One of the founding members of our chapter and author of forty books, Marilyn Meredith, will tell about her inspiration for her latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Spirit Wind. The mountain town of Tehachapi is the setting, and many hours, and even days, went into do...

Flash Fiction
for the Mystery Writer


An introduction to flash fiction for the mystery writer, by author of "Writing Flash:How to Craft & Publish Flash Fiction for a Booming Market" Flash fiction — the art of the ultra-short story of 1,000 words or fewer — is a unique...

Adam Plantinga’s first book, 400 Things Cops Know, received rave reviews from star crime writers such as Lee Child, Edward Conlon and Joseph Wambaugh. It was hailed as "the new bible for crime writers" in The Wall Street Journal.

In his book Police Craft, Plantinga give...


Hank Barr joined us with extensive experience in the television industry. 

  • He’s written promo teasers for NBC’s cop shows like , and

  • He’s also worked on screenplays for westerns.

  • And, chased bad guys around with a camera for episodes of .


Marcy E. Rosendale, DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), spoke to us in January

and it was a lively, fact filled talk. She worked for one of the few animal poison control hotlines in the world for nine years as a toxicology specialist handling cases involving many speci...

We've had a wonderful year under Jeanne Johnson and Penny Hill's steerage. Lots of great speakers and fun meetings. They are preparing even now for next year's program.

We're ending this year with one of our favorites from the Bay Area, Simon Wood. He's always informati...

It’s really all about the story!

Great Cover Art takes a story concept and makes it visible –

thousands of words are represented by one picture on the cover.

What goes into designing graphics for authors? How does a graphic designer approach making book covers? Author and...

Daniel Stallings’ love of Golden Age detective fiction by Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Raymond Chandler, and Rex Stout inspired him to bring the style of the classic murder mystery to digital-age audiences in a modern voice. In addition to writing myst...

Hello fellow sisters and misters,

Wow, what a powerful meeting we had last Saturday. The presentation by Jeremy ad Uz Waterman was not only informative with regards to Paranormal Investigation, but the pictures and recording they shared gave me chills. In a good way. Je...

Update on What's Happening this week. On Thursday, Feb.1, 4 of our members will be at the Fig Garden Library (Bullard and Marks in the shopping center). We will be talking about The Art of Mystery Writing. Come and join in the fun.

On Saturday is our regular meeting wit...

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