A former political writer for the Austin American-Statesman, Dixie later taught writing at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. While there she published a book, along with colleagues, on the communication practices of small organizations, Thinking Big. Staying Small. When she teamed up with Sue to write fiction, they sold a screenplay treatment to a Hollywood producer.
Although the movie was never made, they used the seed money to found ThirtyNineStars, their publishing company. They also produced a second screenplay based on the life of a Waco schoolteacher who was imprisoned in World War I because of his German heritage and his work with early radio broadcasting. That screenplay, Wireless, was a finalist for the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project in 2003.
About Sue Meredith Cleveland:
Author and Artist,Sue is an award-winning artist who has worked in multiple media including oil, watercolor and fiber. Her earliest publications include articles advocating childbirth education and humanizing hospital care. Shrouded, a mystery Sue collaborated on with Dixie, was a finalist in the 2017 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest. One Slip Over the Line, Sue’s work-in-progress Young Adult novel, was a 2015 finalist in the Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award. Sue’s essays, literary memoir pieces, and short stories have been featured in award-winning literary journals, magazines, and blogs. Wireless, a screenplay she collaborated on with Dixie, was a semi-finalist for the 2003 Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project. Sue has written two pre-published Middle Grade novels: A Shadow Over Silver and Blue Water Over Dark Secrets.
Three murders, the disappearance of a young nun who is a girlhood friend and theft of the Shroud of Turn are just some of the mysteries that entangle Crispin Leads within days of her arrival in Rome. An NYU graduate student, Crispin fights relapse into her youthful stress relief disorder of self-harm as she applies her considerable mental powers to try to find her friend and the killers behind the theft. She teams up with a young priest even though she is not sure she can trust him. They make a run for it, evading police and a mysterious stalker. In the days that follow they escape death and torture as they unravel the secrets of an unholy plot. The wild chase takes them to Spain and, finally, Paris, where the fearful truth waits for them.
Meredith Lee is the pen name for the Austin-based writing team of Dixie Lee Evatt and Sue Meredith Cleveland. Their process includes research trips to foreign counties to sample wine and food and, when required, the occasional dramatic performance of a scene to make sure it “works.”