Upcoming Meetings

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.


JULY 14, 2019

Edgar nominated Author Ron Franscell
Hard Truth: Writing the Facts of Real Crimes and Investigations

An American journalist, novelist and true crime writer with over 8 books, both fiction and non-fiction. He worked as a journalist in Wyoming, New Mexico and California for Gannett newspapers from 1983–1989,  as a managing editor at the Beaumont Enterprise, and a senior writer and columnist at the Denver Post where he went on assignment in the Middle East after 9/11. He also worked for the Hearst Corporation from 2004 to 2008.  He is best known for the true account The Darkest Night about the 1973 crimes against two childhood friends in the small community where he grew up.

Ron Franscell has been awarded the Freedom of Information Award and in 2017 his true-crime book, Morgue: A Life in Death, was nominated for an Edgar award.

Ron will also be selling and signing his latest release, Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story

Please join us, and feel to bring your questions and notepads to the meeting!

AUGUST 11, 2019

Sisters in Crime Computer and Resource Workshop — BRING YOUR LAPTOPS!


Sarah Stone of Alamo Search and Rescue. Cadaver dog demonstration. Want to volunteer???

OCTOBER 13, 2019

Monica Ballard, author, researcher, guide and investigator—Ghosts of Austin

NOVEMBER 10, 2019


DECEMBER 8, 2019

Sisters in Crime, Heart of Texas Chapter
Christmas Party—featuring excerpts from your stories and culinary samples of what your characters eat!

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

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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.