June Meeting: The Perils and Merits of ePublishing

Your manuscript is polished and you’re ready to get it into the hands of readers. Self-publishing–especially ePublishing–is easier than ever. Should you upload your story? Not so fast.

Our June meeting will feature a panel discussion on the perils and merits of ePublishing.  Four authors who’ve been through the process will discuss the advantages, disadvantages, how-to, and mistakes they’ve made to help you navigate the world of ePublishing successfully.

This month’s panel will feature historical mystery novelist Juliet Kincaid, historical and corporate mystery writer Theresa Hupp, women’s fiction and contemporary romance author Darlene Deluca, and cozy mystery  writer Joyce Brown.

Join us Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m.! This program is free and open to the public. This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.

Book vs. Movie: Nancy Pickard and Scent of Rain and Lightning

This spring, Nancy Pickard’s Scent of Rain and Lightning leaped off the page and onto the big screen, debuting at the Atlanta Film Festival on March 24 and winning Best Narrative Feature at the Kansas City Film Fest in April.

During Border Crime’s May Meeting, SinC member Nancy Pickard will talk about the process of turning a book into a movie and discuss how the filmmakers maintained the essence of the story while changing other elements for cinematic purposes.

Watch a film clip here: http://video-cdn.indiewire.com/players/AVHEoKeD-esN1lzYh.html

Join us Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.

April Meeting: Adapting Research to Different Types of Writing

Whether we’re writing mysteries, true crime, memoirs, or non-fiction, our writing always requires some level of research. During our May meeting, author Priscilla H. Wilson will discuss adapting our research skills to our projects.

Priscilla H. Wilson grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas, and now lives in the Kansas City area. Her writing credits cover a variety non-fiction genres, including short stories, instruction, memoir, and biography. Her titles include The Facilitative Way: Leadership That Makes a DifferenceA Pioneer Love Story: The Letters of Minnie HobartEveryday Wonder: From Kansas to Kenya from Ecuador to Ethiopia, and Zero Meridian, Five Degrees North.

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Join us on Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.

March Meeting: Linda Rodriguez on Plotting the Character-Driven Novel

plotting-the-character-driven-novelFollowing the success of three award-winning novels, poet and author Linda Rodriguez turns her sought-after writing course on using depth of character as a springboard to a strong plot into a book designed to help the aspiring writer who wants to tell a story made compelling by the truth and complexity of its characters.

During our March meeting, Linda Rodriguez will talk about her new book, Plotting the Character-Driven Noveland explore the questions we need to ask our characters in order to create an exciting and complex plot.

Rodriguez has received much praise for her Skeet Bannion mysteries. Every Last Secret won the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition, was a Barnes & Noble Mystery Pick,  was featured by Las Comadres National Latino Book Club, and was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award. Every Broken Trust was named a Las Comadres National Latino Book Club selection. Her third novel, Every Hidden Fear, was named A Latina Book Club 2014 Best Book of the Year. Rodriguez is an active member of numerous writing organizations, including our own chapter of Sisters in Crime.

This program will be a hit with writers of any genre!

Linda Rodriguez will be selling and signing books at this event.

Join us on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.

February Meeting: Annual Border Crimes Potluck Brunch

Each year, Border Crimes hosts an annual potluck brunch to celebrate another year together, vote on new officers, and brainstorm programming ideas for the upcoming months. Join us for this fun informal gathering!

Join us on February 4 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.

January 21 Mystery Writing Group Meeting

the-other-womanJanuary’s book is the The Other Woman, the first book in Hank Phillippi Ryan‘s Jane Ryland series.

(From the jacket copy) Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder—it’ll take a lot more than votes to win this election.

Border Crimes member Peg Nichols will lead the discussion.

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, January 21, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

Not a dues-paying member? Learn how to join.

January Meeting: Still missing: The 1988 disappearance of Randy Leach

randy-leach-missingTwenty-eight years ago, Linwood (Kansas) High School student Randy Leach went to a party and never returned. For nearly three decades, his disappearance and the lack of answers have haunted his family and the small Leavenworth County community.

Our January 7 speaker is Channel 4’s Lisa Wade McCormick, who has continued to investigate Randy Leach’s disappearance and the efforts to determine what happened to him. You can watch video of her broadcast here: “Nearly 30 years after his disappearance, Randy Leach’s family still seeking answers and closure.”

For more information, here’s the 2014 Lawrence Journal-World piece, “Randy Leach still missing after 26 years, KBI file remains sealed.

This program will be an opportunity to understand how an unsolved missing persons case can affect both the family and an entire community. It will also provide insight into the challenges of investigating an old but still-open case.

Join us on January 7 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.