Mystery by the Sea Authors & Members

Adele Gardner

With master’s degrees in English literature and library science, cataloging librarian Adele Gardner ( is a professional member of Sisters in Crime, an active member of SFWA and HWA, and a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Accolades include placing in the Poetry Society of Virginia Awards, Balticon Poetry Contest, and Rhysling Award.  Publications include a poetry book (Dreaming of Days in Astophel) and over 400 short stories, poems, illustrations, and essays published in Mystery Weekly Magazine, Deep Magic, Daily Science FictionLegends of the Pendragon,  and Magill’s Choice: 100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction, among others. She’s literary executor for her father, mentor, and namesake, Delbert R. Gardner.

Debbiann Holmes

Debbiann Holmes is the author of the modern day pirate series, Unforeseen Circumstances, Compromises, and Surrender. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she to spends her free time at the beach. Follow Debbi on Facebook and Twitter.

Maria Hudgins

Maria Hudgins lives in Hampton, Virginia. For thirty years, she taught high school sciences, including biology, earth science, oceanography, and chemistry. Maria is the author of five travel mysteries set in exotic locations, two ebook mysteries, and short stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery magazine and Virginia is for Mysteries. Visit Maria on Facebook, Twitter, and

Teresa Inge

Teresa Inge grew up in North Carolina reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Today, she doesn’t carry a rod like her idol, but she hot rods. She assists two busy executives and is president of the Sisters in Crime Virginia Beach Chapter. Teresa is the author of “Shopping for Murder,” and “Guide to Murder” in Virginia is for Mysteries, “Fishing for Murder” in the FishNets anthology and has coordinated anthologies. Visit Teresa on Facebook, Twitter, and

Carrie Ann Knox

Carrie Ann Knox is an audiologist by day and vicarious sleuth by night. She lives in Suffolk, Virginia, with her husband and puppy.  She is the author of Impulse Spy, the first in the Sonic Sleuths series. Visit Carrie Ann on Facebook, Twitter, and

C. B. Lane

C.B. Lane grew up in Virginia Beach. After college in Blacksburg, Peace Corps in Senegal, and work in Northern California, she settled in Suffolk, where she lives on a farm near the Great Dismal with her husband and two wiener dogs who bark at everything that moves. C.B. received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University and is a member of Sisters in Crime. She has written short stories, is a frequent student at the Muse Writer’s Center in Norfolk and is working on a novel set in southeastern Virginia just after the Civil War. C.B. blogs at

Allie Marie

Retired from law enforcement, Allie Marie intended to write police suspense stories in her new spare time. Instead, she began writing mysteries inspired by genealogical research for her American Revolution-era ancestors. All of the books in her True Colors series are set in Olde Towne Portsmouth, as well as the Driver area of Suffolk, Virginia. Her first book, Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story, was released in fall 2015 and received second place in the New England Readers’ Choice Awards competition, paranormal category. The second book of the series, Heart of Courage: The Red Ruby Story, was released in May 2016 and is in contention for several awards for the 2017 Indie Romance Convention Readers’ Choice Awards to be announced October 7, 2017.  Her third book in the series, Voice of the Just: The Blue Sapphire Story, was released in February 2017, while the fourth book, Hands of the Healer: The Christmas Emerald, is scheduled for release in late fall 2017. You can reach Allie at

Michael Sean McGowan

Michael Sean McGowan is a teacher and the author of two novels Pawns and The Shadowlands.  He also contributed to the original Virginia is for Mysteries.  He lives in Virginia Beach. Visit Michael on Facebook and Twitter.

L.W. (Skip) McLamb

Skip McLamb was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina.  He earned a BA in Science Education from North Carolina State University, MA in Science Education from the College of William & Mary, and a CAS in Education Administration from Old Dominion University.  He has resided in Hampton Roads for over forty years, the last ten in the Ocean View area of Norfolk.  Currently retired, Skip worked for four decades in the Virginia Beach Public Schools in a variety of teaching and administrative positions.  He was active in a variety of organizations including the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association, Virginia Wildlife Federation, Virginia Science Teachers Association, Virginia Beach Association of Gifted and Talented, and Lynnhaven River NOW.  His interests include camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and visiting his children and grandchildren.  A writing novice, his previous experience is limited to a handful of education-related articles published in various journals.  It is his hope that writing will provide a new avenue to extend his interest in teaching.


Jayne Ormerod

Jayne Ormerod grew up in a small Ohio town and attended a small Ohio college. Upon earning her accountancy degree she became a CIA (that’s not a sexy spy thing, but a Certified Internal Auditor). She married a naval officer, and off they went to see the world. After fifteen moves, she realized she needed a more transportable vocation, so she turned to writing. Jayne writes cozy mysteries about small towns with beach settings.  Learn more about Jayne and her stories at

Yvonne Saxon

Yvonne Saxon lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with her family and the cat.  A former English and history teacher, her love of books led her into a high school librarian’s position, then into writing. When she’s not homeschooling her son, she’s writing mysteries and drinking lots of coffee at her local coffee shop. Visit Yvonne on Facebook and Twitter.


Ken Wingate

Ken Wingate writes short stories, poems, reflections, and songs that are shared in performances, recordings, and messages. Ken worked in the music retail business for thirty years and returned to his hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia to focus on writing. When not creating in his writing room, Ken enjoys movies, music, and red rock mountains. Ken would like to express his deepest gratitude to Judy Morgan for believing in him then and now, for being his greatest inspiration, and for encouraging his creative nature. A toast, to a most perfect and ideal love! Follow Ken on, Facebook, and Twitter.




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