Month: September 2019

Do You NaNo?

NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — happens every November. In a flurry of writing, thousands of authors attempt to turn out hundreds of thousands of words to each finish a novel in a month.


How do they do it? One of the ways is through write-ins.


A write-in is simply a group of writers coming together — ideally where there is food and coffee! — to write together for a couple of hours. Sisters in Crime/LA will support our writing community this year with several write-ins across Los Angeles in November. Whether or not you’re officially doing NaNo, you are welcome to join fellow Sisters and Misters for a couple of ours of writing throughout the month. No pressure, just dedicated time to get words on a page.


Want more information? Email Laura Brennan at [email protected], and keep an eye on the website. Dates and places will be posted as we get closer to November 1st.


Happy writing!


For more information about NaNoWriMo, check out their website:

Sisters in Crime/LA Member Appearances – October 2019

Here’s where you can see our members in person this coming month (and subsequent months), or where you can find them – or their content – in media outlets! It is updated throughout the month with last minute additions and changes, so keep checking back!


Anne Louise Bannon will be talking about how to write a novel at the Pasadena Central Library (285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena) on October 3 at 7 p.m.


Members Ellen Byron and Mary Marks will both participate in the Kensington Cozy Club Convention: Western USA Region – Day 1, with Day 2 happening in San Diego. Here’s the full details on the local Saturday portion taking place in Redondo Beach,

Date: Saturday, November 16th, 2019, 12:00-4:00PM

Bookseller: Mysterious Galaxy / Creating Conversations

Venue: Redondo Beach Library

303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Cost to Attend: FREE


Christin Blum

Laura Bradford

Christin Brecher

Lynn Cahoon

Maria DiRico (Ellen Byron)

Peggy Ehrhart

C.M. Gleason / Colleen Gleason

Debra H. Goldstein

J.D. Griffo

Lee Hollis

Cheryl Hollon

Linda Johnson

Kathleen Krevat

Victoria Laurie

Laura Levine

Mary Marks

Sarah Osborne

Misty Simon


Join Autumn Doerr on Saturday October 26th at 6p.m. for a reading and book signing at Tea-Tasting, 40 Downtown Mall, Lodi 95240. Autumn will read from her new release, FREE FOR ALL, book two of the Lexi Fagan Mystery Series, as well as from BAKER’S DOZEN (book one).


Mister in Crime August Norman, and his debut thriller, COME AND GET ME: A Caitlin Bergman Novel, will be at Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis, October 25-27, and Bouchercon in Dallas, October 31-November 3, including the Sisters in Crime breakfast on Friday, November 1st.


SinC/LA members Laurie Stevens and Laura Brennan will be on a different kind of panel on Saturday, October 19, 3:15-4:15 pm at Canoga Park Library, 20939 Sherman Way Canoga Park 91303. Billed as A Halloween Escape Room and Spooky Tales, the event will focus on mysterious local happenings, incorporating true and spooky tales into an escape room game designed by Laura Brennan.

For ages 12 and over. You won’t be locked in, but you’ll have fun solving a mystery! Mark your calendar for this debut interactive event.


Jeri Westerson will be at the following locations: Wednesday, October 16, 3 to 4 pm — Halloween Spooktacular. Only on Facebook. Lots of authors all day. Check it out here: …THEN on Saturday, October 19, 5 pm to 9 pm, Jeri will be releasing TWO books — THE DARKEST GATEWAY & THE DAEMON DEVICE at her book launch and Sleepy Hollow Event at the Etiwanda Historical Society’s Chaffey-Garcia House 7150 Etiwanda Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Jeri’s event is free. Tours of the re-enactment of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will require tickets. … Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, Noon to 5 pm — California Library Association Conference. She’ll be at the Historical Novel Society Booth #525, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA.…Saturday, October 26, 3 pm — Facebook Virtual Launch of THE DARKEST GATEWAY and THE DAEMON DEVICE. Only on Facebook! Spend an hour with Jeri chatting, with video readings, plenty of laughs, and giveaways. Go to to sign up!




On November 14th, The Partnership Scholars Program is hosting a literary event for teens featuring Pamela Samuels Young and her young adult mysteries about child sex trafficking (#Anybody’s Daughter) and teen sexting (#Abuse of Discretion).




ON THE RUN: Australian Crime Writers in America
A panel with
Sulari Gentill * Robert Gott* Jock Serong * Emma Viskic
Moderator: Pasadena author and Sisters in Crime member Désirée Zamorano
Saturday, November 9, 5:00 PM
Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse – 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA




Craig Faustus Buck‘s Macavity-nominated short story “Race to Judgment” is now available as a podcast from ELLERY QUEEN. You can also read an interview with Craig Faustus Buck regarding a Twitter short story he wrote called “Hat Box” at MATTHEW TOFFOLO’S SUMMARY.
Member Dianne DeMille appeared recently on CU TV News Radio  to discuss the book she co-authored, PATH OF THE DEVIL: CAMINO DEL DIABLO.

MEMBER ARTICLE – What I Learned Helping to Promote FATALLY HAUNTED

What I Learned Helping to Promote the FATALLY HAUNTED Anthology

by Shannon Muir Broden


In my involvement with both the web and newsletter roles on this board, I found myself very much at the center of promotions for the anthology FATALLY HAUNTED, which the Sisters in Crime/LA chapter released in April 2019. One of my favorite parts was doing e-mail interviews with most of the authors in the anthology, which allowed me to learn about them as members as well as their stories, as well as practice my editing skills. Here’s a list of all of them, just in case you missed any. They’re all worth a read.

Julia Bricklin

Roger Cannon

Tony Chiachiaro

Lisa Ciarfella

Cyndra Gernet

B.J. Graf

A.P. Jamison

Micheal Kelly

Alison McMahan

Peter Sexton

Gobind Tanaka

Jennifer Younger


I also covered promotions in a visual way, starting with the cover reveal at the 2018 Holiday Party, followed by the early release debut of the anthology at LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS where I got to do my book signing of anthologies I was in alongside several people who had short stories in FATALLY HAUNTED. I had a great time, and I could tell that people loved getting the chance to meet these anthology authors in person.


Additionally, I got to hear many of the authors read their stories out loud doing photo coverage for the launch party for FATALLY HAUNTED.  They also got to sign books afterwards and interact with the guests. I liked hearing their own words in their own voices, though stories are meant to be enjoyed by anyone anywhere regardless of the reader. There’s still something magical in an author reading their own words.


Contributors to the anthologies have been on several panels talking about their stories and thoughts on writing this year, kicked off by a pre-release panel held in April in Brentwood at the local area library, which I also happened to be do coverage for. I really feel authors get to shine at these events, as they are asked  specific questions about the development and research of their stories, and on their own writing processes.



My last experience this year was photographing the author signings for FATALLY HAUNTED as part of California Crime Writers Conference 2019, where attending writers and editors signed copies of the anthology.



Even though I wasn’t published in the anthology, being a part of helping my fellow members be recognized really helped me in my growth. I’m naturally pretty shy, and as I didn’t know many people who made it into the anthology, ended up interacting with quite a few people for the first time, and that networking I found to be a valuable benefit.

So what’s next? Our next board will have the task of deciding what the next theme will be. Follow the Anthologies page for all the latest details in the coming year. I’m excited to find out what will be in store.

SISTERS IN CRIME/LA September 2019 Meeting Recap

Featured reader Sehba Sarwar read from her short story, “Railway Track,” featured in the anthology HOUSTON NOIR.


An award-winning writer and artist, Sehba Sarwar creates essays, stories, poems, and art that tackle displacement, migration, and women’s issues. Her poems and essays have appeared in New York Times Sunday Magazine, Asia: Magazine of Asian Literature, Creative Time Reports and elsewhere. Her short stories have been anthologized with Feminist Press Akashic Books, and Harper Collins India, while the second edition of her novel, Black Wings, was released in spring 2019 through Veliz Books.

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan in a home filled with artists and activists, Sarwar is currently based in Los Angeles where she teaches, writes, and offers talks.

Learn more at


Unmasking Evil

by Shannon Muir Broden

The story of “Clark Rockefeller,” the former San Marino resident who became a person of interest in the disappearance of John and Linda Sohus in the mid-1980s was one of two cases that local forensic handwriting expert Sheila Lowe walked the audience through. In this instance, she talked about the uncertainties regarding the authorship of several documents claimed to have been written by Linda Sohus. Sheila demonstrated patterns of consistency, as well as uniqueness, one would need to see as part of reaching a forensic handwriting conclusion. To have learned those specific secrets, you’d really have needed to been there, as much of this presentation relied on visual illustration!

Sheila also shared insight on another famous case regarding a couple called “The Ken and Barbie Killers,” plus gave the audience a few challenges for identifying the personalities behind handwriting samples. A key takeaway Sheila mentioned at the end of the talk is that patterns in handwriting can at best be predictors of behavior, not a guarantee.

Sheila is the author of nine mystery novels and six nonfiction books on handwriting psychology. Like her fictional character, Claudia Rose, Sheila Lowe is a real-life forensic handwriting examiner. The mother of a tattoo artist and a former rock star, she is a transplanted Brit who lives in Ventura. She’s published five nonfiction books on handwriting psychology, seven in the Forensic Handwriting Mysteries series, and two in the new Beyond the Veil Mysteries. Sheila is president of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, a 50 year-old non-profit educational organization and is on the board of directors of the Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners. She is often seen in the media when there are cases involving high profile handwriting. Her latest novel, Proof of Life, is in her new series, Beyond the Veil Mysteries.


Learn more at and



Sisters in Crime/LA Member Appearances – September 2019

Want to know where you can see our members in person? Here’s more details!

Join Ellen Byron and Nancy Cole Silverman at on Saturday September 14th at 3 p.m. at Mystery Ink (8907 Warner Ave. #135, Huntington Beach, CA 92647) to celebrate the September 10th releases of their new mysteries FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL (Crooked Lane Books) and THE HOUSE ON HALLOWED GROUND (Henery Press). There will be treats! Nancy and Ellen will also be speaking and signing at Book Carnival at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 29th (348 Tustin Avenue, Orange, CA.)

Ellen Byron will be interviewed by Kellye Garrett about her latest release, FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL, as well as her upcoming book, HERE COMES THE BODY (written as Maria DiRico) at New York City’s Book Culture (450 Columbus Avenue) on Tuesday, September 17th, at 7 p.m. Share the news with your tristate friends!


The following event includes member Diane DeMille, Ph.D.:


 PATH OF THE DEVIL: CAMINO DEL DIABLO is now in both English and Spanish!

Authors: Dianne DeMille Ph.D., Larry Hardin, Jeff Pearce, and Randy Torgerson

Come join us at our book signings on Sunday, September 29Westminster at 1:00 or Pasadena at 4:00!

Sunday, September 29th, 2019 at 1PM: Mystery Ink, 8907 Warner Ave #135, Huntington Beach, Westminster

Sunday, September 20th, 20109 at 4PM: Vromans, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.


Tori Eldridge, debut author of THE NINJA DAUGHTER, combines her writing and acting experience to teach Dynamic Readings and Believable Dialogue: An Actor’s Approach to Embodying Characters at the Central Coast Writers Conference in San Luis Obispo, Sept. 26-28.


Sheila Lowe will be the featured speaker at the SinC/LA Sept 8th meeting. On the 14th, she’ll be addressing a Camarillo writers group on writing a series, and on the 21st, she will speak at the SinC chapter in Nipomo about her new Beyond the Veil series, as well as showing the handwritings of the presidential hopefuls.


Janet Elizabeth Lynn and Will Zeilinger will be reading/presenting from their latest novel GAME TOWN at Lit Up Orange County on Tuesday, September 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 at the Bardot Bars and Coffee in Tustin.

For address go to:


SinCLA Mister in Crime August Norman will discuss his path to publication and sign his debut thriller, COME AND GET ME: A Caitlin Bergman Novel, as a guest speaker at the Southern California Writers’ Conference – Irvine, September 21st, Saturday morning, 8 AM. For more info, or


Joan Renner is teaching THE DARK HISTORY OF LOS ANGELES for Urban Elective. The class examines murder and mayhem in the city from 1850 to the present day. The six-week course is for adults 21-years and older and begins Monday, September 9, 2019. Enrollment details are available at:


In addition to her appearance at Mystery Ink with Ellen Byron mentioned earlier, you can catch Nancy Cole Silverman promoting THE HOUSE ON HALLOWED GROUND at these events:

Sunday, September 29, Book Carnival, Tustin
Saturday, October 12th, El Modena Public LIbrary
Saturday, October 26th, Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego

SISTERS IN CRIME/LA August 2019 Meeting Recap

Pamela Samuels Young read from her book ABUSE OF DISCRETION, and specifically talked about how there is a teen version as well as a regular version of the book. This is because although the subject matter is appropriate, some people have not felt comfortable with teenagers having the original book even though the subject matter involves teenagers as characters.



WordPress for Authors

by Shannon Muir Broden


Anne Louise Bannon then did a compare and contrast of the two different versions of WordPress for authors – either getting a free site via, or paying for a site through She outlined the pros and cons of each for an author in terms of development, maintenance, and public relations image. This was definitely one of those meetings that one could best benefit from by actually attending and seeing the demonstrations.

Her latest book is DEATH OF THE CITY MARSHAL.

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