Fireside Chats

Sisters in Crime Grand Canyon Writers proudly present Fireside Chats! Spend an evening with acclaimed, bestselling authors and learn from the masters – in the comfort of your own home.

Lori Rader-Day

Put the Chill in Your Thriller!

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6 PM Arizona/9 PM Eastern

What makes a spellbinding thriller? Action? Suspense? A treacherous villain? High stakes? Find out when Lori Rader-Day, Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author, shares the secrets to writing a gripping, page-turner. 

Lori Rader-Day’s most recent novel, The Lucky One was released in February 2020. Her prior novels are Under a Dark SkyThe Day I DiedLittle Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. Lori also teaches courses and workshops in creative writing, crime fiction, creative nonfiction, and strategies for writers in writing, revising, publishing, and marketing and promotion.

Lori lives in Chicago, where she is co-chair of the mystery readers’ conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and is the past president of Sisters in Crime. Learn more about Lori.

Barbara Hinske

From Novella to Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6 PM Arizona/8 PM Eastern Time.  

The amazing journey of Barbara Hinske from independent author to best-selling status, with the highly-lauded Rosemont series and her “Who’s There?” murder mystery collection, and how her story “The Christmas Club” debuted as a Hallmark Channel Holiday movie in 2019. Discover what Barbara did to make it happen and how you can do it, too.

Barbara feels like she’s living the dream. Her latest work—and the one she is most passionate about–is Guiding Emily, a Tale of Love, Loss, and Courage. Learn more about Barbara.

To make the most of this opportunity, Barbara encourages all participants to bring a novel that you’d like to see turned into a screen project, a list of 3 possible outlets and one actor’s name for each major character. It will help get the wheels turning. Barbara wants people to take immediate action toward their dream as soon as we conclude!

Kellye Garrett

Screenwriting Tips for an Award-Winning Novel

Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 5 PM Arizona/7 PM Eastern Time

Kellye Garrett’s first novel, Hollywood Homicide, about a semi-famous, mega-broke black actress won the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novel. It’s also one of BookBub’s Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time. The second, Hollywood Ending, was featured on the TODAY show’s Best Summer Reads of 2019 and was nominated for both Anthony and Lefty awards.

Prior to writing books, Kellye spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters in Crime and co-founded Crime Writers of Color. Her next project is an #ownvoices domestic suspense novel about a woman looking into the overdose death of a one-time reality star found within blocks of her house—her own estranged younger sister.

Join Kellye when she reveals what she learned as a Hollywood screenwriter that propelled her success as a novelist. Learn more about Kellye.

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