Crime Scene Investigation for Writers

fingerprintPlease join us on Monday, April 13th, when we welcome Sergeant David Michalski to talk about crime scene investigation. Here is some additional information about our speaker:

Mr. Michalski began his law enforcement career with the Portsmouth Police Department in December 1973. While with the Portsmouth Police he served in various capacities within Uniform Patrol, the K-9 Corps, and the Detective Bureau while rising up through the ranks. As a sergeant he commanded the Sex Crimes Investigations Unit and also served as a patrol sergeant. As a lieutenant he held positions as Fiscal Affairs Officer and as Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. As a captain he served as the Training Division Commander, Uniform Patrol Division Commander and the Patrol Support Division Commander.

Mr. Michalski retired in 1994 and accepted a position as Security Director for Cox Communications. His area of responsibility stretched from New Kent County, Virginia, to Currituck County, North Carolina.

Mr. Michalski was appointed Director of the Chesapeake Police Academy on January 28, 2002, and served in that capacity until July 2010.

He accepted his current position as a sergeant with the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office in March 2011 and serves as the Lead Instructor for the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Academy. He has taught various police and security courses around the country.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 164th Session, and many police line and management schools. He has an associate’s degree in Police Science from Tidewater Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Government Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice Management from Christopher Newport College.

BREAKING NEWS…

THE DEADLINE FOR VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES TWO HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 15, 2015.  BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO DELAY…GET YOUR STORY IN NOW THEN SIT BACK, RELAX AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS!  

The remainder of the submission guidelines are the same.  You can read them by clicking HERE.

Self-Defense for Writers

Please join us on September 8, 2014, as we welcome trained self-defense instructors Marty and Pat Rogers.  Here’s a little more about our speakers:

Marty Rogers is 65 years old and trained in: Japanese Karate, Aikido, Akijutsu, Kenjutsu, Judo, Jujitsu, Go Shin Jutsu, and Shodan (1st degree black belt) rank.

Specialties include: Semi-automatic handgun, collapsible metal baton, crossbow, tactical knife fighting, throwing stars, and 3′ stick (cane) fighting.

“I was constantly bullied during my time as a student in the public school system and have also been approached on local Tidewater area streets twice during attempted crime set-ups,” Marty said. “Beginning at the age of 21, desperate to learn methods for defending myself, I studied multiple styles of martial arts and tactical weapons training with five excellent teachers over a period of 34 years. I also assisted in several self-defense seminars and taught formal Aikido classes with my wife, Pat.”

Pat Rogers is 64 years old and trained in: Aikijutsu, Aikido, Brazilian Jujitsu, Judo, Japanese Karate, Kendo, Go Shin Jutsu, Tai Chi, Bojutsu, and Nidan (2nd degree black belt) rank.
Specialties include: Japanese sword, 6′ staff fighting, semi-automatic handgun and pressure point activation techniques.

Pat has been assaulted on the street by strangers in two separate cities. “Approximately nine years after the second incident, I met Marty and we began our journey of self-defense training for me,” Pat explained.

Marty and Pat are former members of the American Women’s Self Defense Association (AWSDA). Pat wrote an article that was published in their newsletter and they were invited to join by the founding members and board of directors. The organization is made up primarily of NYPD officers, nationwide state police officers, self-defense instructors, and tactical weapons training specialists, along with their wives and daughters.

Marty and Pat received their physical training in several nationally- and internationally-recognized schools and styles. They have trained together in Aikijutsu, Aikido, Judo, Japanese Karate, Go Shin Jutsu, Japanese Jujitsu, and Brazilian Jujitsu.

In 1991 they developed and taught a 12-week self-defense course for The Chesapeake Family YMCA. As a result of teaching that class, they were interviewed for a feature article in the Virginian-Pilot and were also guests on WNIS – Talk Radio. The class ran for three years and they taught more than 100 women and girls how to defend themselves. We also taught a traditional Aikido program in a local martial arts school from 2002-2005.

They couple was also certified by the State of Virginia – Department of Criminal Justice Services, to work in the private security industry and carry handguns. (Pat was a Private Investigator and Marty was trained in Armed Security.)


			

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Virginia is for Mysteries Anthology–Volume II Project

NOTE:  THE GUIDELINES WERE UPDATED ON AUGUST 18, 2014 AND REFLECT A CHANGE THAT INCREASES THE DESIRED WORD COUNT FROM 5,000 MAX TO 6,000 MAX.

Sponsored by: Central Virginia & Mysteries by the Sea Chapter Members

ANTHOLOGY GUIDELINES


ELIGIBILITY
                                                                                                                   

  • All Sisters in Crime members of the Central-Virginia and Mysteries by the Sea chapters submitting manuscripts will have been members of Sisters in Crime National by December 30, 2014. Submissions will be accepted between July 1, 2014 and December 30, 2014.
  • Each member may submit up to two manuscripts. However, only one manuscript will be accepted in the initial round of review. Caveat: If we do not receive enough acceptable submissions, additional stories by the same author may be selected.
  • Each member who submits a manuscript agrees to read and score three other manuscripts submitted for the anthology. Authors will be given a 3-digit code for blind readings by submitting authors.
  • Each member who submits a manuscript agrees to promote and attend book signings for the anthology.
  • Royalties will be divided equally between Central Virginia and Mysteries by the Sea chapters.

THEME


  • The story must be in the mystery genre and include a Virginia location.
  • Stories must be between 1,500–6,000 words and must be an original story that has not been previously published. No dual submissions.
  • Each author who is accepted for publication will be required to sign a contract.

MANUSCRIPT


  • Manuscript(s), Cover Sheet and Biography will be submitted electronically using standard formatting (double-spaced, Times New Roman, one-inch margins). The manuscript may not contain the author’s name.
  • Manuscript
    • Each page will include the story title and page number at the top left. Example: Just Another Killer Day in Paradise 2. It should not contain the author’s name.
    • Please ensure your word processing program does not embed the author’s name in the identifying information about the file. (In Word, go to File/Properties/Summary to remove author’s name).
    • Place ### after each scene change.
    • Place THE END or ### after the last line of your story
  • Cover Sheet
    • Please include a cover sheet with the story title, word count, name, email address, and phone number.
  • Author Bio
    • Please include up to a 100-word bio. Website and email address may be included if you like. Accepted authors can modify bio before book is published.
  • Submission
    • Please send one email with 3 attachments: (1) Manuscript (can send up to two manuscripts), (2) Cover Sheet, (3) Biography to tinge@cox.net between July 1, 2014 and December 30, 2014. The subject line should read VIFM 2 Anthology Submission.
  • Once submissions are received authors will receive a confirmation and 3-digit code for blind readings.
  • Submissions that do not conform to these requests will be disqualified. The coordinating panel reserves the right to disqualify any manuscript for reasons that will be communicated to the author.

EDITORIAL PANEL

  • Editorial panel will recommend revisions to the author to make the manuscript more suitable for publication. Editorial panel may submit to the anthology.

PUBLISHER RESEARCH PANEL


  • Researchers will contact publishers and make recommendations to the
anthology committee. Research panel may submit to the anthology.

COORDINATING PANEL

  • Coordinating panel will oversee the anthology process, accept/track submissions, cover-sheets, biographies and work with the Editorial and Publisher panels. Coordinating panel may submit to the anthology. Coordinating panel will negotiate contract once publisher is selected.

If you have any questions regarding the anthology process, please contact
Teresa Inge tinge@cox.net or Mary Miley mmtheobald@comcast.net. Thank you for submitting to the Sisters in Crime, Central Virginia and Mysteries by the Sea Chapter anthology!

 

Virginia is for Mysteries Anthology of Short Mysteries

Virginia is for Mysteries coverYes, Virginia may be for lovers, but it is also for mysteries, at least according to fourteen writers from the Old Dominion.

Virginia Is for Mysteries is a collection of sixteen short stories set in and around the commonwealth of Virginia. All stories are written by Virginia residents with “murder” in mind. Six of the authors are members of Mystery by the Sea. Each story features a Virginia landmark – from the shores of Cape Henry Lighthouse to Richmond’s Old Hollywood Cemetery to Jefferson’s Monticello – and transports readers across Virginia’s rich, unique, and very deadly landscape.

This anthology contains seventeen stories for your reading pleasure. Here’s a little bit about each story, and which Virginia landmark inspired it:

MURDER AT MONTICELLO — Meredith Cole

Location: Charlottesville, Jefferson’s Home

A trip to Monticello turns deadly when guide Rory Adams takes members of a horticultural society on a tour of Jefferson’s house.

JUSTICE DELAYED — Maria Hudgins

Location: Tidewater Virginia, Thimble Shoals Lighthouse and Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel

As the saying goes, “Justice delayed is justice denied,” and justice has certainly been denied Tony Dyson, who has spent the last ten years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Convicted on flawed bite mark evidence, new evidence has cleared him and he’s recently been released. Norfolk’s Judge Maris, who originally sentenced him, is determined to find out where the court went wrong, but meanwhile, what is Dyson up to?

THE CAGED BIRD — Fionna Quinn

Location: Richmond, Historic Church Hill and focuses on St. John’s Church and Elizabeth Poe’s grave

A high-school student reveals that the dead and the accused are not the only ones impacted by a murder.

TWENTY-FIVE HEADS ARE BETTER THAN NONE — Maria Hudgins

Location: Hampton, Grandview Nature Preserve (Chesapeake Bay)

Grandview Nature Preserve in Hampton hugs the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay where the salt water of the Atlantic meets the water from the Bay. Marsh grass, woodland animals, sea birds, turtles, and long-legged waders meet and compete here. It’s an ideal spot for science class field trips, and Mrs. McCarthy has taken her high school students here for a beach study. But she hasn’t prepared the teenagers for what the tide has washed in.

SHOPPING FOR MURDER – Teresa Inge

Location: Chesapeake, Battlefield Shopping Center, site of Revolutionary War Battles

When fabric store owner Jana Karson tries to clear her name in the murder of ex-boyfriend and fellow merchant in the Great Bridge Shopping center, she uncovers a love triangle, bad debt and her own hurt feelings.

OBSESSION — Linda Thornburg

Location: Nelson County, Elk Hill, a historic tobacco farm on Route 151

Ham Cohen visits a century-old tobacco farm looking for a slave ancestor and runs into another man on the same quest. The two men get together for dinner to talk about their ancestors and life in general and the other man falls on the restaurant floor and dies. Turns out he was murdered. Ham solves the mystery of who murdered him.

GUIDE TO MURDER — Teresa Inge

Location: Virginia Beach, the Cavalier Hotel

A trip to Virginia Beach turns deadly when Connar Randolph, owner of the historic Cavalier on the Hill, discovers a dead body on the property while giving a tour of the inn.

A TRI-ING DAY —  Smita Harish Jain

Location: Stafford, The Battle of Aquia Creek

James Parker, the proverbial 98-pound weakling, has only one enemy … that he knows of. Tired of losing to Patrick Swann – in school, in work, in love, and in life – Parker sets out to beat him at his own game, triathlon. Entered in the fictional Battle of Aquia Creek Sesquitennial Half Ironman, both men compete in the same age group, giving James a chance to finally claim a victory over Swann and Swann a chance to crush James once and for all. Thinking he has designed the perfect end to his nemesis’s tyranny, Parker rests easy, until the end, when he realizes that it is he who has been his own worst enemy.

A NOT SO GENTEEL MURDER — Maggie King

Location: Richmond, Kent-Valentine House, headquarters of the Garden Club of Virginia.

A birthday party at Richmond’s historic Kent-Valentine House sets the scene for this tale of betrayal, loss, and the power of family ties. After two years, Sharon Taylor is still reeling from the deaths of her husband and daughter, but she drags herself to her friend’s party. Divorcee Olivia Thompson has her eye on Sherwood Aimsley as her new husband and is devastated when he shows up at the party with a statuesque beauty on his arm. Sharon and Olivia keep each other company while their happier friends whoop it up and spread cheer. Until truth and illusion collide … and the evening ends in tragedy.

BIRDSEED — May Layne

Location: Norfolk, Downtown area via The Tide light rail system

Freddie’s supposed to be taking care of things at his girlfriend’s apartment in Norfolk while she’s gone, but he’s too busy eyeing the new girl at the office, and bad things happen.

DEATH COMES TO HOLLYWOOD CEMETERY — Vivian Lawry

Location: Richmond, the Hollywood Cemetery

Clara is a fun-loving “soiled dove” who specializes in fetishes in Civil War-era Richmond. When a body turns up in Hollywood Cemetery, because of the peculiar aspects of the case, the sheriff concludes he is one of Clara’s clients. Clara must solve the murder to protect herself and her livelihood.

WHERE HEAVEN FINDS YOU WAITING — Michael McGowan

Location: Norfolk, the Naro Theater

Past, present, reality, and illusion culminate in one young man’s act of love and vengeance.

BEST FRIENDS HELP YOU MOVE THE BODY — Jayne Ormerod

Location: Virginia Beach, the Cape Henry Lighthouse

Playing hooky from work lands two best friends in trouble when their day of sightseeing has them discovering only one thing . . . a dead body.

KEY TO A CRIME — Fionna Quinn

Location: Henricus Historic Park and Pocahontas State Park

Find out how a young homeschooling mom finds herself driving down 288 with a dead body in the back of her pale-blue minivan.

THE CHRYSLER CASE – Yvonne Saxon

Location: Norfolk, the Chrysler Museum

An assistant to the art conservators at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, discovers a room with duplicates of valuable paintings and clues to a murder. But the museum’s imminent remodeling will close the building for over a year. She has 72 hours to find the artwork and the murderer before both he and the originals disappear forever.

DEATH IN THE HOUSE – Rosemary Shomaker

Location: Richmond’s Capitol Square area

Delegate Carolyn Flournoy’s future is compromised. “She could have been Governor one day,” says fellow delegate Phillip Exeter. “Code Alpha,” gloomy tunnels, and suspicious circumstances in Richmond’s Capitol Square ignite attention-seeking Delegate Pamela Taylor’s involvement, and her unlikely bond with Flournoy spurs her to find the truth.

WASHED UP — Heather Weidner

Location: Virginia Beach, Chic’s Beach

A suitcase with a rusty gun and shriveled hand appears on the beach outside of a struggling bar near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in Virginia Beach. A friend of the bar’s owner seems to know where it came from, and he gains instant celebrity with his story about a paranormal experience. The attention does wonders for the bar’s profits until something ordinary provides the missing piece of the puzzle.

Click HERE for more information on the Virginia is for Mysteries Author Tour schedule.