September 12, 2020 Virtual Meeting

DATE: September 12, 2020 

VIRTUAL PROGRAM: Writing While Black 

An informative and entertaining program about what a career spanning 40 years in the publishing industry looks like from the African American perspective.  Sandra Kitt and Laura Castoro will share their professional experiences; the positive, the astonishing, and some quite funny moments.  And a few incidents that reveal what it means to be a minority in the industry.

SPEAKERS: Sandra Kitt and Laura Castoro 

Sandra KittSandra Kitt has published more than 40 novels and novellas. Her ground-breaking 1995 release, THE COLOR OF LOVE, received critical acclaim from USA Today and was optioned by HBO and LIFETIME from a script she authored. She was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and presented with the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award. Sandra holds an MFA. She has designed cards for UNICEF, and illustrated books for the late writer, Dr. Isaac Asimov. She served as the Managing Director of the astronomy and astrophysics library collection at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Sandra was an Adjunct Instructor in Getting Published, and Fiction Writing for fifteen years. WINNER TAKES ALL, an April 2021 release, is the first book in a trilogy from Sourcebooks.

Laura CastoroLaura Parker Castoro, a USA Today bestseller author, has published 46 books under various names.  She has written in multiple genres and has been published by multiple mainstream publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Harlequin, and Kensington. EVERYBODY LOVES RAMON was her first venture into E-publishing.  It was nominated for a “Readers’ Choice Award” and the “Frankfurt Book Award” for E-publishing. Her most recent foray into writing is a six-book, one novella Romantic Suspense Series entitled K-9 RESCUE with St. Martin’s Press under the name D. D. Ayres. Internationally, she is published in 14 languages, including (in addition to the common ones like Italian and German) Swedish, Polish, Dutch, and Icelandic. 

Laura is active in literary circles. Recently, she served as president and long-time board member of Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, AR, a nonprofit writers residency program. Laura has been a frequent featured speaker at numerous conferences and workshops including Thrillerfest, Bouchercon, and Iceland Noir. Laura was inducted into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame in 2005. Her awards include twice selected as a “Literary Lion” by the Southwestern Bookseller’s Association and several “Reviewers Choice” awards from Romantic Times.  Her release, IMPETOUS, won the New Jersey Writers Golden Leaf Award for best historical romance of 1995.  TIGER IN THE RAIN won the 1995 national Readers’ Choice Award for best long contemporary romance. She has been recently honored by Romantic Times with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovative Writing.

TIME:
12:00-12:20: Virtual mingling
12:20-12:40: Chapter business meeting
12:45-2:00: Presentation 

REGISTRATION: 

Sign up in advance for a Zoom account.

Scroll down and fill in the virtual meeting form.

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.

PLEASE REGISTER BY September 10th!

NEXT VIRTUAL MEETING:  Saturday, October 17, 2020

July 18, 2020 Virtual Meeting

July 18, 2020 FMWA VIRTUAL Meeting 

DATE: July 18, 2020 

VIRTUAL COST: NO CHARGE FOR VIRTUAL ONLY MEETINGS

PROGRAM: Proven Social Media Book Launch Success Strategies (that cost nothing!)

How do you help people discover your book? How can you draw attention to your writing? What websites can help and how should you spend your time, attention, and money? These questions, and more, have stumped authors for decades. Whether you are traditionally or independently published, the truth is, that the success of your book sales rests on your shoulders, and marketing books can be a frustrating and sometimes career-killing task for many authors.

While there are no simple answers to these tough questions, there are some proven strategies you can use to launch your first, or next, book successfully using a simple Facebook formula that costs nothing. During this presentation, April O’Leary, author and hybrid publisher, will show you exactly what she has done to launch six first time authors to #1 in their category on Amazon this past year. While there are no shortcuts to a successful career as a writer, this is one tool you’ll want to have in your book marketing toolkit.

SPEAKER: April O’Leary

April OLearyApril O’Leary is the Founder of O’Leary Publishing and the author of five books. She understands how exciting it is to launch your first (or second or third…) book and how important it is to have the right team to guide your book’s birth into the world. Because of her knowledge of the industry trends, titles released by O’Leary Publishing frequently achieve top rankings on Amazon. She is on the board of the Florida Author’s and Publisher’s Association. She is also a member of the IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and a judge for their national Benjamin Franklin book awards contest. https://www.olearypublishing.com/

DATE SATURDAY, July 18, 2020

TIME: 12:00-12:20: Virtual mingling; 12:20-12:40: Chapter business meeting; 12:45-2:00: Presentation

PLACE: ZOOM MEETING – YOUR LINK WILL BE SENT PRIOR TO THE MEETING

IN-PERSON COST: N/A 

VIRTUAL COST: NO CHARGE FOR VIRTUAL ONLY MEETINGS

Our virtual meeting will follow the same procedures as our In Person meetings, except for the lunch period. We want to encourage all our members, statewide, to attend and join in. The first twenty minutes will be a virtual mingling, so please don’t be shy.

You will receive a link to the zoom meeting a day or two prior to the meeting.  Please keep your eyes out for the eBlast.   Another link will be sent on the FMWA list serve, so if you have not signed up for the list serve, check the Rap Sheet for the signup link. 

Next Meeting Date:  SATURDAY, August 15, 2020

June 20, 2020 Luncheon Meeting

June 20, 2020 Luncheon Meeting

How Authors Can Incorporate the Pandemic in Their Fiction Writing
Although living through a pandemic has become a reality, writing a pandemic into a fictional work is unchartered territory for many of us. Alexia Gordan, physician by day, multiple award winning #ownvoices author by night, will be the virtual guest speaker at our June MWA-FL meeting. With her unique perspective, she will share information about the pathophysiology of viruses, present a brief history of pandemics, and discuss how authors might incorporate the pandemic into their fiction writing. Join us for this timely and insightful presentation!

Alexia Gordon writes the award-winning Gethsemane Brown Mysteries. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Crime Writers of Color. She blogs with the Miss Demeanors, the Femmes Fatales, and the Killer Characters. She also hosts The Cozy Corner with Alexia Gordon, the podcast focused on cozy and traditional mystery authors. Listen on AnchorFM, SoundCloud, or your favorite podcast listening platform. A new episode premieres every other Wednesday.

DATE:  SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020
TIME: 12:00 Mingling | 12:15: Lunch | 12:45: Business Meeting | 1:15: Presentation
PLACE: DOUBLETREE BY HILTON: 100 Fairway Dr, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441; Get Directions Here

IN-PERSON COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.
VIRTUAL COST: $5 for MWA members; $7.50 for non-members.

REGISTRATION by June 13 is strongly urged, since BOX LUNCHES must be ordered in advance.

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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and he will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

In this era of social distancing, advanced reservation by PayPal is recommended so that the Treasurer is not handling checks/cash. If that isn’t possible, make contact by email as follows:

To reserve and pay via mail:

Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.com 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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation for the in-person meeting by JUNE 13, so we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Because we must pre-order BOX LUNCHES, walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020

 

 

February 15, 2020 Luncheon Meeting

DATE:  February 15, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

PROGRAM: Writing the Dreaded Query Letter

Alan OrloffAlan Orloff’s thriller, PRAY FOR THE INNOCENT, won the 2019 ITW Thriller Award for Best E-Book Original. His debut mystery, DIAMONDS FOR THE DEAD, was an Agatha Award finalist; his story, “Dying in Dokesville,” won a 2019 Derringer Award; and “Rule Number One” was selected for THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2018. His first PI novel, I KNOW WHERE YOU SLEEP, was released from Down & Out Books this week, and he’ll be appearing at Murder on the Beach next Saturday, Feb 22 at 5:00 pm.

Alan loves cake and arugula, but not together. Never together

“Writing the Dreaded Query Letter”

You’ve spent months (or years) of your life—not to mention copious amounts of blood, sweat, and tears—writing a dynamite novel. Don’t simply spend five minutes slapping together a weak query letter; you owe it to yourself to write a great one that will break through the slush-clutter at top literary agencies. Learn how to entice your dream agent into reading your masterpiece by writing a tight query that really sings—while avoiding those pitfalls that will land your query in the trash!

DATE:  SATURDAY, February 15, 2020

TIME: 12:00 Mingling | 12:15: Lunch | 12:45: Business Meeting | 1:15: Presentation

PLACE: DOUBLETREE BY HILTON: 100 Fairway Dr, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441; Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by February 10th 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. 

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and he will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:

Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.com 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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by February 10th, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

 

Jan. 25, 2020 Luncheon Meeting

Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

DATE:   January 25, 2020

GUEST SPEAKER: Any Vansant 

PROGRAM:  Author Marketing for Success

Building your Author Mailing List: Maximize your most important selling tool! Learn ways you can build your personal marketing list and use it to help sell new books and your back catalog.
AND
Bookbub, Social Media and More.  So many social media sites…so little time. Which ones are worth it? Should you be buying ads?

DATE:  SATURDAY, January 25, 2020

TIME: 12:00 Mingling | 12:15: Lunch | 12:45: Business Meeting | 1:15: Presentation

PLACE: DOUBLETREE BY HILTON: 100 Fairway Dr, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441; Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by January 22, 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. 

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and he will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:

Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.com 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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

___VERY IMPORTANT___

Please make your online reservation by January 22, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: February 15, 2020  Speaker, Lori Roy.

 

August 17, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: August 17, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

PROGRAM: “Audiobooks from the Author’s Viewpoint”

GUEST PANEL: MWA authors, Nancy J. Cohen, Deborah Shlian, Ray Flynt, and David Wind. Moderator, Diane Stuckart

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. An award-winning author, she’s published twenty-six works of fiction. Her nonfiction instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award.
Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA, an award winning author, practiced medicine in California where she also taught at UCLA. She has published nonfiction articles and books as well as medical mysteries and thrillers.
Ray Flynt is the award-winning author of the mystery series featuring private detective Brad Frame. In addition to mystery writing, Ray has written and performs a one-man play based on the life of Ben Franklin. A native of Pennsylvania, Ray now resides in Broward County, Florida.
David Wind: International award winning author David Wind, has published forty novels including Science Fiction, Mystery, and Suspense Thrillers. He lives and writes in Florida, where he and his wife Bonnie, share their home with their dog Alfie, a Moyan poodle.

The author panel will be discussing and answering questions about audiobooks, including:
An overview about audiobooks and where they stand compared to eBooks and print books;
How does an author create an audiobook of their work?
How do you choose a narrator?
How much does it cost?
How do you market a finished audiobook?

DATE: SATURDAY, August 17, 2019
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.

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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.com with the subject line “FMWA  August 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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by August 14, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: September 21, 2019—Speaker, CHARLES TODD

July 20, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: July 20, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

PROGRAM: “Keeping It Real With CSI”

GUEST SPEAKER: Sharon Plotkin, Miami-Dade CSI Investigator

Sharon is a Certified Crime Scene Investigator in Miami, Florida. Sharon obtained her Masters of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work, also from Florida International University and an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology from Broward Community College. Sharon Plotkin received her certification through International Association for Identification in 2006 and has been doing crime scene work for almost 20 years. Sharon has received specialized training in various fields of crime scene investigations, including, bloodstain reconstruction, photography, crime scene reconstruction, fingerprinting, shoe wear casting and other various topics. She has had the opportunity to be involved in casework with Dr. Henry Lee assisting in crime scene reconstruction. Sharon is also a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team and Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System response. 

DATE: SATURDAY, July 20, 2019
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

COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.

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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.com 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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by July 16, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: August 17, 2019.

May 18, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

May 18, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

DATE: May 18, 2019
GUEST SPEAKER: Carla Norton
PROGRAM: Fact or Fiction: Attack of the Crime Writer!

Program: Are you fascinated by a criminal case that’s “stranger than fiction” and tempted to write a true account? Or would you rather cherry-pick details and blend them into a crime novel? Either way, there are certain steps to take and legal issues to consider. What are the challenges and pitfalls in writing true crime? When is it okay to fictionalize? And what’s the key to a good book proposal?

Maybe you’re ready to dedicate blood, sweat, and years into researching a crime, or maybe not. But here are some insights into the process and some tips on how to craft a story with the grit, complexity, and emotional payoff necessary for a successful book.

Carla NortonSpeaker: Carla Norton is a novelist and true crime writer. Her award-winning fiction includes The Edge of Normal and What Doesn’t Kill Her. Her nonfiction includes Disturbed Ground, about a female serial killer, and Perfect Victim, about an extraordinary case of kidnapping and
prolonged captivity. Perfect Victim, which was put on the reading list for the FBI Behavioral
Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller, provides inspiration for her fiction. Carla has an MFA degree in creative writing and enjoys teaching workshops. She invites you to contact her via Goodreads, Facebook, and at CarlaNorton.com.

DATE: SATURDAY, May 18, 2019
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
COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by May 14 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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.com 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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Circle S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by May 14, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: June 15, 2019

January 19, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: January 19, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER: Michael J. Carlson

 PROGRAM: Hurting Your Characters

Program: How does a broken rib feel? Can a character really walk on a broken ankle? What are the symptoms of asphyxiation, and how long will your character remain conscious? What really happens to a character in the vacuum of space? The answers may surprise you. Many writers (thankfully) have no experience to the very wounds, injuries, and trauma they must describe from their character’s perspective.

 Now, you can finally separate facts from fiction. This talk explores the most common injuries writers inflict on their characters from the character’s point of view. Stop searching obscure medical texts or waiting outside emergency departments to interview trauma victims.

 Speaker:Michael J. Carlson writes novels, short stories, and non-fiction reference books. He also maintains an active schedule, giving workshops on writing software, story structure, and accurately writing injures from the character’s point of view. He lives in Melbourne, Florida, with more computers than any sane person should have. For more information, check out mjcarlson.com.  Please note that at the request of the speaker, no photographs of him before, during, or after the meeting are allowed.

DATE:  SATURDAY, January 19, 2019

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. Prepayment by January 16 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.

IMPORTANT – If you signup for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at harriet@ottenheimer.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail: 

Step 1–Email harriet@ottenheimer.com 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.” 

Step3-Mail your payment to FMWA Treasurer, 2301 S. Ocean Dr. #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019

Please make your online reservation by January 16, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only as space allows.

Next Meeting Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019

November 17, 2018 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: November 17, 2018, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Micki Browning
PROGRAM: “Into the Depths”

Program: Almost 20 percent of Florida is underwater, including miles of inland and coastal waterways—and that doesn’t include the ocean that laps at our shores. While a beautiful backdrop for a story, water complicates crime scenes. Retired police captain, professional divemaster and author Micki Browning will share how credible details can help your sleuth unravel an underwater scene, adding depth and interest to your story.

During this presentation, we’ll cover the basics of underwater crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and equipment requirements. We’ll also discuss accidental deaths while diving, the physiological process of drowning, and the marine critters that make your sleuth’s life difficult.

Micki BrowningSpeaker: An FBI National Academy graduate, Micki Browning worked in municipal law enforcement for more than two decades and retired as a division commander. She is the author of the award-winning Mer Cavallo Mystery series set in the Florida Keys. Her debut novel, Adrift, is nominated for the 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. It won both the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and the Royal Palm Literary Award prior to its publication. Her latest thriller, Beached, launched in January 2018.

BeachedMicki also writes short stories and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in dive magazines, anthologies, mystery magazines and textbooks. She lives in South Florida with her partner in crime and a vast array of scuba equipment she uses for “research.”

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

COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by November14 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.

If you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer at harriet@ottenheimer.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

IMPORTANT NOTE: BECAUSE OUR TREASURER WILL BE OUT OF THE COUNTRY IN NOVEMBER, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT MAILED CHECKS, OR PAYMENT AT THE DOOR FOR THIS MONTH’S PRESENTATION. ALL PAYMENTS FOR THE NOVEMBER MEETING MUST BE VIA PAYPAL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

Please make your online reservation by MAY 16 so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! 

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018 – HOLIDAY PARTY!