Everything we do as a club–from gathering subject matter experts to fostering friendships–is for the professional development and advancement of women crime and mystery writers in order to achieve equality in the industry.
Florida Sisters in Crime was originally First Coast Sisters in Crime. We had our beginnings when Margee Howe Bugbee called a meeting with locals interested in starting a Florida chapter of Sisters in Crime. They met at Panera Bread in San Marco, Jacksonville, Florida in 2003. After Much Ado About Books in the spring of 2004, the chapter started meeting monthly at different libraries in the city, eventually finding our current home at the Southeast Branch Library on Deerwood Park Boulevard.
Margee became the first president of the newly formed chapter. In the years following, several members served as president: Beverly Kiesel-2005, Jean Osborn-2006, Margie Sauls-2007, Darlene Myers-2008, Sherry Czerniezewski-2009, Kathy Bain–2010 and 2011, Pam Wells–2012 and 2013, Audrey O’Neil–2014, Susan Kiernan-Lewis–2015, Janet Kuchler–2016, Debbie East-2017, and Rebecca Sims-2018.
Sara Paretsky, author of the V. I. Warshawski books, helped form Sisters in Crime in 1987 to promote and support women mystery writers. For a detailed history of the national organization, see the website. www.sistersincrime.org