Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We welcome mystery lovers from anywhere, who share an interest in the Los Angeles mystery community. Find out more about our meetings, workshops, biennial anthologies we publish, the benefits of membership, and how you can join.


“Celebrating the Short Story”

DATE: Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

NETWORKING: 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

MEETING: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Join us on Sunday, October 3 at 2PM for a roundtable discussion with some of the authors of our upcoming anthology, AVENGING ANGELENOS. Contributors Laurel Wetzork, Melinda Loomis, Hal Bodner, Avril Adams, Meredith Taylor, Kathy Norris, and Lori Dillman will talk about writing the short story, and how they were inspired to write the ones for AVENGING ANGELENOS.

Kathy Norris‘s short story, “The Ink Well,” was inspired by Ink Well Beach, a segregated beach in Santa Monica in the 1950s.

Laurel Wetzork has worked in the film industry; taught university level courses; received her MA and BA from USC; and now writes fiction full time. Currently she’s finishing up a cozy mystery set in the Central Coast entitled “Olive Another” and a sci-fi series (Vella).

Melinda Loomis is a native Southern Californian. Her work has also appeared in anthologies from the San Diego and Guppies Chapters of Sisters in Crime. Visit her online at

Multiple Bram Stoker nominee Hal Bodner is best known for his irreverent horror novel, BITE CLUB. His latest book about a reluctant superhero, A STUDY IN SPANDEX, will be available from Crossroad Press in November 2021. At the moment, Hal is busily working to tint classic Noir with a nice shade of lavender with his newest series about a gay detective and his sidekick, a sophisticated madam.

After thirty years as a practicing clinical psychologist, Meredith Taylor retired to Pasadena to pursue a life of crime–at least on the page. She enjoys reading past her bedtime and will resume travel here and there, assuming we ever get through this pandemic.

Avril Adams lives in the Inland Empire. She writes crime fiction, often in the Noir genre. Her story “The Lowriders” was included in Last Exit to Murder and her story “Independence Day” was included in LAst Resort. She has had several other short stories published.  In addition to crime fiction Avril writes science fiction with a humanist twist and children’s stories. She is working on a novel starring an African-American female PI. Her animals are an inspiration for her fiction.

L. H. Dillman is not a Brit but a Californian through-and-through, an Angeleno by way of San Francisco, Marin and Napa. Though her law practice focused on business litigation, her early pro bono experiences helping incarcerated individuals fueled an enduring interest in criminal justice. She’s the author of four published short stories and is working on a novel involving the wrongful conviction of a Black Panther during the fraught counter-culture era.





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Each month hundreds of InBoxes sizzle with the exciting new SinC/LA WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH email, highlighting all new book releases and a monthly run-down of author events, put out by our Social Media board member to inboxes everywhere. As part of our ongoing mission to add to the value of your membership, we compile information on the latest hot releases by our author members for an email to the hundreds of mystery lovers on our contact list. If you’re a current, paid up member of the National chapter and Sisters in Crime/LA releasing a new crime fiction or mystery soon, go to the MEMBERS ONLY NEW RELEASE SUBMISSIONS section, enter your member password, and follow the instructions to fill out your submission form; the information will go to our Social Media and Public Relations board member to be handled in the next WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH mailing and also be promoted on our Social Media as applicable.

Please note that the SinC/LA WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH E-MAIL now goes out on THE 25TH OF EACH MONTH, so plan your submissions accordingly.