President: Maggie Toussaint

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 nineteen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The next book in her paranormal mystery series, Confound It, releases June 2018. 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: Debra Goldstein

Judge Debra H. Goldstein’s new Sarah Blair mystery series will be available from Kensington Press beginning in 2018. She also wrote Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery (2016) and the 2012 IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue, a mystery set on the University of Michigan’s campus. Her short stories have appeared in periodicals and anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, The Birmingham Arts Journal, and Day of the Dark: Stories of the Eclipse. Debra is the Sisters in Crime Guppy President and serves on the national Sisters in Crime board, numerous Birmingham, Alabama civic boards and is an MWA member. Visit her at

Treasurer: Jim Weikart

Mystery writer Jim Weikart graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop, University of Iowa in 1968 and attended workshops at Columbia University from 1970 to 1975. While practicing a successful career in tax accounting, Weikart attended Michael Neill’s coaching workshop titled Writing Naked on the Beach in 2007 and, in June 2008, led a workshop at the Manhattanville Writers Summer Week. He has two published mysteries, Casualty Loss and Harry’s Last Tax Cut, and also several published short stories. Visit him at


nancySecretary: Nancy Sartor

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. Visit her at:

Eastern Area Rep (NC, SC, GA): Stacy Allen

Stacy Allen’s love of adventure has taken her to over 70 countries. She has previously served on other board positions of Southeast Chapter of MWA. She is also a member of ITW, SinC, and Georgia Writers. She is an Advanced Open Water Diver, with additional certifications in EA NITROX, Cave, Night, and Wreck Diving. She plays guitar, sings, loves foreign languages, is married, and lives in the Atlanta area. Her Riley Cooper series features Dr. Riley Cooper, a SCUBA-diving archaeologist. Expedition Indigo is the first book in that series. She is represented by Jill Marr of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Visit her at:


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

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. Visit Phil at:


Beth TerrellImmediate Past President: Jaden (Beth) Terrell

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. Visit her at:


Paula_Gail_BensonPR and Promotions Chair: Paula Gail Benson

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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