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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

  • Hard-boiled Sex: Noir Writers discuss the outer limits of sex in crime fiction

    Noiristas Christa Faust, Stephen Jay Schwartz and Craig Faustus Buck explore the  ins and outs of getting down and dirty under the tickler whip of moderator Gary Phillips. Short readings will precede the discussion. Not for the faint of heart. The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store with vaulted columned ceilings, breathtaking art […] Find out more »

  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2015

    Come join us at the LA Times Festival of Books for author signings, giveaways and miscellaneous gossip. We’ll be in booth #377, right near Sisters in Crime so you can shmooze with all your friends in one central location. http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/the-festival/info/ 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 Edward Wright
  • SoCalMWA Member Holly West
  • SoCalMWA Member Eric Beetner
  • SoCalMWA Member Laurie Stevens
  • SoCalMWA Member Deborah J  Ledford
  • SoCalMWA Member Sybil Johnson
  • SoCalMWA Member Steve Hodel
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie Archer
  • SoCalMWA Member Vanessa A. Ryan
  • SoCalMWA Member Michelle Gagnon
  • SoCalMWA Member Mary Stenvall
  • SoCalMWA Member D.P. Lyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Tony Piazza
  • SoCalMWA Member Neil Russell
  • SoCalMWA Member Matt Coyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Jeri Westerson
  • SoCalMWA Member Rachel Howzell Hall
  • SoCalMWA Member Gwendolyn Womack
  • SoCalMWA Member S.K. Rizzolo
  • SoCalMWA Member Jonathan Maberry
  • SoCalMWA Member Ron Cutler
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Phillips
  • SoCalMWA Member Bill Fitzhugh
  • SoCalMWA Member Thomas B. Sawyer
  • SoCalMWA Member James Thane
  • SoCalMWA Member Gay Toltl Kinman
  • SoCalMWA Member William Burton McCormick
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Wiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Tammy Kaehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Kathryn Lilley
  • SoCalMWA Member Patricia Smiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Leslie S. Klinger
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary C. King
  • SoCalMWA Member Corey Lynn Fayman
  • SoCalMWA Member Andrew Kaplan
  • SoCalMWA Member Craig Faustus Buck
  • SoCalMWA Member Lee Goldberg
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Lancet
  • SoCalMWA Member Sheila Lowe
  • SoCalMWA Member James W Ziskin
  • SoCalMWA Member Michael Thomas  Barry
  • SoCalMWA Member Diane Vallere
  • SoCalMWA Member Gayle Bartos-Pool