We’re a mystery lovers group …

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We meet monthly – usually on the third Saturday – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in sunny Tucson, Arizona. (see MEETINGS for more details) to have lunch, network and hear informative guest speakers share with us about the creative writing process, and about the inner workings of crime-related areas, such as the CSI or FBI or Border Patrol

Both men and women are welcome to join us! Our members are authors, writers, readers & fans of mystery fiction, librarians, editors, publishers, literary agents, book reviewers and booksellers – all who have a passion for reading and writing crime, suspense, thriller and mystery fiction books.

… encouraging the creative spirit of our members




    J.M. Hayes

    J.M. Hayes

    TOPIC: Digging Up The Place.  Fiction has three main elements: plot, character, and place or setting. While writers spend countless hours plotting and creating characters, often too little attention is paid to place. This is a fatal mistake, since the place where you stage your story provides the backdrop against which your dramas ultimately play out. But setting is more than a mere backdrop for action – it is an interactive aspect of your fictional world that saturates the story with mood, meaning, and thematic connotations. Broadly defined, “place” is the location of the plot, including the region, geography, climate, neighborhood, buildings, and interiors, and can even set the mood for your story.  Place is layered into every scene and flashback, built of elements such as weather, lighting, the season, and the hour.

    Hayes will share how to dig into your settings until they surface as an active role in your story, revealing where he’s dug up the ideas for his plots – whether it was on an archeological dig on the North Slope of Alaska’s Brooks Range above the arctic circle (which he uses in his new novel), or how his studies in anthropology led directly to his two stand-alone novels and contributed a major character to his Mad Dog and Englishman series and how a small town multiple murder gave him the initial idea for that series,  or how charges of election fraud by Pima County led to a “One of the Five Best Mysteries of 2009″ selection by Library Journal.  Bring your questions!

    About the speaker: J.M. “Mike” Hayes studied anthropology at Wichita State University and the University of Arizona.  A Native Kansan at heart, he chose to make Arizona his home more that four decades ago.  He and his wife live in Tucson with a small herd of German Shepherds and overflowing bookshelves.  He is the author of the Mad Dog and Englishman Mysteries, a series of Murphy’s Law type crimes set in a rural Kansas county, and a single title release, The Spirit and the Skull, about murder among a Paleolithic band migrating into the New World 15,000 years ago.

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