2023 Capitol Crimes Board

Jennifer K. Morita, President

Jennifer K. Morita, a former newspaper reporter, spent several years juggling freelance work with being a mom before landing a job with a local university writing for its web site. She wrote her first manuscript during the pandemic and is plotting her second mystery. Jennifer’s short story was published in the Capitol Crimes 2021 Anthology Cemetery Plots of Northern California. She was a runner up for the Sisters in Crime Eleanor Taylor Bland Award in 2022. When she isn’t writing, reading or pushing Girl Scout cookies, Jennifer enjoys Zumba, leisurely hikes, watching British mysteries, cooking and baking. Connect with Jennifer on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or TikTok.

Claire Booth, Vice President

Claire Booth is a former journalist who has reported on high-profile stories all over the country, including that of a California cult leader who became the subject of her nonfiction book The False Prophet. After spending so much time covering crimes so strange and convoluted they seemed more fiction than reality, she had enough of the real world and decided to write novels instead. Her Sheriff Hank Worth mysteries take place in Branson, Missouri, where small-town Ozark politics and big-city country music tourism clash in – yes – strange and convoluted ways. Her latest, Dangerous Consequences, is out now. Find out more at www.clairebooth.com

Jessica Cline, Secretary

Jessica Cline, who writes as Jessica Arden is the author of ONCE GHOSTED, TWICE SHY, the first in the Ghosted paranormal cozy mystery series. She’s stomped grapes in her native California, hiked 350 miles on an ancient pilgrimage route in Spain, had breakfast with a coatimundi in Costa Rica, and spent the night in a monastery. But wherever life takes her, her true north will always be with her husband and two energetic boys. When she’s not writing, you can find Jessica teaching, crafting, or hyper-focusing on her latest research obsession. She's also passionate about connecting with other writers and working towards success together. Jessica's short fiction has appeared in Woman's World as well as multiple anthologies. Learn more at www.jessicaarden.com

James L'Etoile, Treasurer

James L’Etoile uses his twenty-nine years behind bars as an influence in his award-winning novels, short stories, and screenplays. He is a former associate warden in a maximum-security prison, a hostage negotiator, facility captain, and director of California’s state parole system. He is a nationally recognized expert witness on prison and jail operations. He has been twice nominated for the Silver Falchion for Best Procedural Mystery and Best Thriller, as well as The Bill Crider Award for short fiction. His published novels include: Dead Drop, Black Label, At What Cost, Bury the Past, and Little River. L’Etoile’s Black Label garnered a Silver Falchion Award for the Best Book by an Attending Author at the 2022 Killer Nashville Conference. The Devil Within and Face of Greed are both set to release in 2023. You can find out more at: www.jamesletoile.com

Paula Benson, Member-at-Large

A legislative attorney and former law librarian, Paula Gail Benson’s short stories are found in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Kings River Life, and the following anthologies: Mystery Times Ten 2013; A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder; A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman; Let It Snow; Fish or Cut Bait: a Guppy Anthology; Love in the Lowcountry, Volume 1 and Volume 2; Heartbreaks and Half-truths; The Empty Stage; Once Upon a Time; Stand Out: the Best of the Red Penguin Collection, Volume 2; My Robot and Me; Mystery Most Diabolical; and An Element of Mystery. She co-authored “A Matter of Honor” (in Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded) with New York Times Bestselling thriller writer Robert Dugoni. Find out more at www.paulagailbenson.com

Harriet Fox, Member-at-Large

Harriet Fox is a true crime author. She is currently working on her third book which is about mothers who kill their children. It will be titled Mommy Murderesses and will be published by Exposit Publishing, a branch off of McFarland Publishing. It should debut in 2023. She has twenty-six years of law enforcement experience working a myriad of positions, with most of her years as a Correctional Officer. Harriet is a bibliophile, enjoys wine tasting, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and anything involving true crime. She will be taking a stab at crime fiction in her future. Learn more about Harriet at www.authorharrietfox.com

Richard Meredith, Member-at-Large

A native of Flint, Michigan, Richard Meredith moved to California while serving in the US Navy and remained to finish college with degrees in Biology. His career as a marine scientist and wildlife biologist for the federal government and the private sector has provided the fodder for his writing. His newest novel, Maskirovka—The Russian Science of Deception, was recently listed in the Top 100 Indie Books of 2022 by Kirkus Reviews. The story draws heavily on his work as an environmental consultant with the petroleum industry. His experience on commercial fishing boats in the Pacific formed the backdrop of his thriller, The Crow’s Nest, which won the Silver Falchion Award for the best Action-Adventure novel at the 2021 Killer Nashville Conference. He enjoys travel, bird and wildlife watching, scuba, guitars, and most sports. Mr. Meredith is married with two children and four grandchildren. Learn more at www.richardmeredith.com

Sarah Bresniker, President Emeritus

Sarah Bresniker is former librarian and paralegal who lives in Northern California with her husband and their sweet, lazy dog. She loves reading mysteries and exploring the natural beauty and fascinating history of the Monterey Peninsula. The immediate past president of the Capitol Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime, her first short story was published in the 2021 Sisters in Crime Guppy Anthology THE FISH THAT GOT AWAY, and her second will be out in 2023 in the San Diego Chapter Anthology CRIME UNDER THE SUN. She is working on her first novel.

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