Literary Salon: Mystery Writers Panel 🗓

Literary Salon:  Mystery Writers Panel with Linda Watanabe McFerrin (moderator), mystery writer Nicola Trwst, agent Laurie Fox and mystery writer Penny Warner

Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Nicola Trwst
Laurie Fox
Penny Warner

Monday, March 4th, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Please join us for an evening dedicated to uncovering the secrets of what makes a great mystery. Panelists Linda Watanabe McFerrin (moderator); Penny Warner, author of The Code Busters Club series among others; Nicola Trwst, author of the Briana Kaleigh mystery series; and Agent Laurie Fox, partner at the Linda Chester Literary Agency, will discuss Mystery Writing and what to do to make sure your are filling your work with thrills, chills and plenty of suspense. They’ll address a series of questions about creating a sense of mystery in literature. Then they will open it up for questions from the assembled writers and guests.

Here are a few of the questions they’ll be addressing:
  • How and why does a writer begin wrestling with the mysterious?
  • What are the most effective techniques in creating a sense of mystery?
  • Who are some of the best mystery writers working today and why?
  • Is there change in the genre? Why? Why not? Where do you see it going?

This salon will be open to members and first-time guests, but do let us know if you are planning to bring someone so that we can add them to the guest list.

Laurie Fox joined Linda Chester and Associates Literary Agency in 1989, and is their West Coast Associate. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz (Writing and Theatre Arts), she is a published author of fiction and poetry, including Sexy Hieroglyphics (Chronicle Books); and two novels, My Sister from the Black Lagoon (starred Publishers Weekly review; San Francisco Chronicle bestseller) and The Lost Girls, both published by Simon & Schuster. She represents books in the areas of literary fiction, memoir/biography, popular culture/quirky humor, upmarket spirituality, and cutting-edge fiction.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin, ( is a poet, travel writer, novelist and longtime contributor to numerous national and international publications. Her work has won awards in multiple genres and includes books in poetry, long and short fiction, non-fiction and creative non-fiction. She has also co-edited twelve anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers, she has led workshops around the world and has mentored a long list of award-winning writers and best-selling authors toward publication. A collection of Linda’s selected works is forthcoming from Alan Squire Publishing in 2019.

Nicola Trwst resides in California, but has lived in Virginia, Georgia, France, and Canada. She loves languages and speaks several, including PigLatin. Due to an overactive imagination, her stories thread many genres such as mystery, thriller, paranormal, and contemporary. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies. Her third book in the Briana Kaleigh mystery series,  San Rafael Sizzle, was released in 2016.

Penny Warner is an award-winning author of over fifty books ranging in subjects from cooking to parenting guides to children’s activities. In addition, Warner is the author of the Connor Westphal mystery series, about a deaf reporter in the California Gold Country. The first book in the series, Dead Body Language, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel in 1998. Her children’s mystery, Mystery Of The Haunted Caves: A Troop 13 Mystery, won the Agatha Award for Best Children/Young Adult Fiction in 2001, along with an Anthony Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.


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