August 20, 2018 – SISTERS IN CRIME/LA PRESENTS LAST RESORT as Pasadena City Library – Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles is a local chapter of an organization dedicated to the advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. The Los Angeles chapter publishes biennial anthologies. People came to hear from 10 authors who appeared in the LAst Resort anthology about their individual experiences, and why the City of Angels served as an excellent backdrop for crime and mystery fiction. The event was moderated by Chapter President Anne Louise Bannon and showcased Avril Adams, Paula Bernstein, Lynne Bronstein, Sarah M. Chen, L.H. Dillman, Wrona Gall, Cyndra Gernet, Melinda Loomis, Georgia Jeffries, Laurie Stevens, and Mae Woods.
On July 28, 2018, authors Jill Amadio (Digging Up The Dead), Janet Elizabeth Lynn (South of the Pier), and Will Zeilinger (co-author, Slick Deal, with Janet Elizabeth Lynn) appeared on a panel called “Mysteries Can Take You Everywhere” about telling mysteries stories in different times and places, and the challenges of placing characters in geographic locations to which they are not accustomed. The event was moderated by board member Shannon Muir, who authors short stories.
On May 19, 2018, as part of LitFest Pasadena, Anne Louise Bannon (Death of the Zanjero), Pamela Samuels Young (Abuse of Discretion), and Connie DiMarco (The Madness of Mercury) led workshop participants through the process of creating a fully-realized character, taking into account some of the issues faced by a female crime fighter.
Moderator Lida Sideris led panelists Connie DiMarco, Sheila Lowe and Catherine Pelonero about how they got around to it in “Someday I’ll Write a Novel” at the Culver City Library on April 14, 2018.