Coming soon: Independent publishing panel

Thinking of going Indie but not sure where to start?

Mark your calendar: Saturday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST. Virtual meeting via Zoom. RSVP: buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com.

Join panelists Alicia Anthony, Trudy Brandenburg, Kandy Williams, and moderator Eileen Curley Hammond as they talk about their journeys, give nuts-and-bolts advice, and provide critical resources to help you on your way.

Alicia Anthony
Alicia Anthony

Alicia Anthony is the author of the Blood Secrets Saga, a three-book psychological thriller series about the cost of truth and the price we pay for love. She is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist and Silver Quill award winner.

Trudy Brandenburg

Trudy Brandenburg is the author of The Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series. Former insurance fraud investigator Emma Haines loves to kayak—and sometimes—she paddles into trouble. But Emma’s spunky tenacity, investigative experience, and connections help her solve the crimes. Trudy’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The Columbus Dispatch, My Scioto Valley Magazine, and Canoe & Kayak Magazine. Her books were read on VoiceCorp, a service that provides audio broadcasting for the blind or people who have conditions that prevent them from reading print. Trudy speaks at book clubs and events, teaches writing classes, and is a researcher at a Fortune 100 insurance company.

Mercedes King
Mercedes King

Kandy Williams, who writes under the name Mercedes King, is a founding member of Buckeye Crime Writers and a Columbus, Ohio, native. With a degree in Criminology from Capital University, she has a passion for crafting true crime into fiction and exploring the depths of deviant behavior. Her upcoming novel, GRAVE SECRETS, features an abuse survivor intent on unraveling the mystery of her mother’s disappearance. 

Eileen Curley Hammond
Eileen Curley Hammond

Eileen Curley Hammond is the author of the Merry March Cozy Mystery series; her fifth book, Murder So Hot, was released in September. Eileen’s micro-fiction appeared in the first VSS365 Anthology (released last year). She has also been featured in several online blogs and will have a recipe in a soon to be released cookbook, Cooking with Fire.

Ohio Author Spotlight: Marianne Beck

Writers need to read. A lot. Marianne Beck, a retired registered nurse, is one of those writers. She reads everything she can lay her hands on.

Marianne Beck

Marianne never considered writing until one day she began reading a mystery novel and became disappointed with a boring plot and one-dimensional characters. She decided to write and publish her own novel, Murder Rule #1, and has now published a second novel, Revenge Rule #1. She also has a third novel, Deception Rule #1, coming out by the end of the year.

Murder Rule #1

Born and raised in Ohio, Marianne currently resides in Florida and visits the Buckeye State during the summer.

Deception Rule #1: While working a cold case, a detective struggles to save her own sister from a relentless stalker. But with deception, lies, and secrets in her way, can either case be solved?

Ohio Author Spotlight: Tom Barlow

“I was raised in a dying steel town and educated in the crucible of the boomer rebellion.”

Tom Barlow

That’s just a scratch on the surface of this week’s author, Tom Barlow. With over 100 short stories and four novels on his writing resume, Tom’s work ranges from crime fiction to speculative to literary fiction and many flavors in between. His writing has been described by one reviewer as “brilliantly layered…and refreshingly off beat.” His work can be found in several anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013Dames and Sin, and Columbus Noir. He’s been writing regularly since 2004.

Welcome to the Goat Rodeo cover

He writes because conversation involves a lot of give and take, and he’s always thought of himself as more of a giver.

To read more of Tom’s work, check out the links below. 

http://www.tombarlowauthor.com

amazon.com/author/tombarlow

https://twitter.com/TomBarlow

https://www.facebook.com/barlow.thomas

Ohio Author Spotlight: Eileen Curley Hammond

Eileen’s mother was hooked on mysteries and was rarely found without a book in her hand. So it was natural Eileen became an avid reader, starting with the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene. Her mother was pleased by that until the day Eileen and her childhood friend decided their ninety-plus-year-old house held a mystery of its own. After they pried the built-in desk in her parents’ room from the wall, they discovered a hidden room that contained—wait for it—a clothes hanger.

Eileen Curley Hammond

Eileen lives on the Far West side of the city and before early retirement, ran life and annuity marketing for a Fortune 100 company. After a long celebratory road trip through Canada to Maine and back, she decided to write a book (a mystery, of course). One of her first steps was to join Buckeye Crime Writers (then SICCO), and she hasn’t looked back since. She now serves BCW as the board member focusing on social media.

Eileen writes a cozy mystery series, which features Merry March, a divorcée, mom, and business owner in the small town of Hopeful. Merry has a seventeen-year-old daughter and loves food, wine, friends, and her cats, though not necessarily in that order. She’s kind of a control freak, but her life over the past five years has been anything but orderly.

The fifth book in the Merry March series, Murder So Hot, was released last Thursday. It chronicles her best friend’s husband’s journey as he goes to Phoenix to meet the birth mother he discovered after taking a DNA test. When a murder happens, Merry flies in to help her friends. She investigates and finds darkness hides in the sunniest of places.

Cover of Murder So Hot

When Eileen’s not working on her books, she’s tweeting micro fiction on Twitter, or acting as sous gardener to her husband. They have two demanding cats and assorted koi, shubunkins, and minnows that require regular attention and feeding. You can find Eileen at www.eileencurleyhammond.com and her latest book at https://www.amazon.com/Murder-So-Hot-Mystery-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B08G3HXVGP/. You can also order her latest paperback from your favorite independent bookstore.

Ohio Author Spotlight: Karen Harper

Buckeye Crime Writers lost a true friend and advocate in April of this year with the passing of long-time member Karen Harper. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller and a winner of the Mary Higgins Clark award, Karen wrote over seventy novels including romantic suspense, historicals, and mysteries.  Her most recent mystery, Deep in the Alaskan Woods, was published in April, and her newest historical, The Queen’s Secret, came out in May.

Karen was born in Toledo and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Athens and her graduate degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus. She lived in Columbus for many years and spent a number of winters in Naples, Florida. She taught English at OSU and Westerville North High School.

Karen Harper

Although most people will remember Karen as a prolific and talented writer and a wonderful teacher, we at Buckeye Crime Writers will also remember her as a cherished friend and mentor. She joined our organization soon after it was formed in April 2008, and she was the first speaker at our annual holiday party. Always encouraging and generous with her time, she was a regular presence at our meetings and served as a speaker any time we asked her. She loved to travel, especially to the British Isles, and incorporated the details from her trips into her wonderful stories. She was an avid fan of OSU football, tireless in her love and care of her family, and a pillar in our local writing community. We miss her terribly, but we hope to honor her by continuing to read and promote her books.

A night with Lee Martin!

Make sure you don’t miss Gramercy Books’ A Night With Lee Martin, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2! Journalist, crime author and BCW member Andrew Welsh-Huggins will have a conversation with Martin about Martin’s latest book, “Yours, Jean.”

Martin, a Pulitzer Price finalist is the author of five additional novels, three memoirs, two short story collections, and a craft book for writers. The Bright Forever was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many prestigious publications, including The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Essays. Many of his short stories have appeared in literary journals such as Glimmer Train, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review and The Kenyon Review. Martin is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University.

Buckeye Crime Writers is honored to be a community partner for the event, along with The Ohio State University’s creative writing program and the Bexley Public Library.

Ohio Author Spotlight: Ray Wenck

First of all, Ray Wenck is a complicated guy. An active member of Buckeye Crime Writers for several years (going back to the days when we were Sisters In Crime of Columbus Ohio, a.k.a., SICCO), Ray truly defines the term ‘Renaissance man;’ former Toledo native, played baseball for the University of Toledo, then worked as an elementary school teacher during the day while running DeSimone’s Italian restaurant at night, to eventually become a lead cook for Hollywood Casinos and kitchen manager for the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team. And what else? He plays the harmonica!

In addition, Ray is the author of thirty-six novels, including the post-apocalyptic Random Survival series, the Danny Roth mystery/suspense series, a zombie series, and a time travel series co-authored with Jason Nugent.

His latest releases are mysteries that include the soon-to-be-released, A Second Chance at Death. He has also begun releasing his titles as audiobooks, and has written the Pick-A-Path series where you can choose your own ending. Ray is both traditionally published and self-published, and is a frequent speaker and seller at book tours and conventions around the country. But mostly, Ray is a doer:  that rare individual who just puts his head down and figures it out. He’s also that guy you want to sit next to at the restaurant after a BCW presentation, because if you’ve got writing questions, he’s got answers. And on the rare occasions he doesn’t, he’s just fun to hang with. 

For more info about Ray and his work, go to:  http://raywenck.com/.

Ohio Author Spotlight: Dan Stout

Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes noir with a twist of magic and a disco chaser. His prize-winning fiction draws on his travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim, as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller.

Dan’s stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Mad Scientist Journal. His novels, Titanshade and Titan’s Day, are the first two volumes in The Carter Archives from DAW Books. They feature a homicide cop named Carter in a place called Titanshade, an oil boomtown where 8-tracks are state of the art and all the best sorcerers wear designer labels.

You can find Dan at https://www.danstout.com/.  You can also reach him by email at Contact@DanStout.com. It’s a proven fact that getting mail from readers makes him chortle with delight and refer to himself in third person. 

Dan Stout
Dan Stout

His books can be found in many local bookstores, as well as here: https://www.amazon.com/Titans-Day-Carter-Archives-Book-ebook/dp/B07VF1Y4MF/.

Ohio Author Spotlight: Trudy Brandenburg

Trudy Brandenburg loves kayaking, writing, reading, drawing, and bird-watching. Over the past thirty years, she has kayaked on dozens of rivers and lakes throughout the country, in addition to the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico. Her passions flowed together to create The Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series. Four books are currently in the series.

She is a member of the Southern Ohio Floaters Association (SOFA) kayak and canoe club, based in her hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. She is a featured speaker at various writing events and enjoys teaching her popular class “Creating Fictional Characters.” 

The Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series and author interview were featured on VoiceCorp, a reading service based in Columbus, Ohio, that provides audio broadcasting for people who are blind or have other conditions that prevent them from reading standard print. Trudy’s writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including The Columbus DispatchMy Scioto Valley Magazine sponsored by the Chillicothe GazetteQuirk’s Marketing Research ReviewThe Consultant, published by the Association of Consulting Foresters, various online publications, poetry books, Holistic Discoveries magazine, and in newsletters. 

If you don’t catch her kayaking or writing or creating her designer “Trudle” greeting cards, bird-watching or sketching, she may be enjoying a walk through Clintonville, Ohio, or hanging out along Lake Erie near Marblehead, Ohio. Or she could be doing research for the Fortune 100 insurance company, where she’s worked for the past thirty years.

To connect with Trudy on-line, visit https://trudybrandenburg.wixsite.com/trudybrandenburg.

Her latest book, Osprey on O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, can be found at Weiland’s Market or Amazon.com.

Ohio Author Spotlight: Alicia Anthony

Alicia Anthony’s first novels were illegible scribbles on the back of her truck driver father’s logbook trip tickets. Having graduated from scribbles to laptop, she now pens novels of psychological suspense in the quiet of the wee morning hours. A full-time elementary school Literacy Specialist, Alicia hopes to pass on her passion for books and writing to the students she teaches.

A two time Golden Heart® finalist and Silver Quill Award winner, Alicia finds her inspiration in exploring the dark, dusty corners of the human experience. Alicia is a graduate of Spalding University’s School of Creative & Professional Writing (MFA), Ashland University (M.Ed.) and THE Ohio State University (BA). Go Bucks! She lives in rural Ohio with her amazingly patient and supportive husband, incredibly understanding teenage daughter, two dogs, three horses, a plethora of both visiting and resident barn cats, and some feral raccoons who have worn out their welcome.

When she’s not writing or teaching, Alicia loves to travel and experience new places. Connect with her online at www.AliciaAnthonyBooks.com.

Cover of Inherent Fate
Cover of Inherent Fate

Awards & Nominations:

Golden Heart® Finalist, 2018 & 2019 
WisRWA Silver Quill Award Winner, 2018
Killer Nashville Claymore Award Finalist, 2016 & 2018
Daphne Du Maurier Award Finalist, 2015 & 2017