Ona is the author of three award-winning Sarah Kaufman historical mysteries, including The Natural Selection, a finalist in the 2009 California Book Awards, and Rule of Capture, winner of the 2015 IPPY silver medal for regional fiction and praised by the LA Times as the “L.A. mystery of the summer.” Ona holds a PhD in literature from UC San Diego where she also taught for many years. She has written and lectured nationally on the topic of “literature and the law” and has been published in a variety of other venues, including Orange County Lawyer magazine.
At 2 p.m. we’ll have a Readers Forum. The topic: Historical mysteries, or any mysteries based on real people (pure fiction, as opposed to true crime).
Sunday, July 23, 1 PM
It’s our annual joint get together with So Cal Mystery Writers of America. This year’s topic: Cybercrime. Our guest speaker is FBI cybercrime expert Gina Osborn.
A native of Orange County, Osborn oversees investigations relating to national security and criminal computer intrusions as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Cyber and Computer Forensics for the Central District of California. She also provided foundational leadership in the creation of the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Lab (OCRCFL) – part of a national network of FBI-sponsored, full-service forensics laboratories and training centers devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence.
A former Counterintelligence Special Agent for the U.S. Army, Osborn joined the FBI in 1996. She has worked on local cases, including with detectives from the Westminster Police Department to investigate Asian Organized Crime in the city’s Little Saigon District.
Gina will speak at 2 p.m., following a complimentary 1 p.m. luncheon.
Mystery Ink Events
Sunday, October 1,
Ladies of Intrigue Luncheon, Embassy Hotel, Tustin
March 16 – 19, Left Coast Crime, Hawaii
April 28 – 30, Malice Domestic, Maryland
May 18 – 21, Crimefest, Bristol, England
July 11 – 15, Thrillerfest, New York
October 12 – 15, Bouchercon, World Mystery Conference, Toronto, Canada
2016 LADIES OF INTRIGUE EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
Eighteen authors and ninety women gathered together to honor Carolyn Hart’s final public event. National Sisters in Crime presented Carolyn with an arrangement of orchids and white roses along with a stuffed “white” seal wearing a silver chain necklace with a Sisters in Crime charm.
Featured speaker Rhys Bowen’s touching interview of Carolyn was heartwarming, making everyone in the room hoping Carolyn keeps writing.
MC, Greta Boris kept the event smooth and sailing along. And our closing featured speaker Robin Burcell was a hit with the inside scoop of co-writing with Clive Cussler and her law enforcement experiences.
Panels: Wine, Dine & Die featured authors’ Kathy Aarons; Linda O. Johnston; Carlene O’Neil; Kate Dyer Seeley with Moderator, Earlene Fowler. Panel: Lean, Mean & In Between featured authors’ Lisa Brackmann; Jane Haseldine; Naomi Hirahara; Laurie Stevens; Pamela Samuels Young with moderator, Daryl Wood Gerber. Panel: Dangerous Locales featured authors’ Ellen Byron; Donis Casey; Hannah Dennison; Earlene Fowler with moderator, Kate Carlisle.
Books sold at a fast pace and were signed by the authors. Raffle baskets were won while many attendees asked to sign up for next years’ LOI. Attendees expressed their gratitude to all the authors for sharing their stories and also being able to sit with their favorite author at the round tables for lunch.
Professional photographer Bob Webber took constant pictures to document the day, which will be posted on line. A great big thank you to the organizing committee and volunteers who made this event such a success: Jill Amadio, MC Greta Boris, greeter Nancy Churchill, raffle organizer Gita Fisher, Valerie Hansen, Jack Martin, Evelyn Moore, and Linda Nakamura. We could not have done it without you. Co-chairs, Diana Dallape and Debbie Mitsch appreciated all of your hard work.
Diana Dallape Co-Chair
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