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Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

Okay. No more restraint. Just have to talk about it.

M. K. Waller

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In yesterday’s abbreviated post, I promised an announcement to end all announcements.

Confession: Kaye George was quicker than I. She made the announcement on another blog, whose title and URL I will display later in this post. I’d hate for  readers to click on that link and forget to come back here.

The Announcement: “Murder on Wheels,” an anthology of eleven short stories written by members of Austin Mystery Writers critique group and two of its friends, has been accepted for publication by Wildside Press.

It’s occurred to me that we might be sending out this news prematurely, that we should wait for the book to appear. But yesterday the contract, and…

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Guest: Janet Cantrell

Reblogged from Wicked Cozy Authors, featuring friend and fellow Sisters-in-Crimer, Austin Mystery Writer, Kaye George/Janet Cantrell

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We’re delighted to welcome our friend Kaye George/Janet Cantrell to the blog today. IMG_7946 loresKaye (which is already a pen name, apparently) is a past president of the Guppies, is the bestselling and Agatha-nominated author of four series, plus short stories, and is a super friendly, super generous person – and obviously super productive, too! Take it away, Janet, and welcome to the slash name club.

Me? A Cozy Author?

I never thought I’d be a cozy writer. My first attempts at writing, for years and years, were aimed at Serious Literature. Deep themes, delving into the depths of the dark soul of man. With alliteration.

One day I decided I wanted to stop collecting rejection slips and get published. My favorite reading was mystery, so I turned to that. Not cozies, though, more like traditional Agatha Christie and Nero Wolfe stuff. After a mere ten years and hundreds of…

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September’s Magnifying Glass Focuses on the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas Chapter

august 15 bp 049 (2)By Gale Albright

Pittsburgh pic oneSisters in Crime: Heart of Texas salutes the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime, also known as the Mary Roberts Rinehart chapter. Mary Sutton, chapter secretary, describes how joining the organization helped her writing.

When I walked into my first Sisters in Crime meeting, I had lost my job earlier that year and I’d completed a novel, a cozy, that I’d been working on for about 10 years. I had an idea that I was sorta-kinda okay at this story-writing thing and I wanted to know if others thought so, and if I could get better.

 I don’t think you could have prepared me for what came next. I found so much more than just a writing group. These women welcomed me with open arms. They gave encouragement when it was needed, praise when it was deserved, and advice when necessary. Over the past three years…

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The Gardiner Chronicles

Austin Mystery Writers

SINC August Meg Gardiner 002By Gale Albright

portraits 004 (5)Part One of the Gardiner Chronicles, wherein we learn about Big Dogs and Big Ideas. Meg Gardiner presented the August 10 program for Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter in Austin at Recycled Reads.

In order to complete a 95,000-word novel, Meg Gardiner needed a compelling main character and a big idea to hang her story on. “It only took me decades to learn that,” laughs Gardiner, the Edgar-nominated, best-selling thriller author of Phantom Instinct.

Gardiner’s parents were teachers who encouraged her writing in a pragmatic way. “My dad’s car was full of books, the trunk and back seat. I thought everyone lived like this. Dad said go to law school so you can pay bills while you are writing. Pay the rent. So I went to law school.”

Years after law school, when she came up with her first series character, Evan Delaney, Gardiner…

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September 2014

HOTSHOTS! Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas monthly newsletter

Hutto Sept 6 016A Celebration of P. D. James

Our September 14, 2014, program for Sisters in Crime is “A Celebration of P. D. James.” This British author of classic mysteries celebrates her 94th birthday this year, and so are we. Members will present biographical information, an interview, a book review and a comparison of Pride and Prejudice and Death Comes to Pemberley, James’ latest.

Maria Rodriguez, KLRU Director of Programming, and Linda Lehmusvirta, KLRU Senior Producer of ‘Central Texas Gardener’ and James’ enthusiast, will discuss KLRU’s history of Masterpiece Mystery! versions of James’ work, as well as the upcoming presentation of Death Comes to Pemberley.

An English tea party will follow the presentations.  Tea party hats–and spats–welcome.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at Recycled Reads (part of the Austin Library system).  The address is 5335 Burnet Road, Austin.

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