Babs Carryer, President
Babs is finishing up her first novel – a Pittsburgh startup murder mystery. She hopes to create a series based on this first book. Babs is all about startups: serial entrepreneur, writer and educator. She taught and supported entrepreneurship at CMU for over 15 years.Currently, Babs is Director of Education and Outreach for the Innovation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Babs is busy igniting entrepreneurship across campus – to all faculty and to students, from freshmen to post-docs. Babs is founder of Carryer Consulting and co-founder of LaunchCyte. She blogs about entrepreneurship on NewVenturist, http://newventurist.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol Silvis, Vice President
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 is a past president of Pennwriters. Follow her on Twitter at @carolsilvis.
Annette Dashofy, Secretary
Annette Dashofy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers Mysteries including Circle of Influence (finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014), Lost Legacy, Bridges Burned (Agatha Nominee for Best Contemporary Novel of 2015), and With a Vengeance (May 2016). In addition, her short stories, including a 2007 Derringer Award finalist, have been published in Spinetingler Magazine, Mysterical-E, Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology, and most recently Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales. Annette is a past president of MMR Sisters in Crime and currently also serves as vice president of Pennwriters. She lives in Washington County with her husband and one very spoiled cat. Check out her website at www.annettedashofy.com, like her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy, or follow her on Twitter @Annette_Dashofy.
Mary Sutton, Treasurer (writing as Liz Milliron)
Mary Sutton has been making up stories, and creating her own endings for other people’s stories, for as long as she can remember. After ten years, she decided that making things up was far more satisfying than writing software manuals, and took the jump into fiction.
A lifelong mystery fan, she writes crime fiction, including The Laurel Highlands Mysteries, under the pen name Liz Milliron. Her short fiction has been published at Uppagus(September 2012), Mysterical-e (Fall/Winter 2012/2013, Fall 2013, January 2014), and in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales (December 2013). Her short fiction has appeared in Blood on the Bayou (“Three Rivers Voodoo”), and will appear in Fish Out of Water (“The Far End of Nowhere”) and Mystery Most Historical (“Home Front Homicide”).
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.
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,” included in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales, is her first published work.
Rebecca Drake’s latest psychological thriller, Only Ever You, will be released by St. Martin’s Press in March 2016. Her debut thriller, Don’t Be Afraid, was Kensington’s lead title in September 2006. The Next Killing followed in September 2007 and was selected by four national book clubs including The Literary Guild. The Dead Place came out in September 2008 and was an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) bestseller. Droemer Knaur published all three novels in German. In 2011 “Loaded” appeared in Pittsburgh Noir, one of Akashic Books’ award-winning collection of noir anthologies. A former journalist and native New Yorker, Rebecca has also lived in Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Qatar. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
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.
J.J. Hensley is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. He is the author of the novels Resolve, Measure Twice, and Chalk’s Outline. J.J. graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice and has a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. He lives near Pittsburgh, PA.
Mr. Hensley’s first novel Resolve was named one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was named a finalist for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers organization.
He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.
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.
Rose Marie Keating
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 writes short fiction and poetry. Her story “Celtic Knot” appeared in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales (2013) and several of her poems have been published in print and online collections. She is retired from a 35-year career in scientific publishing and communications. As a Director with the Materials Research Society for 27 years, she was responsible for the start-up of a new international journal, magazine, book, and electronic publishing program. She directed editorial, marketing, production, advertising and exhibit sales, corporate donations, public relations, website and e-commerce, and oversaw the establishment of the organization’s partnership with Cambridge University Press. For a number of years, she also led membership, conferences, information systems and technology, and government relations. In her early career, she wrote and produced training films, technical manuals, and edited and wrote for scientific and cultural publications. She currently consults in publishing and electronic media, and is a past vice president of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime.
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-based crime and mystery fiction author. Her John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery novel, The Nature of the Grave won a 2006 Independent Publisher (IPPY) award for Mid-Atlantic Best Regional fiction. A second Nantucket Mystery, The Choking Game was a 2015 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion nominee for Best Traditional Mystery and a Reader’s Choice pick. Her short fiction has appeared in in Pearl 26, Spinetingler’s Special Canadian Issue, and in Mysterical-e. Her short story “Strangler Fig” was published in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales, a Sisters in Crime Pittsburgh anthology. Four of a Kind, an e-collection of more short fiction is available from online digital retailers. Martha recently served as the National Chapter Liaison for the SinC Board.
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.
Paula A. Smith, Secretary
Paula A. Smith is a former newspaper reporter, staff writer and correspondent. Her writing has appeared in books, magazines and online publications locally and abroad. Her short story “Never Tell Red” is included in the 2016 Bouchercon Anthology, Blood on the Bayou, under the pen name, Paula Pumphrey. A previous short story, “Sweet Murder,” appeared in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales (December, 2013). Several Pittsburgh profiles were published in Pittsburgh Legends and Visions, An Illustrated history by Eliza Smith Brown from Heritage Media Corporation and Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (2002). She is a member of Pennwriters, Religion Newswriters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Paula resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, Dave, Seumas, a Scottish terrier and Minou, a Tonkinese cat.
During Diana’s 24-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 is the immediate past president of Pittsburgh Sisters in Crime.
Susan Thibadeau, Treasurer
Susan Thibadeau is enjoying the writing life. She’s earned various degrees, but her most treasured is the MFA in creative writing she received from Chatham University. She is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Sisters in Crime and Pennwriters Her short story “Lucky on the Charm” appears in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales. Her novella, “The Discarded Spouse,” appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and was awarded the Black Orchid Novella Award, given in conjunction with the Nero Wolfe Society.
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 flash 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. Her debut novel, To Brew or Not to Brew has been nominated for a 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award for best amateur sleuth by Romantic Times. The second book in the series Tangled Up in Brew, is scheduled for release October 4, 2016.