Headshot of Mysti Berry

Mysti works in San Francisco for a software company and lives in a forgotten corner of The City with her husband, graphic novelist Dale Berry and two black rescue cats.

An active member of MWA, Sisters in Crime, and ITW, Mysti serves on the board of her local Sisters in Crime chapter (NorCal!) and has previously served on the board of the PSWA and Desert Sleuths chapter of SinC. Mysti is the editor and publisher of Low Down Dirty Vote, three volumes of short stories created to raise money for voting rights work. All three volumes contain stories by award-winning writers. We’re especially proud of Faye Snowden for her Volume 2 story “One Bullet. One Vote.” that has been republished in Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021.

When not raising money for voting rights, you can find Mysti writing her first historical mystery set at the time of the 1938 Hilo Massacre–an era and location where Mysti’s real-life haole mother was born. Spending imaginary time in Hawaii is good work when you can get it. Mysti’s short stories have been published in a number of Sisters in Crime anthologies as well as AHMM and EQMM.

Mysti has an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco, “half an MFA” from UCLA (screenwriting), and a BA in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz—but she never lets degrees get in the way of a good story. She loves to talk with people about story structure, language, and film noir, not always in that order. She was really fond of Dalwhinnie until a Scotsman told her it is a “lady’s whiskey.” One of her favorite adventures was serving as the amuse-bouche for MC Beaton at Bloody Scotland.

If you see her at a writer’s conference or book festival, please do say hello.

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About the Picture

That’s my two brothers standing close behind me out in the Las Vegas desert as I prepare to shoot a rifle that will bite my shoulder and shock me. We spent a week wandering around the desert with a young dog. My mom used Diet Pepsi to wash our hands to save the water for drinking. I’m sure there are houses and casinos that now cover the desert where this picture was taken. I loved the barrel cactus and the rattlesnakes and I still dream about the clear and pale blue sky that is now only seen in the valley after a rainstorm. Miss you, desert!

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