August 15, 2020 Virtual Meeting


DATE: August 15, 2020 

VIRTUAL PROGRAM: Undercover Drug Investigations 

This presentation will cover aspects of the laws that apply to drug distribution and the names of various street units that enforce the statutes. It will address the impact of social media and how a drug buy develops using both the detective and an informant to make the purchase.

The tools available to detectives during long investigations will be reviewed. These include search and arrest warrants, phone taps, and the “drug kingpin laws.” Also discussed will be the obtaining and placement of a locating device. Writers who wish to have a drug component in their story will obtain a grasp of undercover and long term investigations.


Ken DyeKen started his law enforcement career with the St. Louis County Police Department in 1972.  He served 13 years including 5 years as an undercover narcotics detective.  During this period, he infiltrated major drug organizations and is featured in an episode of the Netflix series “Deep Undercover,” episode 23 or season 2, episode 5. Ken also served as a homicide detective and deputy commander of the Intelligence unit. He took a corporate position in Chicago in 1984 and finished his law enforcement career with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority as the administrator for the statewide Metropolitan Enforcement Groups and Narcotics Task Forces. Ken has written 4 books involving crimes and stories about cops and bad guys in the St. Louis, MO area.  He is a new member of MWA and looks forward to participating in FMWA events.


12:00-12:20: Virtual mingling

12:20-12:40: Chapter business meeting

12:45-2:00: Presentation


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A link and password to join the meeting will be sent the week of the meeting.

There will not be a charge to attend.

Until further notice, the FMWA virtual meetings are open to FMWA and invited guests only. Members, if you’d like to invite a guest, please send their full name and email address to David Wind.

NEXT VIRTUAL MEETING:  Saturday, September 12, 2020

July 15, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: July 15, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Patrick Kendrick
PROGRAM: Behind the Scenes: National Preparedness For Disasters and Domestic Terror

Basing your latest novel on a terrorist attack or natural disaster? Here’s your chance to learn the ins and outs of terrorist weaponry, first response tactics, and national disaster preparedness from a retired fire chief turned Department of Defense trainer. Before retiring to write full-time, award-winning author Patrick Kendrick spent much of his 30-year firefighting career as a special rescue and hazardous materials technician and trainer. Now, when he’s not busy penning thrillers, the founder of Fire O.W.L. (Objectives for World Leaders) LLC travels the country instructing Armed Forces units in specialized disaster tactics.

According to Kendrick, this training has been funded vigorously and has grown significantly since 9/11, and even more so as ISIS has spread. It marries the capabilities of the Armed Forces with that of first responders—fire fighters trained in technical rescue disciplines to facilitate saving as many victims as possible from disasters and, specifically, domestic terrorist events. Kendrick will discuss the various equipment used by armed forces, the training they have to endure, the weapons terrorists use, the blend of NIMS (National Incident Management System), and the Department of Defense’s projected casualties of a nuclear holocaust. If you want your disaster-themed thriller to ring with chilling authenticity, you can’t afford to miss this program.

Patrick KendrickSpeaker: Patrick Kendrick is a former fire fighter and an award-winning author of several thrillers. His latest novel, Acoustic Shadows, was published by HarperCollins and was a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist. The Savants, a techno-political thriller, was published in 2015 and was his first YA novel. It won the Florida Book Award last April and was a Royal Palm Literary Finalist. When speaking of his literary successes, Kendrick says, “I love writing, but few things in life have given me as much satisfaction as working with our nation’s soldiers, and it’s my honor to be able to do so.”

The Savants


TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation

PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here

COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. To guarantee a spot, prepayment by July 12 is strongly urged.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: To reserve and pay online: Scroll down to the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” box and fill in your information, then click the “Pay Now” button and follow the instructions.

To reserve and pay via mail: Step 1–Email Harriet at with the subject line “FMWA Meeting” to reserve a spot. In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number. Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Step 3–Mail your payment to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.

Please make your reservation by July 12 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017


June 20, 2015 Luncheon Meeting


Guest Speaker: Carla Norton
Program: “The Whole Truth and Other Fiction”

Carla Norton never dreamed of writing true crime until one story grabbed her and wouldn’t let go. She’ll share the whole truth about how she quit her job as an associate editor in Tokyo to cover a sensational trial in California and write a #1 New York Times bestseller. Later, she turned that true-life victim into the fictional heroine of two novels. She’ll discuss research, psychopaths, expert witnesses, and Stockholm syndrome, while answering questions such as:
• How does crafting fiction differ from writing true crime?
• What are the risks of being sued?
• When do you need a life story agreement?
• Is a conviction necessary? What if the villain walks free?
• How can you use true crime to fuel your fiction?

carla nortonCarla Norton is a novelist, journalist, and true crime writer. Her debut fiction, THE EDGE OF NORMAL, was internationally released in 2013 and was a Thriller Award finalist in 2014. The sequel, WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER, is coming in June, 2015. Carla has also written two books of true crime, including PERFECT VICTIM, which was put on the reading list for the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller.

DATE: Saturday, June 20, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“The Whole Truth and Other Fiction”
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Please note that those who do not reserve and prepay will pay $5 extra at the door, and be seated only if space is available.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: To reserve and pay through PayPal, visit the Chapter website, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email with the subject line “MWA June Meeting” to reserve a spot. In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number. Then write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter” and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015: Please save the date.