Prolific Mystery Author to Speak at July Meeting

Amanda Flower

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:

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2nd Annual Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival a Success

The 2nd Annual Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival was held Saturday, August 22nd, at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. Hundreds of people attended the event to meet the authors and purchase signed copies of their books, listen to readings from the authors themselves, hear writers’ firsthand experiences during moderated panels, and learn from experts about the topics of publishing and writing. For a video featuring clips from the event, click here.

Mystery by the Sea members were on hand at the festival to sign copies of the group’s latest anthology, Virginia is for Mysteries. Check out some photos from the event, taken by group member Ken Wingate.

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An eager reader waits for Maria Hudgins to sign her copy of the Virginia is for Mysteries anthology.

The festival offered numerous moderated panels and workshops, including two hosted by Mystery by the Sea members. Group members took part in the workshop entitled How Do I Get Published?, which focused on ways authors can market their work, build their platforms, and handle social media. Another workshop held during the festival explained how to piece together all the parts of a murder mystery. Aptly titled Anatomy of a Mystery, the workshop was led by Mystery by the Sea members Jayne Ormerod, CB Lane, and Yvonne Saxon.

From left to right: CB Lane, Jayne Ormerod, and Yvonne Saxon.

From left to right: CB Lane, Jayne Ormerod, and Yvonne Saxon.

Anatomy of a Murder featured special guest Jane Bones. Jane modeled all of the elements that go into a murder mystery novel and how they help the sleuth solve the mystery and reveal the killer.

Jayne Ormerod, right, goes over the keys to great mystery writing, as modeled by Jane Bones.

Jayne Ormerod, right, goes over the keys to great mystery writing, as modeled by Jane Bones.

 

May Meeting Topic

penMystery author and group member Jayne Ormerod will speak at the May meeting of Mystery by the Sea. The meeting will take place Monday, May 11th, at 6 p.m. at the Greenbrier Library in Chesapeake. Jayne, author of the Blonds at the Beach mystery series, as well as several short stories, will talk about the three Ds of writing: description, dialogue, and detail.

Writers of all levels are welcome to attend and learn more about the craft. Hope to see you there!