October 8th Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on October 8th starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature award-winning author Judge Debra H. Goldstein. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you there!

Program:

FOLLOWING THE PATH TO PASSION

Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion Finalist Judge Debra H. Goldstein discusses the path to her passion, with an emphasis on the road she almost didn’t take.

Speaker Bio:

Debra Goldstein

Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, One Taste Too Many). She also authored Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, which have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer finalists, have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly. Debra serves on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and is president of SEMWA and past president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter. Find out more about Debra at DebraHGoldstein.com

Meeting Agenda:
6:30-7:00 Announcements, Introductions, and News
7:00-7:15 Mystery Minute by ZJ Czupor
7:15-8:15 or so: Program featuring our guest speaker
After Party: Stay after the program to mingle and visit.

September 10th Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on September 10th starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature bestselling crime fiction author and veteran crime scene investigator Lisa Black . Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you September 10th!

Program:

FACTS VS. FICTION: My life as both a crime fiction writer and real-life CSI

NYT bestselling author Lisa Black will discuss her distinctly nonlinear path to publication and how her work as a forensic specialist has been pivotal in bringing her characters to life. She will talk about her cases, agents, pitfalls and publishers.

Speaker Bio:

  Lisa Black

Lisa Black is the NYT bestselling author of 14 suspense novels, with works that have been translated into six languages, optioned for film, and shortlisted for the inaugural Sue Grafton Memorial Award. She is also a certified Crime Scene Analyst and certified Latent Print Examiner, having begun her forensics career at the Coroner’s office in Cleveland Ohio and continued it with the police department in Cape Coral, Florida. Lisa has spoken to readers and writers at numerous conferences and will be a Guest of Honor at 2021 Killer Nashville.

Meeting Agenda:
6:30-7:00 Announcements, Introductions, and News
7:00-7:15 Mystery Minute by ZJ Czupor
7:15-8:15 or so: Program featuring our guest speaker
After Party: Stay after the program to mingle and visit.

August 13th Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on August 13th starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature DNA evidence pioneer and former Denver D.A. Mitch Morrissey. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you August 13th!

Program:

After years of prosecuting criminals, former Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey turned to solving cold cases using cutting edge DNA technology through his company United Data Connect.

For example, take the 1996 murder of Tangie Sims in Aurora. Sims was found fatally stabbed, and during their investigation detectives discovered that her attacker had cut himself. Later, through genetic analysis of this evidence, UDC was able to provide investigators information that lead to the identification of the murderer.

Or, take the case of Charles Banister, a serial rapist in Wisconsin. Banister was not in the official DNA database, but connecting the genetic dots from this database to genealogical search software to a Banister family member lead to a guilty plea and a fifty-year prison term for sexual assault.

Join us for a fascinating discussion of how DNA is used to ID perpetrators of violent crimes, and how that evidence is used in courtrooms across America to put violent felons in prison or bring closure to families who have spent years wondering if their cases would ever be solved.

Speaker Bio:

Mitch Morrissey

A career prosecutor for 33 years, Mitch Morrissey was elected District Attorney of Denver, Colorado for three terms from 2004-2017. Morrissey introduced the first DNA evidence used in a criminal trial in Denver, and is internationally recognized for his expertise in DNA technology and its application in criminal prosecutions. He has trained law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges throughout the United States, the Middle East, Central America and Canada.

Morrissey also has shared his knowledge beyond the legal and law enforcement communities. He hosted the television program Dialogue Denver DA, and continues to be interviewed frequently for television, radio and print media. His support for familial DNA searching was the topic of a report by 60 Minutes.

Prior to leaving the D.A.’s office, Morrissey spearheaded the Denver Cold Case Project, which reviewed over 4,200 unsolved sexual assaults and murders to use DNA technologies to solve these old cases. In addition, he and the Denver Police Crime Lab introduced the use of DNA to solve burglary cases and other property crimes. During his tenure as Denver District Attorney, Morrissey became the leading proponent in the United States of using Familial DNA Database Searches to solve violent crime.

After leaving the Denver D.A.’s office in 2017, Morrissey co-founded United Data Connect to continue his work in applying advanced technology to the field of investigation.

July 9, 2020 RMMWA Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on July 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature law former FBI Special Agent Pete Klismet. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you June 11th!

 

Guest Speaker

Peter M. (Pete) Klismet, Jr. is a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran with two tours on submarines in the South China Sea. Following military service, Pete earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado. During nine years with the Ventura Police Department in California, he continued his education earning a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California Lutheran University, and a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In 1979 Pete accepted an appointment as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was trained to be a Firearms Instructor, Hostage Negotiator, and was in the first cadre of Special Agents chosen to be trained in Psychological Profiling.

Pete was named the 1999 International Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for solving a large multi-national fraud case. Following his retirement from the FBI, Pete became Department Chair and Associate Professor of the Criminal Justice Department at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. Having now retired as a Professor Emeritus, he continues to provide training and consulting for law enforcement, private companies, and law firms.

Pete is also the author of four award-winning books: FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil, FBI Animal House, FBI Diary: Home Grown Terror, and Profiling Violent Crime: A Behavioral and Forensic Approach.

 

 

June 11, 2020 RMMWA Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on June 11 starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature law enforcement veteran Laura Manuel. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you June 11th!

Program Description
The Daily Grind in Blue-Black

We’ll dress a LEO, give her some weapons on her utility belt, and describe how those can be used. We will take her through a typical day, and then perhaps a not so typical one to discuss who handles what on a crime scene. We will briefly discuss training and where you can easily research training for yourselves. As usual, questions are welcomed.

Speaker Bio

Laura Manuel was a law enforcement officer (LEO) for 21 years in Virginia & Colorado. She was in patrol and was an investigator in Person’s crimes. Her B.A. is from the University of Michigan, M.A. and Ph.D. from UNC in Psychology. She taught Criminal Justice and Psychology at FRCC. She established the first police academy at FRCC and directed the Academy for the first three classes, all of which scored the top scores in Colorado. She still teaches at the Academy and reviews material with the Cadets before their Professional testing.

 

 

May 14, 2020 RMMWA Online Meeting

RMMWA Agents Panel

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on May 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature literary agents Terrie Wolf and Angie Hodapp. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you May 14th!

Program Description
This session will give you complete, step-by-step overview of the traditional publishing process, from the moment you have an idea for a novel to the day you get your rights back from the publisher—and why you may or may not want an agent to guide you through. We’ll cover the query process, what and what not to include in a query letter, and how to nail an in-person pitch. Plus, we’ll dispel some myths and do our best to answer all your burning industry questions!

Panelists

Angie Hodap  Angie Hodapp is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency and the author of Do You Need a Literary Agent? and Query Craft: The Writer-in-the-Know Guide to Getting Your Manuscript Requested. She holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development. A graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, she has worked in professional writing, editing, and education for more than twenty years. A frequent presenter at writing conferences and events, she loves helping writers improve their craft and learn about the ever-changing world of publishing.

Terrie Wolf  Terrie Wolf is the founder and CEO of Colorado-based AKA Literary Management. This fourth-generation ranch kid read English Literature at Cambridge, studied Creative Writing at the State University of New York, and Journalism at the University of Colorado-Denver. She has held positions in publishing, international media, and government services. Now, the Emmy award-winning former broadcast special projects producer oversees the agency’s foreign rights endeavors and has garnered deals in over forty countries and thirty languages. As a full member of AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives), she proudly represents an exciting group of authors who are at all stages of their literary journey.

 

Notice Regarding April Meeting

With regret, RMMWA has decided to cancel our monthly meeting previously scheduled for April 9. Though the camaraderie and education that our meeting provides are important to us, we’re also committed to the well-being of our members and guests, and we encourage our community to follow CDC and state guidelines for mitigating spread of COVID-19.

We hope to reschedule our speaker for later this year, and we’ll keep you posted on the status of future meetings through the MWA-RM@groups.io communication loop, and through our newsletter, website, and social media.

We hope to be able to come together as a group again soon. If you have any questions, please reach me at chapterpres@rmmwa.org.

Take care,

Margaret Mizushima, Chapter President

March 12, 2020 RMMWA Meeting

Short cuts: RMMWA authors tell you how

The big gap between the six-word novel and the 40,000-word novella is filled by short stories. Do you write short stories? Should you? How? And where do you sell them?

The March meeting will present a panel of three of our prolific authors to talk about techniques, readers, and markets.

 Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She wrote two novels for the multi-author cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library. Working in the world of hazardous substances regulation, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains.

  R.T. Lawton is a retired federal agent with 25 years of experience working the street, from riding the go-fast boats with Customs off the midnight Miami coast to hunt smugglers running in from the Bahama Banks, to running down a fugitive in Jamaica. He’s shared his experience with surveillance in workshops for writers, including right here at RMMWA. With more than 140 published short stories, he has sold (as of last fall) 44 to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and has six e-books for Kindle and other e-readers.

  Manuel Ramos is the author of ten novels and a short story collection. He has received the Colorado Book Award (twice), the Chicano/Latino Literary Award, the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League, and Honorable Mentions from the Latino International Book Awards. His first novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz, was a finalist for the Edgar® award. My Bad: A Mile High Noir was a Shamus finalist. He is a co-founder of and regular contributor to the award-winning Internet magazine La Bloga , which deals with Latino literature, culture, news and opinion. His latest crime fiction novel is The Golden Havana Night: A Sherlock Homie Mystery.

Moderator Suzanne Proulx wrote four novels featuring a hospital risk manager. Her short story, “If You Say So,” is featured in The Best American Mystery Stories of 2019, which came out last October.

 

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


March 12th Meeting




February 6, 2020 RMMWA Meeting (Note New Date!)

Criminal Procedures In Law Enforcement

 
Sergeant Amy Wheeler

 

Sergeant Amy Wheeler of the Loveland Police Department will discuss Criminal Procedures. This program looks at law enforcement practices and authority with emphasis on statutory and case law. We will explore crime scene processing, search warrant requirements, and establishing probable cause. The program is designed to provide the attendee with practical knowledge on how the police do their jobs.

 
 
 
 

Sgt Amy Wheeler, Loveland PDSGT. AMY WHEELER – Bio

Sergeant Amy Wheeler is a 19-year veteran of law enforcement. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1999 from Mercer University prior to starting work as a patrol officer in a mid-sized municipal police department in Georgia. At the Macon Police Department she worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, general instructor, domestic violence investigator, property crime investigator, patrol sergeant, administrative sergeant, crime scene investigator, and retiring from that department as a patrol lieutenant. She moved to Colorado late 2014 after earning a Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership degree also from Mercer University. She started with the Loveland Police Department in early 2015 going back to patrol, which she loves. In 2017, she was promoted to sergeant and currently serves as the Professional Standards Unit Sergeant. She is a graduate of the 2001 Georgia Police Corps program, the 2014 IACP Women’s Leadership Institute, and attended the IACP’s Leadership Police Organizations courses in 2017. She is also a certified Advanced Force Science Specialist with the Force Science Institute.

 

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


February 6th Meeting



January 9, 2020 RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


 

January 9th Meeting



Digital Evidence and Forensics

Matthew F. Porter
Matthew Porter, an attorney and legal technology consultant, will present an introduction to forensic collection and handling of evidence from the computers and mobile devices that contain so much of our lives. Matthew’s talk will cover:
What
What kinda of information your files and devices can contain? There’s a lot to interest lawyers and investigators, including data that typical users never see.
Why
Why is digital evidence important, and what can it reveal?
How
It’s not about “guessing the password.” What tools and techniques to investigators use to find, collect and analyze digital information, without losing or altering all of that precious data?

MATTHEW F. PORTER – Bio

Matthew F. Porter is a writer, lawyer and legal technology consultant who writes paranormal/detective fiction and historical mysteries. His novel Questions for the Dead was a finalist for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold award, and he has also won several prizes in the RMMWA’s annual Six-Word Mystery contest.
Matthew’s published writing includes educational materials on the intersection of law and technology, and source material for cartoon private eye adventures in the book Toon Tales (Steve Jackson Games).
Matthew is co-host, with his son Ian, of the Inter-Millennium Media Project (“IMMP”) podcast. He also serves as head of the press department for Nan Desu Kan, Colorado’s premier convention for Japanese animation and culture, and is a frequent speaker on topics related to culture and storytelling in anime.