March 2012

March 11 HoTXSinC Meeting

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter


Durriyah Chinwalla


Mary Hey


Banking as You Don’t Know It: Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Durriyah Chinwalla and Mary Hey will be Sisters in Crime presenters on March 11, 2012, for “Banking As You Don’t Know It:  Laughter is the Best Medicine.”

Durriyah Chinwalla came from India in June 1989. She came with her husband and two children for further college education. She has a degree in psychology with a minor in French.  She is currently vice president at Regions Bank-Anderson Mill.

Ms. Chinwalla grew up with banking in India, where her father was with the Reserve Bank of India for 45 years.  She offers some comparisons between banking in India and the United States: Most banks in India are nationalized; they are not service- or goal-oriented. When she came to United States, she worked at retail jobs but went back to banking because she loves to build the relationships with clients and to help them with their finances. Since 1991, she has worked in about six different Austin banks; customers have moved with her from bank to bank.

Mary Hey was Ms. Chinwalla’s boss before becoming Life Savings Manager.  She has since retired from banking. She has also been Human Resources manager of  a software company. Recently she became owner of a Pet Resort. She excels in marketing. Her kindness and generosity make her successful.

Ms. Chinwalla and Ms. Hey will share insights into banking (including all those abbreviations!) and their commitment to customers during good times and bad.

And then there is the customer who brought in his pig…

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center. 

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose purpose is to promote mysteries written by women, and combat discrimination against women mystery authors. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at


Renew HoTXSinC Membership NOW (if you haven’t already)

HoTXSinC 2012 dues are past due! Bring your $20.00 for 2012 membership to a meeting or send them to

Sarah Ann Robertson, Membership/Treasurer
Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter
Post Office Box 170014
Austin, Texas 78717


HoTXSinC Invites Submissions for BBS Aspiring Writers Event

Aspiring writers of mysteries, cozies, suspense, thrillers, and  true crime are invited to submit a one-page synopsis and the first 500 words of their unpublished manuscript to the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Project. Each aspiring mystery writer selected will be matched with a published Mentor Author for one-on-one sessions and recognition at the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event on May 20, 2012.

This is not a contest–there is no judging and no fee. It is a wonderful opportunity for writers unpublished in the mystery field to talk with and be mentored by published authors. Full details about the March 31, 2012 submission deadline can be found at


The Word on Our Members and Friends

Kaye George’s CHOKE: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Agatha Awards will be presented at the Malice Domestic convention in April.



Writer Advice announces its Seventh Annual Flash Prose Contest. Mesmerize us with your best short fiction or memoir up to 750 words. Deadline: April 18. First prize: $150. Fee: $12 for processing only or $22 for detailed evaluation. Visit for complete guidelines and link to Submishmash.


Call for Submissions for 10th annual Goose River Anthology, 2012: “We seek selections of fine poetry, essays, and short stories (3,000 words or less—double-spaced).” Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2012 (postmarked).  For guidelines, see



3/18/12 @ 4:00 p.m. – Wine, Women, & Mystery: Deborah Coonts presents So Damn Lucky; Kira Peikhoff presents Living Proof – MysteryPeople @ BookPeople.


3/28/12 @ 7:00 p.m. – Hard Words Book Club discusses Nineteen Seventy-Seven – MysteryPeople @ BookPeople.


4/1/12 @ 4:00 p.m. – History of Mystery class screens Darker than Amber 
4/1/12 @ 6:00 p.m. – History of Mystery
class discusses John M. McDonald’s Darker than AmberMysteryPeople @ BookPeople


HoTXSinC 2012 Program Schedule

  • January 8 – Detective Ruben Vasquez: “Murder Investigation Step by Step”
  • February 12 – Gordon A. Bowers: “Property and Evidence Management”
  • March 11 – Durriyah Chinwalla: “Banking as You Don’t Know It, or Laughter Is the Best Medicine
  • April 8 – Easter: No Meeting
  • April 14 or 21 – Possible Workshop
  • May 20 – Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event


Nolo Contendere

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