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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.

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October Meeting: Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies

As mystery writers, we’re used to writing the story about the hero catching the bad guy and bringing justice for the victim. But what if our hero catches the wrong guy?

Jean K. Gilles Phillips will speak at the October 1 Border Crimes monthly meeting.

Jean K. Gilles Phillips will speak at the October 1 Border Crimes monthly meeting.

Our October speaker will be Jean K. Gilles Phillips, a clinical professor of law and the director of the Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas School of Law. Most recently, the Project was in the news for its work on the case of Floyd Bledsoe, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years for a murder his brother committed.

Phillips will talk about everything from the scientific issues surrounding evidence to the emotional toll of working to exonerate  those who are wrongfully convicted, as well as the adjustments a wrongfully convicted person must make when released from prison. She will talk about the case of Floyd Bledsoe and the challenges he faced after serving 15 years in prison–15 years during which his children grew up, and the world changed drastically as cell phones and the internet took over everyday communications.

Join us on October 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.