Member News

March 2022

Claire Booth – I will be in Albuquerque for Left Coast Crime.  In addition to enjoying as much chile-laden food as possible, I will be:

  • Thursday morning, I am participating in author speed dating
  • Friday at 2:45 PM – I am participating in the panel “Crime in Rural Settings”
  • Saturday at 1:30 PM – I am on the “Creating Memorable Characters” panel

Laurie R. King – I am looking forward to my first conferential outings in two years! 

  • At Left Coast Crime:
    • Thursday, I’ll be co-hosting a table with NorCal President Claire Johnson
    • Friday at 1:30 PM I’ll be talking about “Scene-Stealing Secondary Characters”
    • Saturday at 10:15 I will be moderating “The Past is Another Country” with the Best Historical Lefty nominees on Saturday.
  • But wait—there’s more! If you’re headed to Malice Domestic: On Friday, April 22, at 2 PM I will be talking about my beloved first editor, the amazing Ruth Cavin, Ghost of Honor at Malice for three years running (perseverance pays off, during a pandemic…)
  • AND the following week, I’ll be in New York for MWA’s Edgars Award banquet, to be crowned (though not literally) Grand Master.  Join the virtual Symposium “special awards” panel on Tuesday night (register here.)
  • And after that comes the Bay Area Book Fest… but that’s for another month.

Claire Johnson – I can smell those mystery con vibes! I will be on the panel titled “Where to Start: Plot? Character? Setting? Coffee?” on Friday, Pavilion 3, 1:30-2:15 PM, moderated by Mark Stevens with panelists Jordan Harper, Anne Hillerman, and Carl Vanderau.

Ellen Kirschman – Things are opening up. I’ve got my fingers crossed they stay that way!
I will be at Left Coast Crime hosting a banquet table with Michelle Chouinard, holding a reader/author connection to talk about police and their families, and participating on two panels.

  • Thursday, 1:15 PM: “I Am What I Write”
    • Join me and fellow writers Loraine Follow, Paula Bernstein, Janet Greger, and D.R. Randell as we talk about drawing on our own backgrounds to write mysteries.
  • Thursday, 3:45 PM: “Jewish Noir”
    • I’ll be with co-contributors Chantelle Aimee Osman, Jeff Markowitz, Ilene Schneider, and Kenneth Wishnia to talk about the upcoming anthology, Jewish Noir V. 2.

I will be talking about cops and their PTSD at Capitol Crimes Killer Workshop, May 14. Joining a killer roster of writers.  Check it out here.
I am delighted to join a great line-up of writers Hayward’s 1st downtown lit hop on April 30. Get tickets here.

Jim L’Etoile – I have a lot of activities in the works:

  • At Left Coast Crime
    • Thursday at 1:15 PM I will be moderating a panel on ““Writing Police Procedurals: Just the Facts or Just the Cliches?”
    • Saturday at 2:45 I will be participating in “Graphic But Not Gratuitous—Getting Police Procedural Right”
  • MWA Webinar
    • April 12: I will moderate the MWA Edgars Symposium panel session for Best Short Story. Register here.
  • Placerville Shakespeare Club Author Day.
    • April 23 at 12:00 PM. I will be featured mystery author. 
  • Edgar Awards
    • April 26: I will present the Edgar for the Best Short Story and the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Short Story.
  • Face in a Book Bookstore
    • April 30, Independent Bookstore Day, honorary bookseller.

Lexa M. Mack – My mystery novel, Legacy of Lies, has been released and is available here.
Shoutout to Lisa Towles who produced this book trailer.  Find her information in the Classified Ads of the Lineup.

On Saturday at 10 AM I’ll talk about nonfiction, as co-editor of the Nonfiction Agatha nominee, How to Write a Mystery.

G.M. Malliet – In 2023 I will continue my DCI St. Just series with book #5 (working title: Death in Print) with UK publisher Canongate/Severn House. 
I will also have two short stories published by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, in 2022 and 2023. 
My new August Hawke series launches in July 2022, also with Canongate/Severn House.
Nick Mamatas – My short story “The List of Excluded Persons” will appear in the eighth volume of the anthology series Weird Luck Tales, which will be released in October 2022.
Ana Manwaring – I will be participating in two panels at Left Coast Crime:

  • Moderator: Amateur Hour: When Bad **** Finds Your Protagonist, Thursday 2:30 PM
  • Panelist: Passports, Please, Saturday 4 PM

I am also hosting a banquet with SINC Coastal Cruisers president, Thena MacArthur: Bread and Chocolate—that is, San Francisco sourdough and Mexican xocolatl.
The second edition of Set Up, Secrets and Lies in Zihuatanejo released on February 16 through Indies United Publishing House.

Beth McMullen – My middle-grade, fantasy, mystery, Secret of the Storm, has been published by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin.

Sharon Owen (writing as Sharon St. George) – The sixth book in my Aimee Machado Mystery series, Renewal, will be released in July 2022.

Meredith Phillips – I am now copyediting/proofreading for all Crippen & Landru books. C&L is the longtime respected publisher of Golden Age mystery short story collections. I am still open to editorial-work queries from individual authors, and especially love NorCal settings (Perseverance Editing Services)!
Susan C. Shea – I have signed a two-book contract with Severn House for additional French village mysteries. These are set right down the road from my first two (St. Martin’s). An American widow has just inherited an abandoned chateau and is determined to bring it back to life. First book to be released March 2023.

John Thibault (writing as A. J. Thibault) – My novel, Deadly Serious, has been nominated for best thriller by the Independent Press Awards (2022).

My novel Ghost Town, a Western Paranormal Mystery, received the following awards:

  • Winner, American Fiction Awards, Horror: Supernatural/Paranormal (2021)
  • Quarter Finalist, ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition (2022)
  • Distinguished Favorite, Cross Genre, Independent Press Awards (2022)

Lisa Towles – My speculative fiction short story, “Ruba’s Rift,” will be published in the April 2022 issue of Penumbric Speculative Fiction magazine.
Book 1 of my first-ever thriller series, Hot House, will release on June 15.
AND Ninety-five, my 2021 thriller, was selected as a Distinguished Favorite in the Thriller category by the Independent Press Association’s 2022 Literary Awards.