Welcome to the Sisters in Crime/LA Speakers Bureau. Our published authors are available for events large and small throughout the greater L. A. area. Below you’ll find a sampling of what our members have to offer. To book an author or a panel of authors free of charge, or for any questions regarding the Speakers Bureau, please contact Craig Faustus Buck, Speakers Bureau Director, at SinCLAspeakersbureau@gmail.com.
If you are a SinC/LA member and want to participate in the Speakers Bureau, please fill out this short form with information about you and your books, along with a few searchable words related to the genre or niche in the keyword section.
Name: Connie Archer (AKA Connie di Marco)
Books: A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal
Bio: Connie di Marco, writing as Connie Archer, is the national bestselling author of Spoonful of Murder, the first in a new soup lover’s mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Her second in the series is Broth of Betrayal. Connie was born and grew up in Boston and attended Northeastern University. She has worked at all sorts of jobs – from preparing autopsy reports to working in television and film as an actress (under her professional name). A mystery devotée for as long as she can remember, she finally tried her hand at creating one herself. She is currently working on the third book in the soup shop series set in Vermont, and another series set in San Francisco. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and a constantly talking cat.
Name: Aileen G. Baron
Books: A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes, The Torch of Tangier, The Gold of Thrace, Scorpion’s Bite
Sub-genre: Archaeology, WWII, OSS, historical, Middle East, soft thriller
Bio: A retired Near Eastern archaeologist, Aileen G. Baron is the author of A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes and The Torch of Tangier, both now available in paperback, and set in the Middle East during WWII, featuring archeologist Lily Sampson. In Scorpion’s Bite, the third book in the Lily Sampson series, Lily is doing an archaeological survey of Trans-Jordan for the OSS. The Gold of Thrace, also published by Poisoned Pen Press, is a contemporary stand-alone about the intrigue and deceit in the antiquities trade.
Name: P.I. Barrington
Books: Crucifying Angel, Miraculous Deception, Final Deceit, Inamorata Crossing
Sub-genre: Furturistic P.I. and police novels
Bio: After a long detour through the entertainment industry, P.I. Barrington has returned to her roots as a fiction author. Among her careers she counts journalism and radio air talent. She lives in Southern California where she watches the (semi-wild) horses grazing in the hills behind her house.
Name: Kathy Bennett
Books: A Dozen Deadly Roses, A Deadly Blessing, A Deadly Blessing
Sub-genre: Mystery, suspense, LAPD police procedurals
Bio: Kathy Bennett is no stranger to murder and mayhem. A retired twenty-one-year veteran of the LAPD, her authentic crime experience results in arresting stories. Kathy’s debut novel, A Dozen Deadly Roses, became a bestselling e-book at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, reaching the top 20 of all e-books sold. Her second book, A Deadly Blessing, was also a bestseller, and launched the Detective Maddie Divine series. Law enforcement personnel laud Kathy for ‘getting it right’ in her novels. The next Maddie Divine suspense, A Deadly Justice, will be released in early 2013.
Name: Joan Blacher
Books: Murder Canyon, Lethal Lake
Sub-genre: Cozy, Amateur Sleuth
Bio: Award winning author Dr. Joan Blacher, a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, is a Cal Lutheran Professor Emerita and former Director of the Counseling and Guidance Program. She is the author of Difficult Teens: A Parent’s Guide for Coping, and mystery novels Murder Canyon and Lethal Lake. The California Association of Marriage, Family Therapists honored her with the Carl Vincent Award for her literary contribution to mental health. She has given talks and workshops on writing and psychological topics throughout the country and is a member of the American Psychological Association, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and has served on boards that provide services to troubled children and families.
Name: Lisa Brackmann
Books: Rock Paper Tiger, Getaway, Hour of the Rat
Sub-genre: International Suspense
Bio: Lisa Brackmann’s debut novel, Rock Paper Tiger, set on the fringes of the Chinese art world, made several “Best of 2010″ lists, including Amazon’s Top 10 Mystery/Thrillers.Her second novel, Getaway, a thriller in Mexico, was chosen as an ALA Summer Reading Pick and was a finalist for SCIBA’s T. Jefferson Parker Award. Lisa’s upcoming book, Hour of the Rat, features the return of Rock Paper Tiger heroine Ellie McEnroe, on another wild adventure in today’s China. Lisa is a California native and a former film industry professional who has lived and traveled extensively in China.
Name: Craig Faustus Buck
Bio: Craig Faustus Buck is a writer of many faces having been a journalist, a nonfiction book author, an episodic TV writer-producer, an MOW and miniseries writer, a feature filmwriter, and now a crime writer of short stories and novels.
Name: Stephen Buehler
Books: Last Exit to Murder
Sub-genre: Soft-boiled Private Detective
Bio: Stephen will have a short story published in 2013 in the anthology, Last Exit to Murder. He is currently shopping his mystery/comedy novel, Detective Rules to agents and publishers. By day, Stephen is a script/story consultant with his own company called ReWriteDr.
Name: Ellen Byron
Books: Reality Checked
Bio: Ellen Byron is a television writer, playwright and freelance journalist. Reality Checked, her first mystery novel, was awarded the 2013 William F. DeeckMalice Domestic Grant. T.V. credits include Wings, Still Standing, Just Shoot Me, and the drama, Young Americans, as well as pilots for NBC, CBS, and Disney. Ellen has written over 200 articles for Los Angeles Magazine, TV Guide, Redbook, Glamour, and many other publications. Theatre credits include the award-winning Graceland, Asleep on the Wind, Election Year and So When You Get Married, which are published by Dramatists Play Service and performed all over the world.
Name: Sally Carpenter
Books: The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper: A Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mystery (OakTree Press)
Sub-genre: Amateur sleuth, humor, showbiz, music
Bio: Sally Carpenter is a native Hoosier who earned a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school two of her plays, “Star Collector” and “Common Ground,” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award. The plays received staged readings and productions in New York City. The characters in “Star Collector” provided the inspiration for the mystery series. Carpenter also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do. She’s worked a variety of jobs including actress, freelance writer, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide/page for a major movie studio as well as for a community newspaper.
Name: Alan Cook
Books: Forget to Remember, Relatively Dead, Dangerous Wind
Sub-genre: Amateur sleuth
Bio: After working in the computer industry for over a quarter of a century, Alan Cook abandoned it for his first love, writing. He has published ten mystery/suspense novels with amateur sleuths. His latest series features Carol Golden who loses her memory after being hit on the head. In the first book, Forget to Remember, without an identity she struggles against non-caring governments at all levels who brand her as a non-person. In the second book, Relatively Dead, she has recovered her identity if not her memory, and seeks out relatives, only to find that they seem to be marked for murder. In Dangerous Wind Carol travels to seven continents in an attempt to help prevent the “downfall of the Western World.”
Name: Joan Del Monte
Books: Plonk Goes The Weasel, Death Had A Yellow Thumb, Mud Blood-Murder in the Sacramento Delta
Sub-genre: Amateur sleuth
Bio: Joan was a featured author at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C., has taught courses in antiques at UCLA extension and the California State College system; lectured on antiques on radio, and wrote a bibliography of small antiques for the Los Angeles Public Library.She taught a course in writing the mystery novel at Santa Monica College, has a B.S. from Columbia University and an M.A. from U.C.L.A. She is a frequent public speaker on her books and the writer’s life. Joan lives in Venice, California.
Name: Lori Emmert
Books: Button Hollow Chronicles: The Leaf Peeper Murders, Lights! Camera! Murder!
Sub-genre: Cozy, amateur sleuth, thrillers, contemporary romance/romantic suspense
Bio: A southern California native, Loni has spent the past twenty-five years working in the entertainment industry. Her first two novels are cozy mysteries. Button Hollow Chronicles: The Leaf Peeper Murders takes place in a small fictional village in New Hampshire and features the bumbling Citizens’ Brigade. Lights! Camera! Murder! draws on Loni’s experiences working in Hollywood and looks behind the scenes at a soap opera. Determined to return to her passion of writing fiction, she divides her time between work and writing. A member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America, she is currently working on her first thriller as well as a contemporary romance.
Name: Robert Fate
Books: Baby Shark (Capital Crime Press), Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues, Baby Shark’s High Plains Redemption, Baby Shark’s Jugglers at the Border
Sub-genre: Hard-boiled/action-adventure set in Texas in the 1950s
Bio: Fate has written scripts for network TV, screenplays for features, produced an indie feature, and as a sp/fx technician won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement. A Marine Corps vet, he studied at the Sorbonne in France, worked as a TV cameraman and an oilfield roughneck in Oklahoma, a fashion model in NYC, a sales exec in Las Vegas, and a chef in L.A. His wife Fern is a yoga enthusiast and ceramic artist. Their fabulous daughter Jenny is a senior at USC. They live in Silver Lake in L.A., and have a dog, four cats, and a turtle named Pharrell.
Name: Kim Fay
Books: The Map of Lost Memories ,Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam, To Asia With Love
Sub-genre: Historical mystery set in Southeast Asia and Cambodia
Bio: Born in Seattle and raised throughout Washington State, Kim Fay lived in Vietnam for four years and has been traveling regularly to Southeast Asia for more than twenty years. A former independent bookseller, she is the author of the historical novel The Map of Lost Memories (2013 Edgar Awards Finalist for Best First Novel by an American Author) and Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam (winner of World Gourmand Cookbook Awards’ Best Asian Cuisine Book in the United States). She is also the creator/editor of the To Asia With Love guidebook series. She now lives in Los Angeles.
Name: Daryl Wood Gerber (Pen name: Avery Aames)
Websites: www.darylwoodgerber.com and www.averyaames.com
Books: The Long Quiche Goodbye
Bio: Daryl writes suspense thrillers and amateur sleuth novels. For the latter, she uses the pseudonym Avery Aames and writes the Cheese Shop Mystery Series for Berkley Prime Crime, the first of which is The Long Quiche Goodbye. Daryl created the format for the popular sitcom Out of this World and has won awards for her screenplays. She also has had short stories published.Not one to simply read and cook, she tends to look for adventure. She has hitchhiked around Ireland by herself and she has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.
Name: Sharon Goldstein
Books: World Enough and Time, Improvised Murder
Sub-genre: Amateur sleuth psychologist set in L.A.
Bio: Sharon Goldstein, a New Yorker, has sung opera, early music, jazz, and contemporary. She has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and with the Gregg Smith Singers. In Los Angeles she began writing, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is a member of Vox Femina and sings at All Saints Church in Pasadena. Sharon is a Jeopardy! champion.
Name: Madeline (M.M.) Gornell
Websites: www.mmgornell.com and www.mmgornell.wordpress.com
Books: Uncle Si’s Secret, Death of a Perfect Man, Reticence of Ravens (Aberdeen Bay)
Bio: M.M. Gornell is the author of three mystery novels, Uncle Si’s Secret. Death of a Perfect Man, and Reticence of Ravens–A Route 66 Mystery. She is a lifetime lover of mysteries of all types, and her favorite novelist is P.D. James. She is also a potter with a fondness for stoneware and reduction firing. M.M. Gornell lives with her husband and assorted canines in California’s high-desert on Route 66.
Name: Diana Gould
Sub-genre: Hard-boiled, noir
Bio: Crime writer by day, dharma teacher by night, refugee from entertainment industry. Formerly writer-producer of TV movies, miniseries, and series such as “Dynasty,” “Knots Landing,” “Berrengers.” Served on Board of Directors Writers Guild of America West. Teaches at InsightLA, meditation center in Santa Monica, spiritual care volunteer with hospice. Coldwater is debut novel, a Hollywood crime novel with a spiritual undertow.
Name: Dorothy Howell
Books: Handbags and Homicide, Purses and Poison
Genre: Humor, cozy
Bio: Dorothy Howell writes a hilarious fashion sleuth mystery series which debuted with Handbags and Homicide, a Publishers Weekly starred review, and follow with Purses and Poison. She’s written for two decades, selling 25 novels to three major New York publishing houses, with sales approaching 3 million copies worldwide. Foreign right to her mystery series have sold in the U.K., France and Thailand.She has also sold 23 historical romance novels, most under the pen name Judith Stacy. Dorothy has been a featured speaker at civic and womens’ groups, and has appeared on panels and presented workshops at writers’ conferences, meetings, and book festivals. She’s been on numerous TV and radio programs promoting her work.
Name: Betty Hechtman
Books: Hooked on Murder, Dead Men Don’t Crochet, By Hook or By Crook, A Stitch in Crime, You Better Knot Die, Behind the Seams, If Hooks Could Kill: Yarn To Go
Sub-genre: Humorous cozies featuring yarn crafts
Bio: Betty Hechtman is wound up in yarn. She writes the national bestselling crochet series, along with a new yarn retreat series. She has a degree in Fine Arts and has studied everything from magic to improv comedy. She lives in Southern California and Chicago.
Name: Sue Ann Jaffarian
Books: The Odelia Grey Mystery Series from Midnight Ink: Too Big To Miss, The Curse of the Holy Pail, Thugs and Kisses, Booby Trap, Corpse on the Cob, Twice As Dead, Hide and Snoop.
The Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery Series from Midnight Ink: Ghost a la Mode, The Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini, Gem of a Ghost. The Madison Rose Vampire Mysteries: Murder in Vein, Baited Blood. The Holidays From Hell Short Story Series for e-readers: The Rabbit Died, Pull My Paw, Where’s Your Daddy.
Sub-genre: Odelia Grey Series – Soft boiled, Granny Apples Series – Cozy, Vampire Series – Medium boiled.
Bio: Sue Ann Jaffarian is the author of the three best-selling mystery series: The award-winning Odelia Grey mystery series, which features a middle-aged, plus size paralegal as a humorous amateur sleuth; the Ghost of Granny Apples paranormal mystery series featuring the sleuthing team of Granny Apples, a cantankerous 100-yr-old ghost, and her very much alive great, great, great granddaughter, Emma Whitecastle; and the Madison Rose Vampire Mystery Series featuring the young, street-tough Madison Rose whose life changes forever when she comes to live in a community filled with vampires who are trying to simply “live life under the radar.” In addition to mysteries, Sue Ann also writes general fiction and short stories, including The Holidays From Hell Short Story Series for e-readers which follows Zelda Bowen from one dysfunctional family holiday mishap to another.
Name: Darrell James
Books: Nazareth Child and Sonora Crossing, Del Shannon Novels; Body Count: A Killer Collection (iUniverse)
Bio: Darrell James is a California writer living in Pasadena. He signed a three-book deal with Midnight Ink; his first thriller, Nazareth Child, won the Left Coast Crime Eureka Award for Best First Novel; his second novel is Sonora Crossing. His short stories have appeared in numerous mystery magazines and book anthologies, and have garnered a number of awards. “The Art of Avarice” appeared in the book anthology Politics Noir and was a 2009 Derringer Finalist. Darrell is highly visible among his peers, serving on the Board of Directors of the SoCal Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and as an active member of Sisters In Crime/LA. His personal odyssey to publication appears in the Writer’s Digest book How I Got Published, along with J.A. Jance, David Morrell, Clive Cussler, and other notable authors.
Name: Linda O. Johnston
Books: Pet Rescue Mysteries beginning March 2011 with Beaglemania, followed by The More The Terrier (Berkley Prime Crime)
Kendra Ballantyne Pet-Sitter Mysteries: Sit, Stay, Slay; Nothing to Fear But Ferrets; Fine-Feathered Death; Meow is for Murder; The Fright of the Iguana; Double Dog Dare; Never Say Sty; Howl Deadly; Feline Fatale (Berkley Prime Crime)
Paranormal: Alpha Wolf, Claws of the Lynx (e-novella, included in Awakening the Beast print anthology) and Back to Life; Alaskan Wolf and more (Harlequin Nocturne)
Sub-genre: Cozy mystery; dark series paranormal romance
Bio: Linda O. Johnston has authored 27 novels. Her new Pet Rescue Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime is a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne Pet-Sitter mystery series. Protagonist Lauren Vancouver runs a private no-kill animal shelter in the San Fernando Valley. However, in the Pet Rescue Mysteries, “no-kill” refers to the animals, not people!
Name: Amnon Kabatchnik
Books: Blood on the Stage 1925-1950: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery and Detection; Blood on the Stage: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery and Detection, An Annotated Repertoire, 1900–1925; Sherlock Holmes on the Stage: A Chronological Encyclopedia of Plays Featuring the Great Detective (Scarecrow Press)
Sub-genre: Non-Fiction (works center on the study of crime fiction written or adapted for the stage)
Bio: Amnon Kabatchnik holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in Directing. He has been a member of the director’s unit with the Actors Studio in New York and has been appointed professor of theater at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Stanford University , Ohio State University, Florida State University and Elmira College. Kabatchnik has written a weekly column of book reviews for the Tallahassee Democrat, the Corning Leader, the Star-Gazette of Elmira, New York, and the Chemung Valley Reporter. He has also contributed articles and reviews to The Armchair Detective, Mystery News, Clues, and other journals in the field of suspense.
Name: Tammy Kaehler
Books: Dead Man’s Switch, A Kate Reilly Racing Mystery
Sub-genre: Traditional mystery, amateur sleuth
Bio: Before trying her hand at fiction, Tammy Kaehler established a career writing marketing materials, feature articles, executive speeches, and technical documentation. A fateful stint in corporate hospitality introduced her to the racing world, which inspired the first Kate Reilly racing mystery. Tammy works as a technical writer in the Los Angeles area, where she lives with her husband and many cars.
Name: Gay Toltl Kinman
Books: Death in Covent Garden, Death in a Small Town, Wolf Castle (Hilliard & Harris); Y.A. gothic: Super Sleuth: Five Alison Leigh Powers Mysteries (Amber Quill)
Bio: Gay Toltl Kinman has nine award nominations for her writing; several short stories in American and English magazines and anthologies; six children’s books; a Y.A. gothic novel; two adult mysteries; several short plays produced; articles in professional journals and newspapers; and co-edited two non-fiction books. Kinman currently writes two book review columns, a children’s column, articles for a newspaper, and co-edits a review newsletter. Kinman has library and law degrees.
Name: Harley Jane Kozak
Books: Dating Dead Men, Dating is Murder, Dead Ex, A Date You Can’t Refuse (all published by Doubleday/Broadway)
Sub-genre: Amateur sleuth
Bio: Harley Jane Kozak, a sometimes actress, lives with her family in California’s Conejo Valley. Her debut novel, Dating Dead Men, won the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Its sequel was Dating is Murder, followed by Dead Ex and A Date You Can’t Refuse. Her short prose has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Soap Opera Digest, The Sun, The Santa Monica Review, and the anthologies Mystery Muses, This is Chick Lit and A Hell of a Woman. She blogs regularly on The Lipstick Chronicles.
Name: Deborah Ledford
Books: Snare and Staccato (both published by Second Wind Publishing)
Sub-genre: Suspense Thriller
Bio: Deborah spent her summers growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, which is the setting for her suspense thriller novels and many of her short stories. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and author of numerous award-winning short stories. Snare, nominated for The Hillerman Sky Award, is Deborah’s second book. The classical music themed Staccato is book one of her Deputy Steven Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series. She appeared on “The Art of the Short Story” panel at Left Coast Crime (LCC) 2010, an authors’ conversation panel at Bouchercon 2010 and the “Living Diversity” panel at LCC 2011. She contributes to her publisher’s blog the fifth of every month.
Name: Laura Levine
Books: This Pen for Hire, Last Writes, Killer Blonde, Shoes to Die For, The PMS Murder, Death by Pantyhose, Killing Bridezilla, Killer Cruise (all from Kensington); a novella in Candy Cane Murder, a three-novella anthology. (Lead author: Joanne Fluke)
Sub-genre: Comedy, chick-lit, cozy, amateur detective
Bio: Laura Levine is a former sitcom writer (The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Three’s Company, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) As an advertising copywriter, she created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals for General Mills. Her work has been published in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. A New York Times bestselling author, her Jaine Austen mysteries have been published internationally. When not writing mysteries, she contributes comedy material to Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
Name: Robert S. Levinson
Books: The Traitor in Us All, In the Key of Death, Where the Lies Begin, Ask a Dead Man, Hot Paint, The John Lennon Affair, The James Dean Affair, The Elvis and Marilyn Affair
Bio: Bob is the best-selling author of eight novels, four inthe Neil Gulliver and Stevie Marriner “Affair” series and four stand-alones, and a 2009 Derringer Award winner for his short story, “The Quick Brown Fox.” He is frequently featured in the Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock mystery magazines and was voted an Ellery Queen Readers’ Award favorite three years in a row, while his short stories have appeared in “year’s best” anthologies fiveyears running. His plays have been staged at RiverPark Center, Owensboro, KY, and nominated for “Angie” awards of the International Mystery Writers Festival.
Name: Sheila Lowe
Website: www.claudiaroseseries.com and www.sheilalowe.com
Books: Poison Pen, Written in Blood, Dead Write, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis, Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous
Sub-genre: Psychological suspense
Bio: Sheila Lowe is a court-qualified handwriting expert and award-winning author. Her non-fiction works include Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis. Her Forensic Handwriting Mysteries series features handwriting expert Claudia Rose, whose handwriting analysis practice mirrors Sheila’s own. Poison Pen, the first book in the series, garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Her analyses of celebrity handwritings have appeared in national media, and she’s written for numerous Bar Association
magazines (that’s legal, not drinking).
Name: Rosemary Lord
Books: Hollywood Then & Now , Los Angeles Then & Now
Sub-genre: Hollywood history mysteries and non fiction, England in early 20th century
Bio: Rosemary is the author of Hollywood Then & Now and Los Angeles Then & Now and lectures on Hollywood history.
For many years she wrote for magazines and newspapers about Hollywood and interviewed Hollywood celebrities: Cary Grant, John Huston, James Stewart, Glenn Ford, Angie Dickinson, Deborah Kerr and more. She was also a Senior Publicist at Columbia Pictures and worked as an actress for many years in Britain and the USA in films, television and theatre. She continues to do voice-work in movies and television. Currently writing the second in a series of murder-mystery novels set in 1920s Hollywood.
Name: Christopher Lynch
Books: One Eyed Jack
Sub-genre: Hard-boiled crime, noir
Bio: Christopher Lynch is a Southern California native and a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He enjoys writing on a variety of subjects, and has written screenplays, magazine and newspaper articles, a Mystery Dinner Play, and has recently published his debut novel, “One Eyed Jack.”
He is also an avid cyclist and a mountain climber with successful summits of Mount Whitney, Mount Shasta, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Kalapatar in Nepal, and has recently completed a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. He counts as one of his greatest accomplishments the successful training and leading of nine blind hikers to the summit of 10,000 foot Mount Baldy, the highest point in Los Angeles County and the third highest peak in Southern California. A documentary film is being made of the adventure and you can view a trailer at: http://www.baldyfortheblind.com
Name: Sue McGinty
Books: Murder in Los Lobos, Murder at Cuyamaca Beach
Sub-Genre: Cozy thriller
Bio: Sue McGinty believes that a person should follow her dream. With little more than a story idea and a cat who’d never ridden in a car before, she left LA behind and escaped 200 miles north to the Central Coast hamlet of Los Osos. Not the Cabot Cove of “Murder She Wrote,” but close. Her short fiction has been featured in three Central Coast Mystery Writer anthologies and she has served as both president and treasurer of the local chapter of Sisters in Crime. She also heads the Lillian Dean Writing Competition at the annual Central Coast Writer’s Conference.
Name: Michael Mallory
Books: The Exploits of the Second Mrs. Watson, Murder in the Bath, The Adventures of the Second Mrs. Watson (Top Publications), Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years (anthology – St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Bio: Derringer Award winner and Pushcart Prize nominee, he is best known for his Amelia Watson stories. Amelia is the second wife of Dr. John Watson, Sherlock Holmes’ friend and accomplice. In addition to the usual book talks, Michael gives presentations on the history of the mystery genre, mystery in the media, and marketing your own book.
Name: Paul D. Marks
Websites: www.PaulDMarks.com and pauldmarks.blogspot.com
Books: Paul’s short stories have appeared in Murder in La-La Land (Top Publications), Murder on Sunset Boulevard (Top Publications), Dime Vol. I (Quiet Storm Publishing), Murder Across the Map (Top Publications), Deadly Ink 2010 Short Story Collection (Deadly Ink Press), LAndmarked for Murder (Top Publications), Murder by Thirteen (Crown Valley Press), and more.
Sub-genre: Mystery, thriller, noir, humorous, satire, mainstream/literary fiction
Bio: Paul D. Marks is the author of over thirty published short stories, which have appeared in a variety of book length anthologies and magazines. His story “Endless Vacation” won honorable mentions in two prestigious literary contests: the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Competition and the Lorian Hemingway International Short Fiction Competition. His novel White Heat took second place in the Mystery-Suspense-Thriller-Adventure category of the 2005 SouthWest Writers Annual Writing Contest and his story “Netiquette” won First Place in the Futures Short Story Contest. “Dem Bones” was a finalist in the Southern Writers Association contest. Paul is one of the last, if not the last person, to have shot a film on the famous MGM backlot before it was torn down, according to Steven Bingen, one of the authors of the new, well-received, book MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot.
Name: Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F.M. Meredith
Books: Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series: Dispel the Mist, Kindred Spirits, Judgment Fire, Calling the Dead, Invisible Path; Rocky Bluff P.D. Crime series: No Sanctuary, An Axe to Grind, Angel Lost
Sub-genre: Native American/Police Procedural
Bio: Marilyn Meredith is the author of thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Invisible Path from Mundania Press. Native American Tempe is the resident deputy of the town of Bear Creek, which has a great resemblance to the town where Marilyn lives. Invisible Path is the 9th in this series and can be purchased in the usual places and is also available on Kindle. She also writes the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, which is set in a fictional beach town between Ventura and Santa Barbara. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, four chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the L.A. chapter, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America.
Name: Tekla Dennison Miller
Books: Life Sentences, a novel about women who love men who kill (Medallion Press); The Warden Wore Pink, a memoir about my corrections career including as the warden of a men’s maximum security prison (Biddle Publishing); A Bowl of Cherries, a memoir about my childhood that reads like suspense (Publish America); Inevitable Sentences, a novel and the second in the Chad Wilbanks series (Medallion Press)
Sub-genres: Suspense, romantic suspense, memoir
Bio: Tekla, the former warden of a men’s maximum and women’s multi-level security prisons outside Detroit, MI, is a national speaker on criminal justice and women’s issues. She was a consultant on a TV prison movie. Her writing is often humorous, occasionally tragic and always an illuminating account of prison life.
Name: Patricia L. Morin
Books: Mystery Montage, Crime Montage
Sub-Genre: Short Stories, Novels, and Plays
Bio: Besides writing short stories, novels, and plays, she is a psychotherapist and life coach with Masters in both Counseling Psychology and Clinical Social Work. The inner complexities of the human mind play a strong part in her writing work. She has won awards for her short stories and has been published in numerous anthologies. Top Publications Ltd., Dallas TX, published her first short-story collection, Mystery Montage, in 2010 and her second collection in the series, Crime Montage, in March 2012. In Mystery Montage, the story ”Homeless” was a finalist for a Derringer and an Anthony Award, while “Pa and the Pigeon Man” was nominated for a Pushcart Award. Most recently, “The Gatekeeper,” a ten-minute humor-fantasy play, was selected as Best Play at the Fringe of Marin Playwright Contest in April 2012.
Name: Terri Nolan
Books: Burden of Truth (Midnight Ink). Short story, “Hobo Joe,” in the anthology Murder in La La Land (Top Publications)
Sub-genre: Thriller, police procedural
Bio: Terri Nolan is a native Southern Californian. She earned a B.A. in Radio/Television at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a freelance reporter who loves to backpack to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Name: Maxine Nunes
Books: Dazzled, A Nikki Easton Mystery, pub date: October 2013
Sub-genre: L.A. Noir
Bio: Maxine Nunes is a New Yorker who has spent most of her life in Los Angeles. She has written and produced for television, and currently writes for several publications, including the Los Angeles Times. Her satiric parody of a White House scandal won the Pen USA West International Imitation Hemingway Competition.
Name: Gary Phillips
Books: Freedom’s Fight (Parker Publishing), High Rollers (graphic novel, Boom! Studios) and Politics Noir (ed., Verso)
Bio: Among his various pursuits, Gary Phillips has been one of those maligned community organizers, a security guard, a printer, taught incarcerated youth, delivered dog cages, been a labor rep, run nonprofits and worked in electoral campaigns.These and other experiences that shall remain unmentioned have supplied material for the numerous tales of the grift, the grab and the dust-off he’s written in formats from short stories to screenplays. Phillips has been nominated for a Shamus, and won the Chester Himes and Brody awards. He writes a regular column for Mystery Scene magazine.
Name: Gayle Bartos-Pool (G.B. Pool)
Book: Media Justice (Spygame Press)
Sub-genre: Female private detective
Bio: A former private detective and once a reporter for a small weekly newspaper, Gayle Bartos-Pool has one published book, Media Justice, and several short stories in anthologies, LAndmarked for Murder and Little Sisters Volume 1. The former Speakers Bureau Director for Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles, she is also a member of Mystery Writers of America. Her latest short story appears in the anthology, Dying in a Winter Wonderland, which was voted one of the Top Ten of Softcover Books as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) of 2008.
Name: Barbara Reed
Books: High Notes are Murder (Rare Sound Press)
Sub-genre: Amateur sleuth (not cozy)
Bio: I’ve been a professional musician for more than 25 years so the subject area is old hat for me. I wanted to write a more realistic book within the business that shows passionate characters striving for their goals in the same way that one would in any field. Most books give the illusion of a glitzy, drug-driven world, but most musicians lead very normal lives. (Really, we do.) In High Notes are Murder, singer, songwriter Liz Hanlon finally receives a chance for international fame with live TV concerts, but when she discovers the body of her own cousin at the foot of the stage she is entangled in a twenty-five-year-old music business scandal.
Name: Joan Renner
Sub-genre: True Crime
Bio: Joan Renner is a writer and social historian. Her blog, “Deranged L.A. Crimes” tells true tales of murder and mayhem from the 1920s through the 1960s. Joan has been an invited lecturer at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Police Museum, and at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has appeared in a segment on film noir for Turner Classic Movies and in episodes of three ID Discovery Channel series: Deadly Women, Evil Twins, and Deadly Affairs. She is currently editing a book of Los Angeles crime scene photographs with novelist James Ellroy and Los Angeles Police Museum Executive Director, Glynn Martin.
Name: Travis Richardson
Books: Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes, Lost in Clover (novella)
Sub-genre: noir, detective fiction
Bio: Travis Richardson was born in Germany, raised in Oklahoma, and currently lives in Los Angeles. He has worked over 20 jobs in fields ranging from secret bus rider to television post production to university fundraising. His story “The Movement” was published in the anthology Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes (Down and Out Books) and the “Scam” is slated for publication in the anthology A House With Many Rooms (Weaving Dreams Press). His novella Lost in Clover from Untreed Reads was named Spinetingler Magazine‘s Best Crime Fiction of 2012. He is shopping an agent for his first novel The Prodigal Detective. He also has short stories published online in Shotgun Honey, Powder Burn Flash, All Due Respect and is the editor of the Sisters in Crime newsletter Ransom Notes. Besides writing crime fiction, Travis also makes short movies and writes screenplays.
Name: Cindy Sample
Books: Dying for a Date; Dying for a Dance (L&L Dreamspell)
Sub-genre: Humorous romantic cozy
Bio: Cindy Sample, a former corporate CEO, retired to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a mystery author. Her humorous romantic mystery series set in the California gold country features single soccer mom, Laurel McKay. Dying for a Date was released in 2010. The sequel, Dying for a Dance, was a finalist for the 2012 LEFTY award for best humorous mystery and recipient of the 2012 NCPA award for Best Fiction. Cindy has served on the boards of the Sacramento Opera and YWCA, and as president of Capitol Crimes. Cindy enjoys researching all of her books, especially her latest, Dying for a Daiquiri, set in Hawaii, which will be released in fall, 2013.
Name: Gerald Schiller
Books: Deadly Dream; Death Underground; The Man Who Defied Death; The Abracadabra Kid; The Dog that Belonged to No One; Two Dogs, an Emperor and Me; True Stories of Old California; More True Stories of Old California; It Happened in Hollywood
Sub-genre: Mystery, young adult and history
Bio: Gerald Schiller is the author of nine books (four of them mysteries) as well as children’s books and books about California history. A long time member of Sisters in Crime and past president of the Ventura County Writers Club, his most recent book (for Globe Pequot Press) is It Happened in Hollywood. The book is a collection of short articles about many fascinating events that happened over the years in Hollywood. They include scandals, crimes, ground-breaking events in the movie business, and incidents involving many famous film personalities. Gerry is also a performing member of the famous Hollywood Magic Castle and entertains throughout the U.S.
Name: Kathryn Leigh Scott
Books: Down and Out in Beverly Heels, Dark Passages, Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood, The Bunny Years, Dark Shadows Memories, Lobby Cards: The Classic Films
Sub-genre: Mystery, romance
Bio: Kathryn Leigh Scott is best known for her star turn on the TV show Dark Shadows. She’s an actress, author and book publisher, who launched Pomegranate Press in 1985, specializing in nonfiction entertainment. She is currently at work on a sequel to her novel Down and Out in Beverly Heels, published by Montlake, which has earned excellent reviews from PW, Booklist and Kirkus. A native of Minnesota, she now lives in Beverly Hills and New York.
Name: Lisa Seidman
Books: Killer Ratings
Sub-genre: Cozy, TV production
Bio: Lisa Seidman’s latest mystery novel, Killer Ratings, takes place behind the scenes of a television series, drawing on her thirty years experience as a television writer. Lisa has written for such diverse shows as Cagney & Lacey, Murder, She Wrote, Dallas, Falcon Crest and Knots Landing. She lived in Moscow for five years, creating and head writing prime time soaps for Russia, one of which, Poor Anastasia, was an international hit. (Even Putin claimed to watch it!) She also has written for daytime serials like Sunset Beach, Guiding Light, Days of our Lives and currently writes for The Young & the Restless. She teaches TV writing at USC and has been nominated for several Writers Guild Awards and has won an Emmy Award for her work on Days of our Lives. She’s currently writing her second novel, a sequel to Killer Ratings.
Name: Patricia Smiley
Books: False Profits (Warner Books), Cover Your Assets (Warner Books), Short Change (NAL/Penguin), Cool Cache (Obsidian/Penguin)
Sub-genre: Traditional mysteries set in Los Angeles
Bio: Los Angeles Times Bestselling author Patricia Smiley writes a mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair. False Profits has just been optioned for development as a TV series. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Two of the Deadliest, an anthology edited by Elizabeth George. Patty has taught writing classes at various conferences, including the Surrey International Writers Conference in British Columbia, the Jackson Hole Writers Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Book Passage Mystery Conference in Corte Madera, California. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is the current President of Sisters in Crime/LA. Patty posts every Monday to the Naked Truth group blog at www.nakedauthors.com
Name: Rochelle Staab
Books: Who Do, Voodoo?; Bruja Brouhaha
Sub-genre: Amateur Sleuth Mystery
Bio: Rochelle Staab, a former award-winning Top 40 radio programmer and Warner Bros. Records advertising and marketing executive, blends her fascination with the supernatural and her love for mystery in her Anthony and Agatha award-nominated, bestselling Mind for Murder Mystery series featuring Los Angeles psychologist Liz Cooper and occult expert Nick Garfield.
Name: Laurie Stevens
Books: The Dark Before Dawn
Sub-genre: psychological thriller
Bio: Laurie Stevens is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright. Laurie’s novel The Dark Before Dawn, the first in a psycho-thriller series, was awarded the Kirkus Star of merit and was named to Kirkus Review’s “Best of 2011.” Each book in the series follows the detective, a victim of abuse, through his psychological progression of healing.Therapists give this crime fiction book to their trauma patients and Laurie has spoken at many events in regards to the forensic and psychological aspects of her work. She also emphasizes the road to “following your dreams” and is very informed about the world of self-publishing. Laurie is an active member of the International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. In her words, “Some couples go to dinner and a movie, my husband and I once snuck into the L.A. morgue because I needed the research.” Laurie lives with said husband and two children near the Santa Monica Mountains of Los Angeles.
Name: Eric Stone
Books: Shanghaied, Flight of the Hornbill, Grave Imports, The Living Room of the Dead, Wrong Side of the Wall
Sub-genre: International thriller/noir & true crime/biography
Bio: Eric Stone worked for many years as a writer, reporter, photographer, editor and publisher in the U.S. and Asia, covering everything from economics to crime; politics to sex, drugs and rock & roll. He once wrote an advice to the lovelorn column for a bilingual (English-Chinese) fashion magazine. He has traveled the world for both work and play, and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Name: Kate Thornton
Books: Short story writer with over 100 stories in print
Sub-genre: Short stories with a humorous twist
Bio: With stories in three of SINC/LA’s anthologies and numerous books and magazines, retired US Army officer and federal agent Kate Thorntonhas been writing for publication for over ten years. She teaches workshops on writing short stories and enjoys writing both mysteries and science fiction. She lives in a marvelous mid-century modern house with her husband of 30 years and their pets.
Name: Diane Vallere
Books: Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology, Designer Dirty Laundry, Pillow Stalk, Buyer Beware
Sub-Genre: Humorous traditional
Bio: Diane Vallere, a 20-year fashion industry veteran, writes comic mysteries with a stylish twist. She taught assortment planning for a major luxury retailer, placed the first ever order for Spanx, and puts a touch of Halston into everything she writes. Designer Dirty Laundry, the first in her Style and Error mystery series, comes out June 2012 from Polyester Press. She started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.
Name: Jeri Westerson
Books: Veil of Lies, Serpent in the Thorns, The Demon’s Parchment, Troubled Bones (Minotaur)
Sub-genre: Hard-boiled, PI, Medieval Noir
Bio: Jeri Westerson writes the critically acclaimed Medieval Noir series with hardboiled protagonist Crispin Guest, disgraced knight turned detective, plying his trade on the mean streets of fourteenth century London. The fifth in the series, Blood Lance, will be released Oct. 16, 2012. Visit Jeri’s website at www.JeriWesterson.com or Crispin’s blog at www.CrispinGuest.com. Jeri also writes a gay mystery series under the name Haley Walsh. Foxe Tail and Foxe Hunt, featuring gay English teacher Skyler Foxe, are published by MLR Press. Out-Foxed will be released fall 2012. See www.SkylerFoxeMysteries.com.
Name: Lori Wolf
Books: Parrot on a Limb (POD)
Sub-genre: Medium-boiled with animals, paranormal/new age set in California
Bio: Lori Wolf is the author of Parrot on a Limb, a New Age pastoral noir series, based in Ojai, California. Former cop and wannabe former PI (The job will never let him go!) Quinn McKay is the handyman/shepherd for a mysterious guitar maker. However, murder and mayhem begin to surround her, which drags a reluctant Quinn into the investigation. It also doesn’t help Quinn’s attitude that his girlfriend is missing in Canada. Lori teaches English and ESL at Los Angeles Pierce College and Moorpark College.
Books: Attorney-Client Privilege, Buying Time, Murder on the Down Low
Sub-genre: Legal thrillers
Bio: Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney whose fast-paced legal thrillers tackle law and crime. Recognized for her savvy female characters, Pamela brings a taste of diversity to the legal fiction genre. Her novels include Attorney-Client Privilege, Buying Time and Murder on the Down Low. A former television news writer, Pamela balances her writing career while working as an in-house lawyer for a major corporation. She is both self-published and traditionally published and has a wealth of knowledge to share about the publishing industry.
Name: Desiree Zamorano
Books: Human Cargo
Bio: Desiree Zamorano is an engaging speaker addressing the topics of writing, language, education as well as issues of equity and social justice. She explores these themes in her writing. Her PI Inez Leon is a vodka drinking, krav maga expert who, despite the tortilla chip on her shoulder, fights for truth, justice, and the Mexican-American way. Zamorano is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a produced playwright, and winner of the Latinidad award for best Mystery of 2011. Her audiences have ranged from incarcerated youth to education professionals.
Name: Alice Zogg
Books: Murder at the Cubbyhole—2012, Revamp Camp—2010, Final Stop Albuquerque—2009, The Fall of Optimum House—2007, The Lonesome Autocrat—2006, Tracking Backward—2005, Turn the Joker Around—2004, Reaching Checkmate—2003, all from Aventine Press.
Sub-genre: Modern Time “Old-Fashioned” Whodunnits
Bio: Alice Zogg was born and raised in Switzerland. She met her husband, a fellow Swiss, in New York City, and the two made their home in the United States. The family relocated to Southern California in 1967, where they have resided since. Alice is the author of the R. A. Huber Mystery Series. Longing for excitement after she retires, Huber decides to start a second career and opens her own business as a private investigator. Soon the gutsy private eye’s cases take her on journeys to Catalina, Lake Tahoe, the Central Mexico region, all the way to Davos, Switzerland, back to Big Bear Lake, to the balloon festival in Albuquerque, and to Solvang. In her latest book, Murder at the Cubbyhole, Huber gets a glimpse into the theater world.