San Joaquin Sisters in Crime

Today hubby and I drive to Fresno to the monthly meeting of the San Joaquin Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The speaker will be Denny Griffin who has written several books, fiction and non-fiction. His fiction are mysteries set in Las Vegas. His non-fiction is about crime in Las Vegas.

He's probably the most famous for writing the biography of Frank Culotta, big time gangster who turned state's evidence against other gangsters resulting in a shorter sentence--but also making him a target and putting him into the witness protecting program.

We met Denny and his wife Faith (more commonly known as Bear) right after 9/11 when we flew to Orlando FL to what was the called The Police Writers Conference. Everyone was surprised to us there--guess they figured non-law enforcement folks would be afraid to fly. We figured that was probably one of the safest times.

At that time, though I usually volunteered to give a presentation of some sort, I wasn't involved with any of the planning for the group.

Because of the proximity of 9/11 the people attending the conference were few. Few enough that we could all traipse across the highway and have dinner together in a restaurant. During that time, Denny, Bear, hubby and I became friends. Since that time, Bear has become a fan of my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series.

Though we've seen Denny more often than Bear as she doesn't usually accompany him to the Public Safety Writers Conference, I got to see her when we went on the Gangster Tour in Vegas, and when I had booksigning at the now closed Cheesecake and Crime bookstore, she attended.

Bear is coming with her husband. He's had two successful speaking engagements already, one with West Hills College in Lemoore and at the Hanford branch of the Kings County Library--all thanks to fellow author and good friend, Sunny Frazier.

The Sisters in Crime event is already sold out and everyone who comes is in for a real treat. Not only is Denny going to speak but he's bringing a gangster friend along with him.

More about this tomorrow.

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith


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