Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II Author Biographies

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Meriah Lysistrata Crawford

Meriah Lysistrata Crawford is a writer, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a private investigator. She has also been a horseback riding instructor, library page, programmer, graphic designer, technical editor, software tester, and has even been paid to put M&Ms into baggies for bingo. Meriah’s writing includes short stories, a variety of non-fiction work, and a poem about semi-colons. Her most recent publications include a story about kids, death, and art set in 17th century Germany, and the real explanation for the Virginia earthquake. Meriah also co-edited the anthology Trust & Treachery: Tales of Power and Intrigue. Visit Meriah on Facebook and Twitter.

Adele Gardner

Adele Gardner goes by her middle name to honor her father and mentor, Delbert R. Gardner—poet, scholar, and WWII veteran — for whom she’s literary executor. Adele’s Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Adventure of the Hidden Lane,” appears in A Study in Lavender. She’s had over 325 short stories, poems, artwork/photographs, and nonfiction published in Daily Science Fiction, Legends of the Pendragon, The Doom of Camelot, American Arts Quarterly, The Cape Rock, and Magill’s Choice: 100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction. Her poetry collection, Dreaming of Days in Astophel, appears under the byline, Lyn C.A. Gardner. Visit Adele on Facebook and

Debbiann Holmes

Debbiann Holmes is the author of the modern day pirate series, Unforeseen Circumstances, Compromises, and Surrender. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she to spends her free time at the beach. Follow Debbi on Facebook and Twitter.

Maria Hudgins

Maria Hudgins lives in Hampton, Virginia. For thirty years, she taught high school sciences, including biology, earth science, oceanography, and chemistry. Maria is the author of five travel mysteries set in exotic locations, two ebook mysteries, and short stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery magazine and Virginia is for Mysteries. Visit Maria on Facebook, Twitter, and

Teresa Inge

Teresa Inge grew up in North Carolina reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Today, she doesn’t carry a rod like her idol, but she hot rods. She assists two busy executives and is president of the Sisters in Crime Virginia Beach Chapter. Teresa is the author of “Shopping for Murder,” and “Guide to Murder in Virginia is for Mysteries, “Fishing for Murder” in the FishNets anthology and has coordinated anthologies. Visit Teresa on Facebook, Twitter, and

Maggie King

Maggie King is the author of Murder at the Book Group, published by Simon and Schuster and she contributed “A Not So Genteel Murder” to the Virginia is for Mysteries anthology. Maggie is a member of Sisters in Crime and the American Association of University Women. She has worked as a software developer, retail sales manager, and customer service supervisor. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and two cats. Visit Maggie on Facebook, Twitter, and

Kristin Kisska

Kristin Kisska, a native Virginian, used to be a finance geek, complete with MBA and Wall Street pedigree. A member of Sisters in Crime, Kristin is now a self-proclaimed fictionista. Her short mystery story, “The Sevens” was included in Bouchercon’s anthology, Murder under the Oaks (October 2015). When not writing suspense novels, she can be found tweeting or on her website Kristin lives in Richmond with her husband and three children.

C. B. Lane

C.B. Lane grew up in Virginia Beach. After college in Blacksburg, Peace Corps in Senegal, and work in Northern California, she settled in Suffolk, where she lives on a farm near the Great Dismal with her husband and two wiener dogs who bark at everything that moves. C.B. received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University and is a member of Sisters in Crime. She has written short stories, is a frequent student at the Muse Writer’s Center in Norfolk and is working on a novel set in southeastern Virginia just after the Civil War. C.B. blogs at

Vivian Lawry

Vivian Lawry is a founding member of the Central Virginia Chapter of Sisters in Crime and served two terms as chapter president. She writes mysteries, historical fiction, magical realism, and memoir-based prose. Nettie’s Books was a finalist in the Best Unpublished Novel Contest sponsored by James River Writers and Richmond Magazine. Her short stories have appeared in more than four dozen literary journals and anthologies, from The Alembic to Xavier Review to Virginia is for Mysteries. She coauthored two Chesapeake Bay Mysteries, Dark Harbor and Tiger Heart. Her most recent book, Different Drummer, is a collection of offbeat fiction. Vivian collects carved wooden Santa’s, dictionaries, and Depression glass. She lives and writes near Richmond, Virginia. Visit Vivian on Facebook and read her blog at

Michael McGowan

Michael Sean McGowan is a teacher and the author of two novels Pawns and The Shadowlands.  He also contributed to the original Virginia is for Mysteries.  He lives in Virginia Beach. Visit Michael on Facebook and Twitter.

Kathleen Mix

Kathleen Mix is a multi-published author who writes stories with a thrilling mix of romance and suspense. Her latest book, Sins of Her Father, was released by Entangled Publishing in September 2015. Two more books, Impossible Ransom and Willing Target, are slated for release in 2016. After earning a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, Kathleen worked as a software engineer, consulting on applications ranging from submarine combat systems to biological research databases. But as an avid sailor and licensed charter boat captain, Kathleen prefers sailing to sitting in an office. She has traveled extensively on her boat, exploring the US coastline, Bahamas, Caribbean, and north coast of South America. To learn about her books and her travels, visit Kathleen on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and

Jayne Ormerod

Jayne Ormerod grew up in a small Ohio town and attended a small Ohio college. Upon earning her accountancy degree she became a CIA (that’s not a sexy spy thing, but a Certified Internal Auditor). She married a naval officer, and off they went to see the world. After fifteen moves, she realized she needed a more transportable vocation, so she turned to writing. Jayne writes cozy mysteries about small towns with beach settings.  Learn more about Jayne and her stories at

Yvonne Saxon

Yvonne Saxon lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with her family and the cat.  A former English and history teacher, her love of books led her into a high school librarian’s position, then into writing. When she’s not homeschooling her son, she’s writing mysteries and drinking lots of coffee at her local coffee shop. Visit Yvonne on Facebook and Twitter.

Rosemary Shomaker

Rosemary Shomaker writes about the layers beneath seemingly ordinary happenings. She’s an urban planner by degree, a government policy analyst by practice, a fiction writer at heart, and a member of Sisters in Crime. Rosie’s short stories populate several anthologies. “Death in the House” appeared in Virginia is for Mysteries. Follow Rosie on the Sisters in Crime, Central Virginia Facebook page.  

Rosemary Stevens

Rosemary Stevens was raised in Richmond, Virginia and took home the trophy for Vocabulary Student of the Year in high school. She went on to study marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University. An early career selling cemetery plots was perhaps a portent for a life-long love of detective fiction. Rosemary is the author of eleven novels and has won the Agatha Award for Best First Mystery and the RT Reviewers Choice Award also for Best First Mystery. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her family and two Siamese cats. Visit Rosemary on Facebook, Twitter, and

Linda Thornburg

Linda Thornburg is one of two authors of the Cool Careers for Girls series, fourteen books written to inspire career exploration in teen and pre-teen girls. The books are used in schools throughout the United States. She manages the website, which offers advice and vignettes from the memoir genre. Linda has been a writer and editor for thirty years and is working on her first full-length mystery. 

Heather Weidner

Heather Weidner has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew.  Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather lives in Central Virginia with her husband and pair of crazy Jack Russell terriers. When she’s not reading and writing, she enjoys kayaking, photography, and visiting the beach as much as possible. She is President of the Sisters in Crime, Central Virginia Chapter. Heather’s story “Washed Up” appeared in Virginia is for Mysteries. She writes the blog Crazy for Words and is a guest blogger for a variety of sites. Visit Heather on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and

Lee A. Wells

Lee A. Wells is a native of Southeastern Virginia and resides there with her husband. Raised on a hardy diet of Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stephen King, she loves a good mystery, especially if there is a dash of horror tossed in for flavor.  She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Central Virginia Chapter. Find Lee on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, and

Ken Wingate

Ken Wingate writes short stories, poems, reflections, and songs that are shared in performances, recordings, and messages. Ken worked in the music retail business for thirty years and returned to his hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia to focus on writing. When not creating in his writing room, Ken enjoys movies, music, and red rock mountains. Ken would like to express his deepest gratitude to Judy Morgan for believing in him then and now, for being his greatest inspiration, and for encouraging his creative nature. A toast, to a most perfect and ideal love! Follow Ken on, Facebook, and Twitter.

Virginia is for Mysteries Authors

(L-R): Meredith Cole, Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, Smita Harish Jain, Maggie King, Vivian Lawry, May Layne, Michael McGowan, Jayne Ormerod, Yvonne Saxon, Rosemary Shomaker, Fiona Quinn, Linda Thornburg, and Heather Baker Weidner