2014 Board of Directors


Beth TerrellPresident: Jaden (Beth) Terrell

Email: bethterrell@comcast.net

Jaden (Beth) Terrell is the author of the Jared McKean mysteries and a contributor to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of essays and exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction. Terrell is the executive director of the Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Literature Conference and the 2009 recipient of the Magnolia Award for service to the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Private Eye Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. The former special education teacher has a red belt in Tae Kwan Do and is certified in equine sports massage therapy. Please visit her website:  http://www.jadenterrell.com.



Vice President: Stacy Allen

Email: amorebello@bellsouth.net

SEMWA Secretary Stacy Allen holds an Advanced Open Water Diver certificate, with specialties in wreck diving and night diving. She has traveled to Italy many times. Her passion for adventure has taken her to six continents to explore over 50 countries. She has studied many languages, but is most comfortable with Italian and French, having studied both for many years. She has published two short stories, included in the Anthologies Ship’s Log – Writings at Sea and Lies and Limericks, Inspirations from Ireland.



Treasurer: Kim Ciamarra

Email: kimlb258@yahoo.com

Kimberly Ciamarra has completed her first manuscript and screenplay adaptation for A Sister’s Betrayal.  A Penn State University graduate, Kimberly has earned her MBA, CPA and CMI and has over eight years of accounting and tax experience. Kimberly currently resides in Alpharetta, GA.



Secretary: Amanda Kyle Williams

Email: Amanda@amandakylewilliams.com

Amanda Kyle Williams worked as a freelance journalist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She is the author of the Keye Street “Stranger” series The Stranger You Seek, Stranger In The Room and Don’t Talk To Strangers (Bantam Fall 2013)



Joe_TerrellEastern Area Rep (NC, SC, GA): Joseph Terrell

Email: jlsterrell@aol.com

Joseph Terrell is the author of two published novels, a book of humor, and numerous short stories, plus magazine articles ranging from true crime, psychology, agribusiness, to military and government affairs. His mystery novel TIDE OF DARKNESS will be published by Bella Rosa Books early this spring. A graduate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was awarded a full scholarship to the famed University of Iowa Writers Workshop, but the Korean War interrupted his studies there. After service as a Special Agent in the Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps, Terrell returned to UNC to pursue graduate studies in journalism. He began his journalism career as a staff writer for United Press, then went on to The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau covering the Pentagon. Most of his career was spent in Washington, including a stint as press secretary for the Senate Agriculture Committee. He now makes his home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he continues writing fiction, with another mystery completed and work-in-progress on a literary novel. Other interests include the usual beach activities plus playing the bass, which he has performed with jazz and dance bands and for 10 years with a symphony orchestra in Northern Virginia.


Western Area Rep (TN, MS, AL): Margaret Fenton

Email: mhfenton@charter.net

Margaret grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and moved to Birmingham in 1996. She received her B.A. in English from the Newcomb College of Tulane University, and her Master of Social Work from Tulane. She spent nearly ten years as a child and family therapist before taking a break to focus on her writing. Hence, her work tends to reflect her interest in social causes and mental health, especially where kids are concerned. Her favorite mystery writers are too numerous to mention, but she tends to gravitate toward amateur sleuth and historical mysteries. She is the planning coordinator of Murder in the Magic City, a one-day, one-track annual mystery fan conference in Homewood, Alabama. She is President of the Birmingham Chapter of Sisters in Crime and a member of the Mystery Writers of America. Margaret lives in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover with her husband, a software developer.



Rick HelmsImmediate Past President: Rick Helms

Email: TBA

Rick Helms, a college professor and retired forensic psychologist, is the author of sixteen novels and numerous award-winning short stories. He has been nominated four times for the SMFS Derringer Award, three times for the PWA Shamus Award, and once each for the ITW Thriller Award and MRI Macavity Award. He is the only author ever to win the Derringer Award in two different categories in the same years, and he won the 2011 Thriller Award for Best Short Story. His short stories have appeared in The Back Alley Webzine, Judas Ezine, Thrilling Detective, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. His last novel, The Mojito Coast, was published in July 2013 by Five Star/Cengage Mysteries. He invites you to visit his website at http://www.richardhelms.net.



PR and Promotions Chair: Maggie Toussaint

Email: maggietoussaint@darientel.net

Formerly an aquatic toxicologist contracted to the U.S. Army and currently a freelance reporter, Southern author Maggie Toussaint loves to write. She’s published four romantic suspenses and two mysteries, with two more mysteries to release in 2012. Her debut release, House of Lies, won Best Romantic Suspense in the 2007 National Readers Choice Awards. She’s a frequent presenter at conferences, lecturing on topics of pacing, plotting, pitching, revising, critiquing, and the business of writing.



Mailing Address:


c/o  Beth Terrell

2919 Dunmore Drive

Nashville, TN 37214