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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

  • 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 »

  • Rock and Roll is Not a Crime

    Rock’s role in West Coast crime writing. Hear rock-influenced authors S.W. Lauden (M), Anonymous-9, Eric Beetner, Craig Faustus Buck and Josh Stallings free at the Burbank Library. Light refreshments. 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 Sheila Lowe
  • SoCalMWA Member D.P. Lyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Sybil Johnson
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Lancet
  • SoCalMWA Member Matt Coyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Holly West
  • SoCalMWA Member Steve Hodel
  • SoCalMWA Member Tammy Kaehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Neil Russell
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary C. King
  • SoCalMWA Member William Burton McCormick
  • SoCalMWA Member Laurie Stevens
  • SoCalMWA Member Andrew Kaplan
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Wiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Tony Piazza
  • SoCalMWA Member S.K. Rizzolo
  • SoCalMWA Member Gwendolyn Womack
  • SoCalMWA Member Patricia Smiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Jonathan Maberry
  • SoCalMWA Member James W Ziskin
  • SoCalMWA Member James Thane
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Phillips
  • SoCalMWA Member Kathryn Lilley
  • SoCalMWA Member Jeri Westerson
  • SoCalMWA Member Michael Thomas  Barry
  • SoCalMWA Member Bill Fitzhugh
  • SoCalMWA Member Edward Wright
  • SoCalMWA Member Gay Toltl Kinman
  • SoCalMWA Member Lee Goldberg
  • SoCalMWA Member Gayle Bartos-Pool
  • SoCalMWA Member Vanessa A. Ryan
  • SoCalMWA Member Craig Faustus Buck
  • SoCalMWA Member Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie Archer
  • SoCalMWA Member Michelle Gagnon
  • SoCalMWA Member Eric Beetner
  • SoCalMWA Member Diane Vallere
  • SoCalMWA Member Deborah J  Ledford
  • SoCalMWA Member Mary Stenvall
  • SoCalMWA Member Corey Lynn Fayman
  • SoCalMWA Member Ron Cutler
  • SoCalMWA Member Thomas B. Sawyer
  • SoCalMWA Member Leslie S. Klinger