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.
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*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: Jill Amadio
Books: Digging Too Deep
Bio: Jill Amadio is an author, biographer and journalist. She was a reporter in the U.S. Thailand, England, and Spain.Her first series mystery, “Digging Too Deep: A Tosca Trevant Mystery,” is set in Southern California. She has ghostwritten and co-authored several autobiographies including the best-selling memoir of a World War II fighter ace, sold in nine countries on kindle and Smashwords. Jill is from St. Ives, Cornwall, the land of tin miners, mead, piskies and delicious Cornish pastys. She lives in Dana Point, CA.
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, museums, antiquities trade.
Bio: A retired Near Eastern archaeologist, Aileen G. Baron is the author of the Lily Sampson series, A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes, The Torch of Tangier, Scorpion’s Bite, set in the Middle East during WWII, in which archaeologist Lily Sampson works for the OSS. In the latest book in the series The Scorpion’s Bite, Lily is doing an archaeological survey of Trans-Jordan for the OSS. The Gold of Thrace, is the first book in a contemporary series 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: Gayle Bartos-Pool (G.B. Pool)
Books: Media Justice, Hedge Bet, and Damning Evidence in the Gin Caulfield P.I. series; The Johnny Casino Casebook 1- Past Imperfect, The Johnny Casino Casebook 2 – Looking for Johnny Nobody, The Johnny Casino Casebook 3 – Just Shoot Me; From Light To DARK, Eddie Buick’s Last Case, The Santa Claus Singer, Enchanted – The Rose, The Ring, and The Rapier, and Bearnard’s Christmas.
Sub-genre: Both a female and a male private detective
Bio: A former private detective and reporter for a small weekly newspaper, Gayle Bartos-Pool writes the Gin Caulfield P.I. Series and The Johnny Casino Casebook Series; From Light To DARK, a collection of short mysteries; Eddie Buick’s Last Case; The Santa Claus Singer; a romance, Enchanted-The Ring, The Rose and The Rapier; and a holiday story, Bearnard’s Christmas. She is the former Speakers Bureau Director for Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles, and a member of Mystery Writers of America. She teaches writing classes: “Anatomy of a Short Story,” “How To Write Convincing Dialogue” and “Writing a Killer Opening Line” in sunny Southern California.
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 journalist, nonfiction book author, TV writer-producer, screenwriter, short-story writer and novelist. Among his six nonfiction books, two were NYT #1 bestsellers. He wrote the Oscar-nominated short film Overnight Sensation. He was one of the writers on the seminal miniseries V: The Final Battle. His first noir mystery novel, Go Down Hard, which his agent is currently shopping, was First Runner Up for Killer Nashville’s Claymore Award. His indie feature, Smuggling for Gandhi, is in preproduction. Stark Raving Group published his novella, Psycho Logic in May 2014, and the novella’s prequel, his short story “Dead End,” is an Anthony Award nominee.
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. Deeck-Malice 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. She served on the Editorial Board for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program’s recently published books about television and screenwriting, Inside the Room and Cut to the Chase.
Name: Sally Carpenter
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Blog: http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com
Books: The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper, (Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel), The Sinister Sitcom Caper, The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper (work in progress), “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in,” in the anthology Last Exit to Murder,
“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” in the ebook anthology “Plan B: Vol. 2.”, “The Pie-eyed Spy” in Kings River Life ezine (Nov. 23, 2013)
Sub-genre: Amateur sleuth, humor, showbiz, music
Bio: Sally Carpenter is native Hoosier now living in Moorpark, California. She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. 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. “Star Collector” was produced in New York City. She also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do. She’s worked as an actress, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide for Paramount Pictures. She’s employed at a community newspaper. She writes the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series (cozy). Blog: http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com Email: email@example.com
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: Kristen Elise, Ph.D.
Websites: http://www.kristenelisephd.com and http://www.murderlab.com
Books: The Vesuvius Isotope
Subgenre: Historical/archeological science/medical thriller set in Italy and Egypt, female sleuth
Bio: Kristen Elise, Ph.D. was born a scientist and decided at an early age to earn a living as one. A professional drug discovery biologist and life-long travel addict, Kris takes the inspiration for her novels from discoveries made both in and out of the laboratory. Kris’ work as a cancer drug hunter converged with a research trip through Italy to spark her debut novel. Once ignited, The Vesuvius Isotope erupted like the volcano itself – sending Kristen Elise and her readers on a global quest to investigate several non-fictional mysteries that have endured for more than two thousand years. More historical thriller than science thriller, The Vesuvius Isotope blurs the lines between fact and fiction, medicine and magic, science and superstition, history and legend. Kristen Elise lives in San Diego, California with her husband, stepson, and three canine children. When not investigating historical mysteries, she continues to hunt for drugs and the stories they tell.
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: Joel Fox
Books: Lincoln’s Hand, FDR’s Treasure (Zane Rigby Mystery Series)
Sub-genre: FBI; Historical
Bio: For three decades Joel Fox has been involved in California politics as a taxpayer and small business advocate, served on numerous state commissions appointed by governors and assembly speakers from both major political parties, worked on many ballot issue campaigns, and advised a number of candidates. He is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. Authoring hundreds of opinion pieces, Fox has been published in major national and state newspapers and websites. He graduated from the Los Angeles FBI Citizens Academy. Joel Fox’s modern day mystery series springs from odd historical events dealing with American presidents. FBI Agent Zane Rigby must solve modern day murders and unravel a puzzle linked to a former president.
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: 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: Chuck Greaves
Books: Hush Money, Green-Eyed Lady, and (forthcoming) The Last Heir (all as Chuck Greaves, all from Minotaur), and Hard Twisted (from Bloomsbury, as C. Joseph Greaves)
Sub-Genre: Legal Mystery
Bio: Chuck Greaves spent 25 years as an L.A. trial lawyer before turning his talents to fiction. His Jack MacTaggart series of legal mysteries (which includes em>Hush Money, Green-Eyed Lady, and The Last Heir ) has been honored with the Storyteller Award (SouthWest Writers), and has been a finalist for numerous national awards and honors including the Shamus Award (PWA), the Rocky Award (Left Coast Crime), the Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Reviews), and the Audie Award (APA) for Best Mystery Audiobook of 2012.
Name: Betty Hechtman
Books: Silence of the Lamb’s Wool, 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 f from magic to improv comedy. She lives in Southern California and Chicago.
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 t 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: 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: Sybil Johnson
Books: Fatal Brushstroke (to be released November 18, 2014)
Bio: Sybil Johnson is the author of the Aurora Anderson Mystery Series set in the world of decorative painting. Fatal Brushstroke, the first book in the series, will be published by Henery Press in November 2014. Her love of reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. After twenty years in the computer industry, Sybil started writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine among others. A past president of SinC/LA, Sybil also co-chaired the 2011 California Crime Writers Conference.
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: 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: Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers, Phony Tinsel, 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 ten crime novels, four in the Neil Gulliver and Stevie Marriner “Affair” series and six stand-alones, and a 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 eight years 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 (Shamus finalist), Russian Roulette
Sub-genre: Hard-boiled crime, noir
Bio: Christopher J. Lynch has written for numerous local and national publications. He also is the author of the One Eyed Jack series about a professional blackmailer. The debut novel in the series, was a 2013 Shamus Award finalist. He is currently writing an authorized biography of the iconic child actor Ken Osmond, (Eddie Haskell from Leave it to Beaver). Christopher enjoys mountain climbing and once trained and led eleven blind hikers to the summit of 10,000 ft. Mount Baldy, the third highest point in Southern California. A documentary film is being made of the adventure: http://www.baldyfortheblind.com
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)
Sub-genre: Historical, Hollywood
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: Mary Marks
Book: Forget Me Knot
Bio: Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, writer Mary Marks earned a BA in Anthropology from UCLA and an MA in Public Administration from the American Jewish University. Marks became an award winning quilter after her retirement from UCLA administration. Writing about her quilts led her in a new creative direction, writing cozy mysteries. The first novel in her new quilting series, Forget Me Knot, is scheduled to be published on January 7, 2014. The author contributed a chapter to an anthology based on Jewish mysticism, From Ashes to Healing. She has also been published online and in various newsletters. Marks is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books www.nyjournalofbooks.com.
Name: Paul D. Marks
Books:White Heat, Shamus Award-Winning mystery novel; L.A. Late @ Night: 5 Noir & Mystery Tales from the Dark Streets of Los Angeles
Sub-genre: noir, hardboiled, medium boiled, humor/satire
Bio: Paul D. Marks is the author of the Shamus Award-Winning novel White Heat, which Publishers Weekly calls a “taut crime yarn”. Paul is also the author of over thirty published short stories in a variety of genres, including several award winners. His story Howling at the Moon will be in the November 2014 issue of Ellery Queen. According to Steven Bingen, author of the recent, well-received book MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot,he has the distinction, dubious though it might be, of being the last person to have shot a film on the fabled MGM backlot before it bit the dust to make way for condos.
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 i 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: 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, Glass Houses, Break Down. Short Stories: Hobo Joe
Sub-genre: Thriller, police procedural
Bio: Freelance crime reporter, Terri Nolan, is a Southern California native and resides in south Orange County. She earned a B.A. in Radio/Television at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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: Warlord of Willow Ridge (Kensington), Big Water (graphic novel, Dr. Pop) and Black Pulp (ed., Pro Se Press)
Bio: Weaned on the images of Kirby and Steranko in comic books, and Hammett and Himes in prose, Gary Phillips also draws on his experiences ranging from community organizer, teaching incarcerated youth, to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance. He does freelance editing for the Stark Raving Group — an e-book outfit specializing in crime, pulp, and sci-fi novellas, writes the online serial The Dixon Family Chronicles on the capitalandmain site, and teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Antioch.
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: Travis Richardson
Books: Lost in Clover, Keeping The Record, stories anthologies: Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes, Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble, and All Due Respect Issue #1.
Sub-genre: noir, short story, crime 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 postproduction to university fundraising. His novella Lost in Clover was listed in Spinetingler Magazine’s Best Crime Fiction of 2012. His stories have been published in online zines including All Due Respect, Shotgun Honey, and Powder Flash Burns as well as the anthologies Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes, Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble, and All Due Respect Issue #1. He edits Ransom Notes, the Sisters In Crime Los Angeles newsletter and sometimes shoots a short movie. His latest novella, Keeping The Record, will be out in early 2014 through Stark Raving Group.
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: 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
Website: www.patriciasmiley.com Blog: www.nakedauthors.com
Books: False Profits (Mysterious Press/Warner Books), Cover Your Assets (Mysterious Press,Warner Books), Short Change (NAL/Penguin), Cool Cache (Obsidian/Penguin)
Sub-genre: Traditional mysteries, with humor, featuring an amateur sleuth and set in Los Angeles
Bio: Los Angeles Times Bestselling author Patricia Smiley writes a mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair. 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 as 2012-13 President of Sisters in Crime/LA.
Name: Rochelle Staab
Books: Who Do, Voodoo?, Bruja Brouhaha and Hex on the Ex
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: Suede to Rest (Material Witness #1, coming Nov 4, 2014), Pillow Stalk, That Touch of Ink, Designer Dirty Laundry, Buyer Beware, The Brim Reaper, Other People’s Baggage.
Sub-Genre: Cozy and Chicklit
Bio: After close to two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. SUEDE TO REST, the first in her new Material Witness Mystery Series, comes out November 4. In addition, she writes the Style & Error Mystery Series, featuring former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd, and the Mad for Mod Mystery Series, featuring Doris Day-loving interior decorator Madison Night. Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since. Find her at www.dianevallere.com.
Name: Robert Weibezahl
Books: The Dead Don’t Forget; The Wicked and the Dead; A Taste of Murder; A Second Helping of Murder
Sub-genre: Amateur Sleuth
Bio: Robert Weibezahl is the author of the Hollywood and Crime mystery series featuring screenwriter Billy Winnetka, as well as co-author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-nominated literary cookbooks/anthologies, A Taste of Murder and A Second Helping of Murder. Having worked in the publishing and film businesses for many years, he has has a broad range of credits. A columnist for BookPage, his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Reader, Ventura County Star, Mystery Readers Journal, Bikini, and Irish America, among others. Weibezahl was also a finalist for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s 2010 Derringer Award.
Name: Jeri Westerson
Books: Cup of Blood, Veil of Lies, Serpent in the Thorns, The Demon’s Parchment, Troubled Bones, Blood Lance, Shadow of the Alchemist (Minotaur). Under the name Haley Walsh: Foxe Tail, Foxe Hunt, Out-Foxed (MLR Press), Foxe Den (Foxe Press), Foxe Fire (MLR Press)
Sub-genre: Hard-boiled, PI, Medieval Noir, gay mystery, urban fantasy
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. Visit Jeri’s website at www.JeriWesterson.com for book discussion guides, series book trailer, and Crispin’s blog. Jeri also writes a gay mystery series under the name Haley Walsh, featuring gay English teacher Skyler Foxe, published by MLR Press. 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: Alice Zogg
Books: Guilty or Not – 2013, 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 starts 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 Murder at the Cubbyhole, Huber gets a glimpse into the theater world, and in her latest book, Guilty or Not, the investigation takes her and her assistant, Andi, on a cruise to Alaska.