November 19, 2019

Mystery author and 30 year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, Carmen Amato walked mystery and thriller authors through the federal intelligence agency in a webinar for Sisters in Crime. Entitled “Inside the CIA for Mystery and Thriller Authors,” the webinar looked at the history of the agency, common misconceptions, intelligence terminology, and highlights of intelligence operations, followed by a question and answer period.

CIA seal

Amato shared a virtual walk-though of the CIA Headquarters building, using content published on the agency’s voluminous website and showed attendees how to best mine the site for the expertise and details so that their fiction rings true.

CIA website


Carmen receiving CIM, 2016

Author with Career Intelligence Medal on the Great Seal, shortly before Christmas 2016


Founded by Sara Paretsky, Sisters in Crime is an organization that has 3,600 members in 48 countries worldwide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. Members are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries.For more see

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