Happy 2017! I’m looking forward to a fantastic and successful year for the Speed City Indiana chapter of Sisters in Crime.
I first heard of Sisters in Crime in October 2007 when the Speed City chapter published its first anthology, RACING CAN BE MURDER. I had met and worked with one of the co-authors, Tony Perona, in the past and he invited me to attend a book signing. It was there that I met Brenda Stewart, the other co-author, and they invited me to attend a chapter meeting.
The first meeting I attended was in January 2008, and I was delighted to immediately join the chapter – to become a mister-sister. What a wonderful group of readers and writers of mysteries. Over the years, I have enjoyed the chapter’s many programs, which encourage the advancement and professional development of women in the genre. But the organization has also always been quite inclusive of male readers and writers. I have learned much about the industry as a member of Sisters in Crime and have been proud whenever I’ve had the opportunity to represent the chapter at events and book signings.
Since I joined, the chapter has added four more anthologies, with the last, THE FINE ART OF MURDER, being published October 2016. I’m happy and proud to say I have been a part of all of them.
The chapter has wonderful plans for the coming year, in particular for a visit in February by bestselling British author Rhys Bowen. Her writing and storytelling are a delight, and I plan to say more about her visit in the coming weeks.