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, April 8, 2018
Guest Speaker: Kwei Quartey
The Land Speaks: Setting as Character
Using selections from his extensive library of photos, Kwei will illustrate how he makes his settings come alive as characters in themselves, and—as Michael Connelly said of his Detective Inspector Darko Dawson series—how he “takes you to a world you have never seen and makes it as real to you as your own backyard.”
Kwei Quartey is a Ghanaian-American physician and the author of the Inspector Darko Dawson series set in Ghana, and the upcoming debut novel with Mabel Safo, PI. He won a National Book Award for his first novel, Wife Of The Gods, which was a Los Angeles Times Bestseller.
Kwei writes early in the morning before starting his day at the clinic. When not doctoring or writing, Kwei volunteers at a horseback riding camp for autistic children. Learn more at http://kweiquartey.com
Featured Reader: Sheila Lowe
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. www.claudiaroseseries.com and www.sheilalowe.com
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
* CHAPTER MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC *
We’re always looking for new characters, so BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
◊ It’s time to submit your short story for the next anthology! ◊
Submissions for the new Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles anthology, Fatally Haunted, are now open.
Haunted. This word lurks within our deepest emotions. It’s a fear we can’t let go of, or that won’t let go of us. It’s a place we dream of going, or a place we can never leave. An LAPD detective is haunted by the case she never solved. A Century City financial advisor is haunted by the greed he cannot escape. A bridge is haunted by ghosts of despair. In a city of 10 million people, the haunted could be the man waiting to cross the street, or the memory that keeps you awake at night.
You must be a member in good standing (as in, you’ve paid your dues) of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles to submit your short story.
Please check to see if your membership is paid. 2017 memberships in SinC/LA and memberships in Sisters in Crime National both expired on December 31. Don’t lose out—renew now to continue membership benefits throughout 2018. Remember, you must be a member of SinC national before you can join or renew membership in SinC/LA. Info and application here.
Click here for submission guidelines and how to enter your short story.
New Workshop: How to Write a Short Story – SOLD OUT!
Whether you’re an old hand at the short story form or a just beginning writer, our workshop leader Nancy Cole Silverman will help you brush up your skills and share exciting tips on how to make your next short story your absolute best. $10 for members, $25 for non-members (and, really, since you have to be a member to submit to the anthology, why wouldn’t you want to join SinC/LA?)
Join us on April 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Faith Presbyterian Church Patio Room. The workshop is sold out. We’ll announce a new workshop soon!
We’re proud of the accomplishments of our members
and we want to spread the word!
Book Release Coming?
ANNOUNCE IT IN THE SinC/LA NEW RELEASE EMAIL!
Each month hundreds of InBoxes sizzle with the exciting new SinC/LA NEW RELEASE email. As part of our ongoing mission to add to the value of your membership, we compile information on the latest hot releases by our author members for an email to the hundreds of mystery lovers on our contact list. If you’re releasing a new crime fiction or mystery soon, go to the MEMBERS ONLY section and follow the instructions to fill out your submission form.