Desert Sleuths Chapter
of Sisters in Crime

An Organization for Writers, Readers, and Fans of Crime Fiction and Mystery 


Our Desert Sleuths chapter is a proud member of Sisters in Crime, an international organization that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers. Sisters in Crime helps women achieve equality in the industry by raising professionalism, serving as the voice for excellence, and achieving diversity in crime writing.

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is located in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and serves members throughout the State of Arizona and beyond! Our members include bestselling, award-winning authors as well as emerging writers, fans of mysteries and crime stories, and other genres. We are an inclusive organization – whatever your gender, level of experience, or genre, you are welcome to join us.

July 21 Meeting: Dharma Kelleher on Creative Self-Doubt, Imposter Syndrome, & Writer’s Block

Need some help overcoming creative self-doubt? Impostor syndrome? Writer’s block? Don’t we all? Successful indie author Dharma Kelleher will offer us real solutions to breakthrough, sharing insight from her upcoming nonfiction work Breakthrough: Overcoming Creative Self-Doubt, Writer’s Block and Impostor Syndrome. Plan on a gritty, down-to-earth discussion as Dharma gets real on Wednesday, July 21.

Dharma Kelleher writes gritty crime thrillers about queer women who kick ass, including the Jinx Ballou Bounty Hunter series and the Shea Stevens Outlaw Biker series.

Dharma is one of the only openly transgender authors in the crime fiction genre. Her action-driven thrillers explore the complexities of social and criminal justice in a world where the legal system favors the privileged.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She lives in Arizona with her wife and a black cat named Mouse.

Learn more about Dharma and her work at

Chapter Business: 6:30 PM
Program: 7:00 PM
See your newsletter and reminder email for the Zoom link!

Monthly Meetings

On the third Wednesday of the month, we meet to hone our skills, learn how to get published, promote our work, and network with other crime fiction writers. Our guest speakers include professionals in the writing and law enforcement industries, including publishers, editors, and other authors.

6:30p-7:00 pm Business meeting and chapter check-in
7:00-8:00 pm Speaker
Meetings are held via Zoom. All members receive an email with the details in the monthly newsletter and a day or two before the meeting.

(Nonmembers please email desertsleuths at Gmail dot com to request a one-time guest pass.)

Covid-19 Guidelines from SinC National and AZ DHS

SinC National has published their meeting guidelines for this stage of the Covid-19 pandemic:

2021 In-Person Meetings Guidelines

The AZ DHS has as well:

Arizona Department of Health Services recommendations

Because the recommendations are still for unvaccinated people to mask up and continue social distancing, we currently do not have any in-person events planned. Your DS Board is discussing how and when to restart in-person events. The current plan is to include some support for remote attendance once we return to in-person meetings.