February Meeting: Julia Pomeroy

20130216_103145We had a nice treats for our February meeting: including some Valentine’s Day chocolates! Thanks Margaret. We had a new member drive in all the way from Syracuse: welcome, Carol.

Reminders: Bouchercon will be here in Albany 19-22 September; Malice Domestic in Bethesda MD, 3-5 May; Deadly Ink in Parsippany NJ, June; and the New England Crimeback in the Boston area in November. Julia also put in a good word for Thriller Fest in NYC and its accompanying Craft Fest, which offers workshops.

If you have news or a link/event/tip to share, be sure to put them on our Facebook page and Kate Laity will gather them up for the blog — or submit via our brand new form here. News items should also go to President Betsy Bitner for the newsletter.

20130216_110052Of course the big draw was a chance to chat with author and Maven Julia Pomeroy. She talked about the genesis of her forthcoming thriller, No Safe Ground, as well as her experiences in publishing to date. Like so many writers, Julia has been caught in the changing winds of publishing.

Never assume that getting published means the end of your troubles: Julia signed a two book contract only to have her small imprint dissolved in a corporate buy-out just as the second novel was about to be released. Tragic events in her personal life helped put the disappointment in perspective, but getting back into writing proved a hurdle nonetheless.

Rising to the challenge, Julia switched gears and moved into thrillers. She spoke of learning that the villain was the lynchpin in these fast moving narratives and used that to shape her own. Fascinating real people were adapted as characters.

Julia talked about a wide variety of topics: working with a publisher whose main clientele are libraries, using her acting skills in writing, the importance of having a platform if you want to be published, as well as the power of seeing your novel as a screenplay to cut out the meanderings that diminish the action.

Full details upcoming in the newsletter: join the Mavens to be a part of the action!

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February Member News

Joel Gomez-Dossi’s first novel, Pursued, was published by Bold Stroke Books in December.

Susan Sundwall will sign copies of her book, The Red Shoelace Killer, at the Barnes & Noble at Colonie Center on Saturday, February 9th from 12-2 pm.

Julia Pomeroy’s novel, No Safe Ground, is scheduled to be released by Five Star on March 18th.

Kate Laity’s novel, Lush Situation, the second in her Chastity Flame series, will be released on March 28th.

2012 Chapter News

At our May 2012 meeting, Upper Hudson SinC member Beth Anderson gave a talk about best-selling author Linda Fairstein and her Alexandra Cooper mystery series.

At our November 2011 meeting, members Betsy Bitner, Nancy Means Wright and Robert Knightly were honored for their publishing efforts in 2011.

In October 2011, our chapter hosted mystery author Archer Mayor at the East Greenbush Library, East Greenbush, NY.

Archer Mayor speaks at the East Greenbush Public Library

Murder in the Libraries

Local reading groups you may want to know about:

The Mystery Book Club of the Cohoes Public Library meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Alex Kava’s tenth Maggie O’Dell novel, Fireproof, will be the subject of discussion at the February 20th meeting of the Mystery Book Club. A Nebraska native, Ms. Kava is a NY Times best-selling author known for her psychological suspense novels. Join us at the Cohoes Public Library at either 10:30 am or 6:30 pm (please let us know if you are coming to the 6:30 meeting) to discuss this exciting novel. Books are available at the Library. The library is located at 169 Mohawk St., Cohoes. For more information, go to http://www.cohoespubliclibrary.org or call 235-2570.

Snoops in the Stacks, the mystery book group at the Guilderland Public Library meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 pm. We’re a lively bunch that enjoys reading and talking about mysteries. Many are long-standing mystery lovers and others are new to the genre. What is really interesting is reading authors one might never think to try and being pleasantly surprised, or even better – hooked. February 4th’s book is End in Tears by Ruth Rendell and March 4th’s book is Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva. For more information go to http://www.guilpl.org.

Mavens in the News

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Donna Liquori, who writes the monthly Biblio Files column in the Times Union, attended our September meeting at Tailored Tea and wrote a nice piece about our chapter.

The ladies came for tea and scones. They left with some working knowledge of identifying a killer through a DNA sample.

Just another Saturday morning for the Mavens of Mayhem…

February Writing Prompt

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For those that like to get a head start, here’s the prompt for February:

Write a 500-750 word story that leads to this last line:  “Yes,” I said, “Isn’t it pretty to think so.”

As always, bring your completed prompt and be prepared to read it aloud (or have someone read it for you if you’re shy!).