Monday, November 13, 2017

Speed City Sisters in Crime Play "Deadbeat" Chosen for 2018 Indy Theater Fringe Festival

Post by M. B. Dabney

Deadbeat, a play collectively written by the Speed City Chapter of Sister of Crime, has been chosen for the 2018 Fringe Fest in Indianapolis. The play is the first project of its kind for any chapter of the national Sisters in Crime organization.
The one-act play will premiere in the 2018 Indianapolis Theater Fringe Festival, which is held every summer in August. There will be six performances of the two-woman dark comedy. The specific dates have not yet been set.
The play is about two middle-aged women who discover the dead body of their ex-husband – and each thinks the other is the killer.
As the rights owner and producer of the play, the chapter plans to use it as a fundraiser. The play’s running time will be roughly 40-45 minutes.
The chapter started the play last June at the suggestion of chapter member Crystal Rhodes, herself the author of numerous plays. As the chapter pulled together a group of writers to work on the play, Crystal served as the project’s mother superior and guide, directing, suggesting and correcting where needed but allowing the project to move forward in its own way.
Crystal and her sometimes writing partner Lillie Evans, who’s also a chapter member, provided invaluable insight into the structure of a play and how it should be presented. The chapter owes them both a great debt.

IndyFringe is a “riotous celebration of theatre old and new, edgy and not-so-edgy.” Held over an 11-day period in the Mass Ave. Cultural District in Indianapolis, the festival will host 64 performing groups on eight stages for a total of 384 performances.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Flash Fiction Contest for Magna Cum Murder

For those attending the popular Magna Cum Murder this weekend at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis, don't forget to enter the Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by Speed City Sisters in Crime.

Magna Cum Murder is an annual event for mystery writers and fans. This year's event is being held from Friday October 20 through Sunday October 22.  The event is hosted by Ball State University.

Here are the Rules for Speed City Sisters in Crime Flash Fiction contest:

  • Submitted entries must be the original work of the contestant.
  • Only one entry per contestant. May be typed or hand written. Submitted by 6:00 pm, 10/21/2017.
  • Stories must be written in English. (And put your name on the submission!)
  • Maximum length: 250 Words.
  • Submitted stories must fall within a mystery genre AND contain a complete story arc.
  • Stories must contain, at minimum:  1) a murder.  2) a dead body must be moved from where the death took place.
  • Stories will be judged by a panel of Speed City SinC members.  Stories will be judged on originality, ability to convey the theme, readability, and mystery elements.  The decision of the judges is final.

Winner will receive a free one-year membership in Sisters in Crime (Nat’l and Speed City chapter) plus books written by Speed City authors.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Saturday, October 14: Great Day to Meet Speed City Sisters In Crime Authors

This Saturday is a great opportunity to meet our member authors at three events scattered around
Central Indiana.

Stephen Terrell and Russ Eberhart will be at the Indianapolis Author Fair at Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch. The event runs from 10:30 until 4 p.m.  Book signings are followed that evening by a dinner honoring Speed City member and award-winning thriller writer Lori Rader-Day.

Cheryl Shore, Diana Catt and MB Dabney will be signing books at the Greenwood Public Library Author Fair at Greenwood Public Library. The event runs from 1 p.m to 4 p.m

Janis Thornton, Brenda Stewart and Brigitte Kephardt will be signing books at the Elwood Chili Cook Off Food Festival in Elwood, Indiana.  The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hope to see you at one of those events.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Book Review: Northwest Angle -- Another Cork O'Connor Mystery by William Kent Krueger

Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger
Reviewed by Stephen Terrell

I'm a fan of the Cork O'Connor mystery series, and Northwest Angle is no exception. 

This eleventh book in the series starts with a derecho -- a horrific storm of straight line winds that occasionally sweeps across the prairies. In this case, it sweeps across Lake of the Woods on the US / Canada border, scattering the O'Connor family that is vacationing on the lake. When Cork's daughter Jenny finds herself on one of the thousands of islands in the Lake, she discovers a young woman's body and not far away an infant hidden in a covered hole.

The discovery kicks off the mystery that includes the infant, a mysterious Indian smuggler, a blind Indian wiseman, a reclusive religious group and a cast of quirky characters found on this isolated area that is the northernmost point of the contiguous 48 states. 

As with all of William Kent Krueger's books, it is well written, well paced, filled with tension and plot twists. The characters digress into discussions of religion and philosophy a little too much for my taste, and there is one death that seems a bit out of character and more of a plot point to simply the ending. But this is well worth picking up for a cozy ready on a brisk fall evening.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jay County Public Library Presentation Sept. 25 Kicks Off Busy Fall for Speed City Members

A visit to the Jay County Public Library in Portland on Monday, September 25 kicks off a busy fall of presentations and book signings for the Speed City Sisters in Crime and its members.
On Monday at 6:30, several members will be at the Jay County Public Library to discuss writing, The Fine Art of Murder short story collection, and their own books. Taking part will be Brenda Stewart, Stephen Terrell, Russ Eberhardt and N. W. Campbell.
Other upcoming events:

Saturday, September 30, 1-4 p.m., Indianapolis Writers Center: Author and member Larry Sweazy will teach a time management class for writers titled “How Much Time Do You Really Think You Have?”

Tuesday, October 3, 6 pm: Mystery Roundtable at Coal Yard Coffee Shop,
Irvington. Sponsored by the Indianapolis Public Library Irvington Branch, it will feature author and Speed City member Larry Sweazy as moderator.

Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m: Porter Books and Bread (Indianapolis), Russ Eberhart will be signing his latest book.

Saturday, October 14: Indianapolis Author Fair at Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch;  Greenwood Public Library Author Fair at Greenwood Public Library; and Elwood Chili Cook Off Food Festival. Speed City Chapter members will be meeting readers at each event, signing The Fine Art of Murder as well as their own books.

Wednesday, October, 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.   University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Student Center, Room 010:   Indiana Writers Spotlight Featuring Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author and Speed City Chapter member Lori Rader-Day.

Thursday, October 26: College Park Book Club – Members will be discussing their writing, the inspiration for their short stories, and signing copies of The Fine Art of Murder.

Saturday Nov. 11, 1pm – 4 pm at Indianapolis Writers Center: Author and chapter member Larry Sweazy teaches an overview of the art and craft of mysteries, titled “It’s a Mystery.”

November 16:  Ivy Tech Day of Writing, IFC Commons at the Fall Creek campus. Members will be meeting with student to discuss and encourage writing.

⇨Mark your calendar:   Indiana Historical Society Book Fair – December 4,  featuring The Fine Art of Murder.