February 2015

George WierGeorge Wier: Writing in Multiple Genres

George Wier will be the guest speaker on Sunday, Feb 8, at 2:15 p.m. at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas meeting.  George is the prolific author of the Bill Travis mystery series. He will speak about writing in multiple genres, among other literary topics.

George Wier writes books that serve as throwbacks to early action novels for today’s audience. His Bill Travis series (now in print versions, available at MysteryPeople) earned a large online following. Even when he’s writing with another author, Wier’s voice still carries through striving to entertain the reader as much as he can.

He is “comfortable fielding any question under the sun” and especially interested in answering questions about “collaborating, schedule, focus, dealing with life, spouses, traditional vs. Indie, writing on other genres, etc. Ask, ask, ask.”long fall from heaven

According to Wier’s FB page, “Long Fall from Heaven was published in May 2013, and has made its way into bookstores and libraries around the country. I found out today, that it is now in libraries around the world. For instance, Auckland, New Zealand now has the book in two of its libraries. Way to go, Cinco Puntos Press!

“Madeleine Smither, from The Monitor, describes the book as: ‘…a dark, seedy murder mystery dotted with Wier’s sense of humor.’”


Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. at Yarborough Branch Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas 78756, 512-974-8820.

Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://sinc-heartoftexas.com..

 Speaker for March: Anna Castle

Learning to Plot from the Queen of Crime

castle_72dpiAnna Castle, author of historical mysteries Murder by Misrule and Death by Disputation, will talk about Agatha Christie’s “sneaky plot tricks” at Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter’s March 8 meeting. Ms. Castle is the chapter’s secretary/historian.

Call for SubmissionsIMG_1111.1

Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter calls on all aspiring writers of cozies, thrillers, true crime, noir, young adult, middle grade, and other mystery genres to submit the first 500 words and a 100-word synopsis of their unpublished manuscript to the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Project (BBSAWE). The submission deadline is March 31, 2015.

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 be mentored by published authors and recognized by the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter. Please e-mail entries to Gale Albright at bbshotsinc@gmail.com

If you have questions about submission guidelines or other concerns, please contact Gale Albright at the above e-mail address.


  1. Aspiring Writers (those unpublished in the mystery field) submit a 100-word synopsis and the first 500 words of a mystery short story or novel.
  2. Entries should be in standard submission format: 12 point Times New Roman or Courier New font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  3. One submission per person
  4. Aspiring Writers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the number of mentors available, so submit early.
  5. Deadline to submit: March 31, 2015.
  6. Entry Fee: None
  7. Aspiring Writers and mentors MUST attend the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event to be held Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Yarborough library in Austin, Texas.

E-mail subject line: BBS ENTRY

Include name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number. Attach: One document with the synopsis (100 word max) on the first page and the first 500 words of the manuscript on the following pages. At the top of each page, note the year, the name of the aspiring writer and the name of the story.