BOARD OF DIRECTORS – 2018
Pam McWilliams called New York City home during her post-college career working in financial PR and on Wall Street, but she’s lived in the Dallas area long enough to have mostly raised two sons, three Golden Retrievers and one husband. She’s passionate about any good read and co-hosts a Book Club for some disadvantaged elementary school kids in South Dallas, but when it comes to writing, she prefers the twists and turns of a mystery. So far her fiction has appeared in Shooter Literary Magazine and two anthologies: Meet Cute and Murder Across the Map. Pam also blogs about the Arts (and why they matter!) in Shouts from a Third Act.
Vice President | Treasurer
Charlotte Gruber has loved to read her whole life. Growing up, she hoped to live the exciting life of a protagonist—instead, she found herself in a variety of jobs, including: exercise jockey, women’s apparel buyer, Registered Nurse, and auctioneer. She brings this checkered past to her crime fiction novels. She’s a member of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. A third generation Texan, Charlotte lives in Dallas with her husband, daughter, and two very crazy dogs.
Barbara Spencer enjoyed a non-fiction writing career with San Antonio News and Jan Gardner Advertising before joining a Fortune 500 company where she designed and presented corporate training materials and other business communications. She now pursues her true love of writing fiction, especially mysteries. While her first novel Family Business is waiting for a publisher to love and publish it, she works on her follow-up novel, writes short stories and volunteers for her favorite causes. She also is on the Resource Team for the Educational Committee and the Monitoring Project for Sisters in Crime National. A Frisco resident, she has three outstanding grown daughters, three perfectly wonderful grandchildren and one adorable fur baby.
Secretary | Membership
Valerie Wigglesworth is a wannabe novelist who writes about the suburbs as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News. She keeps tabs on cities and schools in one of the nation’s fastest growing areas. She also loves true-crime, where the details are sometimes stranger than fiction. She’s covered several high-profile trials and finds some of the most fascinating reads in court records. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s doing the family thing with her husband and two kids.
Social Media | Newsletter | Webmaster
David’s backstory is rooted in Arkansas, but his call to adventure began when he moved to the DFW metroplex and found opportunity to pursue his true, lifelong passion: writing. He crossed the threshold when his short story, “The Bruised Banana,” won awards in two Texas writing competitions. Now, continuing his writer’s journey, David has completed a couple of stage plays, is currently writing his debut novel, and is an active member of several writers organizations. His ultimate goal, beyond publishing his romance/mystery novel and its planned sequel, is to become an acclaimed playwright.
Jan Angelley cut her “writing teeth” drafting indictments, plea agreements, and 5th Circuit Appellate Briefs while working as a criminal legal assistant for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, TX. Since retiring, she now writes short stories, poetry, Young Adult novels and historical fiction. She’s had short stories published in the Bridgeport Index, and has self-published one Young Adult book, The Chinwag Warrior. Jan is now a resident of Frisco, TX, where she chairs a writing critique group. She has two sons who live in the Dallas area and four adorable grandchildren.
Immediate Past President
Melissa Lenhardt writes mystery, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Heater Mystery Magazine, The Western Online, and Christmas Nookies, a holiday romance anthology. Her debut novel, Stillwater, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest. Melissa lives in Texas, with her husband and two sons.