Event: February Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club February reads include The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn (Parker/South Denver), Family Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery by Shawn McGuire (Brighton/Denver ),  and Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima (Northern Colorado).

Free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to chat with the author and other readers!

RSVP at the website or at our Meetup page. For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

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Event: Laura DiSilverio and Mark Pfoff

 

February 24, 2018

Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

 

 

9:30-10:00 am Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Laura DiSilverio: “No Pain, No Gain: Increasing Conflict In Your Story”

No story moves without conflict.  No characters change without conflict.  It’s at the heart of any storytelling–romance, mystery, mainstream, fairytales–and yet, many writers shy away from it.  We like our characters too much to make their lives miserable.  That attitude can derail our storytelling.  I define conflict as anything and everything that keeps the viewpoint character(s) from accomplishing his or her goal.  I’ll provide techniques for increasing conflict in every scene and across the scope of the story or novel.  I have a five-step process for doing this: 1) defining the viewpoint character’s goals and needs in each scene, 2) providing internal and/or external opposition to those goals, 3) giving the illusion of progress, 4) surprising with disappointment and setbacks, and 5) working with a “What Could Be Worse?” mindset.   I’ll also discuss how creating characters with conflict inherent in their relationships and goals can get your story off to a fast start and keep the conflict humming through what is often the “sagging middle” of a novel.

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (brown bag or visit nearby restaurants)

1:00-3:00 pm Mark Pfoff: “The Groomer: The Story of Ronald Stanley and Those Who Brought Him to Justice.”

This real case presentation will explore how criminals are caught by law enforcement by using forensic technology. Due to the sensitive nature of the presentation material (which includes sexual assault), this presentation is intended for mature audiences only.

3:00-4:00 pm Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.

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You may RSVP via email (click red button above) or at our Meetup page: www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado.

About the Presenters:

A retired Air Force intelligence officer, Laura DiSilverio is the national bestselling and award-winning author of 21 mystery, suspense and young adult sci-fi novels. Library Journal named her recent book, Close Call, one of the Top Five mysteries of 2016, and The Reckoning Stones (2015) won the Colorado Book Award for Mystery. Incubation, the first book of her young adult dystopian trilogy is an Amazon bestseller. A Past President of Sisters in Crime, she lives in Colorado Springs.

website:  www.lauradisilverio.com
blog:  www.careerauthors.com.
FB: www.facebook.com/lauradisilverio

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Mark Pfoff retired from law enforcement in October of 2014 after a 17 year career; the last 10 as a Detective with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado Springs, Colorado specializing in computer related crimes and computer forensics. Prior to
going into Law Enforcement full time in 2003 he was a computer engineer for 22 years.

During his career, he has examined thousands of items of digital evidence to include hard drives, cellular telephones, tablets, flash drives, memory sticks, DVDs, and CDs. His knowledge of technology has been utilized in many major criminal investigations to include financial crimes, kidnappings, robberies, sex assaults and homicides.

Mark has been qualified in court as an expert in computer forensics, cell phone forensics, cell phone technology, computer surveillance systems, police procedures, investigations and child exploitation. He has testified numerous times in both State and Federal court on a wide range of criminal cases to include child exploitation, sex assaults, burglaries and homicides.

He is currently a consultant with Rocky Mountain Computer Forensics working on both criminal and civil cases.

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Please RSVP above. This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. To request more information, please use our contact form.

Event: November Book Club

November reads include Family Secrets: A Whispering Pine Mystery by Shawn McGuire (Parker/South Denver), Trafficked by Peg Brantley (Denver/Brighton), and Under the Stone Paw by Theresa Crater (Northern Colorado).

Free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to chat with the author and other readers.

RSVPs are now open at the website or at our Meetup page. For more information, including dates and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us! Bring your friends! 🙂

Event: Peg Brantley, J.A. Kazimer, Cynthia Kuhn, Margaret Mizushima, Andrea Orozco, Tan Smyth

October 28, 2017
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am  Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Peg Brantley, Cynthia Kuhn, and Margaret Mizushima: “Writing Compelling Characters”

One of the most important elements of a novel is its characters. But how can you create dynamic characters that capture a reader and won’t let go? Join mystery writers Peg Brantley, Cynthia Kuhn, and Margaret Mizushima as they share ideas for creating a character profile, deepening characterization, and developing personality traits that can make your characters come alive.

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (brown bag or visit nearby restaurants)

1:00-3:00 pm J.A. Kazimer,  Andrea Orozco, Tan Smyth : “Private Eye Stories and Secrets”

Have you ever wondered what private investigators are doing hunkered down in their cars or diving through dumpsters? Is the real job like it is on TV? What are the real-life challenges and joys? Get all your burning questions answered and hear some anecdotes, possible plot points, and potential character studies from our Private Investigator Panel.

3:00-4:00 pm Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.

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You may RSVP via email (click red button above) or at our Meetup page: www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado.

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About the Presenters:

Peg Brantley: I worked in Corporate America for years, but when my bonus son had a stroke at a very early age, I happened to have a home-based business. The upside was that I could focus my attention where it was needed—on Jeff—the downside was that my business tanked.

After a couple of years it dawned on me that since I was home all the time anyway, maybe this was the perfect opportunity to write a book. After all, I read a lot… how hard could it be?

Many years, and countless failed attempts later (the proverbial novels in a drawer), Red Tide was finally ready to meet readers. Jeff is fine now, living independently in Nevada, so it’s easy to say that it took a negative family event for me to find my passion.

Since that first book I’ve researched, studied, taken courses, and conducted interviews with all sorts of professionals. I’ve appeared on panels and given workshops on writing. It’s a game that never gets old, and I’m profoundly glad to get to play.

Website: www.pegbrantley.com
Twitter:  @pegbrantley
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PegBrantleyAuthorPage


J.A. (Julie) Kazimer lives in Denver, CO. When she isn’t looking for a place to hide the bodies, she spends her time with a pup named Killer. Other hobbies include murdering houseplants and avoiding housework. She spent a few years as a bartender and then wasted another few years stalking people while working as a private investigator before transitioning to the moniker of WRITER and penning over 15 titles. Visit her website at jakazimer.com and sign up for her THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MURDER Newsletter.


Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series, which includes The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient, and The Art of Vanishing. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. She is professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and current president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado.

Website: cynthiakuhn.net
Twitter: @cynthiakuhn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cynthiakuhnwriter


Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 mystery series, which includes Killing Trail (Crooked Lane, 2015) an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee for best first mystery; Stalking Ground (Crooked Lane, 2016) a Colorado Book Award and International Book Award finalist; and Hunting Hour (Crooked Lane, 2017), an RT Book Reviews Top Pick. She has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency, which specialized in services for children and adults with developmental delay and acquired neurological disorders. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals.

Website: http://margaretmizushima.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/margmizu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMargaretMizushima


Andrea Orozco has been a professional investigator for over a decade and a half and has spent the majority of her career working in Colorado. As former VP of Training for the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado, she was responsible for the training and education of investigators throughout the state. Andrea is currently the 3rd VP of the national association for the investigative profession (NCISS), and also serves on her state board for investigators (PPIAC) as VP of Legislation. Andrea is committed to raising the standard of professionalism as well as protecting the legislative interests of investigators in Colorado and across the country. Her background includes internal investigations and surveillance for a major casino. Andrea specializes in surveillance, worker’s compensation defense investigations, child custody investigations in addition to personal injury defense, employee misconduct and other related investigations. 

Tan Smyth has been an investigator for ten years. She is a Cold War veteran, and met her husband (a fellow Airman) in Berlin. They moved to Colorado from Maryland in 2005. Tan has been an active member in the PPIAC (Professional Private Investigator’s Association of Colorado) since 2006, and has been on the Board of Directors for 8 out of 10 years. She also met her mentor and BFF Andrea Orozco through PPIAC. Her investigative specialties are OSINT and Witness Interviewing.


Please RSVP above. This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. To request more information, please use our contact form.

ALA Midwinter Meeting

We are thrilled to announce that Sisters in Crime-Colorado will be attending the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting  in Denver, February 9-13, 2018.  Chapter members will have the opportunity to participate at our exhibit booth. Information will be forthcoming as we get closer via chapter email loop–in the meantime, please save the date!

(Special thanks to Sisters in Crime national for your support.)

Event: October Book Club

October reads include Blood on the Tracks  by Barbara Nickless (Parker/South Denver), A Rant of Ravens by Chris Goff (Denver/Brighton), and Trafficked by Peg Brantley (Northern Colorado).

Free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to chat with the author and other readers!

RSVPs are now open at the website or at our Meetup page. For more information, including dates and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us!