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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR NEXT GENERAL MEETING ON MAY 12TH, 2019!
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!
This activity is not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena or the South Pasadena Library.
Guest Speaker: Libby Fischer Hellmann
Libby Fischer Hellmann created her “Building Suspense” workshop after publishing three novels, mostly to teach herself why readers stay up way too late to finish her stories. In this informative presentation, she will share with you the key elements needed to write an un-put-downable novel — techniques that you can apply right away.
Libby left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago over 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.
She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony and four times for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the IPPY and the Readers Choice Award multiple times.
Her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 5-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and four stand-alone historical thrillers set during Revolutionary Iran, Cuba, the Sixties, and WW2. Libby also hosts a streaming TV interview show where she talks to bestselling and emerging crime authors. Learn more at http://www.libbyhellmann.com/
Featured Reader: Sheila Lowe
Like her fictional character, Claudia Rose, Sheila Lowe is a real-life forensic handwriting examiner. The mother of a tattoo artist and a former rock star, she is a transplanted Brit who lives in Ventura. She’s published five nonfiction books on handwriting psychology, seven in the Forensic Handwriting Mysteries series, and two in the new Beyond the Veil Mysteries. Sheila is president of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, a 50 year-old non-profit educational organization and is on the board of directors of the Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners. She is often seen in the media when there are cases involving high profile handwriting.
Learn more about the authors and editors behind our 2019 anthology FATALLY HAUNTED – AVAILABLE NOW!
This month, we add new features from authors Roger Cannon and Cyndra Gernet. Also, learn about how we celebrated the release of FATALLY HAUNTED at the LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, the annual Brentwood Library Authors Forum, and the anthology’s Launch Party!
FATALLY HAUNTED is available to order now!
Learn more about FATALLY HAUNTED at our Anthologies page!
OUR NEXT WORKSHOP IS COMING MAY 11, 2019!
Our next workshop will be on Suspense… with best-selling author Libby Fischer Hellman. Check the Workshops page for details to see what we’ll be offering those who sign up!
REGISTRATION FOR CALIFORNIA CRIME WRITERS CONFERENCE 2019 NOW OPEN!
The conference, jointly presented by Sisters in Crime/LA and Mystery Writers of America Southern California chapter, is June 8-9, 2019 in Culver City, California. Find out more at the Conference page!
Speakers Bureau Events Shaping Up!
Events from the Speakers Bureau for 2019 are underway! Find out about upcoming events – as well as how to become part of the chapter’s Speakers Bureau, a benefit of being a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles – at the Speakers Bureau page.
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. Please note that the SinC/LA NEW RELEASE E-MAIL now goes out on THE 25TH OF EACH MONTH, so plan your submissions accordingly.