SinC Puget Sound

April 2023: Around the Sound

Congratulations to Debra Borchert whose novel Her Own Legacy received a lightning bolt from Booklife! Her Own Legacy carries readers to the Chateau de Verzat wine estate in the Loire Valley on the eve of the French Revolution.  Countess Joliette de Verzat must navigate the turbulent waters of love, intrigue and insurrection. Congratulations also to Charlotte Stuart who has just  launched the 4th … Read more

2022 Annual Report

Another year of Zoom meetings due to the pandemic, but we continued to forge ahead. TECHNOLOGY INTERACTION WITH OTHER CHAPTERS EMPHASIS ON LOCAL AUTHORS MEMBERSHIP FINANCES

December 2022 Meeting Recap: Two Parties

Thursday, December 8 on Zoom: A Gift of Words Holiday Party The “Gift of Words” shared by members included humorous poetry, haiku, spoofs, the history of a Christmas song, a happy memory, a “confession” about eating all the Advent calendar chocolates early, and some examples of words and phrases that children (and adults) often misunderstand. … Read more

November 2022 Meeting Recap: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys at 70

There were only a handful of Flash Fiction presentations, but there was a lively discussion about the impact of these two series and how cultural shifts impact our perceptions. What was acceptable in the 30s is often frowned on today. Yet some attributes of the young protagonists in these stories seem to hold their appeal. … Read more

November 2022: Around the Sound

Edmonds author Erica Miner announces the release of her latest novel Aria for Murder: A Julia Kogan Mystery, to be published Oct. 28 by Level Best Books. The first of a 3-part “Opera Mystery” series, the story tells of a young female violinist who is thrust into a murder investigation when a renowned conductor is assassinated on the … Read more

October 2022 Meeting Recap: Going International!

The presentation was filled with interesting examples about how stories evolve. Many of the examples were applicable to any time and any setting, not just international or historical settings. Joyce Yarrow, award-winning author of Zahara and the Lost Books of Light, shared pictures to illustrate how she chose Spain as a setting. She even sang … Read more

October 2022: Around the Sound

Alice K. Boatwright, author of the award-winning Ellie Kent mysteries, gave a craft lecture at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference on “Writing a Mystery: It’s More than Whodunnit.” The conference was held in Renton at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington on September 23-25, 2022. Harriet Cannon is pleased to invite all SinC northwest chapter members and … Read more

September 2022 Meeting Recap: The Ins and Outs of Self-Publishing and Small Press – A Discussion

Jeffrey D. Briggs and Jen Pitts shared their experience about self-publishing, identifying advantages and disadvantages. Susan McCormick talked about the pros and cons of publishing with a small press. All three authors write series: Jeff’s Waterfront Mysteries feature “fierce and intelligent” Martha Whitaker Jen’s French Quarter Mysteries are set in New Orleans with “West Coast … Read more

September 2022: Around the Sound

Marty Wingate announced a new book contract. Marty Wingate’s A BODY ON THE DOORSTEP, the first book in the London Ladies Murder Club mystery series, pitched as inspired by the real Useful Women Agency that connected a network of gentlewomen Gal Fridays following the first World War, and introducing an amateur sleuth hired to arrange … Read more