These Two Authors are Truly “Sisters in Crime”


Lynette Hall Hampton is one of the Triad’s most prolific authors, with 45 books in several genres. The most recent are 11 western historical romances written under the pseudonym Agnes Alexander (based on an old family name). These include “Fiona’s Journey,” “Edwina’s Husband,” “Camilla’s Daughters,” and one she just signed a contract for, “Josephine’s Challenge”—part of a planned series of 26 each bearing a woman’s name.  

Lynette was in third grade when she knew she would one day write a book. It took several years, many small publications of poems, short stories, children’s books, and a host of articles, to reach her dream: publication in 2004 of the first of her seven mystery novels. Three are still available as ebooks in her State Murder Series. Yes, “Murder in North Carolina” is one. S.C. and George get their share, too.

This grandmother of two also wrote several romantic suspense novels. For more about her work, visit You can meet Lynette at the Sisters in Crime booth at Bookmarks Festival of Books on Sept. 9 in downtown Winston-Salem, where she will autograph her books. You can also meet her again a week later when she will serve on the panel “Love, Money, and Murder: Writing and Marketing the Romance Novel and the Cozy,” on Sunday, Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m., at High Point Library. This free event is open to the public until 5 p.m., with refreshments and much to interest all writers, readers, and families. It is sponsored by the Triad Chapter, which Lynette/Agnes founded 14 years ago.

Chris Roerden has been a full-time book editor for 55 years, working with crime writers since 1987. (She’ll name only those who admit to being edited, notably award-winning Hank Phillippi Ryan.) Chris also taught writing part-time for the University of Maine (where she  earned a B.A. in English summa cum laude and an M.A.), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and SUNY in upstate New York. She’s led 350 workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada, and took one summer off to teach American communication to schoolteachers in South Korea for UNESCO.

Her own writing includes a game, invited articles, and 11 nonfiction books, six of them ghosted; a memoir of teaching in Korea; and two books for writers. Don’t Murder Your Mystery won the national Agatha award, was nominated for the Anthony and Macavity awards, and became a Writer’s Digest Book Club alternate selection. When her publisher wanted to reproduce that success for other markets, she revised her Don’t book as the all-genre Don’t Sabotage Your Submission. It won the Benjamin Franklin Award, Florida Writer’s Association’s Best Educational/Informative Book Award, and FWA’s Royal Palm best of show.

She leads free writing programs at the High Point Library for the Triad Chapter of Sisters in Crime, of which she’s a founding mother. Meet her at Bookmarks on Sept. 9, or get a 15-minute free writing consultation as part of Sisters in Crime’s anniversary celebration for the public on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2-5 p.m., at the High Point Library. Look for the cake and balloons!


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