Founded in 1990, we are the Northern California Chapter of Sisters in Crime, a friendly group of women and men who share a common passion for mysteries. Our motto is “Quaking in Our Books” and we do our utmost with events, talks by experts, chapter newsletters and networking to promote the work of our members, educate and generally have a good time.
Successful, award-nominated author and chapter member Cindy Sample recently gave a talk on marketing your books by thinking “outside the box.” Programs like this are a benefit for members.
Who Can Join?
Anyone who enjoys mysteries and supports the goals of Sisters in Crime is most welcome. Women and men are welcome to join. In fact, two of our presidents have been men.
What’s in It for Me?
If you are a reader, a membership provides an opportunity to attend our events and talks featuring published authors and special guest speakers. You also receive Stiletta, our chapter newsletter, which features interesting articles on a variety of mystery and crime topics and does a wonderful job of keeping you up-to-date about your favorite local authors’ books and events.
If you are an author (published or unpublished), membership provides an opportunity to network with other authors, agents, booksellers and librarians, to learn more about the craft and related fields (like law enforcement, forensic anthropology, and medicine) from experts, and to promote your work through events, our chapter Books in Print and our Speaker’s Bureau.
SinC Chapter Speakers
If you’d like to have SinC authors speak to your group, please contact any member of the board, or the particular author you’re most interested in. We love to visit groups in the community and frequently put together panels, showcases, and lunch talks for organizations.
2016 Officers and Board Members
Terry Shames, President – tmshames (at) pacbell.net
Diana Chambers, Vice president – Diana (at) dianarchambers.com
Cheryl Arguile and Heidi Noroozy, Secretaries – carguile (at) gmail.com, heidinoroozy (at) gmail.com
Ana Manwaring, Treasurer – Anamanwaring (at) gmail.com
Malena Elumaily, Membership – malenamariee (at) yahoo.com
Elin Barnes, Events coordinator – belinbs (at) gmail.com
Margie Bunting, Newsletter – mbunting (at) sbcglobal.net
Maddy McEwen-Asker, Web assistant – mmcewenasker (at) gmail.com
Jenny Carless and Andrew MacRae
Susan C. Shea, Past President – scsauthor (at) me.com
Check out our upcoming meetings here.
JoAnn Smith Ainsworth
Susan Alice Bickford
Theresa Donovan Brown
Patricia E. Canterbury
Katherine Bolger Hyde
Laurie R. King
Bette Golden Lamb
M. Glenda Rosen (Marcia G. Rosen)
Susan C Shea
Linda Howe Steiger
Carol (CJ) Verburg
William E. Wallace