Sisters in Crime

The Sisters in Crime of this year’s Wine, Women, and Words Festival

Saturday, May 12th, 5:20 PM: Sisters in Crime – Barbara DeMarco Barrett moderator

Barbara DeMarco Barrett hosts Writers on Writing on KUCI-FM 88.9 Wednesday mornings at 9. She’s also a journalist and fiction writer with a story in Orange County Noir (Akashic). Her first book, Pen on Fire (Mars Street Press) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. She’s featured on our Literary Ladies Panel as well as moderating the Sister’s in Crime panel.

Gayle Carline – Mystery

Gayle Carline spent 30 years as a software engineer until she chewed her way out of the cubicle to become a writer of mysteries and humor. Gayle’s latest book, A More Deadly Union, is the fourth in her Peri Minneopa Mystery Series, featuring a 50-year-old housecleaner turned detective, and set in north Orange County. In her latest adventure, Peri has to juggle family issues and professional duties as she tries to help a friend who is being stalked. As she battles white supremacists and political parties, Peri must answer the most important question of her life: what is she willing to do for love?

Jill Amadio – Mystery

Like Tosca Trevant, the amateur sleuth in her crime series set on Balboa Island, Jill Amadio hails from St. Ives, Cornwall but is nowhere near as grumpy or unwittingly hilarious as her character. Jill was a reporter in Spain, Thailand, and Colombia, and a crime reporter in the United States.  She writes a monthly column for the UK-based MysteryPeople ezine, and freelances for My Cornwall magazine. She is a member of Crime Writers Association (UK), Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Authors Guild. She lives in Orange County where it hardly ever rains, much to Brit Tosca Trevant’s annoyance.

Anne Cleeland – Mystery

Anne Cleeland writes a contemporary Scotland Yard mystery series that is featured in the Amazon top 100 best sellers. She also writes a historical series of stand-alone books set in the Regency period.  A member of International Thriller Writers, The Historical Novel Society, and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children.; @annecleeland.

Greta Boris, DirectorGreta Boris – Suspense

Greta Boris is the Amazon bestselling author of A Margin of Lust and The Scent of Wrath, the first two books of The Seven Deadly Sins. Ordinary Women. Unexpected evil. A series of taut, psychological thrillers that expose the dark side of sunny Southern California. The Sanctity of Sloth is coming this summer! She’s also the Director of O.C. Writers, a network of over 1,000 aspiring and published authors, and a popular conference speaker. She likes to to describe her work (and her life) as ‘an O.C. housewife meets Dante’s Inferno.’ For a free short story go to


Lauri Taylor – True Crime Memoir

Lauri Taylor was just your average suburban PTA mom and marketing exec. Then tragedy struck. When her mother is found dead in Mexico, Lauri finds herself embarking on a journey to uncover the identity of her mother’s murderer—but what she finds isn’t what she was expecting. Lauri Taylor’s memoir The Accidental Truth: What My Mother’s Murder Investigation Taught Me About Life is a profound narrative of true crime, family bonds, and the grief of sudden death.

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