November 12, 2016 Workshop: Creating Memorable Characters with Hannah Dennison
Nothing suspicious about this line-up of participants on break at our “Creating Memorable Characters” workshop, November 12, 2016. (L-R) Micheal Kelly, Avril Adams, Ephram Paredes, Jennifer Younger, Apryl Rahbari, Jo Ellen Krumm, Instructor Hannah Dennison, Rochelle Staab, and Laurie Lefebvre.
SinC/LA Speakers Bureau at the Whittier Library, October 12, 2016
SinC/LA authors (L-R) Désirée Zamorano, Dave Putnam, and Joan Renner held a lively and fascinating discussion moderated by Andrew Jetarski (not shown), on “The L.A. Criminal: Classical and Modern,” at a well-attended event at the Whittier Library’s Whittwood Branch on October 12.
October 2, 2016 SinC/LA Chapter Meeting:
SinC/LA at BOUCHERCON 2016
September 11, 2016 SinC/LA Chapter Meeting:
CPLA President Robin Hoklotubbe (L) and OC Public Libraries Programs Coordinator Beatriz Preciado (R) with insiders tips on how to set up promotions with local libraries.
Author Ellen Byron read from her latest release, Body on the Bayou.
August 7, 2016 SinC/LA Chapter Meeting:
Married authors Janet Lynn & Will Zeilinger read from their novel STRANGE MARKINGS
FBI Special Agent Thomas Leighton speaking about “Law Enforcement Confrontations: Reality vs. Fiction
Editors and Authors Announced for LAst Resort, the 2017 SinC/LA Anthology:
LAst Resort Editors
Matt Coyle, 2014 Anthony Award winning author of the Rick Cahill series
Mary Marks, 2015 RT Best Amateur Sleuth award-winning author of the Quilting Mystery series
Patricia Smiley, #1 L.A. Times best-selling author of the Tucker Sinclair, and Davie Richards series.
LAst Resort Authors
Pictured: 13 of the 16 talented LAst Resort contributors announced at the SinC/LA July 10, 2016 chapter meeting.
July 16, 2016 Workshop: “Social Media Marketing for Authors”
Workshop leader Tammy Kaehler taught us the hows, whys, do’s, and don’t’s, #’s, and @’s of social media marketing. #learnedalot
July 10, 2016 Chapter Meeting Speaker: Tyson Cornell
Tyson Cornell, founder, publisher, and editor of Rare Bird Books
July 9, 2016: Santa Monica Public Library—Ocean Park “How-To” Festival
Patricia Smiley presents “How to Write a Mystery Novel” to the audience at the Santa Monica Public Library—Ocean Park Branch “How-To” Festival
May 21, 2016 Workshop: “Reading Out Loud in Front of a Crowd”
Workshop Leader Eva Batonne
Andrew Jetarski, Alice Zogg, and Gayle Bartos-Poole
Clockwise from top left: Eva Batonne coaches Laurie Ryan, Laura Perlman, Andrew Jetarski, and Alice Zogg
The Speakers’ Bureau in Action:
SinC/LA Speakers Bureau Crime Fiction Panelists Glen Erik Hamilton, Jim Ziskin, Nancy Cole Silverman, Andrew Jetarski (M), and Patty Smiley at the Kaufman Library in Brentwood, April 16, 2016—event sponsored by Friends of the Kaufman Library.
The SinC/LA booth at the 2016 LA Times Festival of Books, April 9-10, 2016:
Our dynamic sales team Anne Louise Bannon and Carole Sojka ready for the crowd on Saturday morning. Cheers to the hardest working pair in the booth biz!!!!
Tammy Kaehler, Sarah Chen, Jim Ziskin, Lida Sideris, and Nancy Cole Silverman on the right; Glen Erik Hamilton and Mike Befeler on the left, lining up for the lunch crowd on Saturday.
Tony Piazza, Matt Coyle, and Andrew Jetarski (standing) on Saturday morning.
Mike Befeler, Nancy Raven-Smith, Carlene O’Neil, and Joel Fox on Saturday.
Sue Ann Jaffarian, S.W. Lauden, Craig Faustus Buck, Andrew Jetarski, and Susan Kosar Beery Saturday afternoon.
SinC/LA Prez Rochelle Staab, “We saved the books!” after the downpour on Saturday afternoon.
Diane Vallere and the Vallere Bear (in costume) chat with Sybil Johnson on Saturday.
Cara Black fights off the crowd (or describes a plot—not sure which) on Saturday afternoon.
Cara Black and Rochelle Staab on Saturday.
Lida Sideris on Saturday
Carlene O’Neil and Rochelle Staab prepping the booth for more rain Saturday night. “Bring on the storm, we’re ready!”
We survived the storm! Our booth on Sunday.
Anne Louise Bannon (standing), Barry Lancet, Laurie Stevens, and A.E. Wasserman on Sunday morning.
Diane Vallere photo bombs Alice Zogg, Will Zeilinger, Janet Lynn, and Julie Brayton on Sunday.
Anne Louise Bannon makes a sale in the background as Paula Bernstein smiles for the camera.
Mary Marks, Jane DiLucchio, Terri Nolan, Vanessa Ryan, and Jeri Westerson Sunday afternoon.
John Mullen, Deborah Garner, Linda O. Johnston, Rosalind Barden, and Sheila Lowe on Sunday.
Laurie Stevens, A.E. Wasserman, and Les Klinger on Sunday morning.
The brains behind the operation: SinC/LA LATFOB Committee Chair, Carole Sojka on Sunday. We couldn’t have done it without you, Carole.
Lights, Camera, Action! “Sisters in Crime Adapts to Hollywood” conference at the Hilton/Universal, April 1-3, 2016:
SinC National President Leslie Budewitz welcomes attendees to the conference.
Sisters in Crime from coast to coast pack the ballroom on Day 1, practicing their pitches.
Leslie Budewitz and “Pitching 101” speaker Pam Veasey with Georgia Jeffries. Pam’s advice to Hollywood deal-making hopefuls: Courage-Commitment-Clarity
Tammy Kaehler, Catriona McPherson, Rochelle Staab, Laura DiSilverio, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Craig Faustus Buck, and Marcia Talley pose for the cameras.
Megan Abbott and conference co-chair Mae Woods. Megan’s advice to attendees: 1—Be flexible. 2—Be rigid.
Conference hotel organizer Ingrid Willis with Bones TV series creator Hart Hanson
Wendall Thomas (R) moderating “Getting Past the Gatekeepers” on Saturday.
Ellen Byron (R) moderating “The Steps from Development to Green Light” panel on Saturday.
Leslie Budewitz with closing speaker Alison Sweeney, and SinC national VP Diane Vallere
Hank Phillippi Ryan and Harley Jane Kozak talk shop with actress/writer/producer Alison Sweeney
Nancy Cole Silverman in line for the Ali Sweeney book signing.
Ali Sweeney and Rochelle Staab
She’s one of us! Ali Sweeney signs her new novel OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS in front of the SinC/LA banner.
SinC/LA Brown Bag Short Story Workshop, March 19, 2016:
SinC/LA Brown Bag Short Story Workshop presenters Nancy Cole Silverman and Craig Faustus Buck
Craig Faustus Buck starts the afternoon with a talk on powerful openings
Nancy Cole Silverman talks about the elements of short story plot structure
SinC/LA at Left Coast Crime Phoenix, Feb. 25-28, 2016:
Sarah Chen and Stephen Buehler on “The Brief Dance with Death” panel
Will Zeilinger (M) and Janet Lynn discuss author collaborations: “Art or Desperation?”
Nancy Cole Silverman argues “Mystery or Thriller?”
The New Author Breakfast Team: Mike Befeler and Rochelle Staab
Lefty Nominees Cindy Sample, Ellen Byron, Diane Vallere
Jeri Westerson “Plot Digging”
Carlene O’Neil moderating “Serving Up Murder”
Lefty nominees Gigi Pandian (L) and Matt Coyle (R)
Lefty Nominees Lisa Brackmann (2nd from L) and Jim Ziskin (far R)
Holly West “An Unusual Job for a Sleuth”
Gary Phillips, Lisa Brackmann, Craig Faustus Buck “Neither Tarnished nor Afraid”
Kim Fay (L) and Jim Ziskin (far R) “Before Technology Made It Simple”
Tammy Kaehler and Rochelle Staab at their LCC banquet Tiara Table
Carole Sojka at the Lefty Banquet
Gigi Pandian with her 2016 Lefty Award!
…a good time was had by all! Pix from the SinC/LA Annual Holiday Party Photo Booth, December 6, 2015: