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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Ask a Cop at June Meeting

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

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 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.

Berkley Prime Crime Author to Speak at April Meeting

Cozy mystery writer Kathy Aarons, author of the Chocolate Covered Mystery series (Photo courtesy of author's website)

Cozy mystery writer Kathy Aarons, author of the Chocolate Covered Mystery series (Photo courtesy of author’s website)

We are excited to announce our April meeting will feature a Skype call with cozy mystery writer Kathy Aarons. Kathy lives in Southern California and will talk about her writing journey and what it takes to land a contract with a major publisher.

Join us on April 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Greenbrier Library in Chesapeake in the upstairs conference room. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Kathy’s latest book, Truffled to Death, the second installment in her Chocolate Covered Mystery series, is available now for purchase on Amazon and through traditional retailers like Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. The third book in her series, Behind Chocolate Bars, is due out in October and is available for preorder on Amazon.

To keep up to date on Kathy’s latest releases, follow her on Facebook or 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.

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Speaker Mike Owens

Mike OwensMike Owens, author of The End of Free Will and The Threshold will appear at Coastal Crime Fest 3 on March 19 to speak about the craft of managing psychic distance in your writing.

Mike was born in a small town in North Carolina, Winston-Salem being the closest identifiable landmark. He claims to bleed Tar Heel blue, having received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from UNC Chapel Hill. He topped off his educational efforts with an MFA in Creative Writing from Old Dominion in 2011. Mike lives in Norfolk with his wife, Marilyn, and their dog, Molly, a highly critical 11-year old Weimaraner. His written works explore the often-contentious interaction between medical science and medical ethics.

February Meeting to Focus on Building a Mystery Novel

Join us for our February meeting on Monday the 8th from 6-8 p.m. at the Greenbrier Library in Chesapeake for a presentation entitled: “For Gawd’s Sake, Put Some Clothes On!”

February’s topic is a riff on the wildly popular “Bones of a Mystery” workshop that examined the structure of a mystery novel. That workshop was presented at the 2014 and 2015 Suffolk Mystery Authors Festivals by Sisters in Crime members and we will “put some clothes on those bones” at our next meeting by offering advice and dispensing tools to help you write a full-length mystery.

Attend the meeting and learn how to dress Jayne (and your mystery novel!) in layers of intrigue and suspense.

Attend the meeting and learn how to dress Jane Bones (and your mystery novel!) in layers of intrigue and suspense. (Photo courtesy of Ken Wingate)

While particular emphasis will be placed on the cozy mystery genre, the techniques presented can be used when writing any genre of mystery. It is not a prerequisite to have attended the “Bones of a Mystery” workshop in order to benefit from this one. The presentation will be led by Jayne Ormerod, multi-published mystery writer and veteran speaker. To learn more about Jayne and her books, visit her online at http://www.JayneOrmerod.com.