Upcoming Events

    • Tuesday, June 11, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Please join us as Penny Manson interviews Capitol Crimes's President Claire Booth about her latest Sheriff Hank Worth novel, HOME FIRES. 

    Branson Sheriff Hank Worth is one of the first on the scene of a mass casualty incident - a local fireworks warehouse has exploded, killing everyone inside. As over a dozen victims are pulled from the smoldering ruins, the painstaking identification process begins. 

    Chief Deputy Sheila Turley returns early from medical leave to assist in the office, while Hank delves deeper into the increasingly complicated situation at the morgue. He discovers that the previous forensic pathologist was hasty at best and negligent at worst. What starts as an offhand request to look into the errors turns into a discovery that shakes Hank's world off its axis . . . 

    With Hank secretly investigating his discovery at the morgue, his short-handed team is stretched to the brink as it investigates the cause of the explosion. Then a shocking revelation leaves Sheila and her fellow deputies scrambling for answers to an unexpected crime. Just what happened in the warehouse in the moments before the blast? Can they unravel the mysteries in time to save Branson from yet more heartbreak? And can Hank, adrift and alone, figure out what happened before it destroys everything he holds dear?

    Claire Booth is a former journalist who still loves to ask questions. That’s why she loves the mystery community—everyone is happy to answer, and everyone has an interesting story. She currently enjoys finding out more about fellow Capitol Crimes members.

    The sixth in her Sheriff Hank Worth series, HOME FIRES, is out now.

    For more information about Claire, go to www.clairebooth.com, or connect with her on Twitter/X: @clairebooth10; Facebook: @claireboothauthor; Instagram: @claire.booth10

    • Saturday, June 15, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Monthly Meeting

    Character: Arcs, Objectives, and Motivations

    Saturday, June 15, 2024

    Please join us on Saturday, June 15th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT as Elena Taylor discusses character arcs as essential elements to a character's actions. Understanding them can help you finish your draft or polish your final story before submission.

    Author and developmental editor Elena Hartwell Taylor will also discuss the super-objectives that drive every action and reaction a character takes. By combining the internal and external super-objectives, writers can understand their characters' motivations in any given situation, helping to determine the course of the book. 

    The combination of the internal and external super-objectives can also help with building an elevator pitch, preparing a writer for the query process, strengthening rewrites, or polishing a final draft.

    Elena Taylor spent several years working in theater as a playwright, director, designer, and educator before turning her storytelling skills to fiction. Her first series, the Eddie Shoes Mysteries, written under the name Elena Hartwell, introduced a quirky mother/daughter crime fighting duo. With All We Buried, Elena returns to her dramatic roots and brings readers a much more serious and atmospheric novel. Located in her beloved Washington State, Elena uses her connection to the environment to produce a forbidding story of small town secrets and things that won’t stay buried. Elena is also a senior editor with Allegory Editing, a developmental editing house, where she works one-on-one with writers to shape and polish manuscripts, short stories, and plays. If you’d like to work with Elena, visit www.allegoryediting.com. Her favorite place to be is at Paradise, the property she and her hubby own south of Spokane, Washington. They live with their horses, Jasper, Radar, and Diggy, their dogs Polar and Wyatt, and their cats Coal Train and Cocoa. Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

    Elena can be contacted at the following Social Media links:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elenataylorauthor/

    Facebook author: https://www.facebook.com/ElenaTaylorAuthor

    Facebook personal: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Elena.Taylor

    X/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Elena_TaylorAut

    Her books are available at:

    Eddie Shoes Series: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C61LVG3

    One Dead, Two to Go (Indiebound) https://bookshop.org/p/books/one-dead-two-to-go-elena-hartwell/21243814?ean=9781504089395

    A Cold, Cold World (Launching Aug 6): https://www.amazon.com/Cold-World-Sheriff-Rivers-mystery/dp/1448314062

    A Cold, Cold World (IndieBound): https://bookshop.org/p/books/a-cold-cold-world-main-elena-taylor/21166507?ean=9781448314065

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We are the Sacramento, California chapter of Sisters in Crime. We promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

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