Thursday, June 6, 2019

August Speaker/Paralegal, Miranda Hall

I've been a paralegal for 17 years. I have worked mostly in the family law sector. I worked in the Webster County Prosecuting Attorney's office for just over 2 years as a violent crimes paralegal. At that time I worked on murder, suicide, assault and sex crime cases. I was also a back up victim advocate. 
Image may contain: 1 personI was invited to be a state witness at the execution of Rodrick Nunley. That was an unforgettable experience. 
After advocating for a ten year old victim I was demoted due to standing up to my boss and eventually sought employment elsewhere. 
I am currently employed at Schneider Law, LLC. I have had the privilege of working there for the last 2.5 years. 
I currently live with my children outside of Marshfield, Missouri. I am going through yet another divorce due to experiencing first hand what methamphetamine does to a person and their family. 
I spend my free time with my 11 year old twins and with my 4 horses. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

                                   Saturday May, 11th 
                               Business Meeting 10:00 a.m.
                              Library Center on S. Campbell
                                      Speaker at 11:00 am

                      MAY SPEAKER - TIERNEY JAMES

                       How to write the novel with realism

Tierney James decided to become a full-time writer after working in education for over thirty years. Besides serving as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and attending Space Camp for Educators, Tierney served as a Geo-teacher for National Geographic. Her love of travel and cultures took her on adventures throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. From the Great Wall of China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Tierney weaves her unique experiences into the adventures she loves to write. Living on a Native American reservation and in a mining town, fuels the characters in the Enigma and Wind Dancer series.

After moving to Owasso, Oklahoma the love of teaching continued in her marketing and writing workshops along with the creation of educational materials and children’s books. Try some of her other books to bring a little adventure to your life.  Speaking at book clubs, school functions, church and community groups are a few of the things Tierney enjoys doing when not writing her next adventure. She also helps beginning writers in their quest to becoming a published author through her workshops and classes.

Books by Tierney James
Enigma Series                                            Stand Alone Novels
An Unlikely Hero                                                   The Rescued Heart
Winds of Deception                                                Dance of the Devil’s Trill
Rooftop Angels                                                       Turnback Creek
Black Mamba
Wind Dancer Series                                    Education
Dark Side of Morning                                               African Safari
Children’s Books
There’s a Superhero in the Library
Zombie Meatloaf
Mission K9 Rescue
How to Market A Book Someone Besides Your Mother Will Read

Monday, April 8, 2019

April Speaker/ Susan Keene on Writing

cropped-Susan-Keene-Facebook-Crop-1.jpgSusan spent years in the medical profession. During that time she spent two years taking x-rays in the morgue at St. Louis County Hospital to help doctors find cause of death of any and all bodies found outside the hospital arena, and spent seven years on the Trauma Team at De Paul Hospital in St. Louis.
Susan lives on a working farm in the beautiful Ozarks.
She has had an eclectic background from which she garners ideas for mystery novels.
She later worked for a national company as a trouble shooter. Her last job with a boss was as a sales trainer.
She retired at age fifty-five to run a pickle factory, Dinah's Kitchen.
Susan's great loves are her daughter and her grand children.  She is an avid reader. Her favorite hobby is to run her metal detector around the farm which is registered as part of the Trail of Tears.

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Don't forget to sign up for THE MEGA WRITE-IN, January 5th, 2019 from 10 A.M until 4 P.M.  Lunch is provided for a $5 fee.  Sign up here.  

About JANO
During January, 2010, Sleuths’ Ink held it’s first-ever JANO challenge. Modeled after the popular National Novel Writing Month in November, JANO begins in, you guessed it, January.
Participants are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of January. Join us and kick off the new year with a novel.

Two good reasons we picked January: 

1) You get an extra day to write. To complete 50,000 words during January, you only need to write 1,613 words a day.

2) The holidays are over. Winter has set in. What better way to spend a long, dreary month than writing a novel?


Sleuths' Ink will hold its Ninth Annual JANO beginning January 1, 2019. Please join us and kick off the new year by writing a new novel or adding new words to a work in progress.  This even is open to Sleuths' Ink members. 

Rules: There may be no actual writing on your JANO novel until January 1, but you may plot your novel and create character sketches before January 1. On that date, begin writing like mad (no editing) the entire month in order to reach the 50,000-word goal.  

To celebrate JANO members’ successes, Sleuths’ Ink will award three prizes:

First Person to reach 50,000
2nd Person to reach 50,000
Best first sentence. 

Details are forthcoming, but prizes will be awarded at the February meeting. You must be a paid member of Sleuths' Ink by the February meeting to be eligible for prizes. 

On Your Mark!
Start Plotting

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

November 10th Speaker - Synova Cantrell

Synova Cantrell is Southwest Missouri’s #1 True Crime Writer/Blogger. She is the author of Unorganized Crime; a biography of the ex-gangster Sidney Heard of Chicago, IL. This thrilling tale of con games, bank robbery, and mayhem has recently been endorsed by a retired FBI agent. Her best-selling series, Seriously Stupid Criminals is a fan favorite in both paperb
ack and e-book formats. Her latest e-book, Grim Justice tells the story of a judge and his wife murdered in Palm Beach, Florida in 1955. Fans eagerly await her newest serial killer series set to launch late 2018.

Synova is on a mission. Every week she highlights a cold case on her blog to help generate tips. She firmly believes together we can give grieving families answers, hope, and support.

To follow all her adventures and read her true crime blog, log onto
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Cop or Police Officer? KWEN GRIFFETH

Join us on September 8th as Kwen Griffeth talks about his career in Law Enforcement.

I started my law enforcement in the Army where I was a Military Policeman. My assignments were varied.

I patrolled behind the Berlin Wall before it came down. Not to arrest the Soviets, but to keep an eye on them. 

I worked regular patrol duty and traffic duty. Patrol duty is exactly what we think it is, everything gets addressed at some time. Traffic is enforcing traffic laws and investigating accidents. 

I also worked undercover narcotics for three years while in Germany. I worked with the German Polizei. 

After the military I worked for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico. I graduated with Honors from my academy. 

I worked patrol in the South Valley of Bernalillo and later traffic. On the traffic detail, I investigated all fatal accidents, all major injury accidents and any accident involving a police unit. I was used as an extension of IA when working related accidents. My partner and I also had the highest felony arrest count on the department for two years. I have investigated every type of crime doable.