Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Sisters in Crime Chapter

Affiliate Event — 3/27/22, OC Chapter “Lights! Camera! Crime!”

“Lights! Camera! Crime! Mysteries on the Big Screen”
March 27 2:00 p.m. PT….It’s Oscar Sunday,
but before the Oscars, join the Orange County Chapter of Sisters in crime for literary entertainment!

First, the Reader’s Forum, led by Pat Broeske

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Pat H. BroeskeA longtime member of O.C. Sisters in Crime, Pat H. Broeske has published best-selling biographies of Howard Hughes and Elvis Presley, and short fiction (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine). A veteran journalist who covers the intersection (on and off screen) of Hollywood & Crime, she also teaches film analysis for the Emeritus Institute of Saddleback College.

Then, at 3:00 p.m. PT

T. Jefferson Parker and his new novel, A Thousand Steps,

in conversation with Barb DeMarco-Barrett, president of the Orange County Chapter.

T. Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles and has lived all his life in Southern California. He was educated in public schools in Orange County, and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976. His writing career began in 1978, with a job as a cub reporter on the weekly newspaper, The Newport Ensign. After covering police, city hall and cultural stories for the Ensign, Parker moved on to the Daily Pilot newspaper, where he won three Orange County Press Club awards for his articles. All the while he was tucking away stories and information that he would use in his first book. Parker’s first novel, Laguna Heat, was written on evenings and weekends while he worked as a reporter, and was published to rave reviews and made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn. Parker’s following novels — all dealing with crime, life and death in sunny Southern California — were published to rave reviews and appeared on many bestseller lists. His writing has been called “potent and irresistible” (Los Angeles Times), and “resonant, literate and powerful” (Kirkus). The New York Times wrote that “T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer.” A Thousand Steps, a novel taking place in late 60s Laguna Beach, focues on Matt Antony, a sixteen year old out to find his sister. The book was published in 2022. When not working, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, exercising his dogs. He cannot pass by a body of water without wanting to fish it. He also enjoys rock hounding, cycling and being outdoors.

Orange County chapter president Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is editor of Palm Springs Noir (Akashic, 2021), which she also contributed a story. Her first book, Pen on Fire, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Her writing has appeared in Coolest American Stories 2022, USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series, Inlandia, Antarctica Journal, Rock and a Hard Place, Crossing Borders, Poets and Writers, and The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine. She hosts the podcast, Writers on Writing. More at

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Mar 27, 2022 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our Sunday meetings are always free to the public, but donations are always welcome. Any amount helps. See this website for more information:

Affiliate Event — March 24, 2022, How to Write Multiple Genres and more!

isters in Crime Grand Canyon Writers proudly present
Fireside Chats!
Spend an evening with acclaimed, bestselling authors

and learn from the masters – in the comfort of your own home.

Join us for the March Fireside Chat
Thursday, March 24, 2022

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time

“Open New Avenues: How to Write Multiple Genres and Write 3-4 Books in a Year!”

Jeffrey J. Mariotte, award-winning author of more than seventy novels

Jeff’s Website

Edith Maxwell, Agatha-winning and Macavity-nominated author, also writes as Maddie Day.

Visit Edith’s website

How to keep each series unique and fresh.
How to ensure each character has a distinctive voice and personality.
How to approach research. How much research is done before a book is started.
What are the biggest challenges faced and how to overcome them to keep writing schedules in place.
What should an author consider before writing multiple series? Is there a magic number of books in one series that an author should write before starting a new series?

To register: Follow this link

Affiliate Event: Humour in Crime Fiction, March 17th

The Toronto Chapter invites you to their next meeting to be held virtually on

Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time (7:00 PM Eastern Time)

Melodie Campell, Award-Winning Humour Author

“Over My Dead Body: Humour in Crime Fiction”


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Melodie Campell gets called names! The Toronto Sun called her “Canada’s Queen of Comedy,” and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine dubbed her the “Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake”. We just call her awesome.

Join Melodie Campbell as she shows you how she does it (with examples) and breaks down the various types of humour you can include in your own work or merely enjoy in your reading. So whether you’re a reader or a writer, Melodie’s presentation promises to be filled with wit and wisdom.

Winner of 10 awards, including The Derringer (US) and the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence, she has multiple bestsellers and was featured in USA Today. Her publications include over 100 comedy credits, 16 novels, and 60 short stories, but she’s best known for The Goddaughter mob caper series.

Meeting Time and Location

The Zoom meeting will start with an informal chat at 6:30 p.m., with the formal meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. No need to register.

Click this link to join the Zoom meeting:

Sisters in Crime LA What’s New – March 2022

MARCH 2022


1) The Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime announces its 2023 anthology, “Entertainment To Die For.” Submissions open March 1 and close May 31, 2022. The judges of this blind contest will consider stories up to 7500 words in any sub-genre of crime. Guidelines will appear here soon:

2) Partners In Crime, the San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime, seeks stories of up to 5000 words for its 2023 short story collection, “Crime Under The Sun.”
The deadline is 6/15/22.

3) The International Crime Writers Association (CAA) is accepting submissions of traditional mystery short stories for its 2022 Margery Allingham Prize until February 28

4) New Arc Books, an imprint of Level Best Books, is actively seeking new
novel-length fiction in the categories of Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Literary Fiction, Romantic Suspense, etc.

5) Tempered Tales Magazine, a paid outlet, will be open to short story (up to 1500 words) submissions on the theme of “Medusa” between March 1 and March 15, 2022

6) Bouchercon’s 2023 anthology, tentatively titled “Peril Under The Palms” is open for submissions. The deadline is October 15, 2022

7) The Writer’s Digest 91st Annual Writing Competition is now open for submissions. The early bird deadline is May 6, 2022. Winners of the 2021 competition will be announced in the Nov / Dec issue of the magazine. For categories and guidelines, see


8) Sisters in Crime National is accepting applications for the Eleanor Taylor Brand Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award given annually to emerging writers of color in the genre. Deadline: March 31, 2022.


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An impossible crime. A family legacy. The intrigue of hidden rooms and secret staircases. Known for her wonderfully addictive characters, multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in this heartfelt series debut. Under Lock & Skeleton Key layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers enchanted. Out March 15 from Minotaur Books:

Out Now!
by our very own Prez,
Paula Bernstein

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Mike Befeler has a short story in the new anthology Eccentric Circles

The Wages of Sin: The ballad of Margie and Dale,” by Joan Renner, appears in The Best New True Crime Stories by Partners in Crime


Committing Suicide,” a short story by Gay Kinman, appears in the January 2022 edition of the online magazine, King’s River Life.

Lori Dillman’s story “Just One” appears in the Bould Awards Short Story Anthology 2021, Volume 2, available in print and e-book.


Gay Kinman’s new short story, The Burglaries, is out on Kindle. The wonderful cover art is the creation of Peggy Chan.



CONGRATS to Matt Coyle for his Barry Award nomination for Best Novel. His book, Last Redemption, has also been nominated for a Lefty Award. His fellow Barry Award nominees include Michael Connelly, S.A. Crosby, Stephen King, and Naomi Hirarara. (Nice company!) The winner will be announced at the opening of Bouchercon in Minneapolis on September 8, 2022.

Previously Announced Nominations:


Congrats to Gigi Pandian for her Edgar Award nomination for Best Short Story.
The Locked Room Library” appeared in the July / August issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Edgar awards in this and other categories are given annually by Mystery Writers of America. The winners will be announced at the Edgars Banquet in NYC on April 28.


Congratulations to Wendall Thomas for her nomination for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel for her 2021 book, Fogged Off. Winners of Lefty Awards will be announced at the Left Coast Crime convention in Albuquerque in April.


CONGRATULATIONS to Ellen Byron for her nomination for the Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Award for Cajun Kiss of Death. Her fellow nominees include Louise Penny and Hank Phillippi Ryan. Winners of Agatha Awards will be announced at the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda in April. The book has also been nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel.

Mimi Lee Cracks the Code

And we congratulate Jennifer Chow for her nomination for the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel for Mimi Lee Cracks the Code. Winners of Lefty Awards will be announced at the Left Coast Crime convention in Albuquerque in April

Upcoming Webinars and Other Online Resources

March 5, 2022, 9 am
Free to Sisters in Crime members
Register here:

This webinar is part of the SinC into Great Writing series. The event will take place on March 5, 2022 at noon ET/11am CT/10am MT/9am PT. The seminar includes three panels: Things I Wish I’d Known: Jennifer J. Chow, Jennifer Hillier, Ausma Zehanat Khan , moderated by Wanda M. Morris Publishing in the Present Tense: Michelle Addo, Jenny Chen, Samantha Fabien, moderated by Kellye Garrett Structures for Success: Gigi Pandian, Alex Segura, moderated by Sandra S.G. Wong

March 3, 2022, 3:30 pm
Free to Sisters in Crime members

The March meeting of the Upstate South Carolina chapter will feature guest speaker Carmen Amato, mystery and thriller author, who will talk about her 30 years in the CIA, her police procedural series, and her recent foray into historical fiction. Carmen has traveled the world, surviving multiple earthquakes, a persona-non-grata expulsion, a train derailment, and a Givenchy fashion show. Networking at 3:30 pm pacific time; presentation starts at 4 pm pacific time.

Free to Sisters in Crime Members


Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for Writer’s Digest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World; her newsletter was awarded Media Outlet of the Year in 2020.

Entertainment to Die for! new Anthology Submissions 2023

New submission guidelines for the
2023 Sisters in Crime / LA Anthology
open March 1, 2022 & close May 31, 2022
Theme/Title of Anthology:


Visit the Anthologies Page for more details!

March 12, April 2, and May 7 SINC Canada West Affiliate events

Join Sisters in Crime – Canada West for these three events!
March 12th, April 2nd, and May 7th

George Fong, retired FBI Special Agent
Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time

Join Sisters in Crime – Canada West as they interview George Q. Fong, a retired special agent of the FBI, about life as a member of the famed U.S. agency.

Mr. Fong’s lengthy career with the FBI spanned the USA and involved investigations of international drug traffickers, gangs, organized crime, and kidnappers. An author of crime fiction, Mr. Fong also lectures at the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference in California.

Send in advance questions to events (at)

To register for George Fong:


Ads for Authors with Alec Peche
Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time

With nearly 8,000 books published each day, every author must help readers find their books by running ads on major platforms. This webinar will walk you through setting up basic ads on Facebook, Amazon, and Bookbub.
Alec Peche is the California author of 18 mystery thriller books in three series. She served on the National Board of Sisters in Crime from 2018-2021 and is a member of the NorCal and Coastal Cruisers Chapters.

To register for Ads for Authors:

Private Investigators: Being Them, Writing Them
Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time

Sisters in Crime – Canada West has a panel of experts for this one! Moderator Sam Wiebe (author of the Dave Wakeland private investigation novels) and panelists Shoshona Freedman (author and a one-time Canadian P.I.) and Colin Worth (Canadian private investigator) will discuss the realities of being a private investigator and the challenges of writing fiction about private investigators.

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To register for Private Investigators:

March 12th Affiliate Event with Amber Royer

Start March Off Right … and Write!
Don’t Miss This EXCEPTIONAL Event for ALL Writers!

Invite You to
Think Like a Journalist to Write Powerful Fiction!
with Multi-Series Author, Instructor and Writing Coach
Amber Royer

March 12, 2022
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Register here: SistersInCrimeGrandCanyonWritersRegistration


  • Why does breaking down “who, what, why, where, when, and how” help you craft a memorable novel?
  • How will a journalistic approach make your novel’s theme resonate?
  • Which steps ensure that your story has the kind of momentum agents and editors are looking for?
  • How can you use journalistic techniques to connect with readers and develop multiple plot layers?
  • Why will looking at a story through a journalistic lens create a more complete world and a more profound, logical storyline?
  • Discover which details you should include or eliminate—whether your setting is real or imaginary?
  • How do you craft absorbing descriptions that draw readers in?
  • Learn new keys to captivating readers.

Amber Royer is the author of The Chocoverse Science Fiction Series and The Bean to Bar Mysteries. From Amber:

“I like to tell stories that involve complex characters caught up in sticky situations larger than themselves, with no easy answers in sight. If you’re looking for flawed romantic leads, danger and adventure, and optimistic multicultural themes, you’re probably in the right place. I write fiction about chocolate, aliens, solving murders, saving the galaxy, falling in love and more. My stories usually have a comedic element that comes across as the hope the characters need to get through the toughest times.”

WRITING INSTRUCTOR: “Over 14 years experience teaching creative writing for both teens and adults. My classes emphasize sound psychological character creation, and will help you ensure that your characters are displaying agency right off the bat, which will ensure that your story has momentum.”

Visit her website for more:

March 3rd Affiliate Event!

March 3rd, 2022

3:30 PM Pacific Time!

Chapter News and Networking: 6:30 PM- 09:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime
Carmen Amato — former CIA officer

Intelligence Officer to Mystery Author
The Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime hopes you can join us on March 3rd at 6:30 pm EST when Carmen Amato — mystery and thriller author — will speak to us about her 30 years as a CIA intelligence officer, her Detective Emilia Cruz police series, and her recent foray into historical fiction.
Carmen has traveled the world, surviving multiple earthquakes, a persona non grata expulsion, a train derailment, and a Givenchy fashion show.

Carmen has traveled the world, surviving multiple earthquakes, a persona non grata expulsion, a train derailment, and a Givenchy fashion show.

Carmen draws on her counterdrug and espionage experiences to craft intrigue-filled crime fiction, notably the award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz police series. Emilia is the first female police detective in Acapulco, confronting Mexico’s cartels, corruption and social inequalities. The series won the Poison Cup award for Outstanding Series from CrimeMasters of America in both 2019 and 2020 and has been optioned for television.

Carmen’s next works are a 3-book Galliano Club series set in 1926 New York, based on her grandfather’s tales from his time as Deputy Sheriff of Oneida County during Prohibition.

Learn more about Carmen and her books at



Affliliate Event — Citrus Crime Writers’ — James N. Frey

Citrus Crime Writers Orlando Chapter presents
Writing a Damn Good Novel
with James N. Frey
Sunday, February 13 at 2:00 p.m. EST. (11:00 a.m. PST)

James N. Frey will present a crash course in the down-to-earth basics of storytelling with a focus on strong narrative lines, fascinating characters, steadily building conflicts, and satisfying conclusions. Learn how to face that intimidating first page, keep on track when you falter, and recognize, analyze, and correct the problems in your own work.

Frey is the author of the widely read How To Write A Damn Good Novel, How To Write A Damn Good Novel II: Advanced Techniques, The Key: Writing Damn Good Fiction Using The Power Of Myth, and How to Write a Damn Good Mystery: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript. He is an award-winning playwright and the author of nine novels, including The Long Way To Die, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, and Winter Of The Wolves, a Literary Guild Selection.

Please contact Ruth Owen at [email protected] for the Zoom link.


Murderous March — Affiliate Event

Murderous March 4-5, 2022
Hosted by The Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime,
The Mavens of Mayhem

Guests of Honor:
Catriona McPherson and Hank Phillippi Ryan

The Mavens of Mayhem will once again be hosting Murderous March on March 4-5, 2022, see the link for prices and an extended schedule!

This year’s guests of honor are Catriona McPherson and Hank Phillippi-Ryan.

The two-day live virtual conference features:

  • Catriona’s Master Class on Settings
  • Hank’s Master Class on Great Beginnings
  • A Pitch Workshop by Edwin Hill
  • Author Speed Dating
  • Moderated Panels chock full of great authors on Amateur Sleuths, British Mysteries, The Art of Detection, Crime in the 20s, 30s, & 40s, and Villains!

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