By Hook or By Crook: Exploring Mystery Genres (speaker: Adele Gardner)
Monday, November 13, 2017, 6 p.m., Hampton Public Library
Join us for the monthly meeting of Mystery by the Sea—in Hampton for one night only!
Hosted by Adele Gardner (www.gardnercastle.com), tonight’s workshop explores the many different types of mystery fiction. The seminar includes writing techniques, what needs to occur to satisfy expectations, food for thought, and the opportunity to share what has worked for you. We’ll have a short writing session to explore the genres.
The meeting takes place in the Programming Room at the Main Library. The room is located on the first floor, at the back, past the Children’s Department.
Hampton Public Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, VA 23669
Join us on October 9 a t 6 p.m., when polygraph examiner Nate Perkins will meet with us. Please note that the meeting will take place at an alternate location due to the holiday: Crewstone Building, 805 Live Oak Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320.
Just a reminder that our next meeting is scheduled Monday, September 11 at Greenbrier Library at 6 p.m.
Get ready to have your socks knocked off as Meg Henderson Wade discusses her book Confessions of a Southern Baby Boomer, and how she survived crack cocaine, the mafia, and other totally true tales. You don’t want to miss it! Meg will also have books for sale cash or check. Please plan to attend!
Our first meeting of the fall will take place in our most frequent spot, the Greenbrier Library, 1214 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA.
Please join us on Monday, September 11, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. in the meeting room near the library’s entrance. It’s so much fun to have fellow writers to talk to!
Join mystery writer Yvonne Saxon at the Mystery by the Sea chapter meeting on July 10, 2017 at the Greenbrier Library from 6-8pm. Yvonne will present a workshop on Conflict. Bring your ideas, work in progress, notebook, pen, or computer for ways to put conflict into your story.
Yvonne 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 not homeschooling her son, she’s writing mysteries and drinking lots of coffee at her local coffee shop. Yvonne has published short stories in Virginia is for Mysteries and Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II.
Amanda Flower, an award-winning mystery author, will be joining us via Skype at our monthly meeting on July 11 at the Greenbrier Library in Chesapeake from 6-8 p.m. Amanda is the author of several mystery series for adults and children, and she will be sharing lessons learned from her journey as a writer.
Amanda started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had her classmates in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio.
Check out some of Amanda’s latest titles:
Retired police officer Tim Jones will answer questions about the particulars of police work and homicide investigations.
If you want to write about cops and killers, you need to get your facts straight. Join us on Monday, June 13, from 6-8 p.m., when we welcome Mystery by the Sea member and retired police officer Tim Jones as a guest speaker. Tim will answer all of your most urgent questions about police work and homicide investigations.
(Please note: Our June meeting will NOT be held at the Greenbrier Library in Chesapeake. Instead, we will be meeting at 805 Live Oak Drive, Suite 104, Chesapeake, VA 23320.)
Tim, a recently retired Virginia Beach Police Department homicide detective, has 27 years of law enforcement experience, 25 of which were in Virginia. While serving with the Chesapeake Police Department, he spent one year in Uniform Patrol, three in the Warrant/Fugitive Unit, three in Crimes Against Persons, three in Vice and Narcotics, and one year undercover. He served three years as a special agent (primarily undercover) for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. During his last 12 years he was a Virginia Beach Police Department Investigator and worked at the Training Academy, Robbery Squad, and Homicide Unit.
During Tim’s career he was recognized by several Virginia Circuit Courts as an expert in narcotics investigations, crime scene investigations, gangs, human trafficking, murder for hire, and medico-legal death investigations. His extensive investigative and undercover experience has enabled him to be a consultant for various crime shows including The New Detectives, The Prosecutors, The FBI Files, and The Wire. Tim has also taught at numerous police academies across the state of Virginia. He holds a B.S. in sociology. Currently he is working on some ideas for screenplays.