Author Margaret Mizushima with her dogs and a copy her novel STRIKING RANGE

When I started writing fiction twenty years ago, I tried my hand at mainstream and other genres before attempting to write a mystery. I thought at that time that plotting a mystery was going to be hard, and well—as you know—it really is!

Luckily I attended a workshop during Colorado Gold and learned some basics from a mystery writer who was a member of RMMWA. Soon afterward, I joined Mystery Writers of America too and was assigned to my local Rocky Mountain Chapter. There I met like-minded people who knew all about writing mysteries, suspense, and thrillers.

RMMWA offers monthly programs on topics related to crime fiction. The camaraderie is exceptional. This group shares knowledge, friendship, and support with writers at all stages of their publishing journey. I’m so very grateful for all I’ve learned and the fun I’ve had by being a member of RMMWA.

My next Timber Creek K-9 Mystery will launch on March 7th, 2023. Standing Dead, the eighth episode in the series, features Deputy Mattie Cobb, her K-9 partner Robo, and veterinarian Cole Walker. They work together with Mattie’s law enforcement colleagues to provide backup when Mattie goes deep under cover into a killer’s lair to save her family—or die trying.


Margaret Mizushima writes the award winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. She serves as past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and was elected 2019 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She and her husband recently moved from Colorado, where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals, to a home in the Pacific Northwest. Find her on Facebook/AuthorMargaretMizushima, Twitter @margmizu, Instagram @margmizu, and her website