Next Personal Appearance, SJ SinC

In case you don't know what those cryptic abbreviations are, it stands for San Joaquin Sisters in Crime chapter. This is my home chapter, in fact I am one of several founding members.

Our chapter has moved its meeting place a few times, but right now we're meeting at the Yosemite Falls Cafe on Ashlan in Fresno.

I love this chapter. Because of speakers we've had in the law enforcement profession, I've gotten lots of ideas for plots and subplots in both my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries and the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series.

This coming Saturday, July 7th, between 11 and 12, I'll be the speaker for the chapter. We're going to do something fun--a presentation I've given many different places, :"How to Write a Mystery." (The meeting starts at 10:30 and you'll need to make reservations.)

What we're going to do is brainstorm and figure out the skeleton for a mystery. As a group we'll decide upon what kind of mystery: cozy, police procedural, traditional, puzzle, thriller, etc. From there we'll decide upon where this mystery will take place, the setting. Who will be the sleuth and who the side kick. And of course, the murder victim, and the suspects and their motives.

It's always fun to see what the majority will decide upon. Sometimes the process is hilarious, other times dead serious.

One thing I know, even if everyone there decided to write the mystery based on what we come up with, not a one would be like another.

Marilyn

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