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The Southern California Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America (SoCalMWA) supports and promotes the careers of published and aspiring mystery and thriller authors in California and Nevada below the 36th parallel, as well as all of Arizona and Hawaii. Learn more about us »

We have more than 300 members. Our members directory shows a (work-in-progress) list, with book covers and links to author websites. View member directory »

Upcoming Events

  • Noir Slam

    If you haven’t been to The Last Bookstore yet, this FREE event will make it a world class adventure. The store is a show in itself (a tunnel of books, flying typewriters, a kind of post-apocalyptic theme park for bookworms), but no one knows how much will be left standing after the carnage of the […] Find out more »

  • Home-made Gumbo & Home-brewed Ale with MWA!

    Master Chef Bill Fitzhugh and his wife Kendall graciously open their home to MWA members for a summer’s eve of Bill’s delectable gumbo and Craig Westerson’s award-winning ales! This is a truly unique and beloved event and it’s absolutely FREE! Find out more »

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About the Mystery Writers of America (MWA)

Edgar Allan Poe IconThe MWA was established in 1945 by a dozen or so like-minded mystery writers for the purpose of promoting and protecting the interests and welfare of mystery writers and to increase the esteem and literary recognition given to the genre.

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Books by SoCalMWA Members

  • SoCalMWA Member
  • SoCalMWA Member Gayle Bartos-Pool
  • SoCalMWA Member Gay Toltl Kinman
  • SoCalMWA Member Andrew Kaplan
  • SoCalMWA Member Matt Coyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Bill Fitzhugh
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary C. King
  • SoCalMWA Member Michael Thomas  Barry
  • SoCalMWA Member Gwendolyn Womack
  • SoCalMWA Member Edward Wright
  • SoCalMWA Member Sybil Johnson
  • SoCalMWA Member Laurie Stevens
  • SoCalMWA Member Craig Faustus Buck
  • SoCalMWA Member Thomas B. Sawyer
  • SoCalMWA Member Jonathan Maberry
  • SoCalMWA Member William Burton McCormick
  • SoCalMWA Member Holly West
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Wiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Patricia Smiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Deborah J  Ledford
  • SoCalMWA Member Steve Hodel
  • SoCalMWA Member James W Ziskin
  • SoCalMWA Member Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • SoCalMWA Member Ron Cutler
  • SoCalMWA Member Eric Beetner
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie Archer
  • SoCalMWA Member Leslie S. Klinger
  • SoCalMWA Member Michelle Gagnon
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Phillips
  • SoCalMWA Member Vanessa A. Ryan
  • SoCalMWA Member Lee Goldberg
  • SoCalMWA Member Tony Piazza
  • SoCalMWA Member Sheila Lowe
  • SoCalMWA Member S.K. Rizzolo
  • SoCalMWA Member Neil Russell
  • SoCalMWA Member James Thane
  • SoCalMWA Member Kathryn Lilley
  • SoCalMWA Member Rachel Howzell Hall
  • SoCalMWA Member Mary Stenvall
  • SoCalMWA Member Corey Lynn Fayman
  • SoCalMWA Member Jeri Westerson
  • SoCalMWA Member Diane Vallere
  • SoCalMWA Member D.P. Lyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Lancet