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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

  • T. Jefferson Parker in conversation with Matt Coyle

      MWA SoCal and the La Jolla Library present: An Afternoon With New York Times Best-selling Author T. Jefferson Parker Learn about the three-time Edgar Award-winning author’s unconventional path to literary stardom in an interview with Anthony Award-winning author, Matt Coyle. T. Jefferson Parker has written 22 novels which have won a satchel full of awards […] Find out more »

  • WAIT-LIST ONLY :( Cocktail Party at Jim Ziskin’s

    Sadly, due to overwhelming response to our “save the date” notice in our last mailing, and to limited space at Jim’s house, this event is fully booked. If you’ve already RSVPed, check your Email in the coming weeks for details. If you have to back out, please let us know so that someone can have your spot. […] 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.

Looking for more information on becoming a member of the MWA? Visit our join page »

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Books by SoCalMWA Members

  • SoCalMWA Member
  • SoCalMWA Member Jonathan Maberry
  • SoCalMWA Member Stephen Buehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Deborah J  Ledford
  • SoCalMWA Member Edward Wright
  • SoCalMWA Member Rachel Howzell Hall
  • SoCalMWA Member Holly West
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary C. King
  • SoCalMWA Member Maxine Nunes
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Lancet
  • SoCalMWA Member Patricia Smiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Gwendolyn Womack
  • SoCalMWA Member S.K. Rizzolo
  • SoCalMWA Member Sherri Leigh  James
  • SoCalMWA Member Kathryn Lilley
  • SoCalMWA Member Sheila Lowe
  • SoCalMWA Member Tony Piazza
  • SoCalMWA Member James W Ziskin
  • SoCalMWA Member Michael Thomas  Barry
  • SoCalMWA Member Matt Coyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie Archer
  • SoCalMWA Member Corey Lynn Fayman
  • SoCalMWA Member Diane Vallere
  • SoCalMWA Member D.P. Lyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Steve Hodel
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Inbinder
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Phillips
  • SoCalMWA Member Dick Lochte
  • SoCalMWA Member Eric Beetner
  • SoCalMWA Member Glen Erik Hamilton
  • SoCalMWA Member Ron Cutler
  • SoCalMWA Member Tammy Kaehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Sybil Johnson
  • SoCalMWA Member Joel Fox
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Wiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Lee Goldberg
  • SoCalMWA Member Amnon Kabatchnik
  • SoCalMWA Member Vanessa A. Ryan
  • SoCalMWA Member Nancy Raven Smith
  • SoCalMWA Member Shannon Baker
  • SoCalMWA Member Craig Faustus Buck
  • SoCalMWA Member Jeri Westerson
  • SoCalMWA Member Gayle Bartos-Pool
  • SoCalMWA Member Michelle Gagnon
  • SoCalMWA Member Bill Fitzhugh
  • SoCalMWA Member Neil Russell
  • SoCalMWA Member William Burton McCormick
  • SoCalMWA Member Laurie Stevens
  • SoCalMWA Member Terri Nolan
  • SoCalMWA Member Mary Stenvall
  • SoCalMWA Member James Thane
  • SoCalMWA Member Andrew Kaplan
  • SoCalMWA Member Leslie S. Klinger