Our officers

2022 BOARD:

Patrick Stuart (President)

Patrick Stuart
Patrick Stuart

Patrick Stuart arrived in Columbus in 1991 after graduation from the University of Cincinnati with an architectural degree. A former resident of Toledo, with past addresses in upstate New York, Iowa and Minnesota (and a dad from Indiana and a brother in Maryland), he now finds anyplace outside Big 10 territory mildly terrifying.  He currently occupies a house with one wife, two sons, a dog and a cat, and is somewhere between the dog and cat as far as the hierarchy of things.

Patrick has been a member of BCW since 2011, including several stints as board member and chapter president.  He’s published some short stories in online zines and university presses, had agent representation with one book for a few years, and is now shopping a second book while working on another. In addition to being a word nerd, he is in the habit of running, making his own Christmas cards, and writing about himself in the third person. More info can be found at pstuart3.wixsite.com/mysite or www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-stuart-4438a6b/.

Kandy Williams (Vice President) (writing as Mercedes King)

Mercedes King
Mercedes King

A founding member of Buckeye Crime Writers, Mercedes King is a Columbus, Ohio, native. With a degree in Criminology from Capital University, she enjoys combining her love of pop culture with history and exploring the depths of deviant behavior. Since her stories often mix fact with fiction and are shaped by not-so-distant decades, she refers to many of her works as Modern Historicals. O! Jackie , A Dream Called Marilyn, and Plantation Nation are among her growing body of titles. In 2016 and 2017, Mercedes was a finalist for the Claymore Award. When she’s not elbow-deep in research, reading, or enjoying the local bike path, she might be at Wrigley Field or sinking her toes into the sand somewhere along Florida’s coastline.

Connie Berry (Member/critique specialist)

Connie Berry
Connie Berry

Mystery writer Connie Campbell Berry was born in Racine, Wisconsin, to second-generation immigrants from Scandinavia and the British Isles.

Like her main character, Connie grew up in the world of fine antiques. Her parents, unrepentant antique fanatics, eventually opened a shop, not because they liked selling antiques so much but because they needed a plausible excuse to continue buying them.

To learn more about Connie, and her new book deal (how’s that for a teaser?), visit her website here, or find her on Twitter @conniecberry, Instagram @conniecampbellberry, or on Facebook.

Jim Sabin (Treasurer)

Jim Sabin
Jim Sabin

Jim Sabin has been a Columbus resident for about four years and a lifelong Ohio resident. He fled to Columbus suburbia after spending twenty years as a reporter and editor at mid-sized newspapers around the state, covering everything from high school football to Coon Dog Trial weddings to horrible multi-victim murders to local, regional and state elections. He’ll let you decide which of those were wilder. He started writing short stories in high school, but switched to news articles before graduating, under the mistaken impression that large numbers of people would actually be willing to pay for news articles for the rest of his career.

Now Jim is in public relations for his alma mater, Ohio University, and working on novels that he sincerely hopes people will want to buy for the rest of his career. When he’s not doing one or the other, he’s spending time with his wife, adult son, kindergartner son, or playing fantasy baseball or football, or jumping from hobby to hobby like a flea at the fairgrounds.

Eileen Curley Hammond (Member/social media)

Eileen Curley Hammond moved to Columbus sixteen years ago to join Nationwide’s Marketing Department. Now retired, she’s turned to her passion, writing. Eileen is the author of the Merry March Mystery Series. The series centers on a successful businesswoman and mom whose history unfortunately includes being married to the man who swindled the residents of her small town. The first seven books have been published: Murder So Sinful, Murder So Festive, Murder So Heartless, Murder So Deadly, Murder So Hot, Murder So Tempting, and Murder So Fiendish. Eileen is hard at work on her eighth book.

Her writing can also be found in the Twitter VSS365 (Very Short Story) Anthology for which all proceeds go to a children’s literacy charity. She also has a story in the Autumn Nights: Night Stories to Nibble at your Nape Anthology whose profits go to the Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to providing crisis support and safe spaces for LGBTQ individuals through trained crisis counselors and advocacy.

Eileen has been a panelist at the 2019 Magna Cum Murder Writing Festival in Indianapolis and the 2021 Ohioana Book Festival. 

Her website is eileencurleyhammond.com.