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, emerging writers, fans of mysteries and crime stories, and other writers of other genres. We are an inclusive organization. Whatever your gender, level of experience, or genre, you are welcome to join us!


Current Events

November 16th: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, Belonging (DEIJB): This Time is Personal

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José Bogràn on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, Belonging

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, Belonging

We’ve heard the term.
We’ve read it in the newsletters.
We’ve wondered what it means, and above all, what it means in our lives and for the fiction we write.

If you are writing characters who fall outside your own gender, nationality, class, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, dis/ability, religion, or cultural norm, this one-hour discussion is for you.

There has been a great deal of discussion in recent years about how authors incorporate diverse characters into fiction and how one does it with sensitivity. The bitter controversy surrounding American Dirt occupied thousands of readers and writers on Twitter and Goodreads. And what does it mean that Geraldine Brooks (a white woman) wrote a large section of her latest bestseller, Horse, from the perspective of a young, black, male slave in 1850s US?

When does storytelling become cultural appropriation? How do authors avoid stereotypes? Who should tell a story, and when is it okay to lean into the voice of someone whose identity is unlike the author’s?

José Bográn will discuss the best practices for incorporating diverse characters into fiction and for responsibly using sensitivity readers and other resources available to the writing community. He will answer questions and offer tips for implementation. It’s time we see what the buzz is about.

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José Bográn is an international author of novels, short stories and scripts for television and film, and a member of the Sisters in Crime DEIJB Committee. Born in Honduras, Bográn, the son of a journalist, ironically prefers to write fiction rather than facts. His genre of choice is thrillers, but he likes to throw a twist of romance into the mix. As a freelance writer, he has several articles published in a wide range of topics in both English and Spanish.

He’s the Assistant Editor the The Big Thrill e-zine, writes book reviews for The Washington Independent Review of Books, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers of Color, Sisters in Crime, the International Thriller Writers, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society. He signs his emails with the motto: “I never tell lies, I only write them.”

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DARKSOUL, book #2 in the Dark Days novel – Sophie Keane is an assassin devoted to the criminal organization called The Hidden, but her loyalty is tested with an impossible mission: supply children to be used as test subjects for a new bio weapon.

Website: | Facebook: @JHBogran0
| Instagram: @jhbogran | Twitter: @JHBogran



See more Upcoming Events for 2022.


Past Events

October 19th: Forensics and Creative Writing with Forensic Artist and Crime Author Carrie Stuart Parks

One of the most interesting and unusual uses of art occurs in the forensic field.  Americans are fascinated with the real life drama and mysteries around them. The forensic artist is trained to draw composites from the memory of witnesses, sketch crime scenes for the courtroom, and reconstruct skulls of unknown homicide victims.  How do they do it? Find out from the woman who trains the artists.

Carrie Stuart Parks is an internationally known forensic artist and law enforcement instructor, working on major criminal cases throughout the nation.

Carrie’s Contact Info:
Facebook: @CarrieStuartParksAuthor


WriteNow! 2022 – Deep Dive in the Desert
Craft + Publish + Market
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Our annual writers conference–named the Best Writers conference in Arizona by The Writer Magazine (2020)–is back with a fantastic lineup for authors and readers alike. It’s virtual. It’s low cost. It’s here!

If you missed the conference, register here to view the replays.

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