Meet the Board

Frances Aylor


Travel and investing are two of my passions. I’ve visited the Forbidden City in China, the Hermitage in Russia, the Wailing Wall in Israel, and Iguazu Falls in South America. I enjoyed white-water rafting in Costa Rica, parasailing in Mexico, hot air ballooning in Sedona and whale watching in Alaska.

I hold the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, worked in the investment industry, and am a past president of CFA Society Virginia.

Money Grab is my first financial thriller.

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Kristin Kisska

Vice President and Program Chair

Kristin Kisska used to be a finance geek, complete with MBA and Wall Street pedigree, but now Kristin is a self-proclaimed fictionista. Kristin contributed short stories of mystery and suspense to five anthologies, including Malice Domestic’s Mystery Most Geographical (2018). She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Vice President of Sisters in Crime-Central Virginia, and James River Writers. When not writing suspense, she can be found on her website~, posting on Facebook at KristinKisskaAuthor, and Tweeting @KKMHOO. 

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Judy Chalkley

Treasurer and Membership Chair

J. A. Chalkley is a native Virginian. She is a writer, retired public safety communications officer, and a member of Sisters in Crime.

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K. L. Murphy


K.L. Murphy is a freelance writer and editor and the author of the Detective Cancini Mystery Series: A GUILTY MIND, STAY OF EXECUTION, and THE LAST SIN. Her short story, BURN, is featured in the anthology DEADLY SOUTHERN CHARM. In addition, she is the author of THE CENTER: FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, the seventy-year history of the Richmond Jewish Community Center. She lives in Richmond, VA, with her husband, children, and two amazing dogs.


Mary Burton


New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton is has been praised by Publishers Weekly for her “tense, sexy and pleasingly complex”* writing. Her latest novel, Cut and Run, takes readers to Texas Hill Country, where long dormant cold cases hold the key to saving a missing pregnant teenager’s life.

Mary’s first book was published in 2000 and she’s now the author of thirty-one novels of romance and suspense, five novellas, and four contemporary novels written as Mary Ellen Taylor.

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Heather Weidner

Publicity and Social Media: Website and Facebook

Heather Weidner is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries, and the Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Murder by the Glass, and Deadly Southern Charm. Her novellas appear in the Mutt Mysteries series.

Some of her life experience comes from being a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, IT manager, and cop’s kid. Visit her at

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Maggie King

Social Media: Instagram 

Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, Murder by the Glass, and Death by Cupcake.

Maggie is a member of James River Writers, Short Mystery Fiction Society, International Thriller Writers, and is a founding member of Sisters in Crime Central Virginia, where she manages the chapter’s Instagram account. In addition, she serves on the Social Media Team for Sister in Crime National. She has worked as a software developer, retail sales manager, and customer service supervisor.


Maggie graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Glen, and cats, Morris and Olive.


S. E. Warwick

Critique Group

S.E. Warwick, in the last century earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Ever since, she has been trying to decipher the American enigma.

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