Born in Singapore, the daughter of a British diplomat,TESSA ARLEN has lived in Egypt, Germany, the Persian Gulf, China and India.
True to ex-patriate tradition she was sent home to England when she was ten to a girls’ private boarding school in Buckinghamshire; certainly the least fun place to be in the sixties. Cold dormitories, dreadful food and rules forbidding whistling, sitting on beds or hemlines above the knee sent her into an eight year day-dream. Her academic career was saved by an exceptional and rather eccentric history teacher, Elfreda Neale, who was married to the Elizabethan and Parliamentary historian Sir John Neale, and was fond of reminding her pupils that history was simply ‘very old gossip.’
Tessa came to the U.S. in 1980 and worked at the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympic Games, as an HR recruiter, where she interviewed her future husband for a job. They moved with their three daughters to the Pacific Northwest in 1990, and live on an island in the Puget Sound where she gardens in summer and writes in winter. Her Lady Montfort series of historical mysteries is published by Thomas Dunne Books.
LISA ALBER is the author of Kilmoon, an atmospheric mystery set in Ireland that has been described as “utterly poetic” and a “stirring debut.” The novel was a Rosebud Award finalist for best debut novel. Lisa worked with New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George in several workshops, which culminated in receiving an Elizabeth George Foundation writing grant. Ms. George also invited Lisa to write a short story for the Two of the Deadliest (HarperCollins) anthology, including her in a special section for up-and-coming newcomers.
Before devoting herself to the fiction life, Lisa worked in Ecuador, Brazil, and New York City. Her various career choices included international finance, journalism, book publishing, and technical writing, with a minor stint as cocktail waitress.
Ever distractible, you may find Lisa puttering around the yard, fooling around online, or drinking red wine with her friends. She’s happily working on her second mystery set in Ireland (Midnight Ink 2016). Lisa lives in the Pacific Northwest with a tiny dog and a chubby cat. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. You can find Lisa at: website | Facebook | Twitter | blog.
GILLIAN BAGWELL is the author of three acclaimed historical novels. The Darling Strumpet, based on the life of Nell Gwynn, seventeenth-century actress and mistress of Charles II, was a finalist for a Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best First Book. Her second book, The September Queen, was the first fictional accounting of the extraordinary adventure of Jane Lane, who risked her life to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester. Her most recent novel, Venus in Winter is based on the first forty years of the life of the formidable four-times widowed Tudor dynast. Gillian lives in Berkeley, California, and is at work on her fourth novel.
Gillian began her professional life in theatre, first as an actress and later as a director and producer, and she now puts her theatre experience to use coaching writers on giving effective public readings. She also offers all levels of editing, specializing in historical fiction and romance. Please visit Gillian’s website, www.gillianbagwell.com, for links to her research blogs, articles, and more on her books and upcoming events.
John C. Boland
For fifteen years, JOHN C. BOLAND (also writing under James L. Ross) ran a successful hedge fund (Remnant Partners L.P.). His nonfiction has appeared in Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal and The (Sunday) New York Times. His fiction includes about a dozen novels and numerous short stories for Alfred Hitchcock’s and Ellery Queen’s mystery magazines. He has received three Shamus award nominations, including most recently his pseudonymous novel Long Pig which was nominated by the Private Eye Writers for a Shamus, Best Paperback Original. Also, his story “Marley’s Revolution” was nominated for a 2012 Edgar award.
JACKIE BOUCHARD, a USA Today bestselling author, writes what she calls Fido-friendly fiction – humorous and heart-warming stories about women and the dogs that profoundly impact their lives. She spent a long time as a creative soul trapped in the body of a practical person. When she was bitten by the writing bug, she managed to leap free of the hamster wheel of corporate America, and now spends her days walking her dog, talking to her dog, and listening for the voices in her head that want their stories told. When the voices don’t talk to her, she can often be found staring into the refrigerator.After growing up in Southern California, Jackie moved to Bermuda, where she met her husband. Now back in San Diego, American Jackie, her Canadian hubby, and her Mexican rescue mutt form their own happy little United Nations. Jackie’s novels include HOUSE TRAINED (Lake Union, 2015), RESCUE ME, MAYBE, and WHAT THE DOG ATE. Learn more at www.jackiebouchard.com.
KIM BOYKIN is the author of THE WISDOM OF HAIR, PALMETTO MOON, and A PEACH OF A PAIR, all from Berkley/Penguin. She learned about women and their hair in her mother’s beauty shop in a tiny South Carolina town. She loves to write stories about strong Southern women, because that’s what she knows. Kim is an accomplished public speaker and serves on the board of the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, three dogs, and 126 rose bushes. She loves to hear from readers; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her website at www.kimboykin.net or visit her blog at www.boykinshecook.com to learn more about her second passion after writing, food.
LYNNE BRYANT is the author of two novels: Catfish Alley (NAL/Penguin 2011) and Alligator Lake (NAL/Penguin 2012), which earned acclaim as a 2013 bestseller in Norway. Lynne’s fiction wrestles with the complex race issues that continue to haunt the contemporary American South. Lynne was born and raised in rural Mississippi, where her maternal grandparents farmed cotton and her mother is one of their fifteen children. In both of her novels, Lynne uses real historical events as context for stories of families struggling to overcome deep-seated racial prejudice, and to find a new way to relate across the rigidly drawn color lines of the South. Lynne is currently a college professor in Colorado, happily empty-nesting with her partner, golden retriever, and corgi. You can visit her website at www.lynne-bryant.com.
LYNN CAHOON is the author of the NYT and USA Today bestselling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also the author of A STORY TO KILL (Sept. 2016), the first book in her Cat Latimer series. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DIANE CAPRI is a recovering lawyer. She writes the authorized spin-offs of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and The Heir Hunter Series (Thomas & Mercer). Her work is what the #1 worldwide publishing phenomenon Lee Child calls “Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too.”
Diane is the past Executive Vice President of International Thriller Writers, past member of the Board of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and active in Sisters in Crime, Author’s Guild, Novelists Inc., and other writing organizations. She’s a snowbird who divides her time between Florida and Michigan, and she loves to hear from readers and is always hard at work on her next novel. Contact her at: DianeCapri.com/Contact to receive notice of new releases, subscribe to Diane’s blog and newsletter with exclusive content for members only, or simply connect with her.
JULIE CHASE is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.
BECKY CLARK is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them, too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Her stout-hearted dog keeps her safe from squirrels, UPS deliveries, and autumn leaves.
Becky is a proud member of Sisters in Crime, Colorado Authors League, and Pikes Peak Writers. Find out Becky’s least favorite words at http://beckyclarkbooks.com/bio and hang out with her on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/BeckyClarkAuthor/ ) where all sorts of fun things happen.
Originally from Florida, CHANEL CLEETON grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
Learn more about her on her website at www.chanelcleeton.com.
MARLA COOPER was astonished when, at the age of 18, she realized people could actually get paid to write things. So she switched her major from business to advertising—much to the relief of her accounting professor—and began her career as an advertising copywriter. Since then, she’s written all sorts of things, and it was while ghostwriting a guide to destination weddings that she found inspiration for her first novel, Terror in Taffeta. Originally hailing from Texas, Marla lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and her polydactyl tuxedo cat.
Susan Bishop Crispell
SUSAN BISHOP CRISPELL is not one of those writers who’s been scribbling down stories since she could hold a pencil. She didn’t read constantly growing up and can still be found in public without a book tucked into her purse. She is, however, the kind of writer who lives for the imaginative spark that introduces her to a new character or story idea that pushes her to turn everyday life into something magical.
She earned a BFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. She is the author of the forthcoming women’s fiction novels THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press, 2016), and DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE (St. Martin’s Press, 2018). Susan lives and writes near Wilmington, NC with her husband and their two literary-named cats. You can find her online at www.susanbishopcrispell.com and on Twitter at @SBCrispell.
Mollie Cox Bryan
MOLLIE COX BRYAN is the author of the mystery series: “Cora Crafts Mysteries.” The first book DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES was selected as part of “Fresh Fiction’s Not to Miss,” monthly box of curated books. She also wrote the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. She’s also penned a historical fiction: MEMORY OF LIGHT: AN AFTERMATH OF GETTYSBURG and the Kindle World romance novella, THE BEEKEEPER’S BRIDE, A ST. HELENA VINEYARD KINDLE WORLD.
By day, Mollie works as a fact-checker and researcher. She writes in the early morning hours. She started off in the publishing business in the nonfiction area as a food journalist, then moved into writing cookbooks: MRS. ROWE’S RESTAURANT COOKBOOK: LIFETIME OF RECIPES FROM THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY and the regional bestselling MRS. ROWE’S LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHERN PIES. Mollie lives in Waynesboro, Va., with her husband, two daughters, a dog, and cat. You can visit at molliecoxbryan.com.
TERRY DEHART is a former U.S. Marine and NASA security analyst. He is the author of The Unit (Orbit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group). Three of his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His short stories have appeared in The Barcelona Review, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Night Train Magazine, In Posse Review/Web del Sol, Paumanok Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Vestal Review and Opium, among others. Terry lives with his wife and daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Camille Di Maio
At the age of 12, Camille Di Maio decided that it was her life’s goal to write a novel, so she wrote a letter to her future self to make sure she’d gotten it done. Nearly three decades later, the dream has come true. When she’s not ignoring her responsibilities in favor of reading a page-turner, she wears many other hats. Together with her husband, she homeschools their four children, runs one of the most successful real estate teams in San Antonio, spends too much time at farmer’s markets, and is training to be a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Camille regularly faces her fear of flying to indulge her passion for travel. Favorite experiences include: visiting King Tut’s tomb in Egypt, spending the night in the church of Sacre Coeur in Paris, exploring lava caves in Maui, watching glaciers calve in Alaska, sailing the Bosphorus River in Istanbul, posing with wax statues of The Beatles in London, and meeting Pope John Paul II (Rome) and Mother Teresa (Denver). She is inspired by the concept of “sucking the marrow out of life”.
Camille believes that there is always room to squeeze one more bookshelf in to her house, and add one more item to her bucket list. She figures that she’ll have to live to at least 150 to make it all happen.
STEPHANIE DRAY is an award-winning, bestselling and RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into more than six different languages and won the NJRW’s Golden Leaf. Her more recent work delves into American History. Before she wrote novels, Stephanie was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she illuminates the stories of women in history to inspire the young women of today.
Kelly J. Ford
KELLY J. FORD completed GrubStreet Writing Center’s Novel Incubator program and is an editor and contributor for Dead Darlings, a website dedicated to discussing the craft of novel writing. Her short fiction has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and Knee-Jerk Magazine. She is a freelance editor and project manager and lives in Boston with her girlfriend and two large cats.
Her debut novel, COTTONMOUTHS, will be published by Skyhorse in Spring 2017.
GAIL FRASER began her writing career in 2004 with The Lumby Lines, which became the first of the five-novel series published by Penguin Group. Subsequent books includedStealing Lumby, Lumby’s Bounty, The Promise of Lumby andLumby on the Air. With her husband, artist Art Poulin, she co-authored Finding Happiness In Simplicity (Lyons 2012).
Prior to becoming a full-time author, Gail had a long and successful career in corporate America, ultimately holding senior executive and c-level positions in several Fortune 500 corporations and start-up companies. Her path allowed her to work with some of the most respected companies in the world, traveling to twenty-four countries with extended stays in Asia, Europe and Australia. Gail was raised in Rye, New York, and graduated from Skidmore College, with a BA, and the University of Connecticut with an MBA, with graduate work done at Harvard University. Gail and Art live in upstate New York, on a forty-acre gentleman’s farm named Lazy Goose, which has been featured in many newspapers and national magazines. In addition to writing, Gail is an avid stoneware potter, heirloom vegetable gardener and cook, and enjoys tending to their orchard and bee hives most every morning even through the winter months.
DANA FREDSTIis an ex B-movie actress with a background in theatrical combat (a skill she utilized in Army of Darkness as a sword-fighting Deadite and fight captain). Through ten plus years of volunteering at Exotic Feline Breeding Facility/Feline Conservation Center, Dana’s had a full-grown leopard sit on her feet, been kissed by tigers, held baby jaguars and had her thumb sucked by an ocelot with nursing issues. She’s addicted to bad movies and any book or film, good or bad, which include zombies. Her other hobbies include weight lifting, collecting beach glass, and wine tasting.
She is the author of the Ashley Parker series, touted as Buffy meets the Walking Dead, as well as what might be the first example of zombie noir, A Man’s Gotta Eat What a Man’s Gotta Eat, first published in Mondo Zombie edited by John Skipp, and more recently published as an eBook by Titan books. She also wrote the cozy noir mystery Murder for Hire: the Peruvian Pigeon, is co-author of What Women Really Want in Bed, and has written several spicy genre romances under the pen name Inara LaVey. Dana was also co-writer/associate producer on Urban Rescuers, a documentary on feral cats and TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return), which won Best Documentary at the 2003 Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles. She guest blogs frequently and has made numerous podcast and radio appearances. She lives in San Francisco with her boyfriend and fellow author David Fitzgerald, their dog Pogeen, and a small horde of felines.
Critically acclaimed author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. Elizabeth is also a regular columnist for International Thriller Writers at The Thrill Begins as part of “Murderers Row.” She writes a psychological suspense series (The Profiler series) for MIRA Books and a romantic suspense series (The Lawmen series) for Harlequin Intrigue.
You can visit Elizabeth on the web at www.elizabethheiter.com.
Lisa Verge Higgins
LISA VERGE HIGGINS is the RITA-nominated author of fifteen novels that have been published worldwide and translated into as many languages—quite a switch for this former PhD candidate in chemistry. Currently this opera-loving mother of three is finding inspiration in women’s lives and women’s friendships. Her novel THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FRIENDSHIP won the 2011 Golden Leaf Award for Best Single Title and was named one of Barnes & Noble’s General Fiction Forum’s top twenty books of the year. Her second book cracked that same list in 2012. When not writing novels, Lisa writes reviews for the New York Journal of Books. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three daughters, who never fail to make life interesting.
Join Lisa on-line at www.lisavergehiggins.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lisavergehiggins where she discusses her “Life With Three Teenage Daughters.” Lisa loves to hear from readers. Contact her at email@example.com.
RACHEL HOLLIS is the founder of the popular lifestyle blog www.thechicsite.com and the Los Angeles-based event-planning firm, Chic Events. At 27, she was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30.” She has designed and produced fabulous parties for many of Hollywood’s elite, including Bradley Cooper, Rashida Jones, Al Gore, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ivanka Trump, Jamie King, and Cuba Gooding Jr. (just to name a few). Most recently, she was named as the Best Blogger for Entertaining by Better Homes and Gardens. In February of 2014 she published her first book, a Roman a clef called Party Girl, about the years she spent as a celebrity event planner. The self-published title proved so successful that it and the subsequent sequels, Sweet Girl and Smart Girl, were purchased by Lake Union Publishing.
EDGAR HOLZMAN grew up in Latin America and has law degrees from both Argentina and the U.S. As an attorney and translator, he has worked for a number of international organizations and was involved in human rights work. He is the author of Malena (Nortia 2012) and his short story “The Big Shlep” has been published in the literary journal Metamorphoses.
Rachel Howzell Hall
RACHEL HOWZELL HALL is the author of Land of Shadows (Tor/Forge) and A Quiet Storm (Scribner), which was a Borders ‘Original Voices’ selection and a Black Expressions book-of-the-month pick. She is also the author of two e-novelsThe View from Here and No One Knows You’re Here. Rachel is a writer for City of Hope, a national leader in cancer research and treatment. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Anna Lee Huber
ANNA LEE HUBER is the Award-Winning and National Bestselling Author of the Lady Darby Mystery Series. A summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, Anna majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on the next Lady Darby Mystery. Visit her at www.annaleehuber.com.
Growing up in an Air Force family took MARCI JEFFERSON across the world, inspiring an interest in culture and travel, but her passion for history sparked while living in Yorktown, Virginia, where locals still tell Revolutionary War tales. She kept a love of writing to herself, and eventually abandoned it to pursue the more “practical” path of becoming a Registered Nurse. Years after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, immersing herself in a Quality Assurance nursing career, and then having children, she realized she’d neglected a few of her passions. She began traveling again, writing along the way, delving into bits of history that caught her fancy. GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN was released by St. Martin’s Press in 2014, with ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS following in 2015. Marci is a member of the Historical Novel society. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, making hair-bows for their daughter and trying not to step on their son’s Legos. www.marcijefferson.com (Photo by Jill Sloffer)
Julie Christine Johnson
As a little girl, JULIE CHRISTINE JOHNSON read Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh and decided that one day she would be a writer, just like Harriet. Julie grew up, earned undergraduate degrees in French and Psychology and a Master’s in International Affairs, and went on to do many things, including teaching English as a Second Language, administering university study abroad programs, and buying wine and beer for a multi-store natural foods co-op. But it took her nearly forty years to follow in Harriet’s footsteps and begin writing.
Julie draws from her experiences living abroad in lands as varied as France, Japan, Chad, and New Zealand to craft stories about characters searching for a sense of self and place. She hopes to move her readers with fiction that navigates the borders of heart and mind. She is the author of IN ANOTHER LIFE (Sourcebooks, 2016), and THE CROWS OF BEARA (Ashland Creek Press, 2017). A runner, hiker, and wine geek, Julie makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington state with her best friend and husband of twenty-three years, Brendan. Visit Julie’s blog chalkthesun.org
KATHRYN JOHNSON (aka Mary Hart Perry) has authored more than 40 published novels, is an Agatha Award finalist and honoree of the American Library Association. Her most recent work of fiction, The Shadow Princess, third in a series of romantic Victorian thrillers, launched in 2014. Kathryn is vice-president of the Mystery Writers of America/Mid-Atlantic Region. In 2006 she founded Write by You www.writebyyou.com, an author’s mentoring/editorial service. She also teaches at the renowned Writer’s Center in Washington, D.C. and speaks at regional and national writers’ conferences. Her professional memberships include the Author’s Guild, Ninc, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists Inc (NINC), and Romance Writers of America. Having lived in Italy and traveled throughout Europe, and more recently to Egypt, she loves weaving rich historical detail into her novels. Kathryn and her husband Roger enjoy cultural events in Washington, DC. Her most recent adventures involve year-round vegetable gardening and learning to play the Irish fiddle.
LAURA KAMOIE has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction as the New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye. Her debut historical novel, America’s First Daughter, co-authored with Stephanie Dray, allowed her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.
For years, USA Today bestselling author TONYA KAPPES has been publishing numerous mystery titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.
KRISTEN LEPIONKA wanted to write mysteries from the time she first saw Mike Hammer reruns on daytime cable as a kid. She is obsessed with getting the details correct in her writing, which has led her to multiple police ride-alongs, shooting ranges, and inside an Icelandic volcano. Kristen lives in Columbus, Ohio with her partner, two cats, and a very tall to-be-read pile.
MARTIN LIMON is is the author of many novels, including The Ville Rat, The Iron Sickle, The Joy Brigade , Mr. Kill, GI Bones, The Wandering Ghost, The Door to Bitterness, and Jade Lady Burning, a New York Times Notable book. He is also the author of numerous short stories which have been published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Limon lives near Seattle, Washington. Photo: Michelle Kim Limon.
JESSICA (JESS) LOUREY is best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing “a splendid mix of humor and suspense.” She is also active in Mystery Writers of America, where she served two terms on the national board, and Sisters in Crime. A tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, she also teaches writing workshops all over the country. When not teaching, reading, traveling, writing, or raising her two wonderful kids, you can find her watching terrible SyFy movies and dreaming of her next story.
JEANNE MACKIN is the author of several novels: The Sweet By and By (St. Martin’s Press), Dreams of Empire (Kensington Books), The Queen’s War (St. Martin’s Press), and The Frenchwoman (St. Martin’s Press). She has published short fiction and creative nonfiction in several journals and periodicals including American Letters and Commentary and SNReview. She is also the author of the Cornell Book of Herbs and Edible Flowers (Cornell University publications) and co-editor of The Norton Book of Love (W.W. Norton), and wrote art columns for newspapers as well as feature articles for several arts magazines. Jeanne’s most recent releases include The Beautiful American (NAL/Penguin 2014) and A Lady of Good Family (NAL/Penguin 2015), and a new historical novel centering on the rivalry between fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli will follow in 2016. She was the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and her journalism has won awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, in Washington, D.C. She teaches creative writing at Goddard College in Vermont, has taught or conducted workshops in Pennsylvania, Hawaii and New York and has traveled extensively in Europe. She lives with her husband, artist Steve Poleskie, in upstate New York. Please visit Jeanne at www.jeannemackin.com or on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jeannemackinauthor.
SHANA MAHAFFEY lives in San Francisco, California, in part of an Edwardian compound that she shares with an informal cooperative of family, friends, and five cats. She’s a survivor of Catechism and cat scratch fever, and is a member of the Sanchez Grotto Annex, a writers’ co-op. Her first novel, Sounds Like Crazy, released from NAL/Penguin in 2009. She welcomes all visitors to her website (http:/www.shanamahaffey.com) and is happy to meet with book groups in-person or in cyberspace (phone/webcam/the works).
NEVE MASLAKOVIC is the author of Regarding Ducks and Universes (Amazon Encore). Before that she was busy writing technical papers and finishing her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University’s STAR Lab (Space, Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory). After much moving back and forth between Belgrade—where she spent her early years speaking Serbian in then communist Yugoslavia—and London, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area, she has settled near Minneapolis/St. Paul. She enjoys the Minnesota weather (even, on occasion, in January). She is a member of the Loft Literary Center and is currently hard at work on her second, as yet untitled, novel.
JAMIE METZL is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, novelist, blogger, syndicated columnist, media commentator, and expert in international affairs and biotechnology policy. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the U.S. State Department, Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia.
Jamie appears frequently on national and international media and his syndicated columns and other writing on genetics, virtual reality, international affairs, and other topics is featured regularly in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide and the novels The Depths of the Sea and the genetics thriller Genesis Code. His most recent novel Eternal Sonata is about a global struggle to control the technology of extreme human life extension.
Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He has completed twelve Ironman triathlons, thirtymarathons, and ten ultramarathons.
KRISTIN MILLER is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of dark psychological suspense, sexy paranormal romance, and sweet contemporary romance novels. She’s a Daphne DuMaurier Award finalist, and a former president of the San Francisco Chapter of Romance Writers of America. After graduating from Humboldt State University with a major in psychology and a minor in English, Kristin used her love of language to teach high school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in northern California with her husband and their two children.
Logan Miller and Noah Miller
Logan Miller and Noah Miller are the writers, producers, and directors of two feature films, Touching Home and Sweetwater, the latter of which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Their memoir Either You’re in or You’re in the Way (HarperCollins) was a San Francisco Chronicle #1 Bestseller, was awarded Hudson Booksellers’ Best Nonfiction of 2009 and received a Library Journal starred review.
Their first novel LET THE GOOD PREVAIL, a thriller set in the badlands of New Mexico, is forthcoming from Rare Bird Books in 2016 and is being adapted as a feature film.
JULIE MOFFETT is a bestselling author who writes in the genres of mystery, historical romance and paranormal romance. She has won numerous awards, including the the 2016 Award of Excellence, the 2014 Mystery & Mayhem Award for Best YA/New Adult Mystery, the prestigious 2014 HOLT Award for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virginia Author (twice!), a PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel AND Best of the Best Paranormal Books of 2002, and the 2011 EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure Novel. She has also garnered additional nominations for the Daphne du Maurier Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her book A Double-Edged Blade was an Amazon #1 Bestselling Novel.
Julie has a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from Colorado College, a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an M.Ed from Liberty University. She has worked as a proposal writer, journalist, teacher, librarian and researcher, but she loves her job as a writer best. Julie speaks Russian and Polish and has two sons. Visit Julie’s website at: www.juliemoffett.com and follow Julie on Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieMoffettAuthor, Twitter: @JMoffettAuthor, Instagram: https://instagram.com/julie_moffett/,
Donna Russo Morin
Donna Russo Morin’s passion for the written word began when she was a child, took on a feminist edge through the sixties, and blossomed into a distinctive style of action-filled historical fiction. Donna’s first book, The Courtier’s Secret was a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Award. The Secret of the Glass, her second book, was a finalist in the USA Best Books of the Year Contest. Donna’s third Book, To Serve a King, was a finalist in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. The King’s Agent, Donna’s latest release, received a coveted starred review in Publishers Weekly.
Donna received two degrees from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to writing, teaching writing, and reviewing for literary journals, Donna works as a model and actor; highlights of her work include appearances on Showtime’s Brotherhood and in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.
Donna’s upcoming series, Da Vinci’s Disciples, is the story of a secret society of women artists, under the tutelage of the great Leonardo da Vinci, who must navigate the treacherous life of 15th century Florence while trying to bring their artistry to the world. The first book in the series releases in early 2016. Visit her at donnarussomorin.com. (Photo by Shane Photography).
USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. She began her popular contemporary romance series, Adams Grove, while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre goat farm. She has gone on to produce collaborated works with other authors, including the Granny Series and the stand-alone novel Inkblot. Now happily retired, she devotes her time to writing, antiquing, and the occasional spa day with friends. A native of Virginia Beach, she currently calls North Carolina home.
Life After Perfect (May 2015) was the first in her new Boot Creek Series, inspired in part by a short story included in the collection Wrapped Around Your Heart. Join Nancy’s mailing list at www.NancyNaigle.com for the latest news and scheduled appearances. Follow her on Twitter @NancyNaigle and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NancyNaigleAuthor. Read. Relax. Repeat.®
SHELLEY NOBLE is the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author of the women’s fiction novel BEACH COLORS, a #1 Nook bestseller. It is followed by STARGAZEY POINT, BREAKWATER BAY, WHISPER BEACH, and four novellas, Holidays at Crescent Cove, Stargazey Nights, and Newport Dreams.
As SHELLEY FREYDONT she is the author of the CELEBRATION BAY FESTIVAL MYSTERIES (Berkley Prime Crime) as well at the Katie McDonald and Lindy Haggerty mystery series and the Newport GILDED AGE MYSTERIES.
She has written several romance novels under the pseudonym Gemma Bruce. Her novella Bah Humbug, Baby appeared in a USA Today bestselling anthology. Her books have been translated into seven languages and have finaled in The Holt Medallion, Golden Leaf, Booksellers Best and More than Magic awards.
A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers. For more about Shelley, please visit her websites www.shelleynoble.com and www.shelleyfreydont.com.
LORETTA NYHAN was a reader before she was a writer, devouring everything she could get her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and the instructions booklet for building the Barbie dream house. Later, her obsession with reading evolved into an absolute need to write. After college, she wrote for national trade magazines, taught writing to college freshmen, and eventually found the guts to try fiction.
She is the author of the upcoming All the Good Parts (Lake Union, 2016) and Digging In (Lake Union, 2017). Previous published novels include I’ll Be Seeing You and Empire Girls (MIRA Books).
When she’s not writing, Loretta can be found knitting, baking, and doing all kinds of things her high school self would have found hilarious. She lives in the Chicago area.
DIANA ORGAIN is the USA Today bestselling author of the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Bundle of Trouble, Motherhood is Murder, Formula for Murder, and Nursing a Grudge. She is also the author of the Love or Money Mystery series and Yappy Hour and is the co-author of GILT TRIP in the New York Times bestselling Scrapbooking Mystery series with Laura Childs.
Diana holds a B.A and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University with a minor in acting. She has acted professionally both on stage and in national commercials. She’s written several plays, which were produced at San Francisco State University, GreenHouse Productions, and PlayGround. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. Visit her at http:/www.dianaorgain.com.
CHLOE PALOV, writing romance as Chloe Douglas, was born in Washington, D.C., and graduated from George Mason University with a degree in art history. Although she began her writing career in the romance genre, Chloe switched gears several years ago, making the leap to thrillers, written under the name C.M. Palov for Penguin UK (www.cmpalov.com). Chloe is excited now to be returning to her romance roots with two time-travel romances to be published later this year by the Forever Yours imprint of Grand Central Publishing, A Love For All Time (Sept ’14) and Our Love Is Now (Dec ’14). Chloe lives and writes from her home in Virginia. You can visit her at www.chloedouglasbooks.com.
USA Today bestselling author GIGI PANDIAN is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After being dragged around the world during her childhood, she tried to escape her fate when she left a PhD program in favor of art school. But adventurous academic characters wouldn’t stay out of her head. Thus was born the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series.
Gigi was awarded the prestigious Malice Domestic Grant for the first novel in the series Artifact which went on to be named a “Best of 2012″ debut mystery by Suspense Magazine. She’s a graphic designer and photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find her online at http://www.gigipandian.com.
KATE PARKER was raised by two voracious readers in a house full of mystery and history books. While she was engaged in a variety of careers, including microbiologist in two hospitals, insurance fraud investigator, office clerk, telephone line repairer, and emergency medical technician, she kept reading and attempted writing as well.
Since she’s moved to the coast of Carolina six years ago, Kate has been a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart contest three times, a three time finalist in the Daphne du Maurier contest, and won the fiction writing award in the Literary Symposium held for New Bern, North Carolina’s three hundredth anniversary. Kate is the author of THE VANISHING THIEF (Berkley). When Kate’s not plotting murder and mayhem in the streets of Victorian London or traveling in modern day Europe, she can be found enjoying the beauty of her neighborhood with her family.
ANGELA PISEL doodled her way through every math and science class in high school, pretending to care about neurons and quadratic equations, biding her time until she could graduate and become the next Dear Abby. After a discussion with her guidance counselor led her in a more “practical” direction, she decided to attend Washington University in St. Louis where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.
Angela has taken a special interest in mentoring women throughout various transitions in their lives. After researching women on death row, she decided to return to her first love and write a novel, A Place I Knew Well (Putnam 2016). She lives in North Carolina and juggles writing in-between a husband, four children, a cat, and two goldendoodles. Find out more at www.angelapisel.com.
USA Today bestselling author Rose Pressey enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. Her books Forever Charmed, If You’ve Got It, Haunt It, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells, How to Date a Werewolf, and Me and My Ghoulfriends have won her a wide following. When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and other supernatural creatures, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties. Rose lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband, son, and two sassy Chihuahuas. Please visit Rose at: www.rosepressey.com, www.facebook.com/authorrosepressey, www.facebook.com/rosepressey, or www.twitter.com/rosepressey.
KATE QUINN is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2017). All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.
Weina Dai Randel
WEINA DAI RANDELwas born and raised in China and immigrated to the U.S. in her early twenties. Her interest in classical Chinese literature was sparked at an early age when she first read The Dream of the Red Mansion, at night with a flashlight, as her parents deemed it inappropriate. She has a passion to share with American readers tales of dynasties that have risen and fallen, and stories of memorable historical figures, especially women. She is the author of a two-book historical novel series about Empress Wu, the first and only female who became a ruler in Chinese history (Sourcebooks 2016). She holds an M.A in English from Texas Woman’s University, and lives in Flower Mound, TX, with her loving husband and two children.
Critically acclaimed author of historical and paranormal romance, ALIX RICKLOFF’s family tree includes a knight who fought during the Wars of the Roses (his brass rubbing hangs in her dining room), and a soldier who sided with Charles I during the English Civil War (hence the family’s hasty emigration to America).
Her previous novels include the Bligh Family series (Kensington), the Heirs of Kilronan trilogy (Pocket), and, as Alexa Egan, the Imnada Brotherhood series (Pocket). Her most recent novels, SECRETS OF NANREATH HALL and THE WAY TO LONDON (William Morrow), are historical women’s fiction.
JENNIFER ROBSON is the author of the internationally bestselling Somewhere in France (HarperCollins, 2014), as well as After the War is Over (HarperCollins, 2015) and Moonlight Over Paris (HarperCollins, 2016). She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.
RENÉE ROSEN is the author of four novels: Every Crooked Pot (St. Martin’s Press 2007), Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties (Penguin/NAL 2013), What The Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age (Penguin/NAL 2014), and White Collar Girl (Penguin/NAL 2015). Her work has appeared in Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Complete Woman, DAME, Publisher’s Weekly and several other now sadly defunct publications. Renee lives in Chicago and is at work on her next novel, about the Chicago Blues. To learn more visit her at www.reneerosen.com.
Eileen Clymer Schwab
Over the years, EILEEN CLYMER SCHWAB‘S passion for writing was channeled through occasional newspaper and magazine articles as she balanced a job and raising four children. With the encouragement of her husband and the blessing of her supportive daughter and three sons, Eileen has finally unleashed the writer within. “I had always thought of myself primarily as a nonfiction writer until one day the ideas, dialogue, and characters in my head grabbed my attention and shook me by my muse. At that moment, a fiction writer was born and I have never looked back.” Eileen graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Communication. She resides with her family in northeast Pennsylvania. Her debut novel, Promise Bridge (NAL/Penguin) released in 2010 to strong reviews, from Historical Novels Review “a moving story of the power of friendship, trust, and learning to open one’s heart to love and new possibilities.” Her second novel, Shadow of a Quarter Moon followed from NAL in 2011. Visit http://www.ecschwab.com
LYNN SHEENE grew up in the mountains of Colorado, pen in hand, gazing through the quaking aspen trees and dreaming of far off places and eras. Her passion for stories came early from her book-loving parents and poet grandfather.
After graduating from University of California, Santa Barbara and working as an environmental consultant and science writer, Lynn turned to her dream of fiction writing. Her longtime love of Paris and the 1930′s and 1940′s intersected with the discovery of a French Art Deco brooch. Captivated by the jewel’s possible wartime past in Occupied France, Lynn began to study this intriguing and dangerous time through research trips, memoirs and news accounts. THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS is her first novel, a story inspired by the everyday patriots who risked their lives for the country they loved.
Lynn is a member of International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America and Alliance Française. In addition to writing, Lynn enjoys travel, film, photography, art deco, and all things French. She lives in Southern California with her husband and dog.
She is currently working on her next novel set in wartime France.
JULIETTE SOBANET is a former French professor who writes sassy, romantic women’s fiction with a French twist. Her debut novel, Sleeping With Paris, made Amazon’s Top 100 Kindle Best Sellers List and won first place in the Women’s Fiction category of the 2010 Washington Romance Writers’ Marlene Awards. All three of Juliette’s Paris novels, including her latest 1950’s era story, Dancing With Paris, have recently been acquired by Montlake Romance.
Juliette holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from New York University in France, and she has lived and studied in both Paris and Lyon. She recently relocated to sunny San Diego, where she lives with her husband and their two massive cats. When she’s not writing, she’s eating chocolate, practicing yoga, or scheming on when she can travel back to France. Visit Juliette’s website at www.juliettesobanet.com.
Dorothy St. James
Cozy mystery author DOROTHY ST. JAMES (www.dorothystjames.com) loves nothing better than to curl up with a good book along with a plate of decadent chocolates to nibble. A former beach bum, she now lives mere minutes outside historic Charleston, South Carolina with her sexy sculptor husband, their spirited Papillion pup (Iona), crazy rescue collie (Rosie), and mischievous kitten (Suki). An environmental urban planner by profession and wildlife biologist by education, she gave up her day job to devote her time to writing in 2001. Writing as Dorothy McFalls, she’s penned several award-winning romances.
STEPHANIE THORNTON is a writer and high school history teacher who has been obsessed with forgotten women from history since she was twelve. Her first two novels, The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora and Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt retell the lives of two of ancient history’s forgotten women while her third and fourth books, The Tiger Queens and The Conqueror’s Wife, center around the women who helped launch Genghis Khan’s and Alexander the Great’s epic conquests.
Her latest project, American Princess (Berkley 2019), reimagines the life of wild child Alice Roosevelt, resident Washington D.C. hellion and eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt.
Stephanie lives with her husband, daughter, and three-legged kitten in Alaska, where she’s at work on her next novel about Jackie Kennedy (Berkley 2020).
TAMARA VALENTINE was born in rural upstate New York where she spent much of her time deep in the northern wood astride a horse in search of hidden worlds; in college, she found them instead in the bitten up wood of a pencil and an old journal. With a deep awe of the power of stories, their transformative and healing nature, she obtained a B.A. in English with a concentration in Communications in 1991 and an M.A. with distinction from Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English in 2000 where she made her first attempt at crafting a novel.
For the past fourteen years, Tamara has held the position of Professor of English at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island where she teaches an array of advanced writing, literature, and communication courses. During her years of writing, she has contributed to Parent’s Paper Magazine, Stillwater, The Maze, Teacher as Writer, and publications for the New England Association of Teacher’s of English, as well as select biographies and articles for the former Goosewing Press. Presently, Tamara lives in Kingston, Rhode Island with her husband and three children where they spend their free time as accomplished beach bums — not far from where she began as a child — still seeking hidden worlds.
JACQUELYN VINCENTA spent her childhood in the suburbs of Washington, DC where she discovered great literature at a young age and something was illuminated that she was never able to “un-see” – the alchemy of language and imagination. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in English Literature she started her writing life as a police beat reporter for a daily newspaper near New Orleans. Then life brought marriage, two stepchildren, entrepreneurial efforts, and three children. While raising her family she worked as managing editor of the publishing company she and her then-husband owned, wrote magazine articles, and became involved with non-profit organizations dedicated to causes she is passionate about.
Jacquelyn works part-time for a translation company based in Prague, and devotes herself to her writing. Her debut novel, THE LAKE AND THE LOST GIRL, will release from Sourcebooks in 2017. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she is currently at work on her next novel.
Pacific Northwest native ELSA WATSON has always loved animals. After raising chickens and inoculating goats in the Peace Corps in West Africa, she and her husband moved to an island near Seattle where they’ve filled their lives with dogs, more chickens, one small boy, and the cat they brought home from their travels. She currently works at the Youth Wellness Campus, a nonprofit that promotes fitness and nutrition. Elsa is the author of DOG DAYS (Tor-Forge, 2012), named one of Publisher’s Weekly’s 2012 best books, as well as THE LOVE DOG (Tor-Forge, 2013), and MAID MARIAN (Crown, 2004). To learn more, visit http://www.elsawatson.net
KIRSTEN WEISS worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and in South-east Asia. Her experiences abroad sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes mysteries for Kensington and Midnight Ink, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching True Blood and drinking good wine.
CAROLINE WOODS is the author of the debut novel FRAULEIN M. (Tyrus/Simon & Schuster, 2017), also published in the UK as THE CIGARETTE GIRL (HarperCollins, 2017). Her fiction has also been published in Slice Magazine (which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize), LEMON, and 236, BU Creative Writing’s Literary Journal.
She has taught fiction writing and composition at Boston University and the Boston Conservatory, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from BU. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter. Her website is: http://www.carolinewoodswriter.com. Twitter: @Carocour