CCW President Chosen for Authors in Schools Program

716rbgeiqpl__ux250_CCW President, Kathleen (“Kat”) Lopez, has been selected as a featured author in the Amelia Island Book Festival’s Authors in Schools program in February 2017. She will be one of 21 participating authors–both indie writers and notable authors, such as R. L. Stine.  The program brings published authors to students across each of the 16 Nassau County Public schools.  Corporate and private donations along with grant funding help promote this program year-to-year, help buy the books of the selected authors, and gives students a chance to meet the authors.  The students keep the books as well as memories of the special event conducted at their school. Kat will be meeting with the students from Hilliard Middle-High School.  Congratulations on this terrific honor, Kat!

For more information about the program or the festival itself, check out their website at http://www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org/.

 

It’s Official!!!

Just prior to the holiday season, Citrus Crime Writers received the paperwork to recognize us as a new Sisters in Crime Inc. (SinC) chapter. Our chapter president, Kathleen Lopez, signed and returned the formalized charter and started the process of getting our new chapter visibility with the national organization. The formation of an Executive Committee has been completed and we will be meeting soon to further outline the fledgling chapter’s goals. We will start to align ourselves with local resources and, with the assistance of the national organization, will begin the business of being a SinC chapter.

Our goal is to be a more mobile chapter. We will be “based” out of Orlando, but plan to reach out to our membership across Central Florida. Central Florida is practically coast-to-coast so that incorporates a lot of ground and people! We are acutely aware that it is hard to travel 1-2 hours to attend a 1-2 hour meeting. To accommodate our membership, we’ll be gathering information from our members about possible meeting locations. We’ll also be working with our members to develop a monthly calendar with various speakers and informational sessions to improve our writing and our craft, in general. So let us know about your ideas so we can get started!

Citrus Crime Writers – Chartered!

Citrus Crime Writers is officially a chartered chapter of Sisters in Crime Inc. (SinC) for Central Florida! Our President Kathleen Lopez has announced that she has only to mail back a copy of the charter for the final step in the process. We have a few housekeeping items to take care of, like getting a bank account for the chapter, finalizing our official logo, and making sure we are added to the SinC organization page.

Our Executive Board looks like this:
Kathleen Lopez, President
Laura Perez, Vice President
Charlotte Hunter, Secretary
Anthony Awtrey, Treasurer
Lucille Ponte, Web Maven

Congrats to all who have participated in developing our new chapter. Thank you so much for your support and assistance!

 

Citrus Crime Writer Guest Blogs about Diversity in Mysteries

Hi all. Today CCW’s Bridges DelPonte is guest blogging with the Ladies of Mystery about key writing tips on creating more diverse voices and situations in our mysteries. She discusses her new Marguerite Montez Mystery series about a homicide prosecutor in the tight knit Portuguese community of East Cambridge, MA. Thanks to the LoM for giving our local mystery writer the opportunity to discuss the important topic of “transcultural” writing.

Diverse Voices in our Mysteries