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.

 

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Speaker Lyn Brittan

Lyn Brittan will share insights from her career as a writer during the writer’s conversation panel at Coastal Crime Fest 3 on March 19.

Lyn grew up wanting to live like her heroes, James Bond and Indiana Jones. She wasn’t totally successful and never had to shoot her way out of a hotel bedroom. She’s still coming to terms with it. Awards and woot-woots include: USA Today Bestseller and Galaxy Award Winner in 2013 and 2014.

To learn more about Lyn and her work, visit her online at http://www.lynbrittan.com.

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Organizer C.B. Lane

CBLaneOne of the original members of Mystery by the Sea, C.B. Lane (Cindy) is also the lead organizer for the group’s annual conference, Coastal Crime Fest.

She grew up in Virginia Beach and graduated from First Colonial High School. 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 love to bark at everything that moves. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University in 2013, for which she traveled to London, Barcelona, Italy, and Ireland. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and Hampton Roads Writers and also takes classes regularly at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk. She has some short stories in the world and is working on a novel set in Southeastern Virginia just after the Civil War. She blogs now and then at cblanewrites.wordpress.com.

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Speaker Adele Gardner

Adele Gardner will share insights from her career as a writer and poet during the writer’s conversation panel at Coastal Crime Fest 3 on March 19.

Adele Gardner goes by her middle name to honor her father and mentor, Delbert R. Gardner—poet, scholar, and WWII veteran—for whom she’s literary executor. Her short story The Witches’ Bridge appears in Virginia Is for Mysteries Volume II and is her second published mystery story. The Adventure of the Hidden Lane appears in A Study in Lavender.

All told, Adele has had more than 325 short stories, poems, artwork/photographs, and nonfiction published in Daily Science Fiction, Legends of the Pendragon, The Doom of Camelot, American Arts Quarterly, The Cape Rock, and Magill’s Choice: 100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction, among others. Her poetry collection, Dreaming of Days in Astophel, appears under her previous byline, Lyn C.A. Gardner. For more information about Adele and her work, visit her online at http://www.gardnercastle.com.

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Speaker Maria Hudgins

Maria

Maria Hudgins will share insights from her career as a mystery writer during the writer’s conversation panel at Coastal Crime Fest 3 on March 19.

Maria grew up in the hills of eastern Tennessee in the little village of Mosheim and now lives in Hampton, Virginia, with Holly and Hamilton, her two Bichon Frise rescues. She taught high school science for 30 years and retired with a head full of information that often creeps into her novels. Maria is the author of five Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries, set in five different countries. She has also written two Lacy Glass Archaeology Mysteries, available on Kindle. Maria researches her the settings for her novels thoroughly—she is an inveterate traveler.

To learn more about Maria and her books, visit her online at http://mariahudgins.com/index.html. You can also follow her on Twitter.

 

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Speaker Yvonne Saxon

Yvonne SaxonYvonne Saxon will be helping to present The History of the Mystery at Coastal Crime Fest 3 on March 19.

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.

 

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Speaker Tim Jones

Tim JonesTim Jones, recently retired Virginia Beach Police Department homicide detective, will speak at Coastal Crime Fest 3 on March 19 and share with the audience how homicide cases are investigated.

Tim 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 ProsecutorsThe 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.