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11-28-2016 Writing—Not So Solitary

December is almost here. That means I will be talking about my latest book and signing books on the first Saturday in the Mystery Author Extravaganza at the Reston Public Library in Reston, VA. Taking part in this annual event is just one of the many benefits I receive as a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

wreathe-copyDecember also means it’s dues renewal time. Dues for the national organization is $40 and for the local chapter, $20. Paltry sums for an organization that seeks to even the playing field for female mystery writers. SinC was organized when women authors started noticing that male authors got the better contracts, were reviewed more often, and received more awards than female authors. In other words, the system was not fair. Men are welcome to join the group too as long as they support the goals of SinC.

The Mystery Author Extravaganza is also held in Maryland, this year on October 29 at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. On hand to sell books at both events was Tom Harig of Mystery Loves Company Continue reading “11-28-2016 Writing—Not So Solitary”

Hello everyone,
Need a speaker or workshop leader? I am an experienced speaker and have conducted workshops on subjects related to writing, publishing, and historical research. East coast only, though, since I live in Maryland. Contact me at eileenmcintire@aol.com.

On the calendar:
August, 2015: Guest Speaker, Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists, Germantown, MD. Talk: “Don’t cut your life short.” Expect to be active, alert, and able no matter what your age.

I’m also seeking an agent for my two latest novels:
In Rembrandt’s Shadow, commercial and historical fiction
The 90s Club & the Secret of the Old Clock, Cozy mystery.

Association memberships provide useful and important benefits. I profit from membership in the Maryland Writers Association, Sisters in Crime and its Chesapeake Chapter, Independent Book Publishers Association, and the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association. I also attend meetings of Mystery Writers of America.

I traveled throughout Florida and Morocco to research my novel, Shadow of the Rock, and in process learned about the Morocco-America connection. A slim, attractive 91-year-old woman swimming laps in a pool is the inspiration for my 90s Club series of cozy mysteries. All available in e-book and paperback at amazon.com or see my website, http://www.ehmcintire.com.

Enjoy the day!
Eileen Haavik McIntire

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