Join us for a reading and book signing from members of the Heart of Texas chapter of the Sisters in Crime organization. Featuring Alexandra Burt, N.M. Cedeño, V.P. Chandler, Helen Currie Foster, K.P. Gresham, Laura Oles, Eugenia Parish, Kathy Waller, George Wier, and Manning Wolfe.
Sisters in Crime is an international organization whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.
N.M. Cedeño was born in Houston, grew up in the Dallas Metroplex, once lived in Amarillo, and currently lives near Austin, Texas. She writes short stories and novels that are typically set in Texas. Her stories vary from traditional mystery, to suspense, to science fiction in genre. Cedeño’s first science fiction short mystery, “A Reasonable Expectation of Privacy,” was published by Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine in 2012. Her debut novel, All in Her Head, was published in 2014, followed by her second novel, For the Children’s Sake, in 2015. In 2016, For the Children’s Sake was selected as a finalist for the East Texas Writers Guild Book Award in the Mystery/Thriller category.
V.P. Chandler received her B.A. in Literature from Southwestern University and has been a paralegal, a teacher, and a rancher. She grew up in a family involved with the criminal justice system (parole officer, criminal justice professor, pathologist, photographer, etc.) so thinking about crime is in her blood. Her short story, “Rota Fortunae,” appears in the anthology, Murder on Wheels, winner of the Silver Falchion Award for Best Short Fiction Anthology, and she’s currently working on her debut novel, Gilt Ridden. When she’s not writing, reading, or taking care of her family, she’s either singing with her church choir, playing percussion in her community band, or learning new instruments.
Helen Currie Foster is the author of the Alice MacDonald Greer Mystery series. She earned a BA from Wellesley College, an MA from the University of Texas, and a JD from the University of Michigan. Having grown up in Texas surrounded by books and storytelling, Foster taught high school English and later became a prize-winning feature writer for a small Michigan weekly. Following a career of more than thirty years as an environmental lawyer, she found the character Alice and her stories had suddenly appeared in her life. In her writing, Foster is deeply curious about human history and how, uninvited, the past keeps crashing the party. Married with two children, she lives north of Dripping Springs, Texas, supervised by three burros. She works in Austin, and she’s active with the Hays County Master Naturalists and the board of Austin Shakespeare. She’s a member of the national and local chapters of Sisters in Crime. Ghost Letter, published January 2016, is set in the Texas Hill Country, as are Ghost Cave and Ghost Dog, published in December 2014. Foster enjoys meeting with book groups and library groups.
K.P. Gresham is a Chicago girl gone Texan. Her stories are based on her wide range of experiences from living in Illinois to making the move to Texas where she’s called both Houston and Austin home. K.P. was a law school media librarian, taught literature to middle school students, and conducted K-8 as well as adult choirs. Besides her novels, she has written two musicals, several plays, and has worked in theatre since graduating from Illinois State University.
Laura Oles is a photo industry journalist who spent twenty years covering tech and trends before turning to crime fiction. She is a Writers’ League of Texas and Killer Nashville Claymore finalist and her short story, “Buon Viaggio,” appears in Murder on Wheels, which won the Silver Falchion for Best Anthology in 2016. Her debut novel will be released next year. Laura is a member of Sisters in Crime, Austin Mystery Writers, and Writers’ League of Texas. She lives with her husband and children on the edge of the Texas Hill Country. She is always searching for a reason to take a road trip, especially to the coast.
Kathy Waller has been a teacher, a librarian, a paralegal, and a pianist at several churches desperate for someone who could find middle C. She grew up in the small town of Fentress, on the banks of the San Marcos River in Central Texas, and life there provides material for her fiction. Now a resident of Austin, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Austin Mystery Writers. Her short stories and memoir have appeared in Mysterical-E, Texas Mountain Trail Writers’ Chaos West of the Pecos; and Story Circle Network’s True Words Anthology and Journal. Her latest publications, “Hell on Wheels” and “A Nice Set of Wheels,” appear in AMW’s crime fiction anthology, Murder on Wheels (Wildside, 2015).
Manning Wolfe, an author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, smart, fast-paced thrillers with a salting of Texas bullshit. The first in her series, featuring Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges, is Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs. Boots King. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peak into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.