Cranberry woman authors story for crime anthology

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A mystery about a stay-at-home mom from a local writer is included in a newly released collection of stories.

Kristine Coblitz of Cranberry is one of 12 authors featured in “Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales,” an anthology of stories from the Mary Roberts Rinehart Pittsburgh chapter of Sisters In Crime Inc.

Her story, “A Playdate with Crime,” is about a stay-at-home mom who investigates the disappearance of a fellow mom. Coblitz, a work-at-home mom who works as an editor for a technical magazine, looked to her own life as a starting point for the story.

“I took what I do here and gave it an interesting spin,” Coblitz said.

For Coblitz the story was a return to fiction writing. She previously wrote and had published a short story about 10 years ago but her writing career has mostly focused on nonfiction articles.

“I'm hoping this will be a jump start,” she said.

Coblitz said the Sister In Crime group has been beneficial to her writing. The group aims to help women writers perfect their craft in crime stories.

“It's an amazing group of talented women. We help each other, it's just that camaraderie you're not going to get anywhere else,” she said.

Martha Reed of Aspinwall, whose story “Stranger Fig” is included in the anthology, is the chapter liaison for the group. She said members promote the continued development of writers and offer online workshops and other ways to help each other.

“We're inclusive, we're diverse, we deliberately try to keep things loose and fresh,” Reed said.

The anthology by the Pittsburgh chapter is one of many the organization has released. The Pittsburgh chapter of the group meets at Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont.

Besides Sisters in Crime, Reed also praised Pennwriters, a statewide organization that focuses on the craft of writing. She said both can help local authors.

“We're lucky in Western Pennsylvania for the area to have both,” Reed said of the organizations.

For more information on the book and Sisters In Crime Inc., see

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or

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