Posts Tagged ‘crime fiction’


Trailer for Dave Workman’s debut novel

November 8, 2012

Trailer did for Dave Workman’s hard-hitting new L.A. noir novel, On the Rocks.



KYSL SD23: Jean Jenkins

February 11, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Jean Jenkins is a freelance editor, a rewrite consultant who can help polish your manuscript for publication. And her name is known in the circles that count, having midwifed books for various authors through Random House, Avon, St. Martins, Rutledge Hill, Tor, Donald I Fine, and other publishers. She also writes a regular column for San Diego Writers’ Monthly, and has worked with material for public broadcasting. Apparently, she can also tell attorneys a thing or two about presentation.

In other words, this dear friend of SCWC is someone you really ought to listen to, and she brings a fundamental dimension to SD23’s crime-fiction track with “Essential Elements of Crime Fiction“. If you miss it, sure, you can blame me, but it’s still at your own peril.



KYSL SD23: Frederick Ramsay

January 29, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders …

So just who is Frederick Ramsay?

Well, for starters, he’s the author of the Ike Scwartz mystery series, including Artscape, which received much critical acclaim, and his latest title, Stranger Room. And he’s willing to take us on a journey through the first century, as in Judas: The Gospel of Betrayal. Indeed, I would feel remiss if I failed to mention that BethEllen McKenzie at selected Ramsay as the September, 2007 Author of the Month.

His time as a university professor and Episcopal priest have served him well, it seems, and he brings his experience and perspective for a Read & Critique in which I expect our writers will find much value.



KYSL SD23: Richard Craig Anderson

January 28, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Richard Craig Anderson is one of those writers I just don’t know enough about.

What I can tell you, though, is that his 1992 literary fiction novel Precious Light earned not only the praise of critics and fellow writers, but there’s not a bad reader review to be found at Amazon. And, indeed, his 2008 crime-fiction title, Rivers of Belief has only five-star reader reviews to boast of.

A former Maryland State Trooper, Mr. Anderson will join Wes Albers for “Law & Disorder: The Facts and Fallacies of Police Work“, as well as presenting a workshop titled, “Self-Publishing for Success: One Author’s Journey“.

And given the recent murmurings around the self-publishing market, this sounds like a must-see session for anyone interested in self-publication.



I hear rumors ….

September 22, 2008

Okay, a rumor.

While some might consider it inappropriate to be rumor-mongering about future gatherings of the Southern California Writers’ Conference in the week before LA6, I have heard a whisper about a possible discussion of facts, legends, and stereotypes about cops in crime fiction that might take place as early as SD23 in February.

To the other, maybe now is a good time to mention it, because if it seems like a good idea, you might want to drop a hint to MSG and Wes in Irvine this weekend.

For my part, I think it’s an excellent idea. First, we do have some police-related talent in SCWC circles, and no small talent at that. Additionally, while I, personally, have yet to dabble in crime fiction, I recently received notes and a partial outline, as well as a blessing to run with the project—I’m trying to encourage its creator to take on the challenge himself—that is, indeed, tempting. And, well, even setting that aside, it would probably do me some good to clear up a few of the myths. (Don’t ever get me started on the police when I’ve had a couple of drinks; it just isn’t nice, and it certainly isn’t fair.)

I’ve been promised updates on the rumor as it develops—hopefully into fact, else I will look somewhat foolish—and will most certainly share them as they come in.