A long, long time ago, back before I became a mom, I used to spend my free time writing about one of my favorite things–crime and mystery novels.
In addition, I also frequented the Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA), an historical society of sorts focused on all things L.A. Noir (not the movie but the genre). One fantastic opportunity that the organization provided was regular educational seminars at the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center at Cal State L.A. These were pure gold for an aspiring mystery writer, listening to expert criminalists discuss the brass tacks of the Phil Spector case to the Patrick TIllman case to notorious L.A. crimes that provided critical insights into forensics.
Oh yes, and then there was the mystery novel that I wrote, but I didn’t really have the time to market it or anything. My friends seemed to like it, though.