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:

Sisters in Crime Orange County


Nov 19th Meeting

Sisters in Crime Orange County - Will Zeiling - Janet Lynn - November 2023  

Who:    Janet Lynn & Will Zeilinger

When:   Sunday, November 19th, 2023

Time:     3:00 PM

Where:    Book Carnival, 348 S Tustin St., Orange CA 92688

Are two heads really better than one? The pleasures & pitfalls of writing with a partner with Janet Lynn & Will Zeilinger

Thinking of teaming up with a friend who writes smoking plots but can’t write characters like you – or vice versa? Join us on Nov 19th when Will & Janet share their experiences co-authoring mystery novels and what to know before you set out to write a 75,000 word novel with a friend or fellow writer.


Janet was born in Queens, New York and raised in Long Island, until she was 12 years old. Her family escaped the freezing winters and hurricanes for the warmth and casual lifestyle of Southern California.

It has always been her dream to write novels. Finally, in 2001 she said, “If I don’t try I’ll never know.” After many classes and seminars, much blood and sweat her first novel was published, South of the Pier in 2011. She has since written 4 crime fiction, 3 cozy mysteries and co-authored 3 Hard-boiled mysteries with her husband, Will Zeilinger.


Will Zeilinger is a Southern California writer and graphic designer. Will’s solo novels include: The Final Checkpoint, Something’s Cooking at Dove Acres and, The Naked Groom. He is included in the anthology, Murder U.S.A. His short story Under the House, is featured in the U.K. anthology, Haunted Tales: Stories from Beyond the Grave.

He co-authored the hard-boiled mysteries, Slivers of Glass and Strange Markings with his wife Janet Elizabeth Lynn.


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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.

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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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