Sisters in Crime Central Jersey

139 Stevens Ave., Jamesburg, NJ 08831-0274

Publicity Contact: Jan. 2, 2020

E. F. Watkins (609) 395-6851


Award-winning New Jersey author Lois Winston will speak about “How to Write a Mystery Series” during the Jan. 25 meeting of Sisters in Crime Central Jersey, at the Jamesburg Senior Center, 139 Stevens Ave., Jamesburg. Admission is free and all are welcome.

“Writing a mystery series is quite different from writing a stand-alone mystery, and much more challenging,” Winston notes. “Planning is everything. No author wants to cut a series short when sales are brisk and readers are clamoring for more books. But if you don’t plan well, you may find your characters and basic concept have a finite life.” She will offer guidelines to create a series that can continue for as many years as you want to keep writing it.

Also a former literary agent, Winston has written mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction, under both her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews has called her Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Winston is an award-winning craft and needlework designer, and draws source material for her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Her website is

Winston will speak at 11 a.m., time approximate, following SinCCJ’s 10:30 business meeting. For more information on the day’s agenda, visit or email

SinCCJ is a chapter of national Sisters in Crime, a group that supports women mystery writers and recently marked its 30th Anniversary. Sisters in Crime combats discrimination against women in the mystery field, educates publishers and the general public as to inequities in the treatment of female authors, raises the level of awareness of their contributions to the field, and promotes the professional advancement of women who write mysteries. It is open to members of all genders.


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