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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.