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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

  • Inside Law Enforcement: The Road from Beat Cop to SWAT

    Mystery Writers of America SoCal is proud to present 31-year veteran Detective David Putnam in conversation with author Eric Beetner about a cop’s crazy career path On the beat, as a Sergeant, in Vice, on Homicide, on SWAT and more Join us for lunch and wild stories. Audience Q&A to follow. Sunday March 8th, 11:30 am The Tam […] Find out more »

  • 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 »

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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

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