October 2021 Meeting Recap: What Drives Story: Character or Plot?

Jennifer McChord and Roberta Trahan provided insights into balancing plot and character development. Jennifer is Executive Editor and Associate Publisher at Epicenter-Coffeetown-Camel Press, and Roberta is a best-selling author. The presenters pointed out that thrillers tend to be more plot driven while cozies are more character driven and that most authors have a preference for … Read more

October 2021 Member News

Roxanne Dunn: Pop the champagne! Murder Undetected was released by The Wild Rose Press on Sept. 29. Susan McCormick’s third installment in The Fog Ladies San Francisco Cozy Mystery series, The Fog Ladies: In the Soup, will be released Oct. 4 by The Wild Rose Press. New York Journal of Books says: “Age cannot slow … Read more

September 2021 Meeting Recap: Working With An Agent

Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency presented answers to questions from a member survey about working with an agent. Of members who took the survey, 17% had an agent and 57% were looking for an agent. Some of the questions Dawn answered: What can an agent do for an author that they couldn’t … Read more

August 2021 Meeting Recap: Picnic

A small group of members gathered at the upper shelter at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline and chatted about books, the weather, Covid 19, life events, etc. The weather cooperated by staying comfortably warm with a pleasant breeze off the water. The sky wasn’t as smoky as it had been just the day before. There … Read more

August 2021 Member News

Susan McCormick will discuss her Fog Ladies cozy murder mystery series and a writing life in general with the Capitol Crimes Sister-in-Crime chapter Book Club on August 10. Register here. Glen Erik Hamilton: Island of Thieves is Glen’s sixth novel in the award-winning Van Shaw series. It was released on July 27 from William Morrow. … Read more

July 2021 Member News

Jan (Janice) Gorow: Her trade paperback Head in the Toilet: A Slightly Outrageous Murder Mystery is now live on Amazon. The Kindle version has been out for some time. The book is a fun, beach read mystery. Charlotte Stuart: Her 2nd Macavity and Me Mystery was released in June: Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and … Read more

June 2021 Member News

Bharti Kirchner’s Murder at Andaman was published in December 2020. This is what Cara Black, best-selling author had to say about it: “Murder at Andaman, Bharti Kirchner’s latest mystery, brings a sharply observed eye to this engaging, atmospheric tale set in the Andaman Islands exploring friendship. And murder. Don’t miss Murder at Andaman, I couldn’t … Read more

May 2021 Member News

Linda Norlander’s Death of a Starling, the second in the Cabin by the Lake mystery series, will be released on May 21. Jamie Forest explores a school shooting in the small town of Cascade, Minnesota. She discovers a town cloaked in silence. The only person who will talk with her is found mysteriously dead within … Read more

May 2021 Meeting Recap: Making it Easier for Booksellers to Sell Your Books & the Story of BookTree

Christopher J. Jarmick, owner of BookTree, Kirkland’s independent bookstore, discussed the challenges small bookstores face in today’s book market. He covered his journey from script doctor and screenwriter in LA to his current role as bookstore owner, writer and poet. In addition to explaining how to get your book and/or an event into his bookstore, … Read more