Waverly Fitzgerald: In Memoriam and HARD RAIN book launch

Our February meeting will be a very special one: we will celebrate the life of our longtime member, Waverly Fitzgerald, who passed away on December 13, 2019 just before the paperback publication of her new Rachel Stern PI mystery, HARD RAIN, by Epicenter Press. (She was able to see the ebook edition released in November.) … Read more

Flash Fictions from Paranormal to Noir

Our annual flash fiction night in November again demonstrated the diversely talented writers in our chapter. More than a dozen people stepped up to the challenge of writing a story no longer than 350 words on the theme of “mysteries in the dark of night.” The stories ranged from hard-boiled and ghost stories to paranormal … Read more

Becoming Sam Gaynor: An evening with Catherine Hendricks

Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 7:00pm Stadler Room at Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park Catherine Hendricks practiced law for 33 years, half as a trial lawyer and half as an appellate lawyer, including many years with the WA Attorney General. But she always intended to be a writer. “I’ve always thought of myself as … Read more

Ingrid Thoft: October recap

Ingrid Thoft, author of the award-winning Fina Ludlow PI series, was our guest speaker in October. She gave us an insider’s perspective on experiences from having to choose between your agent and your book (she went with the book and got a different agent); studying the art of private investigation (very helpful, but she did … Read more

We Came We Ate We Talked – Picnic Recap

We came, we ate, we talked. . . a lot! This year’s picnic brought together a wonderful mix of new and old members, friends, and family. The pot luck banquet offered an amazing spread of summer dishes, salads, and desserts to fuel the lively conversations that ranged from books to baseball. Many thanks to the … Read more

Celebrating Nan Robkin

There once was lady named Nan Thanks to whom SinC always ran With programs galore It was never a bore Neither for writer nor fan Nan Robkin served the Puget Sound Sisters in Crime chapter since its inception in 1989, creating our newsletter from the beginning until her retirement at the end of 2018, and … Read more

Recap: 20 Ways to Market a Mystery

At our March meeting, we tackled the array of options for marketing books in a 60-minute blitz! One thing that became abundantly clear is that authors need to make choices about where to focus their time, energy – and budget. Two overarching themes were that first, you need to write the best book you can, … Read more

SinC on Saturdays – New Programming!

Puget Sound Sisters in Crime will launch a new program called SinC on Saturday in 2019. Modeled after the successful Mystery Writers Roundtable, SinC on Saturday will be held at libraries and other venues around the Greater Seattle area. The sessions are generally conceived as roundtable discussions on topics such as marketing and plotting, with … Read more

2018 Roundup – With Gratitude to Presenters

What a wonderful year 2018 has been. We welcomed many new members, rising to a final tally of more than 35 members, with a mailing list of friends significantly longer than this. As we look forward to a terrific new year in 2019, we reflect back on all of our events from this past year. … Read more

Mystery Subgenres: Recapping our March Program

Our March program featured a panel on the mystery subgenres. Panelists Dana Delamar (romantic suspense), Curt Colbert (private investigator/historical/noir), Mary Daheim (cozy), and Boyd Morrison (thriller/action adventure) responded with care and enthusiasm as our moderator, Marty Wingate, asked some fun and some tough questions. Here are a few takeaways from the discussion that aimed to … Read more