Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America welcome an outstanding complement of authors, publishers, agents and subject matter experts to our conference faculty this year. Learn more about them below. Additonal bios will be added as faculty is confirmed. Be sure to check back for more information.
Bio: Charlaine Harris is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Aurora Teagarden and Harper Connelly series. She has lived in the South her entire life. Visit her online at www.charlaineharris.com or www.facebook.com/charlaineharris.
Bio: Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt and one featuring Inspector William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around WW1 and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen On The Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times of London as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'. She now lives in LA.
Bio: D. J. Adamson’s Outré, the first in her science fiction/mystery trilogy: Jakob Cahill needs to solve the disappearance of his mother and sister and the mysterious death and carnage inthe community. His adrenalin-rush to put things right embarks him on a teenage investigative-science-fiction-reckoning leading to his capture by a stranger -- something unknown in his Pinkerton world. Admit to Mayhem, the first in her Lillian Dove Mystery Series is located in Frytown, Iowa. Setting both work in the Midwest, D. J. Adamson uses the extremes in weather, life struggle, agriculture, rich culture, kinship and humanity to create atmosphere, provide memorable characters and complex plot. Her work is not just a matter of twists and turns but the ups and downs of living life.
Bio: Terry Ambrose writes Mysteries with Character. He started out skip tracing and collecting money from deadbeats, but quickly learned liars come from all walks of life. His McKenna Mysteries could be called Jessica Fletcher meets Magnum, PI on Social Security. Kirkus Reviews said Terry’s writing has ". . . the kind of snark that will remind readers of Elmore Leonard." Terry also writes real-life scam tips, author interviews, and book reviews at www.terryambros.com.
Bio: Joshua Bilmes is the President of JABberwocky Literary Agency. After climbing the mystery ladder from the Hardy Boys to the Three Investigators to Dame Agatha and Perry Mason and ultimately the 87th Precinct, his first sale as an agent was a George Kelso mystery by Malcolm McClintick. His current mystery clients include Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P. Kelner aka Leigh Perry, Jeri Westerson and Rochelle Staab, June 2015 debut author Alex Erickson, and the estates of Ellery Queen and Stuart Palmer, as well as such crossover authors as Simon R. Green and Ari Marmell.
Bio: Terri Bischoff joined Midnight Ink as an Acquiring Editor in October 2009. She leads all editorial directions and creates the seasonal lists. She has dramatically increased the number of titles per season, publishing 33-36 titles per year, as well as expanded the type of crime fiction MI has published. Terri has a wealth of experience and knowledge in both mysteries and in bookselling, particularly as book buyer and reviewer. She has worked at Kramer Books in Washington, DC, and more recently, Terri owned and operated Booked for Murder Mystery Bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin.
Bio: Angela Bole is executive director of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest book publishing association in the U.S. serving small presses and self-published authors. IBPA's mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community by providing advocacy, education, and tools for success. Prior to joining IBPA, Angela served two years as deputy executive director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), an organization that fosters conversation and consensus across all sectors of the book business. Before that, she served two years as BISG's associate director and two years as its marketing and communications manager. Angela holds a Masters of Science in Book Publishing from New York University and currently serves on the board of directors for BISG and IDPF, the International Digital Publishing Forum. She lives in Redondo Beach, California where she rides her bike to work as often as possible.
Bio: Craig Faustus Buck is a multi-award nominated author and screenwriter. His debut novel Go Down Hard, called "a crime novel dream" by Booklist, was published May 5 by Brash Books. His other works: include the novella Psycho Logic (Stark Raving Press), two #1 NYT nonfiction bestsellers, an Oscar-nominated short film, and the miniseries V: The Final Battle. His indie feature, Smuggling for Gandhi, is scheduled for production in 2016. He lives in LA where noir was born.
Bio: Stephen Buehler’s short fiction has been published in numerous on-line publications including, Akashic Books. His Derringer nominated short story, Not My Day, appeared in the Last Exit to Murder anthology. The Mindreading Murders, a novella about a magician will be published in 2015. He is currently shopping around his mystery/comedy P.I. novel, Detective Rules. Stephen runs ReWriteDr, a script/story consultant company. He is also a magician and a nice guy.
Bio: Jan Burke's fourteenth book, Disturbance, is the latest entry in the Irene Kelly series and a sequel to Bones, which won the Edgar for Best Novel. Her novels include Flight, Nine, and Bloodlines. She also wrote The Messenger, a supernatural thriller. Her books have been on the USA Today and NY Times bestseller lists, published internationally, and optioned for film and television. She is also an award-winning short story writer. She has been the GoH at crime fiction conventions. A forensic science advocate, she founded the nonprofit Crime Lab Project. She cohosts "Crime and Science Radio" with D.P. Lyle, M.D.
Bio: Ellen Byron’s first mystery won a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant. Her second, Plantation Shudders, launches in August. TV credits include Wings, Just Shoot Me, and network pilots. She served on the Editorial Board for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program's books, Cut to the Chase and Inside the Room, and has written over 200 magazine articles. Published plays include the award-winning, Graceland, and she’s performed with comedy improvisation companies on two continents.
Bio: Kimberley Cameron grew up loving books -- going to the library was the highlight of her week during her early years. New adventures beckoned behind every spine and now she feels the same way when she reads a manuscript. She wants to fall in love with a writer's words... She began her literary career as an agent trainee at the Marjel de Lauer Agency in association with Jay Garon in New York. She worked for several years at MGM developing books for motion pictures. She was the co-founder of Knightsbridge Publishing Company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. In 1993 she became partners with Dorris Halsey of The Reece Halsey Agency, founded in 1957. Among its clients have been Aldous Huxley, William Faulkner, Upton Sinclair, and Henry Miller. She opened Reece Halsey North in 1995 and Reece Halsey Paris in 2006, and in 2009 the agency became Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She resides and works from Tiburon, California and Paris, France, with many visits to New York to make the rounds of editorial offices.
Bio: Bonnie J. Cardone is the author of the Cinnamon Greene Adventure Mysteries, available as Kindle ebooks and as paperbacks. The series protagonist, a scuba diving professional photographer, also appears in short stories in Last Exit to Murder and KingsRiverLife.com. Bonnie was the editor of a now defunct scuba magazine for 22 years and also edited the Sisters in Crime national newsletter for nine years. She writes a monthly column on marine life for California Diving News.
Bio: Anne Cleeland is a lifelong Southern California resident, and currently makes her home in Newport Beach. An attorney by trade, she's been reading mystery stories since her Nancy Drew days, and especially loves Agatha Christie and the other Golden Age British mystery writers. Her Acton & Doyle mystery series features two Scotland Yard detectives, and if you are a fan of Masterpiece Mystery, you may enjoy this series. Anne also writes a historical series set in 1814 because she loves historicals, too. Being a romantic at heart, all her stories have a strong romantic element. She has four grown children, three wonderful grandchildren, and one nutty dog.
Bio: Read about our books: 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Par Murder... They Wrote, Murder in Paradise, Lakeview Park, The McGregor Chronicles, Snowflake Secrets, Seasons of Love, The Art of Love, An Aspen Grove Christmas, ...And a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe, award-winning Directions of Love, Ghost Writer, and The Memory Keeper at www.lornalarry.com.
Bio: Tyson Cornell is the founder of Rare Bird Lit and Rare Bird Books, two Los Angeles-based marketing and publishing firms specializing in book of all varieties, including fiction, entertainment, biography, photography, political nonfiction, and music. In 2013, he co-edited, alongside Marc Weingarten, Yes Is The Answer: And Other Prog Rock Tales, a collection of essays on progressive rock, featuring Rick Moody, Charles Bock, Seth Greenland, Matthew Specktor, Beth Lisick, Margaret Wappler, Wesley Stace, and thirteen others. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Bio: Matt Coyle has a degree in English from UC Santa Barbara. He’s taken detours into the restaurant, golf, and sports collectible businesses. His first novel, Yesterday’s Echo, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, and the Ben Franklin Silver Award. Night Tremors is Matt’s second novel in the Rick Cahill crime Series. Matt lives in San Diego with his Yellow Lab, Angus.
Bio: Gay Degani created amateur detectives, Abbie Palmer, an empty-nester who must face her past in the suspense novel, What Came Before, and slacker Nikki Hyland who appears in the anthologies, Landmarked for Murder and Little Sisters. She's had three stories nominated for Pushcart consideration and another that won the 11th Annual Glass Woman Prize. She blogs at Words in Place where a list of her work can be found.
Bio: Tyler Dilts received his MA in English Literature and his MFA in Fiction from California State University, Long Beach. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Best American Mystery Stories, and he is the author of the novels A King of Infinite Space, The Pain Scale, A Cold and Broken Hallelujah and the forthcoming No Straight Thing. He lives and teaches in Long Beach, California.
Bio: Jess Faraday is the author of the Ira Adler mysteries, the standalone Steampunk thriller The Left Hand of Justice, and the Stein & Vincent adventures. She also moonlights as the mystery editor for Elm Books. A martial artist and outdoors enthusiast, she lives and writes in California.
Bio: After receiving a BA in Biology from U.C. Santa Barbara, David Faulkner completed a single subject Life Science Teaching Credential program through C.S.U. San Diego, and an MS in Zoology (Entomology) at C.S.U. Long Beach. For almost 30 Years he was employed as the entomologist for the San Diego Natural History Museum, and traveled extensively through the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico collecting and studying insects. Since 1979, he has applied his entomological expertise to the Criminal Justice system and has been involved in over 450 death investigations in the United States, Mexico, Australia, and South Korea. In 1992, he was certified by the Institute of Criminal Investigations (ICI) to instruct classes and workshops for P.O.S.T. through C.S.U. Sacramento, the South Bay Regional Training Center in Santa Clara, and the Los Angeles Sheriff¹s Department Homicide Training Class. As a research associate for both the San Diego Natural History Museum and the California Department of Food and Agriculture Insect Detection Division, Mr. Faulkner maintains a continued interest in the regional insect fauna.
Bio: As president of BookEnds Literary Agency Jessica Faust represents a number of award-winning and bestselling authors in romance, mystery, women’s fiction, young adult, and nonfiction. Jessica has been a columnist with Romantic Times magazine, taught at New York University, been recognized as Agent of the Year by the NYC Romance Writers of America, and speaks regularly at writers' conferences throughout the world. She is a member of RWA, MWA, SCBWI and AAR. Jessica can be found on twitter @BookEndsJessica or through her blog at BookEndsLitAgency.
Bio: Joel Fox likes to mix history with mystery. Fox’ newest book, The Mark on Eve, is a modern day supernatural suspense with a 300-year-old main character. His FBI Zane Rigby mystery series involves solving modern day murders by unraveling a puzzle in the past of an American president. For over 35 years, Fox has been involved with California politics. He published hundreds of opinion pieces in national and state publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Fox is an adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University.
Bio: Terry Gilman, managing general partner and co-owner of Mysterious Galaxy, is a fixture in Southern California's independent bookstore scene, building a group of avid readers, top-notch authors, and nonprofit partners loyal to the store. She has also taken leadership roles in industry organizations like the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA), where she served as president for 3 years. Her work on behalf of Mysterious Galaxy and her community earned Gilman the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Heart and Soul Award in 2010, and in 2009 she was named a Friend of Los Angeles' WriteGirl mentoring program. Maryelizabeth Hart is independent Southern California genre bookstore Mysterious Galaxy’s Events Coordinator, Publicity Manager, and co-owner. She is also a reviewer for Publishers Weekly and a regular attendee at genre conventions. She edited San Diego Noir for Akashic Books.
Bio: Susan Goldstein is the author of Hollywood Forever, a mystery novel about a messy Beverly Hills divorce gone awry in more ways than one. She knows how that can happen having been a divorce attorney for three decades. Susan blends her love for vintage Hollywood tales with a contemporary Hollywood story of betrayal and murder. Susan is currently working on I've Got a Secret. A native New Yorker, she lives in the Hollywood Hills where life is always interesting.
Bio: Robin Hoklotubbe is the PR, Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator for the Santa Clarita Public Library, and the current President of CPLA-California Public Library Advocates, the state organization for Trustees, Commissioners, Friends and Foundations. She is a committee member and served for 10 years on the board of United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Robin currently assists with special projects for the California State Library and the California Library Association, and also volunteers on the board of the Friends of the Corona Public Library. During her career, Robin organized many successful author events from small to large, simple to high-end. She has spoken on a national level alongside publishers such as Random House and Harper Collins on how to book an author at your library.
Bio: Brian Hunter's 23-year career with the U.S. Secret Service fulfilled the dual mission of securing the monetary system of the United States, while concurrently providing executive protection for top government officials and visiting Heads of State. Assignments included President Ronald Reagan's Detail & White House Presidential Detail with President William Jefferson Clinton. He was also the "Event Coordinator" for the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. In 2005, Hunter was detailed to U.S. D.H.S. Headquarters as a "Protective Security Advisor." In coordination with the then CA Governor's Office of Homeland Security, he teamed to identify Southern California's critical infrastructure/key resources and to reduce their vulnerabilities to terrorist attack. In 2013, he formed "Guardian Consulting, LLC," which provides detailed, thorough and relationship-based security guidance, including to private sector business and corporations. He is also a "Technical Advisor/Subject Matter Expert" for film, books, and television.
Bio: Sue Ann Jaffarian is the author of three critically acclaimed mystery series: The Odelia Grey series, the Ghost of Granny Apples series, and the Madison Rose Vampire Mysteries. She also writes the Winnie Wilde erotic romance series under the pen name of Meg Chambers, as well as short stories. In addition to writing, Sue Ann is a full-time paralegal living in Los Angeles.
Bio: Andrew Jetarski began writing a few years ago as a creative complement to his work as a motion picture editor. His story One Decent Shot will appear in the Sisters in Crime/LA Chapter’s upcoming anthology LAdies Night. His story Dance Man was published in their 2013 anthology LAst Exit to Murder, and was named a Derringer Award Finalist. He is working on a novel and numerous short stories, re-imagining some bad stuff that happened back in the 1930s.
Bio: Professor Donald Johnson has been actively involved in the forensic sciences for over two decades, both as a practitioner and academician. His career began with service to the Lucas County Coroner¹s Office and the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. He then advanced to senior criminalist at the Los Angeles County Sheriff¹s Department, where he was an ASCLD/LAB qualified DNA analyst and specialized in the forensic investigation of violent crimes. Professor Johnson received his graduate degrees at the UCLA School of Medicine, and has published on research in neurobiology and criminalistics in scientific journals such as Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and the Journal of Forensic Sciences. His current research examines the use of new technologies and novel approaches to advance the analysis of problematic forensic samples.
Bio: Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with The Three Little Pigs. Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Sybil writes the Aurora Anderson mystery series featuring computer programmer and tole painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson. The first book in the series, Fatal Brushstroke, was published by Henery Press in 2014. She blogs every other Wednesday on Type M for Murder (typem4murder.blogspot.com).
Bio: Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 39 romance and mystery novels, including the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries and Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink. She has also written the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and also currently writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.
Bio: Tammy Kaehler created the award-winning Kate Reilly Racing Mystery Series to share the dramatic, competitive, and friendly racing world with readers. Mystery fans and racing insiders alike praised the first two series entries, Dead Man’s Switch and Braking Points, and Tammy takes readers back behind the wheel for the third time in Avoidable Contact. She works as a freelance writer in the Los Angeles area, where she lives with her husband and many cars.
Bio: Judy Kamei works at the Garden Grove Library in Garden Grove, California and is the Adult Fiction Evaluator for OC Public Libraries in Orange County, California. A lover of libraries and books since childhood Judy has many years experience in reference, cataloging and training at public libraries in Southern California. She is also a fiber artist who is active in the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild and whose yarns have won ribbons at the Los Angeles County Fair. A native of Boston Judy is married to retired federal special agent Bruce Kamei. The have one son who is in the army.
Bio: Gay Toltl Kinman has nine award nominations for her writing, including three Agathas; several short stories in American and English magazines and anthologies; two collections of short stories, three children's books, Y.A. gothic novel, four adult mysteries, a novella, several short plays produced and published; articles in professional journals and newspapers; co-edited two non-fiction books; and currently writes a children’s book column; and edits a book review newsletter. Kinman has library and law degrees.
Bio: Leslie S. Klinger is the New York Times bestselling editor of the Edgar®-winning New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and the criticallyacclaimed New Annotated Dracula, as well as numerous other books and articles on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, vampires, and the Victorian age. His newest books are the fourvolume Bram Stoker Award®-nominated The Annotated Sandman with Neil Gaiman (Vertigo), In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, coedited with Laurie R. King, and The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft.
Bio: Harley Jane Kozak’s Dating Dead Men won the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards, and was followed by Dating is Murder, Dead Ex, and A Date You Can’t Refuse. Her short prose has appeared in Ms. Magazine, The Sun, The Santa Monica Review and the anthologies Mystery Muses, This is Chick Lit, A Hell of a Woman, Butcher Knives and Body Counts, The Rich and the Dead, and Crimes by Moonlight. She’s an International Thriller Award nominee and her latest novel is the paranormal Keeper of the Moon. A sometimes actress, Harley lives with her kids and dogs in southern California.
Bio: Thomas Leighton is currently a Special Agent assigned to the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office's (LAFO) Ventura Resident Agency (VRA), where he coordinates the FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) program in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Tom has also worked in criminal investigations, counterintelligence and counterterrorism. As a collateral duty, he serves as a Crisis Negotiator and has been a member of the LAFO Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) since 2000. He also serves as a firearms instructor for the FBI. Before joining the FBI, Tom served as a local prosecutor in Winchester, Virginia. He received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from the State University of New York, College at Purchase, New York.
Bio: Tinker Lindsay, the poster girl for late bloomers, is making up for lost time. In 2012, The First Rule of Ten, co-written with Gay Hendricks, launched Hay House’s fiction division, Visions. They’ve since published three more Rules, plus a prequel. Set in L.A., the detective series features ex-Tibetan monk Tenzing "Ten" Norbu. Rules Five and Six are next. Lindsay co-wrote the film Hector and the Search for Happiness (Relativity Media, September 2014.) She lives under the Hollywood sign.
Bio: Richard C. Lopez has been a Deputy Sheriff for the County of Los Angeles for 34 years. He joined the department in 1981 and worked in various assignments, developing his expertise in Hispanic and African American criminal street gangs. In 1990, he was assigned to the Prison Gang Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau, where he gathered criminal intelligence on the Mexican Mafia prison gang and recruited informants and cooperating witnesses to testify against its members. In 1993, he joined the FBI Violent Gang Task Force, which conducted the first successful R.I.C.O. prosecution of the Mexican Mafia Prison Gang in California. In 1996, he was reassigned to Sheriff¹s Homicide Bureau as an Investigator where he continues to monitor mafia activities and to assist other law enforcement agencies in their investigations. He frequently lectures to college students about the culture and criminal activities of the Mexican Mafia prison gang and grants interviews to authors interested in the subject.
Bio: D. P. Lyle is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, and USA Best Book Award nominated author of both fiction and non-fiction. Along with Jan Burke, he is the co-host of Crime and Science Radio. He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of the TV shows Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars.
Bio: South Bay native Christopher J. Lynch has written for numerous local and national publications, as well as the authorized biography of the iconic child actor Ken Osmond, (Eddie Haskell from the TV series Leave it to Beaver). He is the author of the One Eyed Jack series about a professional blackmailer who operates in and around the South Bay. The debut novel in the series was a 2013 Shamus Award finalist, and a 2014 Writers Digest honorable mention for genre fiction. A production company in association with Lion’s Gate Films optioned the movie rights to One Eyed Jack for adaptation into a feature film. Christopher also offers free self-publishing workshops at public libraries throughout the Los Angeles area.
Bio: Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, Texas. Her debut novel, Board Stiff, was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. Along with writing and reading, Kendel spends her days as Managing Editor of Henery Press where she’s always looking for captivating stories from cozies and crime capers to paranormals and PIs. She’s got a coop full of award-winners and nominees in the Hen House, and just loves finding a gem in the slush pile.
Bio: Bonnie MacBird’s house features a room resembling 221B’s parlour, and she wrote part of her upcoming Art in the Blood, A Sherlock Holmes Adventure (September, HarperCollins) quite literally on Baker Street in London. Creative immersion is no rarity for this screenwriter (Tron), Emmy-winning filmmaker, playwright, and actor, who has loved Victoriana and all things Holmes since reading the canon at age ten. She’ll willingly jump inside Watson’s head at the drop of a deerstalker.
Bio: Paul D. Marks is the Shamus Award-winning author of the mystery-thriller White Heat. Publishers Weekly calls White Heat a "taut crime yarn." And Midwest Book Review says "White Heat is a riveting read of mystery, much recommended." His story Howling at the Moon from the November, 2014 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine placed #7 in the 2014 Ellery Queen Readers Award Poll. Five of his stories can be found in the collection LA Late @ Night. He is the co-editor of the upcoming anthology Coast to Coast: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea, coming in 2015 from Down and Out Books.
Bio: Donna May’s long career in TV production includes: Roseanne, ER, House, Heroes and The West Wing. Her first short story was published in the Murder in LaLa Land anthology in 2010, and a second one was published in Last Exit to Murder in 2013. She has a BA from Oberlin College, a MFA from UCLA, has lived in the UK and Japan and is an active member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.
Bio: Terri Nolan has a background in journalism and broadcast media where she wrote features and news copy. Her first fictional publications were literary short stories. She is the author of three novels and a short story featuring investigative journalist Birdie Keane: Burden of Truth, Glass Houses, Blue Bird (due in October) and Hobo Joe. Terri is currently on the board of the SoCal chapter of Mystery Writers of America.
Bio: Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press). His acclaimed series of crime novels (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors and the latest, Phantom Limb) feature psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, a trauma expert who consults with the Pittsburgh Police. All are from Poisoned Pen Press.
Bio: USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian spent her childhood being dragged around the world by her cultural anthropologist parents, which inspired her to write the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series (Artifact, Pirate Vishnu, and Quicksand) and the Accidental Alchemist mysteries (The Accidental Alchemist). Gigi’s debut novel was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant, the follow-up recently won the Left Coast Crime Rose Award, and her short fiction has been short-listed for Agatha and Macavity awards.
Bio: Catherine Pelonero is a playwright and new true crime author. Her plays include Family Names and Awesome Ghosts of Ontario, both published by Samuel French. Her first crime book, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences, was published by Skyhorse in March, 2014, reaching #1 on the Amazon Best Sellers List (bio & memoir) and, more recently, #11 on the New York Times Best Sellers List (crime & punishment).
Bio: During his law enforcement career, David Putnam worked primarily in California on teams for Patrol, Investigations, SWAT, Narcotics, Violent Crimes, Criminal Intelligence, Internal Affairs, Detective Bureau and as child protective services coordinator. He rounded out his law enforcement career with a few years in the Hawaiian Islands as a Special Agent-part of a real-life "Hawaii-50? team. He's now retired from law enforcement and spends his time growing organic California avocados and writing, with his wife Mary and their two dogs.
Bio: Annette Rogers, Poisoned Pen Press editor, became addicted to reading during dark childhood winters in Juneau, Alaska, when she read the city library from one side to the other. Now she edits mysteries, corresponds with writers and agents, and evaluates new submissions for Poisoned Pen Press, one of the largest independent mystery publishers in the world. Rogers' terrier, Doctor Watson, is an energetic, if not always helpful, sidekick. She has published a bestselling history/travel book on Egypt that was translated into six languages. She has written for O, the Oprah Magazine; served as managing editor of Utah Holiday Magazine; and reported for Time/Life on court hearings during the Mormon Bomber case. She holds a master's degree in History and English.
Bio: Robert Rotstein is the author of The Bomb Maker’s Son (SSB, 6/9/2015), about lawyer Parker Stern, whose client is a forty-year fugitive from justice accused of a 1970s terrorist bombing. Publishers Weekly said: "Memorable characters and themes that are just as timely today as they were in the ’70s help make this a deeply satisfying page-turner." Reckless Disregard (2014) was a Kirkus Review top thriller, and Corrupt Practices (2013) received a Booklist starred review.
Bio: Ona Russell is the author of three award-winning Sarah Kaufman 1920s mysteries.\ The latest, Rule of Capture, is set in Los Angeles and involves a notorious stock swindle, a cross-cultural romance, and one of the darkest, little-known episodes in L.A. history. Ona holds a PhD in literature from UC San Diego. She has taught a variety of college courses, has been published widely in other venues, and speaks nationally on the topic of "literature and the law."
Bio: Terry Shames writes the best-selling Samuel Craddock series, Seventh Street Books. A Killing at Cotton Hill (Macavity Award for Best First Mystery 2013) was a finalist for Left Coast Crime’s Best Mystery, 2013 and Strand Magazine’s Critic’s Award for Best First Mystery. Library Journal named The Last Death of Jack Harbin a top five mystery of 2014. Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek debuted October 2014. A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge, released April 7, 2015.
Bio: Susan C Shea is the author of the Dani O'Rourke Mysteries, a "wickedly funny" series built around the mishaps of a museum fundraiser whose rich prospects have a nasty habit of turning up dead while she's busy promoting them. Susan is the president of the Norcal chapter of SinC, and secretary of the national SinC board. In a former life she, like Dani, learned how to ask for a million dollars without stammering.
Bio: Carole Sojka grew up in New York but has spent most of her life in California. She spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa and upon her return obtained a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. She worked for many years as the administrator in a public law office and now writes mystery novels. Her first novel, A Reason to Kill, was published in 2014, and the sequel, So Many Reasons to Die, was published in April. Both novel are set on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
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Bio: Laurie Stevens is the author of the best-selling Gabriel McRay psychological thrillers. The two books so far in the series, The Dark Before Dawn and Deep into Dusk have won 9 awards among them Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 and the 2014 IPPY for Best Mystery/Thriller. Laurie is a "hybrid" author, having self-published her books, then selling the books to Random House, Germany.
Bio: Phoef Sutton is a screenwriter and novelist who was born in Washington D.C. He won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for the TV series Cheers. He also wrote for Boston Legal, the cult hit Terriers. His novels include Fifteen Minutes to Live, Crush, The Dead Man: Midnight Special and The Dead Man: Reborn, and Wicked Charms, which he co-authored with Janet Evanovich. He lives in South Pasadena, California and Vinalhaven, Maine.
Bio: Kate Thornton's first mystery short story - and her second! - were both nominated for Derringer Awards in the same year. With over 100 short stories in print, she writes in both the mystery and science fiction genres and is one of three editors of the current Sisters in Crime Los Angeles anthology, LAdies Night. She has completed two romantic suspense novels in series, with a third in the works.
Bio: Shawn Townsend started her library career teaching information literacy courses and managing a digital library. When she moved to Southern California, Shawn began working in public libraries. She has knowledge of collection development practices, library programming, reference and user services, and creating strategic partnerships in the community. In addition to her work in libraries, Shawn also has several years of experience in book retail, where her love of books and reading thrived, to the detriment of her paycheck. An adept of multi-tasking, you can find Shawn walking, gardening, cooking, or driving listening to a riveting mystery audiobook.
Bio: Kristen Weber worked as an acquiring editor for two major publishing houses in New York before moving to Los Angeles. Now she edits on a freelance basis, helping clients land literary agents, secure deals with publishers from big to small, nd publish independently quite successfully. She also co-founded ShelfPleasure.com, a destination website for women who love reading.
Bio: Holly West is the author of the Mistress of Fortune series, set in 17th century London and featuring Isabel Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II who secretly makes her living as a fortuneteller. When Holly’s not wandering the captivating streets of 17th century London, her hobbies include cooking, knitting, reading, and petting dogs. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Mick, and a dog, Stella.
Bio: Los Angeles native and award-winning author Jeri Westerson writes the critically acclaimed Crispin Guest Medieval Noir mysteries, historical novels, paranormal novels, and GLBT mysteries. To date, her medieval mysteries have garnered twelve industry award nominations. Jeri is former president of the SoCal chapter of Mystery Writers of America and frequently guest lectures on medieval history at local colleges and museums.
Bio: Beatrice Yorker received her BS in Nursing from Indiana University, her MS in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco and her Law Degree from Georgia State University. She testified in some of the most complicated child abuse cases of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP) which led her to study nurses who injected their patients for excitement, or to cause a code. She has published extensively on serial murder by healthcare providers and crime in hospitals. She is currently the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Los Angeles.