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.
Next Chapter Meeting: Sunday, August 5, 2018
Think Like an Editor/Write Like a Pro
Writing and editing are two very different skills — and a great book needs both. This panel features two of our Fatally Haunted anthology editors, Sheila Lowe and Laurie Stevens, and will be moderated by Avril Adams. Topics covered will include when to wear your Editor hat (and when not to); how an editor evaluates a manuscript; how, as a writer, to take notes like a pro; and tips and tricks gleaned from working with editors on their own books.
Like her fictional character, Claudia Rose, Sheila Lowe is a real-life forensic handwriting examiner who testifies in court cases and is frequently seen in the media when handwriting is in the news. The mother of a tattoo artist and a former rock star, she lives in Ventura, CA with Lexie the Very Bad Cat. Note: despite sharing living space with a feline, her Forensic Handwriting mystery series is definitely not cozy (think “medium-boiled”). If you enjoy psychological suspense and in-depth exploration of characters, they may be for you. Sheila also writes nonfiction about handwriting analysis, including Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis. Learn more at http://www.claudiaroseseries.com and http://www.sheilalowe.com
Laurie Stevens is what’s known as a “hybrid” author, being both traditionally and independently published. Her Gabriel McRay mystery novels have been published internationally by Blanvalet/Random House, while Laurie also has her own imprint, FYD Media, which stands for Follow Your Dreams. FYD Media has published both Laurie’s own work and books by other outstanding authors. Her articles and short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, and Laurie has won multiple awards, including a Random House Editor’s Best Picks: Book of the Month, the 2016 Amsterdam Book Festival award, the 2014 Silver IPPY Award, and The Clue Award, and was named Kirkus Review’s Best of 2011/Indie. Find out more at https://lauriestevensbooks.com/
Avril Adams (moderator)
Avril Adams is a member of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles. She has several story publication credits including contributions to the Last Exit to Murder 2015 and Last Resort 2017 anthologies. She writes in several genres including mystery and science fiction. She also writes children’s books. She is currently working on a dystopian ecological thriller and a UFO thriller.
Check out her work at http://avriladamsfiction.com/
Linda O. Johnston
Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, currently writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series for Midnight Ink. She has also written the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink, and the Pet Rescue Mystery Series and Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Linda also writes the K-9 Ranch Rescue miniseries for Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as a paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. And all her current stories involve dogs. Find out more at http://www.lindaojohnston.com/
* CHAPTER MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC *
All meetings are at the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena CA 91030
2:00-2:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
2:30-4:00 p.m. Program
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