President: Maggie Toussaint

Email: [email protected]

Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes mystery, suspense, and dystopian fiction. Her work won the Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the EPIC Award. She’s published seventeen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The next book in her paranormal mystery series, Dadgummit, releases June 2017. She’s a frequent presenter at conferences, lecturing on topics of pacing, plotting, pitching, revising, critiquing, and the business of writing. Maggie is on the national board for Mystery Writers of America, President of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and Co-VP of Low Country Sisters In Crime. Visit her at



Vice President: Stacy Allen

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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. Her first novel, Expedition Indigo, launched in August 2014. Website:


Treasurer: Jim Weikart



nancySecretary: Nancy Sartor

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Nancy Sartor, the author of the internationally published Bones Along the Hill, is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. She is president and charter member of Writer’s Ink, heralded as the first on-line writer’s group and the prestigious Quill and Dagger group in Nashville. She is an enthusiastic graduate of Donald Maass’s Breakout Novel Intensive Workshop, the Writer’s Police Academy and the FBI’s writers workshop in New York, N.Y. Sartor is an herbalist, a wine aficionado and an experienced and seasoned public speaker. Website:


Eastern Area Rep (NC, SC, GA): Susan Boyer

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Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations, including the Macavity. The third book in the series, Lowcountry Boneyard, was a Spring 2015 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick, and was short-listed for the 2016 Pat Conroy Beach Music Mystery Prize. Lowcountry Bonfire, the sixth book in the series, is due out June 27, 2017. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels. She lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants. Visit her at


Phil HardwickWestern Area Rep (TN, MS, AL): Phil Hardwick

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Phil Hardwick loves a good mystery. Early in his career, he solved real ones as a police officer and state investigator. These days he’s a professional economic and community developer who spends his spare time writing mysteries. He is the author of The Mississippi Mystery Series, a 10-book collection of short novels featuring Jack Boulder, Mississippi’s premier (fictional) private eye, including the latest volume, Letters from Lexington. Hardwick’s award-winning column on economic and community development appears bi-weekly in the Mississippi Business Journal.




Beth TerrellImmediate Past President: Jaden (Beth) Terrell

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Jaden (Beth) Terrell is a Shamus award finalist, the internationally published 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. Her short story, “Peace, Sometimes” was included in the short story anthology Killer Nashville Noir: Coldblooded. The 2009 recipient of the Magnolia Award for service to the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, she is also a member of International Thriller Writers, Private Eye Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. The former special education teacher loves ballroom dancing, has a red belt in Tae Kwan Do, and is certified in equine sports massage therapy. She conducts workshops for writers and is a developmental editor and writing coach, specializing in fiction. Website:



Paula_Gail_BensonPR and Promotions Chair: Paula Gail Benson

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A legislative attorney and former law librarian, Paula Gail Benson’s short stories have appeared online in Kings River Life and the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, and in print in Mystery Times Ten 2013, A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder, A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman, and Fish or Cut Bait: a Guppy Anthology. With Robert Dugoni, she wrote “A Matter of Honor,” which appears in Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-blooded. Currently, she serves as President of the Palmetto Chapter of SinC and is a Member-at-Large of the Guppy Chapter of SinC’s Steering Committee. She regularly blogs with others about writing mysteries at the Stiletto Gang and Writers Who Kill. Her personal blog is Little Sources of Joy and her website is



Mailing Address:


c/o  Maggie Toussaint

1146 Tolomato Drive SE

Darien, GA 31305

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