- Registration opens on Monday, November 14, for the 10-week course on Mystery Writing that Margaret Lucke will teach during the Spring 2017 session of UC Berkeley Extension. Classes will be held in downtown Berkeley (with convenient BART access and parking) on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9:30, starting February 9 and concluding April 19 (no session on March 15). The course covers all varieties of mysteries, thrillers and crime fiction. Go to http://extension.berkeley.edu/ and type Mystery Writing in the search box.
- Need a break from election politics? The paperback release of Ellen Kirschman's The Right Wrong Thing is 11/15 and the ebook will be on sale for 99 cents from 11/15 to 11/21.
Changing of the Guard...
Join us in saying "take care, hope to see you soon!" to hard-working, hard-writing LadyKiller administrator Mysti Berry as she takes a break from group blogging. We all look forward to her return down the line!
And now join us in welcoming new LadyKillers blogger Mar Preston! Mar will be stepping into an every-other-Thursday slot beginning this coming week. Here's a little about Mar, in her own words:
I grew up in northern Ontario and love its lakes and forests. I'm still a Canadian citizen, though I've lived in California a long time. California winters are just too seductive.
Unusual jobs? Oh, the usual: picked grapes in the Beaujolais fields and daffodils in Eureka, California, where I also sold Fuller Brush door to door, cleaned motel rooms, cracked crab and filleted fish. All when I was young and dumb, and in love--and these were the only jobs available.
I spent the next thirty years in Santa Monica studying at UCLA, and then working as a researcher at the University of Southern California, where I received an MFA in creative writing. I have some stories and poems published in long-forgotten literary magazines. Some current ones pending with ezines. All along I was writing and playing the what if game. What if that man who just walked past me leading two Chihuahuas fell to the ground with a bullet wound in his temple? What if that red-haired woman over there got on the next bus and simply disappeared? The brain never shuts off.
I've been a habitual do gooder, and volunteer, on many grass roots campaigns and elections. Most compelling of all was volunteering during Santa Monica’s rent control and living wage wars. Training as a community organizer changed my life.
Getting a good murder mystery novel out of what goes on behind the scenes in grassroots politics, glitzy businesses, and developer skullduggery makes all those dreary city council meetings worthwhile.
You can read more about Mar and her mysteries, including her latest, A Very Private High School, on her website: http://marpreston.com/
And... The BEST Things We've Ever Written
Having dealt with the worst, we are turning our attention to what we believe are our best bits of work. Drop in with your favorite cuppa over the next two weeks to see what the LadyKillers have to say...