August 11th Zoom Meeting at 7PM: The Future of Law Enforcement in Crime Fiction

Our country is reckoning with the greatest uprising in support of racial justice. As citizens and as artists, crime writers are uniquely positioned to question the power structures, dangers, and victories of this moment while revealing the darker truths many people may still wish to ignore. Join S.A. CosbyRachel Howzell HallSteph ChaRichie Narvaez and John Fram as they discuss the future of the genre in light of our era’s demands for real change and smart entertainment.

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM via Zoom

You must RSVP for this event. Please send your RSVP to megopperman@yahoo.com by August 9, at noon so we can add you to our guest list. Meg will send you a confirmation with the Zoom link and meeting password. Also, please change your Zoom screen name to the name you RSVP with—as opposed to your email address—so that it will be easier to insure security during the event. Thank you and we hope you’ll join us!

 

July 13th Zoom Meeting at Noon: A Presentation by Jane Friedman on Self-Publishing Trends and Changes

The MWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter is delighted to invite you to join us for an online presentation by Jane Friedman on Self-Publishing Trends and Changes. There will be a question and answer period after the presentation.

Date: Monday, July 13, 2020

Time: 12 PM via Zoom

Jane has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, one of the most important industry newsletters for authors. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World. She is a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses. She also maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com.

Her newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press). Publishers Weekly says it is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.” In collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to Self-Publishing.

You must RSVP for this event. Please send your RSVP to megopperman@yahoo.com by July 12 at noon so we can add you to our guest list. Meg will send you a confirmation with the Zoom link and meeting password. Also, please change your Zoom screen name to the name you RSVP with—as opposed to your email address—so that it will be easier to insure security during the event. Thank you and we hope you’ll join us!

June 16th Online Meeting: Crowdcasting and Social Media as Tools for Audience and Community-Building

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America is announcing NEW programs and online meetings for ALL of our members, no matter where you live.

Until otherwise noted, our meetings will be presented online so that you can attend using your computer or other device. Our first online meeting will be at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 16th. We’re excited to bring you a larger cast of speakers since we’re no longer limited to persons living near the greater DC Metro area. We can now tap the expertise of people from all over the nation and beyond.

Please join us for a panel discussion about the tools available to reach readers and build community during and after the pandemic. Authors Ed AymarEdwin Hill, and Alex Segura will talk about the lessons learned from their virtual Noir at the Bar events and other tools available for online outreach, and will answer questions about how to make the most of social media. This event is FREE, and RSVPs are not required.

Kathy Harig at Mystery Loves Company is very pleased to be included as the bookstore host for this Tuesday’s virtual meeting, and she set up a bookshop/storefront for the participating authors. That link is here: https://bookshop.org/lists/mwa-june-16-book-list  If you’ve never read anything by Ed, Alex, or Edwin, now is your chance to snap up their work!

If you do not already have it, please download a free copy of Zoom now (at zoom.com). It takes about 60 seconds.

Remember to grab a drink, order your favorite meal from your kitchen, and enjoy the presentation. And don’t forget to tip your wait staff when our online meeting is over.

We look forward to seeing you!

April Dinner Meeting Cancelled

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MWA has elected to cancel the planned April chapter meeting in order to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.  We’re also putting planned future meetings on hold until the current public health crisis is past.

March 10th Dinner Meeting: Bethanne Patrick. Transitioning from your Day Job to Full-Time Writer. 6:30-9:00 p.m., National Press Club.

 

(Photo credit: Three Irish Girls)   

Do you dream of quitting your day job to write full-time? Are you nearing retirement, or have you been offered a buyout? It’s a big and valiant leap from the structure of a 9-5 job to a full-time creative life, and it helps to make some plans in advance. We are delighted to welcome author and critic Bethanne Patrick to talk about making that transition: how to prepare, what to consider, what to expect and what to let yourself be surprised by.

Bethanne Patrick is a writer, author, and critic whose monthly column on hot books appears in The Washington Post. Her book reviews and author profiles appear in The Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers magazine, and on NPR Books, among others. The author of two books for National Geographic and editor of an anthology for Regan Arts, Patrick is currently writing a memoir for Counterpoint Press. She is a board member at PEN/Faulkner and 1455 Lit Arts and tweets @TheBookMaven. Patrick lives in Northern Virginia with her family–and too many books.

To sign up (and pay online) for the Tuesday, March 10, meeting, visit the Eventbright link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mwa-mid-atlantic-monthly-meeting-march-2020-tickets-96929931033

$35.00 per person charge

Once registered, please email your dinner selection to Treasurer, Aimee Hix at aimee.hix@gmail.com by noon, Thursday, March 5th.

February 18th Dinner Meeting: Allison Leotta in conversation with Daniel Stashower

Join us at our February meeting, to hear veteran prosecutor/bestselling novelist Allison Leotta and award-winning author and historian Daniel Stashower talk about how fact becomes fiction, what legal mysteries get wrong and right, and the real-life work that inspired Allison’s books.

To sign up (and pay online) for the Tuesday February 18, meeting, visit the Eventbrite link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mwa-mid-atlantic-monthly-meeting-februrary-2020-tickets-92214705667)

And mark your calendars for our upcoming meeting:

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30-9 p.m., National Press Club, Cosgrove Room

Upcoming programs for 2020 will include former FBI profiler and hostage negotiator (and television commentator) Clint van Zandt, author of Facing Down Evil: Life as an FBI Profiler and Hostage Negotiator, and Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writers Digest and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on self-publishing. Specific dates and more details still ahead!

February 9th Writing Marathon!

Sisters in Crime

Chesapeake Chapter Event

Co-Sponsored with MWA-Mid Atlantic Chapter

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

WRITING MARATHON

1-5pm

Reston Regional Library

11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA 20190

You’re invited to a writing marathon!

Have you made a new year’s resolution to finish your latest novel or short story? Are you
looking for a chance to start something new? Hoping to write something for the upcoming Chessie chapter anthology? Then join your fellow SinC and MWA members and start typing away.

And if you’ve never been to a writing marathon, all you need to know is this: just bring your laptop or your yellow legal pad and your muse. We’ll provide tables, chairs, and a quiet space for you to work. We’re also offering free coffee and tea—and encourage you to bring snacks to share.

While the whole idea of a writing marathon is to work on your own individual projects, this is a great opportunity to enjoy the shared energy and support of a roomful of fellow writers.

Please RSVP to admeyerwriter@gmail.com by Friday, February 7th so we can make sure we have enough chairs and beverages. Thank you and hope to see you there!

November 12 Networking and Reconnecting

Long time no see!

It’s been a while since the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America got together on our own. That changes on November 12, when we hope you will join us for

Networking, Reconnecting and Fun at the National Press Club

The NPC will be our new central location for monthly events, and we’re kicking off with an informal evening of drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres, priced for all our budgets.

When? Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Where? National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

How much? $15.00, payable by check at the door to Mystery Writers of America

Your $15.00 registration fee gets you food and one (1) drink ticket. A cash bar will be available.

The Press Club is two blocks from the Metro Center stop — take the 13th Street exit to 13th and G, then walk to 14th & F. If you’re driving, parking is available at the PMI parking garage at 1325 G Street NW — bring your parking ticket to the meeting for a chance to win free parking. At the Press Club, take the elevator to the 13th floor and ask the receptionist to direct you to the MWA meeting.

RSVP to lyndee@lyndeewalker.com by November 6. We look forward to seeing you soon!

MWA-MA Fall 2019 Newsletter

Networking, Reconnecting and Fun
Tuesday, November 12, National Press Club
Join us on Tuesday, November 12, for drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the National Press Club, the new location for meetings of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

When? Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
Where? National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

How much? $15, payable by check at the door to Mystery Writers of America, good for food and one (1) drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available.

The Press Club is two blocks from the Metro Center stop — take the 13 Street exit to 13th and G, then walk to 14th & F. If you’re driving, parking is available at the PMI parking garage at 1325 G Street NW — bring your parking ticket to the meeting for a chance to win free parking. At the Press Club, take the elevator to the 13th floor and ask the receptionist to direct you to the MWA meeting.

RSVP to lyndee@lyndeewalker.com by November 6. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Congratulations & Best Wishes Too!

At Thrillerfest this summer, Alan Orloff won the Thriller Award for Best E-Book Original for Pray for the Innocent. Hooray!

More awards are still to be announced ahead at Bouchercon, with several chapter members honored as finalists:

  • John Copenhaver’s Dodging and Burning is a finalist for the Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel.
  • Barb Goffman’s “Bug Appetit” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine) is a finalist for the Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best Short Story.
  • Aimee Hix’s What Doesn’t Kill You is a finalist for the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel.
  • Sujata Massey’s The Widows of Malabar Hill is a finalist for the Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery (one of the Macavity Awards) and for the Shamus Award for Best Private Eye Novel.
  • Art Taylor’s “English 398: Fiction Workshop” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine) is a finalist for the Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best Short Story.

Congratulations to all!


Recent & Forthcoming from Chapter Members

Much to celebrate with recent and forthcoming works by our chapter members—perfect for holiday shopping ahead!

Books

  • Donna Andrews:
  •    Terns of Endearment (August)
       Owl Be Home For Christmas (October)

  • Maya Corrigan, Crypt Suzette: A Five-Ingredient Mystery (August)
  • Ellen Crosby, The Angel’s Share (November)
  • John French, The Santa Heist and Other Christmas Stories with Patrick Thomas (September)
  • Sherry Harris, Sell Low, Sweet Harriet (December)
  • Cheryl Head, Judge Me When I’m Wrong (October)
  • Tim Holland, The Murder of Amos Dunn (Fall)
  • Mary Ellen Hughes, A Curio Killing: A Keepsake Cove Mystery (September)
  • Tara Laskowski, One Night Gone (October)
  • Con Lehane, Murder Off the Page: A 42nd Street Library Mystery (November)
  • Bill Rapp, The Budapest Escape (November)
  • Fred Rexrod, Whiz Tanner and the Olympic Snow Caper (August)
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons, Murder on the Chopping Block (September)
  • LynDee Walker, Leave No Stone (November)
  • Erica Wright, Famous in Cedarville (October)
  • Rebecca York, Fire on the Moon (August)

Stories

  • William Ade: “No Secrets for the Dead,” Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories 2019 (November)
  • Barb Goffman, “Alex’s Choice,” Crime Travel: Tales of Mystery and Crime Travel, edited by Barb Goffman (December)
  • Adam Meyer:
       “Sitting Shiver,” Nightscript (October)
       “Murderabilia,” The Third Corona Book of Horror Stories (October)
       “Mrs. Montgomery,” Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories (November)
       “The Fourteenth Floor,” Crime Travel (December)
  • Alan Orloff:
       “Afterward,” Flash Bang Mysteries (October)
       “Ward’s Cleaver,” Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories 2019 (November)
  • Josh Pachter:
       “The Secret Lagoon,” Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (September/October)
       “The Poet Who Locked Himself In” by Anne van Doorn (translated), EQMM (September/October)
       “The Two-Body Problem,” Mystery Weekly (October)
       “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” The Eyes of Texas (October)
       “When You Sue, You Begin With Do, Ray, Me,” Denim, Diamonds, and Death: Bouchercon Anthology 2019 (October)
       “The Final Stage” by Ingrid Oonincx (translated), EQMM (November/December)
  • Verena Rose: “Death in the Boston Vigilance Committee,” Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories 2019 (November)
  • Harriette Sackler: “If I Should Die,” Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories 2019 (November)
  • Brenda Seabrooke, “What Love Is,” Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories 2019 (November)
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons, “Stolen Moments,” Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories 2019 (November)
  • Art Taylor, “Hard Return,” Crime Travel (December)
  • Cathy Wiley, “And Then There Were Paradoxes,” Crime Travel (December)

Spring/Summer 2019 Newsletter

Our Chapter Members
Win, Place, and…
Show Their Skills!

Stacy Woodson and Josh Pachter (top image, standing center and right)
Art Taylor
Art Taylor
Sujata Massey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to writers in our Mid-Atlantic Chapter for various honors this year—including Stacy Woodson and Josh Pachter (top image, standing center and right), Art Taylor (bottom left image) and Sujata Massey (bottom right).

Our chapter members have won or been finalists for several awards and honors, including:

  • Donna Andrews was Guest of Honor at this year’s Malice Domestic.
  • Bill Beverly‘s Dodgers (2016) was listed among “100 Crime Novels and Thrillers to Love” (1945 to the present) in the May 12 Sunday Times (UK).
  • John Copenhaver’s Dodging and Burning is a finalist for the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel and for the Strand Critics Award for Best Debut Novel.
  • Barb Goffman’s “Bug Appetit” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine) is a finalist for the Anthony Award and was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Short Story, and her stories “The Case of the Missing Pot Roast” (Florida Happens) and “Till Murder Do Us Part” (Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies) were both finalists for the Derringer Award for Best Long Story.
  • Aimee Hix’s What Doesn’t Kill You is a finalist for the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and for the Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel.
  • Alma Katsu‘s The Hunger is a finalist for the Locus Award for Best Horror Novel and was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.
  • Sujata Massey’s The Widows of Malabar Hill won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel, and the Lefty Award (Bruce Alexander Memorial) for Best Historical Mystery Novel; it’s also a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

Alan Orloff’s “Dying in Dokesville” (Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical) won the Derringer Award for Best Short Story, and his novel Pray for the Innocent is a finalist for the Thriller Award for Best E-Book Original Novel.
Josh Pachter’s “50” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine) placed second in the Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Reader’s Poll, and his story “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Murder” (Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical) was a finalist for the Derringer Award for Best Short Story.
Art Taylor’s “English 398: Fiction Workshop” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine) won the Edgar Award for Best Short Story, is a finalist for the Anthony Award for Best Short Story, and was a finalist for the Agatha Award in the same category.
Stacy Woodson’s “Duty, Honor, Hammett” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine) won the Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Reader’s Poll.
Recent & Forthcoming from Chapter Members

Congratulations to everyone here for publications both recent (from the beginning of 2019) and through the summer ahead. Stay tuned for our next newsletter for updated Fall 2019 releases.

Books

  • Donna Andrews, Terns of Endearment (August)
  • Mark Bergin, Apprehension (July)
  • Karna Bodman, audio releases of Trust But Verify, Checkmate, and Gambit
  • Maya Corrigan, Crypt Suzette: A Five-Ingredient Mystery (August)
    Krista Davis, The Diva Sweetens the Pie (April)
    John French:
    The Devil of Harbor City (May)
    The Magic of Simon Tombs (story collection, May)
    Aimee Hix, Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs (January)
    Timothy J. Lockhart, Pirates (April)
    Sujata Massey, The Satapur Moonstone (May)
    Melinda Mullet, Died in the Wool: A Whisky Business Mystery (June)

Howard Owen: Scuffletown: A Willie Black Mystery (January)
Evergreen: A Willie Black Mystery (July)
Josh Pachter, Amsterdam Noir (January)—as editor, translator, and contributor
Fred Rexrod:
Whiz Tanner and the Mysterious Countdown (January)
Whiz Tanner and the Olympic Snow Caper (August)
Grace Topping, Staging Is Murder (April)
LynDee Walker, Deadly Politics: A Nichelle Clarke Crime Thriller (March)
Graphic Novels
Alma Katsu, The Spy Collector, 12-episode series illustrated by Victor Santos (beginning July)
Stories
Bill Beverly, “Virginia Racer,” Invisble Blood, edited by Maxim Jakubowski (July)
John L. French, “Scorpion” and “Man on the Inside,” Awesome Tales #9 (February)
Barb Goffman:
“Punching Bag,” Flash Bang Mysteries (January, editor’s choice)
“The Power Behind the Throne,” Deadly Southern Charm: A Lethal Ladies Mystery Anthology, edited by Mary Burton and Mary Miley (April)
Deborah Lacy, “Please See Me,” Fault Lines: Stories by Northern California Crime Writers (March)
BV Lawson:
“Inflammatory Rhetoric,” Flash Bang Mysteries (January)
“Flash of Red,” Mystery Weekly (March)
“A Fire Burns Brightly,” Noir Nation 7 (Spring)
Harley Mazuk, “The Road from Manzanar,” Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (March/April)
Alan Orloff:
“Inseparable, Insufferable,” Black Cat Mystery Magazine (Issue 4)
“Hello, Cupcake!” Mystery Weekly (February)
Josh Pachter:
“Starry Stary Night,” co-authored with René Appel, Amsterdam Noir, edited by René Appel and Josh Pachter (January)
“Last Call at the Bar of Invariable Length,” Mystery Weekly (February)
“A Study in Scarlett!” Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (May/June)
“The Cremains of the Day,” Malice Domestic: Mystery Most Edible (May)
Quintin Peterson, “Damaged Goods,” Awesome Tales #9 (February)
Art Taylor, “Better Days,” Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (May/June)