July 2015


JULY SINC HELEN CURRIE FOSTER Mystery writer Helen Currie Foster will be guest speaker at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter meeting at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive.

She plans to walk through a discussion of the step-by-step efforts required to get her books published on CreateSpace—from sublime to ridiculous, not to mention tears at 5 a.m.  She’ll also talk about the advice she got before starting the whole process, as well as getting the covers done and post-publication issues like the pros/cons of using consignment programs at independent bookstores. She is the author of Hill Country mysteries Ghost Dog and Ghost Cave, and will read brief excerpts from them at the meeting.

Helen Currie Foster is the author of the Alice MacDonald Greer Mystery series. earned a BA from Wellesley She College, an MA from the University of Texas, and a JD from the University of Michigan. Having grown up in Texas surrounded by books and storytelling, she taught high school English and later became a prize-winning feature writer for a small Michigan weekly. Following a career of more than thirty years as an environmental lawyer, the character Alice and her stories suddenly appeared in Foster’s life. In her writing, Foster explores the interaction between history and the present and the reasons we tell the stories we do.

Married with two children, she lives north of Dripping Springs, Texas, supervised by three burros. She works in Austin, and she’s active with the Hays County Master Naturalists and the board of Austin Shakespeare.





KIT FRAZIER 2On August 9 at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas meeting, Kit Frazier will give a presentation on Dangerous Instincts: Cultivating Sources in Law Enforcement. It is an interactive, illustrated chat about how to approach, convince and gain the trust of local and federal law enforcement. Learn the secrets of how to get the real techniques, facts and stories (and a few that made it into award-winning fiction).

She is the author of the Austin-based, Cauley MacKinnon mystery series, including Scoop and Dead Copy.

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive. All meetings are free and open to the public. http://library.austintexas.gov/yarborough-branch