Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas Chapter

Promoting Women Crime Writers

2005 – 2014 Programs


January – Adrienne DeWolfe, Writer and Book Coach: Turn Sidekicks into Heroes to Write Spin-off Novels

February – Detective Ruben Garza, Georgetown Police Department: Investigation: Double Homicide

March – Laura Oles, Writer and Photographer: Inside Photo Secrets for Authors: Navigating Current Copyright Conundrums

April – Russ Hall and Joan Upton Hall, Writers: The Halls of Mystery

May – HoTXSinC Mentors and Aspiring Writers: Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event

June – Mindy Reed, Co-Founder and Co-Owner, The Authors’ Assistant: Publishing Trends and Delivering Content from Writer to Reader

July – Dr. Tim Green, Professor of English, St. Edwards University: How to Critique: Constructive Criticism and Critique Groups

August – Meg Gardiner, Author of Phantom Instinct: Story Building: Getting from Idea to Final Draft

September – Happy Birthday, P. D. James: An English Tea in Celebration of the Author’s 94 Birthday

October – Dianne Odegard, Public Education and Training Coordinator, Bat Conservation International: The Mystery History of Bats

November – Terry Shames, Author of the Samuel Craddock Mysteries: Professionalism and the Mystery Writer

December – The HOTSINC Players“A Sprig of Holly Through the Heart”: An Old-Fashioned Original Radio Drama


January 8 – Bob Doerr, USAF, ret. – The Air Force Office of Special Investigations

February 10 – Actors Julia and Van Tracy guide us in “Bringing Your Characters to Life”

March 10 – Helen Ginger – “Putting Yourself in Your Book”

April 14 – Dave Ciambrone – “Murder 101 – What Really Happens When You Kill Someone.”

May 19 – Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event

June 9 – Rob V. Robertson, Attorney – ‘Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way’

July 14 – Robbie Lee Barrera – Texas Department of Public Safety

August 11 – Daniel Wescott, Ph. D., Forensic Anthropologist

September 8 – Lisa Harris – ‘Flea Markets, Funky Old Stuff and Murder! Oh, My!’

October 13 – Julia Chambers – ‘Metaphysics and Mystery’

November 10 – Kathy and Bob Wernly – Self-Publishing

December 8 – Sue Vertrees – Book Exchange & Holiday Party


January 8 – Cancelled due to Detective Vasquez being called out on a homicide. Detective Ruben Vasquez presents ‘Murder Investigation Step by Step.’

February 12 – Gordon A. Bowers ‘Property and Evidence Management’

March 11 – Durriyah Chinwalla ‘Banking as You Don’t Know It, or Laughter is the Best Medicine’

May all month – Fourteenth Annual 2012 Texas Mystery Month

May 20 – Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event

June 10 – Scott Montgomery “Best Practices for Authors Dealing with Booksellers

July 8 – Rex Craft – ‘Training Dogs for Law Enforcement

August 12 – Adrian Eissler – ‘Criminal Law for Crime Writers, ‘

September 9 – New Authors’ Panel: Robin Allen, Kaye George, Janice Hamrick, Hopeton Hay, Moderator

October 14 – Gerald Hurst – ‘A Collision of Forensic Science and Politics’

November 11 – Denae Rickenbacker – Mental Illness and the Law

December 9 – Greg Pyles – ‘Underwater Search, Rescue and Crime Scenes’

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January 9 – Jerry Carruth, Retired Federal Prosecutor, and

George Sanchez, Retired Federal Investigator: ‘Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling’

February 13 – Claudia Grisales: ‘Crime Reporting in Austin, Texas’

March 13 – Texas Ranger Sergeant Cody Mitchell will speak on the Texas Rangers.

April 10 – Satish Chundru, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner

May – Texas Mystery Month

June 12 – George Arnold & Ken Squier present: ‘An Author’s Guide to Successfully Selling Your Book’

July 10 – Jennifer Aguirre “Crime Scene Investigation”

August 14 – Shelia Hargis, ‘Making Sense of Crime in Austin –

Crime Analysts in Action”

September 11 – Hector Gomez: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force

October 9 – Michael Sullivan, “The United States Postal Inspection Service”

November 13 – Ron Franscell, ‘My Life of Crime: A Crime Writer’s Journey’.

December 11 – Karen and Mike Cross: ‘Christmas Mysteries’

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January 10- Pat Ricks: ‘History: The Greatest Mystery-Three Hours Research for Three Lines. Really.’

February 14 – Dave Ciambrone, Helen Ginger, Russ Hall, Sylvia Dickey Smith, Moderator-Joan Upton Hall: ‘Love Them to Death: Mystery with Romance, Romance with Mystery’

March 14 – Greg Lawson: ‘The Media, GPS and Serial Killers’

April 11 – Kaye George: “Getting Your Name Out”

May 16 – Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event

June 13 – Diane Fanning: “The Double Life of a Genre-crosser-True Crime and Detective Series”

July 11 – Jerry Hurst: ‘The Evolving Science of Fire Investigation and the Role of Personal Bias’

August 8 – Ed Martin: ‘An Update on the Case of Madelyn Murray O’Hair’

September 12 – Georgetown Police Department “Crime Scene Investigation” Workshop

October 10 – Ernesto Patino: “The Truth about Private Investigators: Creating Believable P.I. Characters”

October 14-17, Bouchercon 2010; click for details

October 16-17 – Texas Book Festival

November 14 – Dave Ciambrone: “Sherlock Holmes, the Man: Who Is He?”

December 12 – Candice Adams: “The Changing State of Publishing.”

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January 11 – Sam Kittrell: ‘CSI Mayberry: Big City Policing in Small Town America’

February 8 – Lois Gibson: ‘Forensic Art’

March 8 – Val Taylor – ‘Putting the Paranormal in Your Mysteries’

April 12 – No Meeting

May 10 – Micqui Miller, Sylvia Dickey Smith, Rie Sheridan, Dindy Robinson, Lynn LaFleur – ‘Go Green! Read (or Write) an eMystery and Save a Tree!’

May 17 – The Fifth Annual Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event

June 14 – P. J. Nunn: ‘What You Don’t Know about Book Promotion’

July 12 – Val Smith: ‘The Internet: Spies, Criminals and Saboteurs

August 9 – David Heavener: ‘Turning Your Mystery Novel into a Script’

September 13 – Joan Upton Hall: ‘Location, Location: Where Characters Come to Life’

October 11 – Sylvia Dickey Smith: ‘Marketing for Fun and Profit’

November 8 – Jim Bryant: ‘Sherlock Holmes, Mysteries and Statistics’

December 13 – Field Trip: “From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allen Poe’ Edgar Allan Poe Exhibit at the University of Texas Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center

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February 10 – Kathleen Davis Neindorff, Attorney and Literary Agent, and Mike Tolleson, Attorney – Author Contracts: How your agent and your lawyer can help you have the right contract for your situation. Ms. Niendorff currently offers her services as a publishing consultant and literary agent, focusing on adult non-fiction work. Mr. Tolleson has been involved with intellectual copyrights for thiry-five years, primarily in the music and entertainment industries.

March 9 – William S. Charlton, Ph.D.; Nuclear Forensics – Using scientific analysis to understand the origin of radioactive materials, and their path to the area of dispersal. Dr. Charleton is Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University.

April 13 – Dave Ciambrone, Sc.D.: Using toxic substances in mysteries. Dr. Ciambrone is a mystery author who has written technical books for mystery writers, and books for industry. He is a Texas Mystery Month author and mentor, active in local writing groups, and a columnist for The Williamson County Sun.

 May 11 – Earl Staggs: The difference between writing short stories and novels and why an aspiring novelist should write short stories first. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and one of his stories received a Derringer Award for Best Short Mystery in 2002. His first novel, Memory of a Murder, was published in 2005.

June 8 – Art Acevedo; Austin Chief of Police: Visions and Goals of the Austin Police Department.

Chief Acevedo is the eighth Chief of Austin Police Department and the first Hispanic. He previously commanded the Planning and Analysis Division of the California Highway Patrol, and has twenty years experience in law enforcement.

 July 13 – Detective Greg Lawson, Travis County Sheriff’s Department: Criminal Investigations and the Mentally Ill. Investigator Lawson has been an Army Paratrooper, Naval Operations Specialist and Air Force Range Master. As a Deputy Sheriff he has worked with the mentally disturbed, cold cases and child abuse.

August 10 – Indoor Picnic at the house of Dave Ciambrone.

George Wilhite, author of The Texas Rodeo Murder and Motivation: What It is, What it Isn’t, How We Lose it, and How We Get It Back. Wilhite teaches writing classes at Texas State Technical College, McLennan Community College, and Baylor University in Waco.

 September 14 – Mike Cox: The Texas Rangers. Mr. Cox is a columnist for Austin American Statesman and Communications Manager with the Texas Department of Transportation. He is the author of the recently released The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900. He makes history of law enforcement in Texas come alive as he recounts tales of the Texas Rangers garnered from memoirs and anecdotes of descendants.

 October 12 – P.J. Nunn: What You Didn’t Know About Book Promotion. P.J. Nunn is founder of Breakthrough Promotions, a team of talented and experienced public relations professionals dedicated to helping writers fulfill their dreams.

November 9 – Gary Payne, Producer, Capital City Mystery Players. The Capital City Mystery Players, founded in 1991, “…are Austin’s original comedy whodunit troupe.” Their shows include Antiques Road Kill, The Falsettos, and The Linguini Code.

December 14 – Heart of Texas Sisters In Crime Christmas get-together. Special guest, Woody Falgoux, author of Cajun Mariners.

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1-14-07 ‘DNA Evidence and Testing’ – Robert Sailors, Forensic Serologist

3-11-07 ‘Police Procedure, Investigation and Forensics’ – John Foxjohn, Author

5-13-07 ‘Future Authors Extravaganza’ – Marcia Spillers

6-10-07 ‘Writing True Crime’ – Diane Fanning

7-8-07 ‘The Author Interview’ – Susan Rogers Cooper, Author and Jan Grape, Author

9-9-07 ‘The Well-written Mystery’ – Don Webb, Author and Teacher

10-14-07 ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ – Pauline Baird Jones, Author and Micqui Miller, Author

11-11-07 ‘Fire Investigation’ – Gerald Hurst, Ph.D.

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1-6-06 ‘What Really Happens When You Kill Someone’ – Dave Ciambrone, Sc.D.

2-12-06 ‘Dark Blue Death: Homicide Up Close and Personal’ – Jan Grape, Author

3-12-06 ‘The Sherlock Holmes Society’ – Steven Rothman, Editor, ‘The Baker Street Journal’

4-9-06 ‘Private Investigation’ – George Cervantes, Private Investigator and Teacher

5-14-06 ‘Future Authors Extravaganza’ – Marcia Spillers

6-11-06 ‘Code Breakrs: The Art of Concealment’ – Noble H. Dunson, former Army Cryptanalytic Specialist

7-9-06 ‘Writing the Historical Mystery’ – Patricia Wynn, Author

8-13-06 ‘Thrillers’ – Jane Sevier, Editor

9-10-06 ‘Psychics and Criminal Investigation’ – Elaine Ireland, Psychic

10-8-06 ‘Cadaver Trained Canines’ – Deputy Mark Brelsford, Travis County Sheriff’s Office

11-12-06 ‘Taxing the Author: Tax Issues for Authors’ – Gary Petry, CPA

12-10-06 ‘Holiday Party’

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1-9-05 ‘The Crime Next Door’ – Officer Bruce Medlicott, Austin Police Department

2-13-05 ‘Come Find Out Which Big Giver Stole the Chopped Liver’ – Sharon Kahn, Author

3-13-05 ‘A Celebration of Barbara Burnett Smith’

4-10-05 ‘Who’s Burning Paloma Blanca?’ – Linda Bingham, Author

5-8-05 ‘Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event’ – Laura Call, Coordinator, Texas Mystery Week

6-12-05 ‘The Mysteries of Planning a Mystery Convention’ – Karen Meschke, Coordinator, ConMisterio

7-10-05 ‘You’ve Written Your Book. Now What?’ – Kathleen Davis Neindorff, Agent; Bill Bishill, Publisher; Cindi Hughes, Publicist; Moderator Terri Schexnayder, Program and Marketing Manager of the Writers’ League of Texas.

8-14-05 ‘Murder in the Woods: An Austin Case History’ – Brandy Mueller, Special Assistant United States Attorney

9-11-05 ‘Whodunnit in Texas’ – Kaye Northcott, Editor, Texas Coop Magazine

10-9-05 ‘Bringing Mysteries Alive for Children and Young Adults’ – Jeanette Larson, Author

11-13-05 ‘Madelyn Murray O’Hare, Sam Spade and Truth That is Stranger than Fiction’ – Ed Martin, Private Investigator, and former IRS Special Agent

12-11-05 ‘Annual Holiday Party’

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