Diana Stavroulakis, President
During Diana’s 23-year professional legal career, she has simultaneously pursued her passion for writing. Many of her ideas have been inspired by her life experiences within the criminal justice system as a Judicial Law Clerk, an Assistant District Attorney, and a Criminal Defense Attorney. She is a legal consultant to mystery and crime fiction writers; was a staff writer for The Penguins Report; a contributing writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins Goal magazine; and a Front Line Editor for Juris magazine published by Duquesne University School of Law.
Diana’s varied interests are too numerous to list, but they are reflected within her work as part of her signature style. In addition to being an avid reader of mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels, she is a die-hard Penguins fan. Her work in progress is a legal thriller which chronicles one of the adventures of jaded criminal defense attorney Daphne Pappadakis, who becomes the target of a murder investigation after winning a highly publicized court battle in a seemingly unrelated homicide.
Diana and her Yorkie, Demetria, split their time between their residence in Pittsburgh, and relaxing visits to their family’s home in rural Washington County.
LeeAnn Dawson, Vice President
LEE ANN DAWSON strives to make murder funny, one body at a time. In fiction. Her grandparents’ tavern in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State served as the inspiration for her story. Lee Ann also writes children’s stories. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. FAMILY VALUES is her first published work.
Mary Sutton, Secretary
A software technical writer by day, Mary has been making her living with words for over a decade. She writes the HERO’S SWORD middle-grade fantasy series as M.E. Sutton. and THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS MYSTERIES police-procedural series as Liz Milliron.Raised in Buffalo, NY she now resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two children. She is a member of Pennwriters and Sisters in Crime.
Jennifer Little Fleck, Treasurer
Jennifer is a highly successful Renaissance Woman. Translation: Still deciding what she wants to be when she grows up. Jennifer’s first book was published in 1983, although you’ll never see it print because it is part of St. Peter’s elementary School Library. It was co-authored by her two best friends Anna Knicker and Connie Raulston, and depicted a chance meeting of Rainbow Brite and Michael Jackson. It was very well received by her 3rd grade class. Since then, she started reading everything and anything that was laying around (mostly sci-fi, fantasy, and Judy Blume), and finally got a taste of writing herself a few years ago. She was hooked again. Not knowing where to start, Jennifer found the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and met a few kindred spirits who also feel compelled to learn the craft of writing as a second and third career. She also discovered PennWriters, another fantastic organization for writers of all levels. Jennifer is looking forward to her first official publication with Pgh SinC’s anthology coming in December of 2013. She knows it won’t have the same impact as her Rainbow Brite story, but she’s hoping a few more people might get to read this one.
Jennifer resides in a little town called Rennerdale near the Pittsburgh Airport with her husband, two children, and cat Ginny.
Tory works in mental health during the week and uses writing to maintain her mental health on weekends. Her nonfiction work-in-progress explores the origins of compulsive eating. She is also working on a psychological suspense novel that takes place in a corrupt mental hospital.
Kristine Coblitz graduated from Point Park College in 1996 with a degree in Journalism and Communications specializing in print media, and has worked as a technical magazine editor since 1998. She has experience as a writing workshop instructor for high school students and a moderator of an online fiction-writing forum. Her writing has appeared in Scavenger’s Newsletter, Detective Mystery Stories, and Kidz ‘n Communities Magazine. Kristine is a past president and member of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter of Sisters in Crime and also a member of Pennwriters.
She devotes her time to fiction writing, freelance editing, and taking care of
her two children.
Cathy Moffat Corn
After busy careers as an RN in critical care units and as a massage therapist in downtown Pittsburgh, Cathy’s ready to sit down and write. The summer of 2011, she Epublished her paranormal mystery/suspense novel, Crystal Clear (links to its Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords pages are on her website). The story: a psychotherapist, Suzanne Westin, crystal ball gazes and connects with a past life as a Big Band Singer. Further sessions reveal the singer lying dead in the woods, and Suzanne learns she must solve that mystery or history will repeat itself.
Fiction being Cathy’s first love (especially the mystery novels of Mary Stewart), she is seeking representation for Blue Moon over Madagascar, a paranormal adventure novel set in Madagascar (the perfect blend of mystery, adventure, romance, and fairydust). Second in the series is Smell the Plumerias, set on the big island of Hawaii and showcasing the dolphins that swim in its waters. She’s published nonfiction in Bluegrass Unlimited, Pennsylvania Magazine, The PittsburghPress Sunday Magazine, and UK women’s magazine Annabel. She’d get a lot more done without the dog, two cats, and husband Alan, but doesn’t think that would be any fun at all.
Annette is a freelance and mystery writer who is a regular contributor to Pennsylvania Magazine. Her short stories include a 2007 Derringer Award finalist and have been published in Spinetingler Magazine and Mysterical-E. Her latest, “A Murder Runs Through It,” is in Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology.
Annette is a past president of MMR Sisters in Crime and currently serves as vice president of Pennwriters. She lives in Washington County with her husband of 30 years and two very spoiled cats. Check out her website at www.annettedashofy.com. She’s also active on Facebook and welcomes you to follow her on Twitter @Annette_Dashofy.
Rebecca is a former journalist, freelance copywriter, and technical writer who turned to crime fiction to escape the label of soccer mom. Her books include DON’T BE AFRAID, THE DEAD PLACE, and THE NEXT KILLING.
Finding The Squirrel Hill Writers Group in 1996 and staying put with them
for three years was instrumental in starting Colette Garmer down the path
to publication. A job reared its ugly head and took her away from the group,limiting her time. Writing took a back burner. But in the end, she had written a few manuscripts. Granted they weren’t books she’d want anyone to see. But she did accomplish writing a few manuscripts from beginning to end. Articles were published in Good Housekeeping, Enable Pennsylvanians and True Story Magazine. In 2005 she entered a Silhouette Desire contest where she was one of the five finalists. She attended Pennwriters2008 conference Martha Reed, then president of Sisters in Crime in Pittsburgh encouraged her to enter her first draft in the First Page Contest. She ended up taking Third Place which finalized her belief in her writing that it was time to get serious.
Currently she is a member in Pennwriters and Sisters-in-Crime where she meets with many published and non-published authors that gladly assist her in her lifelong dream of getting a novel published. She was recently elected Vice President for the 2011 term for the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Her writing is now on the front burner instead of languishing on the back burner of life.
Kathleen teaches theatre at the University of Pittsburgh where she has directed many plays for the mainstage and the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. She is the author of a short story collection, THE MAN IN THE BUICK, and five novels, TAKEN, FALLEN, AFTERIMAGE, THE ODDS, which was been nominated for the 2010 Edgar Award for best novel, and HIDEOUT. She is married to writer Hilary Masters.
Tamara is a freelance writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and the Valley News Dispatch, and a part-time writing instructor at Westmoreland County Community College and Harrisburg Area Community College Virtual Campus 2.0. Her short stories have been published in New Writing Dundee and Scores, two Scottish anthologies and Love Stories from the Heart, published in the U.S. Recently, she has spent much of her writing time finalizing her doctoral dissertation It Can Be Learned: Building a Writer-Centered Creative Writing Pedagogy in which she is studying innovating ways creative writing is taught in undergraduate classrooms across the country. Her fiction writing time is spent on young adult projects she hopes will be ready to share with agents in early 2014. An Allegheny County resident, Tamara is also a member of PennWriters and Backspace. Follow Tamara on Twitter @TamaraGirardi.
Mary Alice Gorman
Mary Alice with her husband Richard Goldman owned the Mystery Lovers Bookshop for many years until they retired in 2012. Mary Alice’s skills as a teacher, organizer, fundraiser, career counselor, and advocate have made for a perfect foundation for an award winning 21 year career in bookselling.
Susan loves to curl up with a good mystery, but when it comes to writing, she’s all about rock and roll. You can follow the adventures of Trevor Wolff and his fictional band on Susan’s blog, or you can join the Trevolution by picking up a copy of The Demo Tapes: Year 1, which collects twenty-five of Trevor’s best adventures into one handy, portable volume.
Kathryn Miller Haines
When she’s not working in the library system at the University of Pittsburgh, Kathryn performs with and co-manages Mystery’s Most Wanted and is an award-winning playwright. She’s the author of the Rosie Winter Mystery Series (HarperCollins), set in the theatre community of World War II New York. She is also the author of a new series for young adults, also set in World War II. The first book, The Girl is Murder, was released by Roaring Book Press (a division of Macmillan) in July 2011.The second book will be out in summer 2012.
My name is Kristin Humphreys. I write murder mysteries, short stories and books, under the name K.M. Humphreys. I am also working on Middle Grade fiction under the name Eleanor Benjamin. I currently have short stories published on Smashwords.com. I am working on two murder mystery books and a MG fiction book. Hopefully I’ll have at least one of them published within the next five years. I have been writing on and off for over twenty years but just recently got more serious about it. I live in Pittsburgh with my husband and our dog, Rosie.
Laurie is a member of Sisters in Crime, and it’s subgroup, The Guppies. Laurie is also a volunteer for the National SinC Monitoring Project. She’s an avid reader, and loves nothing more than to read a good mystery, or anything, for that matter, as long as she’s reading. Laurie is currently writing a traditional mystery manuscript.
Lois Lamanna retired from teaching at the same high school in Pittsburgh where she and her husband were students. Lois started writing mysteries after a boring fishing trip with her sister. Her first book, Matrimony and Murder (Avalon Books) will be available in 2012. She is currently dividing her time between selling fine jewelry at Macy’s, helping plan her daughter’s wedding and writing a new series featuring a high school guidance counselor who is working part time at a jewelry store when the senior sales associate is murdered. She is currently seeking a literary agent.
Nancy is the author of the bestselling Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series and a brand new series set in Pittsburgh,featuring the misadventures of Roxy Abruzzo, a tough girl from the Rust Belt “with a heart of black and gold.” In her 26-year career, she has published 45 novels in four genres–romance, historical, suspense, and mystery. Nancy was the winner of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement award for mystery writing from Romantic Times magazine. She is also one of the Book Tarts on www.TheLipstickChronicles.typepad.com.
Gail retired after 35 years in nonprofit scientific publishing and communications. For 27 years, she was a Director with the Materials Research Society (MRS). She joined MRS in it infancy where she was responsible for start-up of its international journal, magazine, book, and electronic publishing program. She directed editorial, marketing, production, public relations, web and e-commerce for publications, and led membership, conferences and exhibits, and corporate sponsorships, information systems and technology, and government relations. In her early career, she wrote and produced training materials and films, technical manuals, and edited and wrote for scientific and cultural publications. She currently consults in publishing and electronic media and is working on new and boxed-over-time short fiction and poetry.
Andrea is an aspiring author with a science background who has worked in the clinical medical research and health education fields over the past fifteen years. She has co-authored and is published in peer-reviewed medical journals, as well as helped in data collection for other scientific articles during her tenure with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of Alabama at Birmingham medical centers. A recent article on health improvement outcomes from a service-directed research project on which she served, was published in an issue of Diabetes Care.
Returning to her love of creative writing, Andrea ventured into writing mystery after hearing stories from those who served in the military and watching high profile crime cases. A fan of Edgar Allan Poe since her senior book report and days as a staff writer for the high school student newspaper, she continues her journey exploring this thrilling genre. She joined Pennwriters, Inc. in 2010 and quickly became a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of SinC the same year. Andrea is currently working on a historical crime fiction novel with elements of whodunit, passion, genetics and adventure. In her treasured time, she enjoys reading, travel and gardening. Her quest is to grow and learn more about the craft of writing well.
Martha Reed is a Pittsburgh author who is developing her Nantucket Mystery series after a lifetime of travel and adventures spanning three continents. She has her eye on Australia as the fourth and will give them a heads-up before she tackles Asia. Her debut novel, THE NATURE OF THE GRAVE, won a 2006 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Award for Mid-Atlantic Best Regional fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Pearl, Spinetingler, and Mysterical-e. Her story STRANGLER FIG is scheduled to appear in the LUCKY CHARMS e-anthology due out in December, 2013. Martha is the past President of The Mary Roberts Rinehart Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC). She currently serves as Chapter Liaison for the National SinC Board. She loves travel, big jewelry, and simply great coffee and delights in the never-ending antics of her extended family. Visit her website, www.marthareed.com, for more. Keep up with the scoop by following Martha on Twitter at @ReedMartha.
Judy is the co-author of THE FRANTIC WOMAN’S GUIDE TO LIFE, a practical guide packed with hints, tips, and tricks to help busy women survive in today’s hectic world. It’s published by Warner Books.
Gina Sestak is a semi-retired attorney whose published works include books and articles on legal topics, and a short story in the Lucky Charms anthology. She is presently seeking representation for five unpublished novels. Gina also co-wrote an award-winning short screenplay, The Tenth Door, and has co-authored three feature-length screenplays that are available for production.
Lila is the author of EVERY SECRET THING and THE FORTUNE TELLER’S DAUGHTER.
Carol Silvis is a teacher and the author of several college textbooks and business books. Her publications include an article in the 2012 Writers Market, a dozen creative non-fiction stories and inspirational pieces published in national magazines, and over 40 articles published in various newsletters. Her children’s story won a 2007 St. David’s Conference Award. She is also a member of Pennwriters and lives outside Pittsburghwith her husband and two children. She currently serves as president of Pennwriters. Follow her on Twitter at @carolsilvis
Paula A. Smith
Paula A. Smith grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She is a former newspaper reporter and staff writer. Her writing has appeared in books, magazines and online publications. One of her favorite writing assignments is crafting a personality profile—much like painting a portrait. Her short story, Sweet Murder, is scheduled to appear in Pittsburgh Sisters in Crime, LUCKY CHARMS E-Anthology, in December, 2013. Besides painting, she always enjoys reading a good mystery in a big, old, stuffed chair on a rainy day with their family dogs, Oliver, a Kentucky beagle, and Seumas, a Scottish terrier, nearby. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University. Currently, Paula resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Dave, a retired scientist, and has two grown children, Bryan and Alison.
Sandy is a member of Pennwriters, Sisters in Crime and Mysterywrights, a writer’s critique group. She has worked as a technical writer/editor and with a Master’s Degree in Art History taught at local colleges and universities. She completed several novels, including the first in a culinary series about a personal chef and also a suspense thriller (which took third place in the Pennwriters’ great beginnings contest). She is currently working on a new suspense novel. Several of her short fiction pieces have been published online. Sandy lives in the North Hills with her husband and their two kitties.
Heather Terrell is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a graduate of Boston College and of the Boston University School of Law. She lives in Pittsburgh. She is the author of the The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, The Book of Kildare, and two young adult fantasy novels, Fallen Angel and Eternity.
Judith Evans Thomas
Judith is a journalist and author. Her celebrity interview column “Overheard” and lifestyle column “JET Set” have appeared monthly in Pittsburgh Magazine since 2003. She is also the co-author of 30 books in the Born To Shop travel series published by Bantam Books. She is currently at work on a mystery series.
Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. Her fiction has appeared in Mysterical-e, and her non-fiction has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police magazine. She was also a contributing author to the Sisters in Crime book Breaking and Entering: The Road to Success. She is a member of Pennwriters as well as Sisters in Crime. Her blog post“What Does a Police Secretary Do” is the top Google result on the topic. She is represented by Eliza Dreier at the Carol Mann Agency.