Annual Holiday Pot Luck, December 15, 2013


The authors and editors of LAST EXIT TO MURDER


Vinnie Armstrong at the piano


Will Zeilinger and Janet Elizabeth Lynn


Gayle Bartos-Pool, Miko Johnston and guest


Stephen Buehler


Sarah Chen and Tammy Kaehler


Lynn Schwartz, Kathy Kingston and Travis Richardson


Nena Kelty and Julie Beers


Lynn Schwartz and Edward Arno


Darrell James and Pam Dehnke


Gayle Bartos-Pool, Sally Carpenter and Alice Zogg


Carole Sojka, Craig Faustus Buck, Jeri Westerson and Craig Westerson


Don Cannon

Sisters in Crime/LA booth at 12th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair, September 29, 2013

At our September 9, 2013 Meeting: Lisa Seidman interviews Captain Paul Duryea of the Glendale Police Department about the Hillside Strangler case and others

Darrell James read from his latest book Purgatory Keys

Kevin Gillogly and Kim Fay

Naomi Hirahara and Kate Thornton

June 27, 2013: Speakers Bureau Panel at the Wiseburn Library in Hawthorne

Patricia Smiley, Holly West, Harley Jane Kozak and Connie Archer

April 20-21, 2013: Sisters in Crime/LA booth at the 2013 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Diane Vallere


Christopher Lynch and Tammy Kaehler


Jill Amadio and Sarah Chen


Laura Levine, Rochelle Staab and Joanne Fluke


Diane Vallere, Melissa Garcia, Mar Preston and Travis Richardson


Lisa Brackmann and Pamela Samuels Young


Jeri Westerson, Kim Fay and Laurie Stevens

April 14, 2013: SPEAKERS BUREAU WRITING WORKSHOP sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Library and the American Association of University Women.


Librarian Charlotte Burrows with chapter president and workshop leader Patty Smiley

March 3, 2013: Crime Scene Photography with Scott Gregory:

February 3, 2013 “In the Bleak Mid-winter: Looking at Noir” panel:


Stephen Blackmoore, Eric Beetner, Gar Anthony Haywood, and Christa Faust

December Holiday Party 2012:


Board members and friends arrive early to set up the room


Diane Vallere and Kendel Flaum, Managing Editor of Henery Press


Travis Richardson, editor of RANSOM NOTES and Teresa Wong


Anthology contributor Stephen Buehler does magic tricks as Craig Faustus Buck and Karina look on


Anthology contributor Andrew Pierce and Sarah


Emerging writer Arlene Walker and anthology contributor Sally Carpenter


Anthology editor Tammy Kaehler and Gigi Pandian


Dianne Emley, Maxine Nunes and Charlie Emley

September 30, 2012: Our authors sign at the 11th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair


Rosemary Lord and Rochelle Staab


Sheila Lowe, Linda O. Johnston and Diane Vallere


Laurie Stevens, Jeri Westerson and Diane Vallere beat the heat with squirt guns


Jeri Westerson and Tammy Kaehler


Gary Phillips, Jeri Westerson and Leslie Klinger

August 5, 2012 Meeting: Attendees hear a discussion on “How to Write Main Characters of the Opposite Sex” with panel members Bob Fate, Gayle Bartos-Pool, Michael Mallory, Patricia Wynn¬† and Jeri Westerson.


The Panel


Morgan St. James and Hugh Kottlove


Avril Adams and Micheal Kelly


Jorge Ribeiro ande Jim Schieldge

July 28, 2012 Speakers Bureau panel at the La Crescenta Library
“Mystery, Crime and Horror Genres”


Michael Mallory, Paul D. Marks and Sue Ann Jaffarian

July 21, 2012 Speakers Bureau panel at the Carson Regional Library
“Writing Mysteries in the South Bay”


SinC/LA authors Tammy Kaehler, Patricia Smiley, Sarah M. Chen and Barbara Reed

Our July 8, 2012 meeting featured Gloria Killian who was falsely accused and imprisoned for 17.5 years for a murder she didn’t commit. The book FULL CIRCLE chronicles the ordeal to clear her name:


Gloria Killian and co-author Sandra Kobrin sign FULL CIRCLE after their presentation


Lisa Brackmann signs GETAWAY


Joel Fox and Jonathan Beggs talk books


Jo Ellen Krum and Sarah Chen


Jill Amadio and Jeri Westerson admire our new sign


Kathy Kingston inspecting the t-shirt inventory


Diane Vallere and Jeri Westerson inspecting “Dead Freds” at the merchandise table.

Photos from our June 3, 2012 meeting, featuring FBI Special Agent Thomas J. Leighton:


Special Agent Thomas J. Leighton with Joel Fox


Craig Faustus Buck, Pamela Samuels Young, Travis Richardson


Sybil Johnson, Eric Stone, Terri Nolan


Linda O. Johnston, Michael Mallory, Gayle Bartos-Pool


Kerri Tarvin and Carole Sojka

Photos from the 2012 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books:

Each year SinC/LA sponsors a booth at the 2-day Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which for the past two years has been held on the campus of the University of Southern California. Approximately 150,000 book lovers attend free panels, stage performances, demonstrations and signing events with their favorite authors. The 2012 Festival was held April 20-21. Here are a few photos of the 49 member-authors who signed at our booth.

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Gay Toltl Kinman, Gayle Bartos-Pool and Melissa Garcia


Carole Sojka and Leslie Kohler


Denise Hamilton and Cara Black


Travis Richardson and Diane Vallere


Darrell James and Patricia Smiley


Ashley Ream, Sue Ann Jaffarian and Patricia Smiley


Michael Mallory


Tammy Kaehler and Dianne Emley


Naomi Hirahara and Stephen Jay Schwartz


Jude McGee, Mar Preston and Deborah Ledford


Laurie Stevens and Lisa Brackmann


Sarah Chen


Tony Piazza and Sue Ann Jaffarian


Pamela Samuels Young, Eric Stone, Gary Phillips and Travis Richardson


Jeri Westerson


Joanne Fluke and Laura Levine