May 2023 Chapter Meeting

On Sunday, May 7, 2023, Jennifer Chow talked about the ins and outs of writing a cozy series, “Are you Series-ous.”

Jennifer J. Chow writes cozies filled with hope and heritage. She is an Agatha and Lefty Award-nominated author; her most recent series are the Sassy Cat Mysteries and the L.A. Night Market Mysteries. Her latest book, Death by Bubble Tea, was reviewed by the New York Times, featured in Woman’s World, and hit the SoCal Indie Bestseller List. Kirkus Reviews described her upcoming novel, Hot Pot Murder, this way: “Great characters and a delightful mystery filled with luscious descriptions of food.” Jennifer currently serves as President on the board of Sisters in Crime and blogs at She is an active member of Crime Writers of Color and Mystery Writers of America. Find her online at

Before reading from her book, Wined and Dined in New Orleans, Ellen Byron talked a bit about the WGA strike.

Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won multiple Agatha and Lefty awards. Bayou Book Thief, her first Vintage Cookbook Mystery, won the Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery. She also writes the Catering Hall Mystery series under the name Maria DiRico.

Ellen is an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning writer of TV hits like Wings, Just Shoot Me, and Fairly OddParents, plus many shows that quickly disappeared. Ellen was the 2023 Left Coast Crime Toastmaster but considers her most impressive achievement working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. Sign up for her
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