North Carolina Triad Chapter of Sisters in Crime


It's startling to realize how many books our members have published. This PDF file lists barely a quarter of them (we had to limit our most prolific members to their top 10 titles). That said, one of our chapter's greatest strengths is that we have members at every stage in the process, from "have a good idea" to "writing rough draft" to "revising" to "revising" to "revising" to "seeking representation" to "published" to "repeatedly published" and beyond.

Agnes Alexander / Lynette Hall Hampton

Lynette Hall Hampton founded our chapter in 2003. Under both her own name and as Agnes Alexander, she has written more than 40 novels including Grace’s Dream, Fiona’s Journey, and Murder in North Carolina.

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Peggy Anderson

Nia Avery

Nia Avery served as our chapter president in 2016. She writes psychological thrillers and is in her eighteenth year of active duty with the United States Army.

Judith Barillaro

Holly Bovio

Holly Bovio has her Masters in Health Administration from Duke and has worked in healthcare for 25 years. She moved to High Point two years ago from Texas, where she was a member of the San Gabriel Writer's Group and The Coroner's critique group. She was published in The Gabriel Writer and was a featured blogger for a nationally accredited healthcare mediation blog. She is currently working on Deadpan, a cozy mystery set in a medical center in the South.

Roxy Bruntmyer

Roxy Bruntmyer is a nonfiction author and family historian with several projects nearing completion.

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Kay Cheshire

Kay Nelson Cheshire is retired and lives in Greensboro, NC. She has a published book of poetry, Beyond the Window (St. Andrews Press), and has received the North Carolina Thomas H. McDill Poetry Award. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications including Weymouth-An Anthology of Poetry; Here’s to the Land – an Anthology of Poetry;and A Turn in Time-Piedmont Writers at the Millennium. Her fiction, Missing Words, won the Greensboro O’Henry Magazine’s 2014 Short Story Contest. She is currently working on a novel which is a Psychological Thriller.

Leigh Cox

Thomas Dew

Teresa Fannin

Teresa Fannin, reader first, lover of dark chocolate and Irish whiskey, tennis player and writer of middle grade mysteries, science fiction and young adult historical non-fiction. A long time member of Murder We Write, she is former corporate type A with an MBA from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles that is very useful as Regional Advisor of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Carolinas [SCBWI C]. You can find her occasionally musing at Write Early, Write Often, Write Something! about books, life and the art and craft of writing for children.

Marc Fountain

Marc Fountain is our chapter webmaster. He is a career technical writer gradually transitioning to fiction, and is currently seeking representation for his MG novel The Most Noble Choice.

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Victoria Gilbert

Victoria Gilbert is an author and librarian. Her cozy mystery series, THE BLUE RIDGE LIBRARY MYSTERY SERIES, will be published by Crooked Lane Books. Book One, A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS, will release in January 2018, with additional books in the series releasing in later 2018 and in 2019. Victoria is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel, NY, NY. She lives in the Winston-Salem area with her husband and some very spoiled cats.

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Ruben Gonzales

Ruben is the author of the just released Cottage on the Bay - an historical novel with a mystery. Ruben was born in East L.A. and after graduating from college spent 5 years with the Peace Corps before moving to his adopted home of North Carolina. Ruben was an entrepreneur for many years and then worked for the City of Winston-Salem helping entrepreneurs to enter the business world. Recently retired, Ruben enjoys writing and traveling with his wife and loves the low country of North and South Carolina.

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Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz is the author of a number of mysteries and thrillers for young readers, including Something Rotten (ALA 2008 Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers), Something Wicked, Prisoner B-3087 (YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults), Code of Honor, and Projekt 1065. His latest novel is the New York Times bestseller Refugee. A Tennessee native, Alan is a full-time writer living in Western North Carolina.

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Michael Havelin

Michael Havelin has worked as a musician, author, photographer, publisher, teacher, lawyer, woodworker, and interpreter. He writes the Ben Bones series of Genealogical Sleuth novels as well as nonfiction how-to books including Mystery Mastery.

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David Hensley

Vicki Lane

Vicki Lane is the author of The Day of Small Things and of the Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle Farm Appalachian Mysteries: Signs in the Blood, Art's Blood, Old Wounds, Anthony-nominated In a Dark Season, and Under the Skin. She also teaches in UNC-Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program. Vicki draws her inspiration from rural western North Carolina where she and her family have tended a mountainside farm since 1975.

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Joyce and Jim Lavene

Joyce and Jim Lavene wrote more than 70 books published by several major houses under their own names as well as J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant. Jim became chapter president in 2011. Joyce succeeded him and remained president until her death on October 20, 2015, at age 61. Jim died on May 5, 2016, at age 63. They were good friends to all and are greatly missed. As the steward of his parents' body of work, son Chris is making sure that the family's books continue to be available, both in print form and eventually also in ebook form.

Jennifer Liu

Jennifer Liu has an M.A. degree in Foreign Languages & Literatures (Spanish) with the highest GPA. She has lived in four countries and 11 cities, and is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and Spanish. She is also an artist and will have an art show at the High Point Public Library for the whole month of October 2017.

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Caroline McGuinn

Pat Meller

Pat Meller is our chapter treasurer.

Michele Movius

Jacque Perkins

Jacque Perkins, a Forensic Nurse appointed by the governor to work with the NC chief medical examiner’s office, was the speaker at our 17 July 2016 program.

Wayne Quigley

Bryan E. Robinson

Bryan Robinson’s experiences as a licensed psychotherapist and career workaholic inspired him first to write a series of nonfiction books on the subject of managing stress, then a series of novels including the murder mystery Limestone Gumption, winner of the 2015 Silver IPPY Award.

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Chris Roerden

Chris Roerden, editor 50+ years, has edited mystery authors published by Berkley Prime Crime, Walker & Co., Tor-Forge, Midnight Ink, St. Martin's, Intrigue, Perseverance, Oceanview, and more. A writing instructor, she’s written 11 nonfiction books including Agatha winner Don’t Murder Your Mystery and its all-genre version Don’t Sabotage Your Submission.

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Ramona Shepherd

Ramona Shepherd has two series in publication under Mona Shepherd: Rangers is an adventure/romance that celebrates National Park personnel and their challenges in the Smoky Mountains. The Winterthur Chronicles covers the saga of a Yorkshire estate-turned-eco-community with lots of dark intrigue and a pinch of mysticism. Ramona holds a degree from UC-Davis’s School of Environmental Design. Along with participating in environmental conferences, research, and correspondence, she derives inspiration from farm tours and festivals featuring traditional crafts. Her books are available on Amazon.

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Jamie Stegner

Jamie Stegner served as our chapter treasurer during 2016. She writes screenplays.

Annie Galvin Teich

Annie Galvin Teich has worked for more than 25 years in publishing with a focus on serving the education industry as it adapts to ever more rapidly changing technologies.

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Jane Tesh

Jane Tesh, a retired media specialist, lives in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith’s hometown, the real Mayberry. She is the author of the Madeline Maclin Mystery series featuring former beauty queen, Madeline “Mac” Maclin and her con man husband, Jerry Fairweather, as well as the Grace Street series, featuring struggling PI David Randall, his friend Camden, a reluctant psychic, and an ever-changing assortment of tenants who move in and out of Cam’s boarding house on Grace Street. Her mysteries are set in fictional North Carolina towns and are on the light side with a little humor and romance. They are published by Poisoned Pen Press.

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