The Authors


Barb Goffman edits mysteries by day and writes them by night. She’s won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for her short stories, and she’s been a finalist for national crime-writing awards nineteen times: ten times for the Agatha, four times for the Macavity, three times for the Anthony, and once each for the Derringer and Silver Falchion awards. Her book Don’t Get Mad, Get Even won the Silver Falchion for the best short-story collection of 2013. Barb runs a freelance editing and proofreading service. She lives in Winchester, Virginia, and blogs every third Tuesday at Learn more at

Teresa Inge grew up 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 Mysteries by the Sea chapter. Teresa is the author of “Corked for Murder” in Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II, “Shopping for Murder,” and “Guide to Murder in Virginia is for Mysteries, “Fishing for Murder” in the FishNets anthology and has coordinated several anthologies. Visit Teresa on Facebook, Twitter, and

Kristin Kisska 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 stories can be found in the mystery anthologies: Murder Under the Oaks and Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II. When not writing suspense novels, she can be found Tweeting @KKMHOO or on her website~ Kristin lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three children. 

Jayne Ormerod grew up in a small Ohio town and attended a small-town 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. Now settled in a cottage by the Chesapeake Bay, Jayne writes cozy mysteries about small towns with beach settings.  Learn more about Jayne and her stories at

Maria Hudgins is a mystery writer who lives in Hampton, Virginia. Her Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries are set in exotic locations around the world, and her archaeological mysteries unfold in far-flung dig sites. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and International Association of Crime Writers. Hudgins regularly attends mystery conferences at home and abroad. Please visit

Lyn Brittan is an "oh, no she didn't," Action Adventure Romance author who writes strong women and the heroes who love them. Her Romantic Suspense series, The Mercenaries of Fortune, has landed her on the USA Today Bestseller list and she won two Galaxy Awards for her Sci-Fi Romance series, The Outer Settlement Agency. Book Riot and TwinjaBooks have both placed her Steampunk Mystery novel, The Clocks of London, on Speculative Fiction must read lists. 

Douglas “DJ” Lutz has been a featured author and contributor at Penguin-Random House’s online writing community, Book Country, since 2011.  Living on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Douglas is a member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and is working on a trilogy of culinary cozy novels, the Winnie Kepler Mystery Series. Follow both his writing and cooking exploits at, on Facebook (AuthorDJLutz), and on Twitter @AuthorDJLutz.

Alan Orloff’s debut mystery, Diamonds for the Dead, was an Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel. His seventh novel, Running from the Past (Kindle Press), was a winner in Amazon’s Kindle Scout program.

 His short fiction has appeared in Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked and Loaded, Both Barrels, Vol. 3. (One Eye Press), Jewish Noir (PM Press), Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning (Wildside Press).

 Alan lives in Northern Virginia and teaches fiction-writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.

Heather Weidner, originally from Virginia Beach, has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell Terriers. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Guppies, and Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia. She is currently Vice President of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia.  Heather’s short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries anthology series, and her debut novel is Secret Lives and Privates Eyes.

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 spends her free time at the beach. Follow Debbi on Facebook and Twitter.

Betsy Ashton is the Author of Mad Max Unintended Consequences and Uncharted Territory, published by Koehler Books.

James M Jackson writes the Seamus McCree Novels: Ant Farm, Bad Policy, and Cabin Fever and Doubtful Relations.  

Tina Whittle’s Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver mysteries — featuring intrepid gunshop owner Tai and her corporate security agent partner Trey — have garnered starred reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Published by Poisoned Pen Press, this Atlanta-based series debuted with The Dangerous Edge of Things, followed by Darker Than Any Shadow, Blood, Ash and Bone, and Deeper Than the Grave. The fifth book — Reckoning and Ruin — was released in April 2016.

Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. She contributed the stories “A Not So Genteel Murder” and “Reunion at Shockoe Slip” to the Virginia is for Mysteries anthologies.

 Maggie is a member of Sisters in Crime, James River Writers, and the American Association of University Women. She has worked as a software developer, retail sales manager, and customer service supervisor. Maggie graduated from Elizabeth Seton College and earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has called New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California home. These days she lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Glen, and cats, Morris and Olive. She enjoys reading, walking, movies, traveling, theatre, and museums. Website:

Nancy Naigle was born and raised in Virginia Beach. She balances her career in the financial industry with a lifelong passion for books and storytelling and is co-author of the novel Inkblot with Phyllis C. Johnson. When she isn’t writing or wrangling goats on the family farm, she enjoys antiquing and cooking.

Rosemary Shomaker writes about the layers beneath ordinary occurrences. She’s the lady you don’t notice at church, estate sales, and parks, and the lady you do observe peering into abandoned buildings and wandering vacant lots, tiny notebook in hand. Several of her published short stories fit the mystery genre. She’s a member of the Central Virginia chapter of Sisters in Crime ( and contributor to that chapter’s Lethal Ladies Write blog. An urban planner by degree, and government policy analyst by practice, Rosemary is a fiction writer at heart. She lives in Virginia with her fine husband and exceptional children.

Jenny Sparks was born and raised in South Carolina. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Sociology and a minor in Health and Gerontology.

Married for 28 years to a career Naval Officer, she has lived throughout the United States and raised two sons.

She has volunteered in various positions in her children’s schools and with the navy in jobs ranging from PTA president to ombudsman. She has been employed as a preschool teacher, vocational education teacher, vocational consultant and senior center director.

Jenny lives in Virginia with her husband and their dogs, Millie and Twyla.

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.