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Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America welcome an outstanding complement of authors, agents, editors, publishers, and experts to the 2017 CCWC program faculty. You can learn more about each of them in the bios below. Keep coming back — additional bios will be added as our faculty grows.

Guest of Honor: Hallie Ephron
Bio: Hallie Ephron is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense. You'll Never Know, Dear, her ninth novel, is being published by Wm. Morrow in 2017. Her Night Night, Sleep Tight harks back to when she was growing up in Hollywood in a family of writers, and was InStyle Magazine's #1 "Page-turning Pick." PW's starred review called it a "captivating thriller." Her Never Tell a Lie, was made into Lifetime Movie Network movie. Hallie is a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark award, and her Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel was an Edgar and Anthony award finalist. She is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe.

Guest of Honor: William Kent Krueger
Bio: He calls himself Kent, and he writes the New York Times bestselling Cork O'Connor mystery series, set in the great Northwoods of Minnesota. His work has received a number of honors, including the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Barry Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Award, Minnesota Book Award, Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, and Friends of American Writers Prize. His novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages and optioned by Hollywood. He makes his home in St. Paul, where he does all his writing in a couple of wonderfully funky coffee shops.

Speaker: Colleen Dunn Bates
Bio: Colleen Dunn Bates is the publisher of Prospect Park Books, one of LA's leading trade publishers. Distributed by Consortium/Ingram, Prospect Park publishes fiction, cookbooks, regional, and humor/gift titles. Its books have won awards, been on bestseller lists, and won acclaim from national and international media. The mystery/thriller line includes Naomi Hirahara's Mas Arai series; Phoef Sutton's Crush series; Alan Hruska's legal thrillers; and Anne Flett-Giordano's debut Marry, Kiss, Kill. An L.A. native with a journalism degree from USC, Colleen has a wide range of experience, from radio news writing to editing guidebooks, newspaper editing to magazine feature writing, restaurant criticism (she's the L.A. restaurant critic for Westways) to writing books. In 2006, she turned all her energies to starting Prospect Park, based in Altadena. She lives in Pasadena with her husband, Darryl Bates, a television editor and producer.

Speaker: Paul Bishop
Bio: Novelist, screenwriter, and television personality, Paul Bishop is also a nationally recognized interrogator and behaviorist. He spent 35 years with the Los Angeles Police Department where his high profile Special Assault Units regularly produced the highest number of detective initiated arrests and highest crime clearance rates in the city. Twice selected as LAPD's Detective of the Year, he continues to work privately as a deception expert and as a specialist in the investigation of sex crimes. His fifteen novels include five featuring LAPD homicide detective Fey Croaker and his latest novel, Lie Catchers, which is the first in a new series featuring top LAPD interrogators Ray Pagan and Calamity Jane Randall. The sequel Admit Nothing is due in 2017.

Speaker: Eric Campbell
Bio: Eric Campbell is the founder and publisher of Down & Out Books. After spending twenty-five years in healthcare, Eric started Down & Out Books as an avenue to help develop and build "lost" authors and now publishes nearly 50 titles per year. The company specializes in the crime, thriller and suspense genres.

Speaker: Tyson Cornell
Bio: Tyson Cornell is the founder and publisher of Rare Bird, publisher of fifty books each year distributed by Publishers Group West and outsourced marketers and designers for other publishers, authors, and organizations. In 2013, he co-edited a collection of essays on progressive rock, Yes Is The Answer, with best-selling author Marc Weingarten, featuring Rick Moody, Charles Bock, and John Wesley Harding. In addition to the hundreds of books he's published, and thousands of authors he's worked with, Cornell has also toured extensively throughout the world as a musician, playing in Japan, Europe, Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, among many others. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Speaker: Danielle Egan-Miller
Bio: Literary agent Danielle Egan-Miller is president of Browne & Miller Literary Associates. Over the past 15 years as an agent, she has sold hundreds of books with a heavy emphasis on commercial adult fiction. Her roster includes several New York Times bestselling authors and numerous prize- and award-winning writers including 2014 Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, William Kent Krueger. She is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and The Authors Guild.

Speaker: Emily Giglierano
Bio: Emily Giglierano is an editor at Mulholland Books, where she’s on the lookout for crime and suspense fiction with a strong sense of place, and nontraditional mysteries by and about women and people of color. Prior to Mulholland, she worked at Vintage and Anchor Books, including the Black Lizard/Vintage Crime backlist, and at Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. A member of Sisters in Crime and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Emily lives in Queens, NY.

Speaker: Lee Goldberg
Bio: Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar & two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the fifteen Monk mysteries and the internationally bestselling Fox & O'Hare books (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The Scam, The Pursuit) co-written with Janet Evanovich. He's also written and/or produced scores of TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, Monk, and The Glades. As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing and production of episodic television series. He recently founded, with author Joel Goldman, the publishing company Brash Books.

Speaker: Jill Marr
Bio: Literary agent Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Agency, graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has nearly 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television. After writing ad copy and features for published books for years, she knows how to find the "hook" and sell it. Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women's commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of history, narrative non-fiction, sports, politics, current events, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, music, and very select memoir.

Speaker: Joanna MacKenzie
Bio: Literary agent Joanna MacKenzie, Nelson Literary Agency, holds a MA degree in Film Theory and Criticism, and a BA in Drama. After 14 years of publishing experience at the Browne & Miller Agency, Joanna recently joined Nelson Literary to expand NLA’s list for mysteries and thrillers, literary fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, and literary young adult literature. She enjoys working with authors who embrace the full publishing process (read: love revising) and is committed to the stories her clients want to tell both with the words they put on paper, as well as with the careers they build. Joanna is looking for the epic read that, at its center, beats with a universal heart. In particular, she’s drawn to smart, character-driven mysteries and thrillers — both, ideally, with a little edge.

Speaker: Alexandra Sehulster
Bio: Alexandra Sehulster is an Assistant Editor at St. Martin’s Press. She began her career working at Macmillan in the Merchandise Sales department, and then transitioned to editorial in St. Martin’s Press, a part of Macmillan. Alex is committed to publishing interesting, varied, and diverse projects across a wide range of categories. A die-hard mystery, thriller, and suspense fan, her tastes range from hard-boiled mysteries to fun and spunky cozies and everything in between, with a special emphasis on anything with psychological ambiguities, unreliable narrators, and questionable morals and motives. She is on the lookout for well-written fiction with a commercial hook that turns tried and true tropes on their heads and brings familiar topics and fresh and interesting slant. She lives in Stamford, CT with her husband and piles of books on every surface imaginable.


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