County Search and Rescue, and How SAR Dogs WorkPresenter, Elizabeth Bryant, Travis County SAR

Elizabeth Bryant







July: Poisons – Presenter, HoTXSinC member Dr. David Ciambrone, author of Poisons: The Handbook for Writers

Dave Ciambrone







August: CopyrightPresenter, Manning Wolfe, author of the Texas Lady Lawyer mystery series

Manning Wolfe
Manning Wolfe







September: Geographic Profiling of Serial KillersPresenter, Dr. Kim Rossmo, Director of Texas State University’s Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation

October: Robert Ansley on Paranormal Research and Announcement of Ghost Story Contest Winner

November: Mark Pryor, District Attorney and Author on the Intersection Between His Job as District Attorney and Crime Fiction Writing






December: Party! and Showcase of Members’ Work


Theme: What’s in Your Toolbox?

3rd Floor of BookPeople
Second Sunday of the Month @ 2:15pm

January 8: What Happens When You Shoot Someone?, presented by Dave Ciambrone

February 12: Interdiction – A Way of Keeping Children Safe, presented by Sgt. Cody Mitchell, Texas Rangers

March 12: Drones, presented by Andrew Maximov

April 9: Cyber Security, presented by Richard Taylor

May 21: Audiobooks, Marketing, & Short Story Submissions, presented by Helen Currie Foster

June 11: Hypnosis, presented by Dr. Douglas Derrer

July 9: The Military Justice System, presented by CPT Mike Winn

August 13: Austin Police Department Bomb Squad

September 10: The U. S. Marshals Service, presented by Supervisory U. S. Marshal Hector Gomez

What are you writing? Readings by HoTXSinC Members

November 12:  Texas Highway Patrol, presented by Staff SGT Robbie Barrera

December 10: Holiday Party, and Original Radio Play by KP Gresham

**We will also have a booth at the TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL on November 4-5.