All of my fiction books focus on some aspect of crime and criminal behavior. I’m fascinated with it, particularly crimes committed by women. Part of my fascination stems from my brother Stephen’s suspicious death. There were simply too many discrepancies among a widow and an ex-wife that didn’t make sense. I spent months working with law enforcement trying to get him justice. We never did achieve resolution.
Given this fascination, Sisters in Crime was exactly the type of organization I was looking for. Founded by renown crime author Sara Paretsky at the Bouchercon convention in 1986, it changed the face of crime and mystery writing. Paretsky had experienced too many female writers of mystery and crime being ignored, and is credited with transforming the genre through creation of her female private investigator, V.I. Warshawski. The mission is simple: to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers. Today there are more than 4,000 members in this nonprofit organization. It offers a community of women who are as interested in crime as I am, as well as educational opportunities, resources, advocacy, and more.
I’m very excited to attend the Sisters In Crime breakfast at Bouchercon this fall in Dallas. I look forward to engaging in some serious networking, meeting some of my fellow female crime novelists, learning from their experiences, and gaining information on writing in these genres.