June 14’s New Topic: From Play to Publication: Creating an Anthology of Crime Fiction

Murder on WheelsThere is a change in Sunday’s program. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Minerva Koenig cannot present the program at the HoTXSinC meeting.

But the meeting will go on!

In Minerva’s place, HoTXSinC members Gale Albright, Valerie Chandler, and Kathy Waller, and Scott Montgomery, Crime Fiction Coordinator at BookPeople Bookstore, will discuss the stages in creating a crime fiction anthology–from coming up with an idea through unpacking their own author copies.

They’ll also read excerpts from their own stories in the recently published MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 STORIES OF CRIME FICTION ON THE MOVE–“stories that transport you from an eighteenth-century sailing ship to the open roads of modern Texas, from Alice’s Wonderland to a schoolbus yard in the suburbs of Dallas.”

A number of members have said they would be interested in submitting stories for a HoTXSinC crime fiction anthology. This program will offer information about that process. We hope it will also encourage more members to participate in the project.

As always, the meeting is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend, and to gather with us for dinner after the meeting at La Mancha, across the street from the Yarborough Library.

Authors who bring books to sell may sell them after the meeting, off library property.

If you stay for dinner, please move your car from the library parking lot to La Mancha’s parking lot. We want to leave plenty of spaces open for library patrons.

We also hope to reschedule Minerva’s presentation at a later date.


Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday at 2:15 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch Public Library. Meetings are free and open to all. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read.

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.

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



January 1, 2015 ~ Mark Pryor, Author of the Hugo Marston Mysteries @ the January 11 Meeting

Reminder ~ HOTXSINC will meet at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library.
Meetings are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Mark Pryor, Author of the Hugo Marston mystery novels
Mark Pryor, Author of the Hugo Marston mystery novels
Mark Pryor will be Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas Chapter’s first speaker of the new year.

Mark is a former newspaper reporter from England, and now a prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, in Austin, Texas.

He is the author of five novels in the Hugo Marston series, which are set in Paris, London, and Barcelona. The first, called THE BOOKSELLER, was a Library Journal Debut of the Month, and called “unputdownable” by Oprah.com. The sixth will be published in June of 2015, and his stand-alone psychological thriller, HOLLOW MAN, will be released soon after, in September.

Mark is also the creator of the nationally-recognized true-crime blog ‘D.A. Confidential,’ and has appeared on CBS News‘s 48 Hours and Discovery Channel’s Discovery ID: Cold Blood.

In addition to speaking about his background and his books, Mark will show some photos and video clips. He will also talk about the trials and tribulations of being an author–or, rather, about how lucky he is and how much he loves being an author.

Mark says he encourages questions and interruptions–“much more fun that way.”



Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas Chapter will meet at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library on Sunday, January 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity, at 512-266-6543.

All meetings are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.



Sisters in Crime is an international organization whose purpose is to combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, educate publishers and the general public as to the inequities in the treatment of female authors, raise the level of awareness of their contributions to the field, and promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries.

Hear Jonathan, Jesse & Faye Kellerman @ the Jewish Book Fair November 6

Bestselling authors Jonathan, Jesse and Faye Kellerman come to Austin for a thrilling evening, Thursday, November 6, at 7 PM, as part of the Austin Jewish Book Fair.

Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman’s book, THE GOLEM OF HOLLYWOOD, follows an L.A. detective on an important investigation that leads him to Prague, where he runs headlong into the legend of the Golem, a mud-creature supposedly conjured up by a sixteenth-century rabbi to protect the Jews said to be asleep. The legend has endured through the ages, but the Golem is dormant no longer.

Faye Kellerman’s MURDER 101 pokes into the hallowed halls of academia to find a killer. Decker and his newest partner, a young Harvard educated buck named Tyler McAdams are suddenly drawn deep into a web of dark secrets, cold case crimes, international intrigue, and ruthless people who kill for sport.

The talk will be at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), located on the Dell Jewish Community Campus in Northwest Austin at 7300 Hart Lane. 

The cost will be $5 for Sisters in Crime members. You will need to PRE-REGISTER to ensure you get a seat.

Please PRE-REGISTER at http://shalomaustin.org/bookfair.

PRE-REGISTER as a member at the $5.00 ticket price.

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For more information, click here: http://www.shalomaustin.org/bookfair


Read “The Golem of Hollywood: A Talk with Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman,” by Mark Rubinstein, in the Huffington Post,  here.


Photo at top of post: Jesse Kellerman

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Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas chapter is an organization of mystery authors and readers. Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

On this website are links to events, workshops, officers, authors, books, resources, and information on how to join the local chapter and the national group of Sisters in Crime.