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January 23, 2017


Kathy Lynn Emerson

I first heard about SinC in 1988 at the International Crime Congress in NYC, when there was a huge informational meeting about this brand new group. I didn't join right away. It sounded a little radical to me, so I had to think about it for a while. Fortunately it didn't take me long to figure out that I wanted to be part of it. I'm a proud "lifetime member" now.

Art Taylor

Such a great post and such a great group! Congrats on all the recent honors too--and more ahead, I'm sure! I've long been a member of Sisters in Crime--first introduced to it by Margaret Maron and now (for a second year) vice-president of our Chesapeake Chapter. I can't say enough good things about the friendship, support, education, encouragement and more that the organization provides to its members--and, importantly, that the members provide to each other. Yay!

catriona mcpherson

Hey, congratulations, Laura and Hank! Get us, eh?

Laura DiSilverio

Art and Kathy--Yes, SinC is a great organization, full of people trying to help other people succeed. It makes me proud. I hope we're still a bit radical, Kathy!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Yes, very very wonderful..all those days of sitting alone at the computer wondering HOW HOW HOW it was going to work...right?

And yes, we are RADICAL!

Edith Maxwell

I love these stories about how you were hit up for the presidency! For me, I went to my first Crime Bake the year the SINC-NE calendar came out. Was that 2004, Hank? I said, why am I not a member of this organization! I was at that meeting in your attic, Hank, too. The next year my first crime short story was published, and now I am president of our very large chapter and about to submit my fourteenth mystery to my editor. What a ride, but I wouldn't be here without SINC.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Such a great story, Edith! Yes, I remember...

Wasn't that meeting crazy? It was lee Lofland, right? ANd it was before the upstairs was renovated--so it was very...boho. But fun!


I've been to a few of the SiC LA meetings. I've enjoyed them, but they meet during my ultimate Frisbee times.

Barb Goffman

I was unpublished in fiction, taking my first mystery workshop. Our instructor, Noreen Wald, said I must join her and attend a Sisters in Crime meeting. So I did. And soon thereafter she said I must go to Malice Domestic. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I went. And this year will be my 17th consecutive Malice. I've since served six years as Malice program chair, been president of the Chesapeake Chapter twice, and been (briefly) on the SinC national board. SinC is a big part of my life. My first fiction publication was in a Chesapeake Crimes anthology put out in conjunction with the Chesapeake Chapter. I can't say enough good things about SinC.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

So interesting how that one decision changed your life, Barb! And as a result, ours too, right?

Liz Milliron

It was 2011. I'd lost a job and taken the summer - at my husband's urging - to finish the project of my heart's desire. Write a mystery. Except, I had no idea what to do with it.

Then I read a story in the paper about Mystery Lovers Bookshop and this organization the owner was involved with - Sisters in Crime. Well, that sounded cool. So I went to the store. "Oh, you have to come back Saturday, they're having a meeting," she said.

I came back Saturday. I stood on the sidewalk, pretty much frozen in place. What in the world was I thinking about? I walked in, ready to bolt.

But they drew up a chair between two longtime members (Annette Dashofy and Martha Reed) and made me feel right at home. Next thing you knew, I was agreeing to go to their annual retreat, which was a blast.

Six years later, I have a handful of short story credits (including three anthologies), I've been to 3 Bouchercons, I'll go to my first Malice later this year - and that first novel is in the trunk (exactly where it belongs). I've served two years as president, secretary, and now I'm the treasurer.

I don't know where I'd be without this group (yes, I do - still unpublished).

Hank Phillippi Ryan

What a wonderful story, "Liz "! And your next chapters are going to be so exciting! See you at Malice!

catriona mcpherson

Looking forward to seeing you at Malice, Liz!

Margie Bunting

Although I'm not a writer or an aspiring one, I am an avid reader of crime fiction, and in 2014 my husband and I attended Left Coast Crime in Monterey, as it was within reasonable driving distance from our home. That started it all for me--it was so easy to meet and talk to mystery writers, who were all very friendly. I was impressed by the way they supported each other--none of that "if you succeed, it means I can't succeed" mentality.

One of the first authors I met was Terry Shames, and later she assured me that it was fine for non-authors to join SinC. It just so happened she was the incoming president of the Norcal chapter, so I joined and loved going to the monthly meetings.

At the end of that year, I volunteered to work on the chapter's newsletter, which hadn't been published for 3 years, and I have just concluded my first year of 4 quarterly publications. I am SO happy I took the leap and joined. Thank you, Norcal fellow Sisters and Misters! You have made me feel very welcome.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Margie, that's so wonderful! And so lovely that you arrived exactly when Norcal needed you! Perfect. xoxo And than you for all you do!

Laura DiSilverio

Liz, Barb and Margie--Your responses make me so glad we put this post together. What inspiring and interesting stories. It's funny how you can be part of a large organization and not have much of a feel for what's going on in areas apart from your own chapter. Glad (but not surprised) to hear that Sisters and Misters are universally welcoming to newcomers.

Charlaine Harris

I have been a member so long that I can't remember a time I wasn't. I've served on the board, and I've met some wonderful people in my years in Sisters. I don't live close to any active chapters . . . at least to my knowledge . . . but I do love the newsletter and the meetings at conventions.

Cynthia Kuhn

This is one of my favorite posts ever! So generous of you to share those memories. You are all such rock stars.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Thank you ! Charlaine, are now in icon territory! And incredibly inspirational.

And Cynthia, hooray! On your Agatha nomination ! XO XO

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