MWA Northwest Blog

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Welcome to a growing library of posts by  writers and publishing professionals on craft, marketing, the business of writing, and more.

Writer Spotlight Wednesday: Glen Erik Hamilton & Island of Thieves

Island of Thieves is the sixth book in my series featuring semi-reformed professional burglar Van Shaw.  Shaw was raised by his career criminal grandfather and became a prodigy in the art of purloining others’ goods before he escaped into the Army and served with distinction in the Rangers for most of a decade.  Now back home in Seattle, he’s making ends meet however he can.

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Writer Spotlight Wednesday: Friend of the Chapter Leslie Budewitz

Leslie Budewitz technically lives in the Rocky Mountain chapter of MWA, but here in the NW, we've claimed her as our very own. After all, her Spice Shop series is set in Seattle, and we appreciate the PNW-sensibility of her novels! Tell us about your new book! When a young widow returns to her family’s lakeside Montana lodge in search of solace,...

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As It Turns Out, You Do Know Jack

For years, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Lee Child’s novels about Jack Reacher. I love the way the Reacher stories thrum with pleasurable uncertainty while I roll my eyes as Reacher’s over-the-top, alpha-male infallibility.

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About the Mystery Writers of America

MWA is the premier organization for mystery writers, mystery readers, and professionals in the mystery and crime-writing fields. The Northwest Chapter serves members of MWA who live in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.

MWA-NW offers a variety of services to chapter members, including dinner meetings with guest speakers, a regular newsletter with news, professional education, and more.

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Learn how you can join the leading association for professional crime writers in the United States.