The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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Shannon Baker

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Sponsored Presenter 2020

About Shannon Baker

Shannon Baker writes mysteries about strong women in dangerous situations. Her books are set in the iconic landscapes of the American West, from the Colorado Rockies to the Nebraska prairies, to the deserts of southern Arizona. THE DESERT BEHIND ME, a dark suspense set in Tucson won the 2019 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award. Visit Shannon at

Find Conference Sessions with Shannon Baker

Panel: Making a Mystery
Shannon Baker, Dianne Freeman, Denise Ganley, Deborah J. Ledford, Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths

Friday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location: Thoren, University Club
Type: Panel
Genre: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Mystery

What makes for a good mystery? How can perspective and character be used to create suspenseful scenes and great reveals? What can lyric essays, poetry, and literary fiction learn from the plot structures of crime fiction and noir? In this panel, join authors from the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths for a practical discussion on the craft of mysteries.