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mystery writers gather at Jenifer Ruff's dining table in Challis Farm. They draw numbers, and James "Jim" Charles Boatner is selected to go first, followed by Ruff. The group gets right to work with little chitchat. The vibe is cordial and respectful, but the writers are not there to socialize or eat. They share one laser focus: getting published. For this month's critique, Boatner and Ruff have submitted first chapters of new suspense novels. Boatner's is a historical novel set in the mid- 1800s called "Yellowstone." Ruff's is a young adult novel named "Game Changer." Dennis Carrigan, a retired English teacher, offers grammar tips, which the group has come to expect. When asked why they meet at 9:30 a.m., he says jovially, "We don't have jobs." Susan Mills Wilson, a retired business administrator with a new novel coming When asked why they meet at 9:30 a.m., Dennis Carrigan (right) says jovially, "We don't have jobs." Jenifer Ruff (right, blue necklace) hosts a mystery writers' group meeting at her home in Challis Farm. The group is affiliated with the Charlotte Writers Club. 40 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE FALL 2016 BALLANTYNE | feature