Wednesday, September 24, 2014

October 18, 2014: Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter Luncheon

Guest Speakers: Diane A. S. Stuckart and Joan Mickelson, Ph.D.
Program:  “History Can Sink Your Mystery””

Learn how to best research the times, sights, smells and norms of any particular era in history.  Whether you're writing a historical or beefing up a key character's pedigree, getting the history right can be crucial.  How to do it without boring the reader?  How do you know how much to pepper your manuscript with? The panelists will describe means and methods to use for locating historical facts, from the standard dates and places, to more colorful (but accurate) details.

Diane A. S. Stuckart is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime (writing as Ali Brandon).  As herself, she is the author of the award-winning Leonardo da Vinci historical mystery series, also from Berkley Prime Crime.  Writing as Alexa Smart and Anna Gerard, she penned five critically acclaimed historical romances published by Zebra and Pinnacle Books. So far, two of them are available again as Kindle e-books, republished under the Diane A.S. Stuckart name, and the rest of her vintage historicals will be on Kindle very soon.  Find out more about Diane and her books at

Joan Mickelson, Ph.D., is a rare bird – a South Florida native. Born in Hollywood, she was among the first Florida public school graduates to be accepted at Radcliffe College of Harvard University where she studied Romance languages and art history. She then earned an MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard, all in art history of the modern period. For over thirty years Dr. Mickelson was a museum curator and director, writing, editing, and publishing articles and museum exhibition catalogues with a special focus on 19th and 20th century Italy and America. Upon retirement she returned to South Florida and began the biography of city builder J. W. Young, the founder of Hollywood.  The resulting book, JOSEPH W. YOUNG, JR., AND THE CITY BEAUTIFUL (McFarland & Co., 2013), was proclaimed in The Florida Historical Quarterly to be “so well-researched and so rich in detail . . . it may well be the best early history of the city.”  Find out more about Joan and her book at

Both authors' books will be for sale, and the authors will be signing after the meeting.
DATE:  Saturday, October 18, 2014
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00—“History Can Sink Your Mystery”
PLACE:  Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach Hilton), 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.  Please note that those who do not reserve and prepay will pay $5 extra at the door, and be seated only if space is available.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay through PayPal, visit the Chapter website, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email with the subject line "MWA October Meeting" to reserve a spot.  In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number.  Then write your check or money order payable to  “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter'' and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

Next luncheon is Saturday, November 15, 2014:  Please save the date.

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