NaNoWriMo is Coming!

November is National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo. Check out the events on tap at the Hampton Public Library, and join Mystery by the Sea on Monday, November 14, when our very own C.B. Lane presents “Your House of Fiction: The Framework of Plot.”

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September Meeting will Cover Branding for Mystery Authors

Our September meeting will be all about promoting yourself as a mystery author! Join us on September 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Greenbrier Library in Chesapeake, as we welcome author Lyn Brittan, who will be presenting “Mind the Corpse: How to Tightly Brand Your Mystery Business.”

Sisters in Crime member Lyn Brittan is an “oh, no she didn’t,” action/adventure/romance author who writes strong women and the heroes who love them. Her romantic suspense series, The Mercenaries of Fortune, has landed her on the USA Today Bestseller list, and she won two Galaxy Awards for her sci-fi romance series, The Outer Settlement Agency. Book Riot and TwinjaBooks have both placed her Steampunk Mystery novel, The Clocks of London, on Speculative Fiction’s must-read list.

Local Author’s Reception April 23 in Suffolk

VIFMIIJoin several authors from Virginia is for Mysteries: Volume II at a Local Author’s Reception on Saturday, April 23 from 12-3 p.m. at the Suffolk Public Library, located at 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road. The afternoon will include book signings and light refreshments. For additional info, visit Suffolk Public Library Flyer-Virginia is for Mysteries – April 2016

Scenes from Coastal Crime Fest 3

Mystery by the Sea held Coastal Crime Fest 3 on Saturday, March 19, at the Russell Memorial Library in Chesapeake. Our annual writers conference caters to mystery writers and is free and open to the public. Stay tuned to the blog for more info on next year’s conference. Until then, enjoy some photos from this year’s conference! (Photos courtesy of member Ken Wingate.)

Mike Owens discussed the topic of psychic distance.

Mike Owens discussed the topic of psychic distance.

Retired police officer Tim Jones answered audience members' questions about the particulars of homicide investigation.

Retired police officer Tim Jones answered audience members’ questions about the particulars of homicide investigation.

Networking with fellow authors was a big part of the conference.

Networking with fellow authors was a big part of the conference.

 

Scenes from the Museum of Contemporary Art

On March 15 Mystery by the Sea, including members featured in Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II, gathered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach for an evening of art and words. (Photos by member Ken Wingate)

Rosemary Shomaker took her turn reading from the anthology.

Rosemary Shomaker took her turn reading from the anthology.

As did Maria Hudgins

As did Maria Hudgins

And Yvonne Saxon

And Yvonne Saxon

 

Mystery by the Sea members are always plotting, but just what are they plotting?

Mystery by the Sea members are always plotting, but just what are they plotting?

Scenes from Slover Library

 Authors from Mystery by the Sea, along with "sisters" from the Central Virginia chapter of Sisters in Crime were part of a writers panel on March 12 at Slover Library in downtown Norfolk. The topic the panel addressed was "Writing short stories versus novels."


Authors from Mystery by the Sea, along with “sisters” from the Central Virginia chapter of Sisters in Crime, were part of a writers panel on March 12 at Slover Library in downtown Norfolk. The topic the panel addressed was “Writing short stories versus novels.” (Photo by Ken Wingate)

 

Scenes from East Beach Sandwich Company

On Saturday, March 5, Mystery by the Sea members and our “sisters” from the Central Virginia chapter spent the afternoon at the East Beach Sandwich Company in Norfolk to sign copies of our latest anthology, Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II. Check out some photos from the event, courtesy of member Ken Wingate.

Our gracious hosts.

Our gracious hosts.

 

Writers from Mystery by the Sea and the Central Virginia chapter of Sisters in Crime were on hand to sign books.

Writers from Mystery by the Sea and the Central Virginia chapter of Sisters in Crime were on hand to sign books.

 

Mr. Bones even made an appearance!

Mr. Bones even made an appearance!

 

Lots of authors and lots of readers.

Lots of authors and lots of readers.