Mystery writer Sara Paretsky earned some new readers and provided inspiration to would-be novelists during an appearance Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library.
Among them was Crystal Rowland Bevell, Prairie Village, who hopes to follow in Paretsky's footsteps and write her own mystery novel. She already has a few short story mysteries published in magazines, she said.
"I learned quite a lot," Rowland Bevell said. "Sara also wrote her first book while she was working at another job, and that's what I'm doing."
More than 180 people attended two sessions at the library, 707 Vt., featuring Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski series, and the two producers of a film documentary, "Women of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction."
The producers, Pamela Beere Briggs and William McDonald, along with Paretsky, answered questions following two showings of the film, which premiered in Lawrence. It featured Paretsky, a Lawrence native now living in Chicago, and two other women mystery writers, Sue Grafton and Marcia Muller.
"The film was very well done," said Bobbie Smith, president of Partners in Crime, a group of mystery book reviewers making up the Kansas City chapter of the worldwide Sisters in Crime organization. "It was told from the point of a reader."
Paretsky doesn't rule out using Lawrence as a setting for a future book.
"I sort of have an idea for a book here, and I may come back and do some research," she said in response to a question from the audience.