SISTERS IN CRIME MISSION: We promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers for equality in the industry.

If you love mystery fiction as much as we do, join us. Readers and writers make up our Orange County, California, chapter.  We usually meet on the fourth Sunday of every month to learn about, and discuss, all things crime fiction. 

Next Meeting: Sunday, Sept 18, 3 p.m. PT LIVE ONLINE

Chris Offutt and Kellye Garrett talk about their new mysteries, as well as the craft and business of writing.

Kellye Garrett is the author of the acclaimed suspense novel Like A Sister, which was a Book of the Month April 2022 selection, featured on the TODAY show and chosen by Oxygen as their July 2022 book club pick. The cofounder of Crime Writers of Color also wrote the Detective by Day lightweight mysteries, which have won the Anthony, Agatha, Lefty and IPPY awards. Learn more at

Chris OffuttChris Offutt is the author of Shifty’s Boys, The Killing Hills, Country Dark, Kentucky Straight, Out of the Woods, The Same River Twice, No Heroes, The Good Brother, and My Father the Pornographer.  His books have been translated into twelve languages. His work has won four international awards in France.  His new novel, The Code of the Hills, is forthcoming in June, 2023 from Grove Atlantic.   

His writing has received a Pushcart Prize and a Guggenheim Award, an NEA, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for “prose that takes risks.” His work is included in many anthologies and textbooks, including Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Food Writing, and Modern American Memoirs.   

To finance his sons’ college education, he worked in Hollywood for seven years, writing screenplays for True Blood, Weeds, Treme, and four commissioned pilots.  He grew up in the hills of eastern Kentucky and currently lives on a dirt road near Oxford, Mississippi. Reach him at

Chris and Kellye will be moderated by our own Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within (Harcourt, 2004; reissued by Mars Street Press, 2018). Her fiction and nonfiction appear in Orange County Noir (Akashic), Literary Hatchet, Rock and a Hard Place magazine, USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series, Serial Magazine, Shotgun Honey (Down & Out Books), Crossing Borders (Down & Out Books), Inlandia, Authors Guild Bulletin, Belle Ombre, the Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers, The Writer, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Since 1998, she’s hosted Writers on Writing, a radio show on KUCI-FM and podcast on iTunes. She taught at UC-Irvine, where she was named Distinguished Instructor, and currently teaches at Gotham Writers Workshop (NYC), Saddleback College’s Emeritus Institute (Orange County, CA), and privately. She’s editor of Palm Springs Noir (Akashic).

Pat H. BroeskeWe begin at 3:00 p.m. PT with a Reader’s Forum. Pat Broeske will talk on “Red, White and Blood: Page-turning Political Thrillers.” Pat Broeske‘s writing credits include: The New York Times,Orange Coast, Emmy, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times (staff writer), Us, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Chicago Tribune, Interview, Soap Opera Digest, Elle, Redbook, Family Circle, Fitness, American Archaeology

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 18, 2022 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our Sunday meetings are always free to the public, but donations are always welcome. Any amount helps.

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We welcome sisters and misters with an interest in the mystery genre, including authors pursuing a career in crime and mystery writing, booksellers, publishers, librarians, editors, agents, and fans.

Membership Dues and Forms 

You must join the National organization to be eligible for membership in the Orange County chapter. To join national Sisters in Crime, please visit the national Sisters in Crime Website:

Orange County dues are $25 per year.

To join Sisters in Crime Orange County, please print send the completed Orange County Sisters in Crime form on our membership page and a check for $25 payable to Sisters in Crime, O.C. or join online by filling out the following form and pay using PayPal.

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