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flowerWriting has often been described as a lonely profession. While it's true that there is no substitute for putting in long hours at my desk, I've discovered that I don't have to work in total isolation. My writers' critique group provides valuable feedback and moral support.

Support and opportunities for networking also come from the various professional organizations I belong to. Here are some of them:

*Mystery Writers of America

*The New England Chapter of Mystery Writers of America

*National Writers Union

*Sisters in Crime

*The New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime - I've gotten many speaking engagements through the Sisters in Crime/New England Speakers Bureau (for more information about this important resource, contact Leslie Wheeler at SpeakersBureau@sincne.org.)

*New England Crime Bake - I'm a board member of SinC/NE, and serve on the New England Crime Bake Committee, which sponsors a two-day mystery conference every year.

*New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) .

*Mystic Seaport - Living history museum where I did much of my research for MURDER AT SPOUTERS POINT.

*Mashantucket-Pequot Museum - Museum and research center where I also did research for MURDER AT SPOUTERS POINT.

*Annual Gettysburg Battle Reenactment - If you are interested in attending the annual reenactment of the Gettysburg Battle, as I did, check out this website.

* Plimoth Plantation - Check out this site for a "living-history" museum dedicated to 17th century Plymouth, Massachusetts.

*Level Best Books - publishes annual anthologies of short crime fiction by New England authors, now edited by myself and three others.

* Belgrave House - The site to visit for e-books of your favorite mystery authors like Kathy Lynn Emerson and Nancy Means Wright, and me, of course!

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