About Our Authors

Anne Argula

Darryl Ponicsán (aka Anne Argula) is an American writer and is best known as the author of the 1971 novel The Last Detail, which was adapted into a 1973 movie starring Jack Nicholson; and for the 1973 novel and screenplay Cinderella Liberty, starring James Caan. He was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the son of Frank G., a merchant, and Anne Kuleck. He attended Muhlenberg College, (A.B., 1959) and Cornell University, (M.A., 1965).

Anne Shaw Heinrich

Since she fell in love with writing in high school, Anne Shaw Heinrich has been a journalist, columnist, blogger and nonprofit communications professional. Her first article appeared in Rockford Magazine in 1987. She’s interviewed and written features on Beverly Sills, Judy Collins, Gene Siskel, and Debbie Reynolds. Anne’s writing has been featured in The New York Times bestseller The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn (Atria 2006) and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Cancer Book: 101 Stories of Courage, Support and Love (2009). Anne’s debut novel, God Bless The Child, is the first in a three-book series, The Women of Paradise County, to be published by Speaking Volumes. She and her husband are parents to three adult children. Anne is passionate about her family, mental health advocacy and the power of storytelling.

Annette Meyers

Annette Meyers is the author of 8 Smith and Wetzon Wall Street mysteries, 2 Olivia Brown 1920s mysteries, a stand-alone suspense novel: Repentances, as well as short stories in many anthologies. As Maan Meyers, she and her late husband Martin have written 7 history-mysteries known as The Dutchman Chronicles and numerous short stories set in New York in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. One of Annette’s short stories was included in Best American Mystery Stories, 2002. She was the 10th president of Sisters in Crime and serves on the board of the International Association of Crime Writers, NA.

Annie Wood

Israeli-American, Annie Wood is an actor, writer and mixed media artist born sometime between the invention of the Boeing commercial jet and Nintendo. Annie was born and raised in Hollywood, California and is a self proclaimed Creative Compulsive. She was the host and co-producer of the nationally syndicated dating game show, BZZZ! (which recently re-ran on the Pluto channel) making her the 3rd woman solo dating game show host in the history of television. She appeared in the films Good Luck Chuck and My Sister’s Keeper and recurred in the TV show, Becker, starring Ted Danson. Annie is an established voice actor and you can currently hear her as Dorothy in the popular video game, Mafia: Definitive Edition.

Art Twain

Art Twain, childhood friend of Larry Belling, has written and produced over 3,000 radio and TV spots. He is a copywriter, author, musician, music composer and arranger. His award-winning voice work has been heard by tens of millions. Art took the Gap from one store to five hundred stores with his creative and marketing skills. He’s won Clios, Emmy, International Broadcast awards and much more. He plays several instruments, which has helped him in the creation of his jingles and music tracks. He has written and produced musicals and performed humor on stage. He also wrote and produced a five-minute-a-day humorous radio series aimed at school-age kids. Art and Larry were together in a popular comedy music trio at UC Berkeley.

Axel Kilgore

Axel Kilgore (Jerry Ahern) is a science fiction and action author best known for his post-apocalyptic survivalist series The Survivalist. These pulp novels have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide. He also authored the gut-wrenching, action packed-series, They Call Me the Mercenary. Along with his wife, Sharon, he is co-author of over eighty internationally-published novels.

B.L. Morgan

B.L. Morgan is happily married to his wonderful wife Judi. He lives in a suburb between Seattle and Tacoma Washington. He is an ex-amateur boxer who will continue to practice Yoga daily until he finally gets it right. He is college educated and has been a busboy, short order cook, a warehouse worker and delivery driver, served in the US Air Force, been an over-the-road truck driver and a property manager with over six hundred tenants among many other professions.

B.W. Jackson

B. W. Jackson is an American and British writer educated at Middlebury College & Università degli Studi di Firenze in Florence, Italy. He was a College Scholar, Dean’s List, All-NESCAC, Gamma Kappa Alpha (National Italian Honor Society), was on Men’s Varsity Soccer (2007 NCAA Division III National Champions), and received a B.A. in International Studies from Middlebury College in 2008, graduating cum laude.

Barbara Casey

Originally from Carrollton, Illinois, author/agent/publisher Barbara Casey attended the University of North Carolina, N.C. State University, and N.C. Wesleyan College where she received a BA degree, summa cum laude, with a double major in English and history. In 1978 she left her position as Director of Public Relations and Vice President of Development at North Carolina Wesleyan College to write full time and develop her own manuscript evaluation and editorial service. In 1995 she established the Barbara Casey Agency and since that time has represented authors from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2014, she became a partner with Strategic Media Books, an independent nonfiction publisher of true crime, where she oversees acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and book production.

Barbara D’Amato

Barbara D’Amato was the 1999-2000 president of Mystery Writers of America. D’Amato is also a past president of Sisters in Crime International. She writes a mystery series starring Chicago freelance investigative reporter Cat Marsala, a series starring Chicago patrol cops Suze Figueroa and Norm Bennis, and standalone novels.

Barry N. Malzberg

Barry N. Malzberg is the author of more than 30 Sci-Fi novels and more than 250 Sci-Fi short stories, as well as thrillers and erotic novels under his own name and various pseudonyms. He won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for his 1972 novel, Beyond Apollo.

Bartle Bull

Bartle Bull was born in London and educated at Harvard University and Magdalen College, Oxford. A student of Africa for over thirty years, he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Explorers Club. A former publisher of The Village Voice, Bull wrote an environmental column for the Voice and later for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is the author of the widely praised novels, The White Rhino Hotel, A Café on the Nile, The Devil’s Oasis, Shanghai Station and China Star.

Ben Mikaelsen

Ben Mikaelsen has won the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writers Golden Spur Award. His novels have won critical acclaim, as well as several state reader’s choice awards. These novels include Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, and Touching Spirit Bear. His newest book is “Jungle of Bones”. Ben’s articles and photos appear in numerous magazines around the world. Ben and his wife, Connie, live in Anacortes, WA.

Beth Groundwater

Bestselling mystery author Beth Groundwater writes two series, the Claire Hanover, Gift Basket Designer series and the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures series starring whitewater river ranger Mandy Tanner. Her first novel, A Real Basket Case, was nominated for the Best First Novel Agatha Award in 2007, her third, Deadly Currents, was an Amazon bestseller, and her fourth, Wicked Eddies, was nominated for the Rocky Award (Left Coast Crime) in 2013. She writes primarily in the Mystery genre, but she has a published science fiction novella as well.

Beth Kanell

Beth Kanell lives in northeastern Vermont, with a mountain at her back and a river at her feet. She writes poems, hikes the back roads and mountains, and digs into Vermont history to frame her “history-hinged” novels: This Ardent Flame, The Long Shadow, The Darkness Under the Water, The Secret Room, and Cold Midnight. Her poems scatter among regional publications and online. So do her short stories and memoir pieces.

Beverly Bird

Beverly Bird confesses to having been the prototype of the rebellious teenager. By the age of five — when she tried to rewrite the ending to The Wizard of Oz because it scared her — she knew she would be a writer. Therefore, the high school regimen was obviously not for her, and childhood was just something to get through before she could make her mark on the world. On one memorable occasion, she stood up in chemistry class to inform her teacher that she did not need to understand the subject because in a few years she would be writing for a living anyway. She failed the class, of course. Then, some 20 years later, she had to face the teacher at a reunion and admit that when she had to research DNA for a recent book she still had no clue what it was about!

Bill Brooks

Bill Brooks is also a CREATIVE WRITING INSTRUCTOR and has taught Fiction Writing Workshops throughout the country. He has also been a FEATURED SPEAKER on the Wild West both in fiction and non-fiction. Bill’s works also includes novels on such iconic historical gangsters PRETTY BOY FLOYD and BONNIE & CLYDE. Bill’s been a well traveled soul who has lived in such diverse places as his home now in North East Indiana and Sedona, Arizona.

Bill Clem

Bill Clem – RIVALS THE BEST WORK OF CRICHTON or COOK Bill Clem, RN, is the author of the forthcoming The Hospital (2010), Replica, Immortal, Medicine Cup, Microbe, Bliss, Diencephalon, They All Fall Down, Presidential Donor, Skin Deep, and A Brief Interval. He has spent the last twenty-five years working at hospitals in Delaware and Maryland.

Bill Pronzini

Bill Pronzini is simply one of the masters. He seems to have taken a crack at just about every genre: mysteries, noirish thrillers, historicals, locked-room mysteries, adventure novels, spy capers, men’s action, westerns, and, of course, his masterful, long-running Nameless private detective series, now entering its fourth decade, with no signs of creative flagging.

Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson is the author of Sarge, What Now? and co-author on The Survivalist series (starting with Book #30) in collaboration with Jerry and Sharon Ahern. Bob is a fine writer and has published books such as TAC Leader: What Honor Requires, Anderson’s Rules and Grandfather Speaks. He is an expert on weaponry and military skills and is an accomplished public speaker. Bob retired as a Chief Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force Reserve with over 32 years of service.

Bob Judd

I shot some 30 TV commercials with three-time world champion racing driver Jackie Stewart. At one point, Jackie said when he was driving really well, he always had plenty of time. That floored me. I’d driven racing cars, and I never had any time at all, arriving at corners, in Jackie’s phrase, “in a flurry of feathers and blood.” But when Jackie was racing he had “plenty of time” because he could divide time into thousandths of a second. And I thought, if I could capture that intensity, ferocity and detail, I could put you behind the wheel of a Formula One car.

Bonnie MacDougal

Bonnie MacDougal is a trial lawyer who practiced for sixteen years in major law firms across the country. Born in suburban Philadelphia, she received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, magna cum laude with Honors in English literature, and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a moot-court champion and held a fellowship in legal writing. Her law career took her to Anchorage, Alaska, and Little Rock, Arkansas (where she was one of the few lawyers ever to practice law with Bill Clinton), before she returned to Philadelphia.

Branka Cubrilo

Branka Čubrilo is the author of seven novels and two collections of short stories. Branka’s articles, essays and short stories have been published in many online and print magazines in various countries and languages. She has worked as a radio producer and presenter (SBS Australia), as well as an interpreter and translator for several languages.

Bret Jones

Bret Jones is the Director of Theatre at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. He has his M.A. in Drama and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Oklahoma. He has a novelist, screenwriter, lyricist, and playwright. His play, The Isolation House, ran at The American Theatre of Actors in NYC; Thee and Thou premiered last year at The Jewel Box Theatre in Oklahoma City and has been accepted for a run at The Buckham Alley Theatre.

Brian Felgoise

Brian Felgoise, Esq., has enjoyed an extremely varied professional career. He is a graduate of Temple University Law School and has been practicing class-action law for more than 25 years. He has been appointed lead counsel, co-lead counsel, and class counsel in numerous cases throughout the country. Felgoise has been involved in cases where billions of dollars have been recovered for class members who lost a significant amount of money. Felgoise has represented numerous individuals in “garden-variety” personal injury matters, where he recovered millions for his injured clients. In addition to practicing law, Felgoise was the driving force behind the creation of TeachPrivacy, a consulting company he co-founded, which provides e-Learning to businesses, and training for companies such as Intel, Caterpillar, American Express, and McKesson.

Brian Kelleher

Brian Kelleher (Mack Maloney) has written more than 50 novels including the best-selling Wingman series and the Codename Starman military mysteries, as well as three nonfiction books, Mack Maloney’s Haunted Universe, Beyond Area 51 and UFOs in Wartime. Mack is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio show and podcast “Mack Maloney’s Military X-Files.”


Through my service in the Marine Corps, four years as a patrol officer with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and 45 years as a trial lawyer in the Washington, D.C. area, I have “been around the barn.”

C.C. Harrison

C.C. Harrison (aka Christy Hubbard) is an award-winning author of mysteries and American West fiction. She knew she was going to be a writer when she got her first library card as a beginning reader. Since then her work has been honored both regionally and nationally for her short stories, articles, essays, and novels.

C. H. Boyer

C. H. Boyer is a writer living in Phillips, Maine.

C. M. Wendelboe

C. M. Wendelboe entered the law enforcement profession when he was discharged from the Marines as the Vietnam war was winding down. In the 1970s, his career included assisting federal and tribal law enforcement agencies embroiled in conflicts with American Indian Movement activists in South Dakota.

Caro Ramsay

Caro Ramsay was born and educated in Glasgow. She has been writing stories since she was five years old, developing a keen interest in crime fiction and a passion for the genre that lead her to write Absolution, her first novel.

Catherine Dain

Catherine Dain is the author of over a dozen mysteries. Besides the Freddie O’Neal series, twice nominated for a Shamus award by the Private Eye Writers of America, she writes a series about a New Age amateur sleuth, Mariana Morgan, and another featuring actress/detective Faith Cassidy. A professional tarot reader, Ms. Dain (well, actually Judith Garwood) lives in Ojai, California.

Charlene Wexler

Native Chicagoan Charlene Wexler is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She has worked as a teacher and dental office manager and as a wife, mom, and grandmother. In retirement, her lifelong passion for writing has led to her creation of several essays, short stories, and novels. Among her novels are: Lori, Murder on Skid Row, Elephants in the Room, Murder Across The Ocean, and Milk and Oranges.

Charles Ryan

Charles Ryan served in the United States Air Force, as a senior section airman and munitions system specialist in the armament of the 199th Fighter Squadron based at Hickman AFB, Honolulu. He attended the Universities of Hawaii and Washington, and has worked at numerous occupations, including judo instructor, commercial pilot, and salvage diver. He’s written for newspapers and magazines in Honolulu and San Francisco as well as being the author of ten novels. Ryan currently lives in northern California.

Charlotte MacLeod

Charlotte MacLeod, born in New Brunswick, Canada, and a naturalized U.S. citizen, is the multi-award-winning author of over thirty acclaimed novels. Her series featuring detective Professor Peter Shandy, America’s homegrown Hercule Poirot, delivers “generous dollops of… warmth, wit, and whimsy” (San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle). But fully a dozen novels star her popular husband-and-wife team of Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn. And her native Canada provides a backdrop for the amusing Grub-and-Stakers cozies written under the pseudonym Alisa Craig. A cofounder and past president of the American Crime Writers League, she has also edited the best-selling anthologies Mistletoe Mysteries and Christmas Stalkings.

Christine Andreae

Christine Andreae lives with her husband in Overall, Virginia. She is the author of the thriller Smoke Eaters, When Evening Comes: The Education of a Hospice Volunteer, and a highly-praised mystery series Lee Squires, Trail of Murder, Grizzly, and A Small Target.

Collin Wilcox

Collin Wilcox (September 21, 1924 – July 12, 1996) was an American mystery writer who published 30 books in 30 years. Born in Detroit, Michigan, his first book was The Black Door (1967) featuring a sleuth possessing extrasensory perception. His major series of novels was about Lieutenant Frank Hastings of the San Francisco Police Department.

Cort Martin

Cort Martin (Jory Sherman) began his literary career as a poet in San Francisco’s famed North Beach in the late 1950s, during the heyday of the Beat Generation. His poetry and short stories were widely published in literary journals when he began writing commercial fiction. He has won numerous awards for his poetry and prose and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Letters for his novel, Grass Kingdom. He won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America for The Medicine Horn. He has also won a number of awards from the Missouri Writers Guild, and other organizations.

Cynthia Austin

Cynthia Austin is a multi-published author who lives in Northern California with her husband, two boys, and Sheepadoodle named Chowder. They love all things horror, gothic, and Victorian which prompts her friends to dub them as “The Adams Family.”

D.L. Lindeman

D.L. Lindeman is a native son of Green Bay, WI.  At the age of ten he received a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and that began his love for all thing fantasy related. Growing up in a working class family Dungeons & Dragons became a fun escape. Even when he left for the Army, training to be a biomedical technician, he met scores of fellow D & D players at Fitzsimmon’s Army Medical Center in Denver. His working on the game for his ‘players’ set the foundation for his writing. In reality it was an off the cuff comment from a fellow gamer that got the ball rolling, “Ya know Doug, you have enough stuff here for a book.” Soon after, the “Erdani Saga” was born.

Daisy Waugh

Daisy Waugh was born in 1967. A journalist and travel writer for many publications, Daisy has worked as an agony aunt for The Independent and as a restaurant critic. She also wrote a weekly column from Los Angeles about her attempts to become a Hollywood screenwriter. She has presented Channel Four’s Travelogue show and also contributed to Radio Four’s Afternoon Shift. She now lives in West London with her husband and two children and is busy writing her next novel.

Dan Jorgensen

A native of Minnesota, Dan Jorgensen grew up on a South Dakota farm, attended a one-room country school and was the first member of his family to attend college, earning degrees in journalism and public relations from South Dakota State University with further coursework in creative writing and film at Colorado State University. A U.S. Army infantry veteran, he also is an Honor Graduate from the U.S. Defense Information School (DINFOS).

Darryl Ponicsán

Darryl Ponicsán (aka Anne Argula) is an American writer and is best known as the author of the 1971 novel The Last Detail, which was adapted into a 1973 movie starring Jack Nicholson; and for the 1973 novel and screenplay Cinderella Liberty, starring James Caan. He was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the son of Frank G., a merchant, and Anne Kuleck. He attended Muhlenberg College, (A.B., 1959) and Cornell University, (M.A., 1965).

David Daniel

David Daniel was born in Boston and grew up in Weymouth, on the south shore. His novel The Heaven Stone (1994), winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Private Eye Novel contest and a Shamus Award nominee, introduced private investigator Alex Rasmussen.

David Dun

David Dun was born and grew up in western Washington but moved to northern California to begin his legal career. He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Washington and earned his law degree at Seattle University. He now divides his time between offices in Redding and Eureka, California. He and his wife reside in a secluded home perched on the side of a mountain.

David R. Topper

David R. Topper earned his PhD in the History of Science from Case Western Reserve University in 1970, and became a Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, where he taught courses in the history of science and the history of art for 42 years, until he retired in 2012. He is the proud recipient of two teaching awards: the Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching (1981), and the National 3M Teaching Fellowship (1987). Since 1982 he has been an international co-editor and honorary editor of the Art & Science journal Leonardo.

David Tabatsky

David has authored, co-authored and edited several novels, including The Boy Behind the Door (KTAV), Friends Like These (Speaking Volumes), The Marijuana Project (SDS Publishing), The Battle of Zig Zag Pass (Speaking Volumes), Slipping Reality (Author House), Drunk Log (Speaking Volumes) and So Much for Happy (WE Edutainment)

David W. Ball

A former pilot, sarcophagus maker, and businessman, David W. Ball has traveled to eighty countries and seven continents, crossed the Sahara Desert four times in the course of researching his novel Empires of Sand, and explored the Andes in a Volkswagen bus. Other research trips have taken him to China, Istanbul, Algeria, and Malta. He’s driven a taxi in New York City, installed telecommunications equipment in Cameroon, renovated old Victorian houses in Denver and pumped gasoline in the Grand Tetons. He lives with his family on a small farm in Colorado where the only things he grows are weeds and tall tales.

Dennis Danvers

Dennis Danvers is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Circuit of Heaven, Wilderness, and Time and Time Again. He lives in Richmond, Virginia, and is currently at work on his next novel.

Diane Glancy

Diane Glancy was born in 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri, of a Cherokee father and an English/German mother. Her B.A. was received from the University of Missouri in 1964. She was married for 19 years to Dwane Glancy and has a son, David, born in 1964 and a daughter, Jennifer, born in 1967. From 1980 to 1986 Diane was Artist-in-Residence for the State Arts Council of Oklahoma. Several of her books come from that experience.

Dick Brown

Dick Brown has always been fascinated by western history – mountain men, wagon trains, gold rushes, cattle drives, notorious outlaws, ghost towns, and transcontinental railroads; however, he has concentrated much of his recent writing on one region of the American West in particular – the Grand Canyon. He has spent decades researching the early pioneers and the Canyon’s bumpy road from unbridled backcountry to a national park. It is the venerable pioneers of the late nineteenth century, with their struggles to survive and thrive on the ragged edge of this tremendous abyss, that inspired Dick to write this historical novel. The story is based on his own exploration below the rims of the Canyon, on the Colorado River, on the twisted trails, on a mule named Hank, in the copper mines, and at the sites of primitive camps and lodges of a bygone era. During his writing career, Dick has authored and co-authored five award-winning books and has been published in numerous periodicals. He is a retired systems engineer and president of the Grand Canyon Historical Society. As a former Navy submariner, he is a regular contributor to the journal The Submarine Review. He is also past editor of the magazine Ballooning. Dick lives in the forested mountains of central New Mexico, enjoying retirement with his wife and two feral cats. 

Don Bendell

With a Masters degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University, 4-time Amazon best-selling western and military author Don Bendell has written 30 books with over 3,000,000 copies in print worldwide. He is a former US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) captain, and 100% disabled Vietnam veteran. Don is also a widely-read and controversial editorialist and has appeared on Fox News and many national radio shows, newspapers, and blogs and speaks all over the country. Though now retired from teaching, Don is a Grandmaster Instructor in 4 different martial arts and black sash instructor in Muay Thai kickboxing and 1995 inductee into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame.

Donna Lagone

Donna Lagone lives in upstate New York in a historic district “The Stockade” located in the city of Schenectady. Her home built in 1741, she finds wonderfully inspiring. Donna lives with, six spoiled cats, feral no more, and an exuberant French bulldog named Bella. She feels now is the time to put pen to parchment, writing the stories that swirl through her head at any given moment.

Dorothy McCoy

Dorothy McCoy has authored several books, all of which have been published. She worked in law enforcement as a South Carolina State Constable, taught in the South Carolina Justice Academy, created their Master Instructor Program, and worked briefly in the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Cold Case Squad.

Dusty Richards

Dusty Richards is the author of more than fifty Western novels written under both his own name and pseudonyms. He spent his youth in Arizona and has worked as a rancher, auctioneer, rodeo announcer, and TV anchor. Since retiring, he and his wife Pat have done extensive research on the Old West, accumulating a vast library of historical books, diaries, and papers.

E.C. Ayres

E.C. Ayres has a B.A. from Syracuse University. Ayres was a producer, writer and director of film and television programs and documentaries for over twenty years. Ayres moved to Florida’s Gulf Coast in 1989 to write mysteries with a Florida setting, and his first effort, Hour of the Manatee, won the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best First P.I. Novel competition in 1992. With his ensuing Tony Lowell Mysteries, Ayres was one of the originators of the eco-thriller genre, and in Tony Lowell, he invented the first “hip” private detective. He recently spent three years working and teaching in Harbin, China where he wrote and has now published a new memoir, Inside the New China.

Ed Gorman

Ed Gorman — SHAMUS, ANTHONY & ELLERY QUEEN AWARD-WINNING author Ed has worked in politics as both a speechwriter and a TV producer. He has won the Shamus, Anthony, Ellery Queen, Spur, and International Fiction Awards. He has been nominated twice for an Edgar and once for the Silver Dagger. His other work includes the Sam McCain series and the Jack Sawyer series. A feature film based on his novel The Poker Club is forthcoming.

Ellen Crosby

ELLEN CROSBY is the author of MOSCOW NIGHTS, which was originally published in the UK in 2000, and is based on her time as the Moscow correspondent for ABC News Radio in the waning years of the Soviet Union. She is also the author of the Virginia wine country mysteries and the Sophie Medina mysteries.

Eric Dean

Eric Dean is a published (but still aspiring) author, MMA personality, voice actor, YouTube and podcast host from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s loved to write since childhood, and considers it his passion, as well as the source of and cure for his every existential struggle. He hopes that others can connect with his work, and thereby with him, in a way that transcends space and time. You can read his words and follow his journey at EricWrites.com.

F.M. Parker

F.M. Parker has worked as a sheepherder, lumberman, sailor, geologist, and as a manager of wild horses, wild, free roaming buffalo and livestock grazing. For several years he was the manager of five million acres of Public Domain Land in eastern Oregon. His highly acclaimed novels include the Coldiron Series, and The Searcher, The Assassins, Predators and Prey, The Shadow Man.

Frank Gill Slaughter

Frank Gill Slaughter, pseudonym C.V. Terry, was an American bestselling novelist and physician whose books sold more than 60 million copies. His novels drew on his own experience as a doctor and reflected his interest in history and the Biblical world. He often introduced readers to exciting findings in medical research and new inventions in medical technology.

Frankie Y. Bailey

Frankie Y. Bailey is a mystery writer and a professor of criminal justice in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. She is a recipient of the George N. Dove award and of a Macavity Award for her nonfiction book, African American Mystery Writers. She also has been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Agatha awards for non-fiction. Her mystery fiction features amateur sleuth/crime historian Lizzie Stuart and police detective Hannah McCabe. She is a past Executive VP of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime.

Fred Riley

Fred Riley is a lifelong resident of the Boston area. He has worked a variety of jobs before becoming a lawyer including as a union shipbuilder working on the construction of naval war ships, a truck dock worker with the Teamster’s Union, a high school teacher and a university senior lecturer. His professional life as a lawyer has been split between being a prosecutor in Massachusetts as an assistant district attorney, an assistant attorney general which included Chief of the Criminal Bureau and a special assistant United States Attorney.

Fritz Leiber

Fritz Leiber is considered one of science fiction’s legends. The author of a remarkable number of stories and novels, many of which were made into films. He is best known as the creator of the classic Lankhmar fantasy series, and has won numerous awards including the coveted Hugo and Nebula, and was honored as a lifetime Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He died in 1992.

George T. Arnold

George T. Arnold, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University where he taught news and feature writing, language skills, ethics, and law for 36 years. He worked full-time for seven years as a newspaper reporter to finance bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marshall, and he holds a doctorate in journalism and mass communications from Ohio University.

Gerald Hausman

Gerald Hausman, folklorist and author, has edited numerous anthologies including Tunkashila which The New York Times called “An eloquent tribute to the first great storytellers of America.” Gerald’s awards include those from the American Folklore Society, Children’s Protective Services, Bank Street College of Education, the National Council of Social Studies, and the International Reading Association. He has spoken at The Kennedy Center, Fordham University and on National Public Radio. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Geraldine Harris

Geraldine Harris is an author (of both fiction and non-fiction) and an Egyptologist. She has taught courses on myth and magic at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

Geri Spieler

Geri Spieler is an investigative journalist and award-winning speaker who has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, Westways, and was a featured correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Greg Hunt

Over the past forty years Greg Hunt has published over 20 Western, frontier, and historical novels. A lifelong writer in many guises, he has also worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, a technical and free-lance writer, and a marketing analyst. Greg served in Vietnam as an intelligence agent and Vietnamese linguist with the 101st Airborne Division and the 23rd Infantry Division. Many of his novels have been set in Western locales, but he has also written extensively about the Civil War in his home state of Missouri.

Hawk MacKinney

With postgraduate degrees and faculty positions in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. His professional writing includes articles on chordate neuroembryology, and aerospace research on muscle metabolic behavior in multi-orbital environments. In addition, Hawk has authored several works of fiction, including his Cairns of Sainctuarie Science Fiction Series and his Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series which have received national and international attention.

Priscilla Rosado-Cruz

Jordan Keller is a Cincinnati-based writer whose love for stories started at a young age when she preferred to write in a spiral-bound notebook than play outside at recess.

Ian Rankin

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin (aka Jack Harvey) graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

Ian Slater

Thriller writer Ian Slater lives with his wife in Vancouver, Canada. Born in Australia in 1941, he worked for the Australian navy as a cipher clerk in that country’s Department of External Affairs, and as a defense officer in the Australian Joint Intelligence Bureau during the Cold War. After leaving Australia for further adventures he became a marine geology technician with New Zealand’s Institute of Oceanography, undertaking many voyages in the Tasman Sea, the southwest Pacific and Sub Antarctic, and later in the northeastern Pacific for the Institute of Oceanography at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Ivan Blake

Ivan’s books have received Eric Hoffer and Readers Favorite awards and five star ratings exclusively from Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review and Readers Favorite. Since childhood Ivan has enjoyed reading and writing works of horror and the fantastical—probably because of the Druids’ blood that flows in his veins.

J.L. Crafts

J.L. Crafts was raised on the outskirts of a very large city in Southern California. Thankfully, back in those days, the very distant outskirts of that city still included open spaces and small ranches. As a young boy, he worked wrangling horses on one of those ranches learning to rope, ride, and train one of the most magnificent animals our planet has to offer. Those early years created a lifelong connection with not only horses but with the West of the 1800’s. College led to law school followed by over thirty years of trying cases to juries up and down the state of California. Speaking to juries in a simple directness, he did what he could to elicit facts and arguments wherever possible through stories of life in the saddle and open spaces. He now spends his days creating those stories on the page and enjoys every minute of it.

J. Rodney Tafoya

J. Rodney Tafoya—Now the author of his first book—Ageless Arm—baseball has played a huge role in Rod’s colorful career, but never secondary to education and family.

Jack Hillman

A lifelong Pennsylvania resident, Jack Hillman began a love of books sitting amid the mystery of hospitals and medical paraphernalia. Mythology of all cultures and a fascination with martial philosophies led to King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and an array of science fiction and fantasy authors that had a strong impact on his life. Real life got in the way of a writing career to start, but thirty years in the life and medical insurance field led Jack to a job as a stringer for local newspapers and writing for medical and insurance journals. In addition to years in the insurance field Jack also has over fifteen years experience as a journalist and freelance writer, and has even won a Keystone Press Award (1998) for his journalistic efforts. Jack has written on a wide variety of subjects and keeps his hand in medical and insurance matters on a daily basis.

Jacque Rosman

Jacque Rosman (Jacqueline Corcoran) lives outside Washington D.C. with her husband, two children, and two adopted cats. She is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a psychotherapist at Arlington Behavior Therapy. She is the author of A SURREALIST AFFAIR. MURDER IN GEORGETOWN is the first in the Academic Mom Mystery Series.

James D. Crownover

James D. Crownover grew up in the woods and on the streams of central Arkansas. He spent many days walking the fields and picking up arrowheads and other artifacts, possibly some of them left by his ancestors. Jim has a keen interest in history, especially that of the West and Southwest. Early on, he became interested in the everyday activities of the pioneers, Indians, and explorers and the oral histories of their adventures. Upon retirement as a Civil Engineer, he began writing a historical novel about four generations of a mixed Cherokee family that migrates from Tennessee to New Mexico Territory in the nineteenth century. The results of this work were four books. The first book is Wild Ran the Rivers, which in 2015 won two Western Writers of America Spurs for best historical novel and best first novel. It is about Mississippi River pirates and slavery and the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812.

James Duermeyer

Author James Duermeyer is a versatile writer and has written in non-fiction, historical fiction, and the Western genre. He is a member of the Western Writers of America, and his Western novels include the Marshal Nathan Wolf series comprised of award winning Trail of the Outlaw and award winning Singing Creek. His other novels are Heroes in Obscurity, award-winning Flint Bluff, Market Time Conspiracy, The Capture of the USS Pueblo: The Incident, the Aftermath, and the Motives of North Korea.

James Lovegrove

James Lovegrove is the author of more than 50 books, including The Hope, Days, Untied Kingdom, Provender Gleed, the New York Times bestselling Pantheon series, the Redlaw novels and the Dev Harmer Missions. He has produced four Sherlock Holmes novels and is working on a Holmes/Lovecraft mashup trilogy, Cthulhu Casebooks: The Shadwell Shadows, The Miskatonic Monstrosities and The Sussex Sea-devils. He has sold well over 50 short stories and published two collections, Imagined Slights and Diversifications. He has produced a dozen short books for readers with reading difficulties, and a four-volume fantasy saga for teenagers, The Clouded World, under the pseudonym Jay Amory.

James Rouch

James Rouch has been a full-time author for thirty years. In that time he has had fourteen books published. Three of them are novels of the Second World War. TIGER, set in Northern France during the breakout from the Normandy beachhead. THE WAR MACHINES, set in North Africa and GATEWAY TO HELL, dealing with the fighting for Monte Cassino in Italy. They were all published in the UK and the USA by major publishers and all went to reprints with translation rights sold in Spain and many other countries.

James V. Irving

James V. Irving was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA), where he majored in English. He holds a law degree from the College of William and Mary and is a member of the bars of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Massachusetts. After completing his undergraduate studies at UVA, Mr. Irving spent two years employed as a private detective in Northern Virginia, where he pursued wayward spouses, located skips, investigated insurance claims and handled criminal investigations. In his early years as a lawyer, he practiced criminal law, which along with his investigative experience and trial work, informs this fictional account of Joth Proctor, an under-employed criminal defense lawyer faced with spiraling personal and professional challenges which put his livelihood, and ultimately his personal freedom, at risk.

Jasmine Cresswell

USA TODAY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR Jasmine Cresswell was born in England, and now spends her time in Sarasota, Florida with her husband Malcolm Candish. Jasmine has been writing since 1975 and has published over 50 novels, with 9 million copies of her books in print.

Jay Brandon

Jay Brandon (Jay Robert Brandon) is the author of twelve critically-acclaimed novels, including the Edgar Award-nominated Fade the Heat. As an attorney, Brandon has practiced at the highest criminal court in Texas, the Court of Criminal Appeals. He continues to practice family and criminal law. Brandon lives in San Antonio with his wife and three children.

Jeanne Mackin

Jeanne Mackin is the author of several historical novels. Her most recent is The Beautiful American. She has worked as a journalist for several publications, and as a university research and science writer. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, with her husband, artist Steve Poleskie. Jeanne was the recipient of a creative writing fellow.

Jeannette Remak

Jeannette Remak is a military aviation historian, researcher, author, and artist. She served as the Aircraft Historian for the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum for six years and aided the National Museum of the USAF in the restoration of the A-12 Blackbird. She has worked as a consultant for a number of Aviation Museums including the National Museum of the USAF. She holds a master’s degree in Aviation Science and a degree in Commercial Photography. Ms. Remak is also an aviation artist which has a number of paintings in the Air Force Art Program including paintings in the book: “Magnificent Showcase—The History of the USAF Art Program” by Dr. Timothy Keck.

Jennifer Brozek

Jennifer Brozek is a multi-talented, award-winning author, editor, and media tie-in writer. She is the author of Never Let Me Sleep and The Last Days of Salton Academy, both of which were nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. Her BattleTech tie-in novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, won a Scribe Award.

Jerry Ahern

Jerry Ahern (Axel Kilgore) is a science fiction and action author best known for his post-apocalyptic survivalist series The Survivalist. These pulp novels have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide. He also authored the gut-wrenching, action packed series, “They Call Me the Mercenary” under the pseudonym Axel Kilgore. Along with his wife, Sharon, he is co-author of over eighty internationally-published novels.

Jerry Kennealy

Jerry Kennealy has worked as a police officer, as well as a licensed private investigator, adding great authenticity to his novels. Besides the Polo mysteries, two of which have been nominated for Shamus Awards, he’s written several non-series thrillers lately. He’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Private Eye Writers of America.

Jim Jones

Jim Jones is the author of five novels set in northern New Mexico in the late 1800s: The Lights of Cimarron, The Big Empty, and the Jared Delaney series, including Rustler’s Moon, Colorado Moon and Waning Moon. His songs and books are about the West … cowboys, horses and cattle, cattle rustlers, the coming of the train … songs about people and land, rivers and mountains, the beauty of the Western sky. Jim has produced 10 Western/Folk albums and three award-winning children’s character education videos. He was the Western Music Association’s 2014 Male Performer of the Year and winner of the International Western Music Association 2019 Song of the Year, Academy of Western Artists 2016 Western Song of the Year and Western Writers of America 2013 and 2017 Spur Awards for Best Western Song.

Jo Bannister

The author of more than twenty acclaimed novels, Jo Bannister started her career as a journalist on a local weekly paper. Shortlisted for various prestigious awards, she held the post of editor at The County Down Spectator for several years before leaving to pursue her writing full time. She lives in Northern Ireland.

Joe Moore

Joe Moore is a former marketing and communications executive and two-time EMMY® winner with 25 years’ experience in the television postproduction industry. He has written articles for national and international trade magazines covering the field of professional sound recording and video. As a freelance writer, he reviewed fiction for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Florida Times-Union, and the Tampa Tribune. Joe is president emeritus of the International Thriller Writers. He writes full time from his home on the banks of the Blackwater River near Pensacola, FL.

John Ball

The son of a scientist, John Ball was born in Schenectady, New York, and grew up in Milwaukee. He attended Carroll College in Wisconsin. He subsequently worked as a science staff writer on Fortune, a music critic and feature writer for the Brooklyn Eagle, a daily columnist on the New York World-Telegram & Sun, a broadcaster for a Washington radio station, and a Director of Public Relations for the Institute of Aerospace Sciences.

John D. Nesbitt

John D. Nesbitt lives in the plains country of Wyoming, where he teaches English and Spanish at Eastern Wyoming College. His literary articles, book reviews, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. In western fiction, his area of main emphasis, he has had six short story collections, two contemporary western novels, and more than fifteen traditional western novels published in various hardbound, large print, audio, and mass market paperback editions.

John DeDakis

Journalist, Novelist, and Writing Coach John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis (pronounced deh-DAY-kiss) is the author of five novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. His fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, is the winner of Reviewers Choice, Foreword INDIES, and Feathered Quill book awards. The book deals, in part, with the death of John’s 22-year-old son Stephen in 2011. In John’s most recent novel, Fake, Lark is a White House correspondent dealing with “fake news” in the era of #MeToo. Kirkus Reviews calls Fake “A gripping, topical tale about the difficulties of discerning the truth.”

John Hafnor

John Hafnor’s Lakota Cowboy is his debut novel, and follows a series of non-fiction titles. He launched the “strange history” book phenomenon in 1982 with Black Hills Believables. Later came Strange But True America, Strange But True Colorado, Trekking the Last Badland, and the German-language Wahres aus dem Wilden Westen. Hafnor lives in Colorado, splitting time between Fort Collins and a writer’s cabin on a high mountain lake.He is married and has three grown sons.

John Lutz

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR John Lutz’s work includes political suspense, private eye novels, urban suspense, humor, occult, crime caper, police procedural, espionage, historical, futuristic, amateur detective, thriller; virtually every mystery sub-genre. He is the author of more than forty novels and over 200 short stories and articles. His novels and short fiction have been translated into almost every language and adapted for almost every medium.

John McKinna

Before his untimely death in 2016 John McKinna was an Underwater Technical Supervisor and Operations Manager, responsible for overseeing upkeep of the main structure and support systems of the Key Largo Undersea Park home of Jules’ Undersea Lodge. A former offshore commercial diver of twenty years’ experience, he came on the Jules’/KLUP team as an adjunct to his primary line of work, that of internationally-known novelist and local musician. Like his wife Teresa, he was an avid free-diver, spearfisherman, lobster hunter, and cruising sailor. RIP John McKinna.

John Tanner

I’m 49 years old and going on old. And I don’t mean this in a depressing way, just a message that I understand the path that each of us must follow, that is if we are lucky enough to manage to get this far. With age, comes a bit of enlightenment, a bit of introspection, and perhaps a few humorous glances backwards at our former selves as the demanding, self-righteous and unerring young adults we all were. Or perhaps it was just I? I love to read. I read like I eat, voraciously. I collect First Edition books and have surrounded myself in a large library full of them and then I go into phases where I won’t touch a book for a month. Maybe I think I will gain knowledge by osmosis.

Jonathan Aycliffe

Jonathan Aycliffe (aka Daniel Easterman) was born in Belfast in 1949. He studied English, Persian, Arabic and Islamic studies at the universities of Dublin, Edinburgh and Cambridge, and lectured at the universities of Fez in Morocco and Newcastle upon Tyne. The author of several successful full-length ghost stories, he lives in the north of England with his wife, homeopath and health writer, Beth MacEoin. He also writes as Daniel Easterman, under which name he has penned nine bestselling novels.

Jonathan Herbert

Jonathan Herbert is a freelance writer and novelist. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Englewood, Florida. He has been the recipient of many literary awards, including honors in the William Faulkner Literary Competition, Great Midwest Book Festival, and Paris Book Festival. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati, he studied literature and film in Los Angeles. He then created a Florida fiction series based on an impassioned young journalist, Butch Sands, and his unpredictable life on Pedro Island. Herbert currently lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Angela and their children, Hannah and Luke.

Jordan S. Keller

Jordan Keller is a Cincinnati-based writer whose love for stories started at a young age when she preferred to write in a spiral-bound notebook than play outside at recess.

Jory Sherman

Jory Sherman (Cort Martin) began his literary career as a poet in San Francisco’s famed North Beach in the late 1950s, during the heyday of the Beat Generation. His poetry and short stories were widely published in literary journals when he began writing commercial fiction. He has won numerous awards for his poetry and prose and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Letters for his novel, Grass Kingdom. He won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America for The Medicine Horn. He has also won a number of awards from the Missouri Writers Guild, and other organizations.

Joseph A. Ventolo, Jr

Joseph A. Ventolo, Jr. is the former curator of the US Air Force Museum (now the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force), having retired on January 3, 1998. Military Service: In November 1959 Ventolo joined the 269th Comm Sqn., Ohio Air National Guard, Springfield, OH. In February 1960 entered basic training at Lackland AFB, TX, and in April, transferred to Keesler AFB, MS, completed basic training there, and attended ground radio maintenance school at Keesler Technical Training Center. After graduation in November 1960, he returned to the 269th Comm. Sqn. and served four years as a Ground Radio Equipment Repairman, attaining the rank of Senior Airman. In 1965, he received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Ohio Air National Guard, and was assigned to Headquarters, 251st Comm. Gp., Springfield, OH, as a communications officer.

J.R. Roberts

J.R. Roberts (Robert J. Randisi) is an American author who writes in the Detective and Western genres. He has authored more than 500 published books and has edited more than 30 anthologies of short stories. Booklist magazine said he “may be the last of the pulp writers.

Judy Alter

A novelist and author of books for both adults and young readers, Spur Award winner Judy Alter writes most often about women and girls of the American West. Her most recent nonfiction titles are the nonfiction Extraordinary Explorers and Adventurers and Great Women of the American West. Her novel about Etta Place entitled Sundance, Butch, and Me was published in 2002. Sam Houston is My Hero, a young-adult novel about the Runaway Scrape during the Texas Revolution, was published in 2003.

Justine Davis

Justine Davis (Dare) was born during a snowstorm in Iowa but raised in sunny California. She began working right out of school. She worked in law enforcement which she found exciting and never, ever boring. She didn’t think seriously about writing for several years.

Karen Hanson Stuyck

Karen Hanson Stuyck is the author of eight mystery novels: Death by Dumpster, Do You Remember Me Now?, A Novel Way to Die, Fit to Die, Cry for Help, Held Accountable, and Lethal Lessons. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, an editor, and a public relations writer for hospitals and a mental health institution. Her short stories have been published in Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s World, and other magazines. She lives with her husband in Houston.

Kathleen Morris

Critically acclaimed author Kathleen Morris is an aficionado of history, and has lived all over the West, from Seattle to Phoenix and points between. She resides in Phoenix and loves the desert Southwest, especially following in the footsteps of the people she writes about. A graduate of Prescott College in Arizona, she firmly believes the key to good historical fiction is diligent research about the places and people she writes about. The Lily of the West is the winner of the 2019 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker award for Best First Western Novel as well as a finalist for Best Western Novel. Kathlelen’s short story “Mary Mary Quite Contrary” is included in the anthology Contention, and her novel, The Transformation of Chastity James is coming in March 2021.

Keith John Taylor

Keith John Taylor has won two Ditmar awards for achievement in Australian science fiction, for Bard (1982) and Bard III: The Wild Sea (1987). He has also written as Dennis More.

Kenneth Abel

Kenneth Abel is the author of the highly-praised Bait and The Blue Wall. Down in the Flood is his third in the critically-acclaimed Danny Chaisson thriller series; previous titles include Cold Steel Rain and The Burying Field. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Kevin D. Randle

Kevin D. Randle is a retired lieutenant colonel who served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and in Iraq as a battalion intelligence officer. He began writing for UFO magazines and has been a professional writer for nearly 30 years with published works that include science fiction, action/adventure, techno-thrillers and over 20 books of non-fiction. He holds four degrees including a Ph.D. in psychology and a Masters of Art in Military studies. Given his military background and 27 years of service, he is considered an expert on military matters.

L. Sydney Abel

L. Sydney Abel is the pen name of Lawrence Abel. The name was inspired by L. Frank Baum; the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Lawrence was born and raised in Kingston upon Hull, England. He is married and has two grown-up children. He attended Hull College, where he qualified as an Electronics Engineer. As a young aspiring musician, Lawrence composed the lyrics to his own music, progressing into the recording studio.

Larry Belling

Larry Belling’s creative history includes playwright and former writer/producer of Clio award-winning advertising campaigns for clients including American Express, Greenpeace (Save the Whales) and The African Wildlife Foundation (Save the Elephants). His first play, a dark comedy called “Stroke of Luck,” was a success at the Park Theatre in London, which has optioned three of his one-act plays for next season under the title “For Art’s Sake.”

Larry Maness

Larry Maness is the author of two books of plays and four novels. 3 Plays was introduced by Pulitzer prize-winner, William Inge. His plays “War Rabbit” and “Bailey” both premiered in New York City at The American Theatre of Actors. His first novel, Nantucket Revenge, is called “The best beach read since Jaws” according to Florida Crime Writers author Steve Glassman. His second novel, A Once Perfect Place, is included in the Literature of Social Change collection at Duke University.

Linda Berry

Linda Berry’s Trudy Roundtree novels are set in rural south Georgia, but Linda lives in Colorado, where she’s a community arts activist and an insatiable theatregoer. Other published credits include poetry, plays, preschool currriculum, and a newspaper entertainment column.

Lisa Sherman

Lisa has always had a passion for stories and the fictional worlds created by her favorite authors. Her love of words led her to pursue a BA in English Literature as an undergraduate. Her interest in jurisprudence led her to law school, where she attained her Juris Doctor degree. Later, Lisa rounded out her love of writing by obtaining an MFA. Lisa has always been fascinated with the “why” behind people’s actions. As a writer of psychological thrillers and women’s fiction, she hopes readers will enjoy getting a sneak peek into what makes her characters act the way they do, especially when faced with challenging or extraordinary situations.

Lori Herter

Lori Herter grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus, and worked for several years at the Chicago Association of Commerce & Industry. She married her husband, Jerry, a CPA, and they moved to Southern California a few decades ago. They still live there with their cat, Jasmine. They have traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Tahiti. Lori’s favorite destination of all is Ireland. Over several trips to Ireland she has visited all parts of the island, both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Delving into Celtic legends and Celtic Spirituality has been a special interest of Lori’s in recent years, and is reflected in her novel THE THIN PLACE.

Luis Figueredo

Luis Figueredo was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He completed his undergraduate degree in History from Brandeis University in Massachusetts and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. He is a partner in the Miami office of an international law firm. His first novel Dime was published in 2020. In the first book of the Pierce Evangelista series, Pierce Evangelista, a sharp-witted, Harvard-educated lawyer is drawn into the brutal and violent power struggle between the Venezuelan drug cartel and the DEA. Figueredo’s second book, Breaking Arrows, was published in 2022. In this installment, after the senseless death of an eight-year-old Indian boy, Evangelista fights for the rights of an impoverished tribe against the State of Oklahoma and the federal government. The third book in the Pierce Evangelista series, When Canaries Die, Pierce confronts a different kind of killer with thousands of lives hanging in the balance. When Canaries Die will be released later this year. 

Lyle Brandt

“Lyle Brandt” is the pen name of longtime author Michael Newton, used so far on eighteen Western novels published by Berkley Books. The three Berkley series include five novels starring gunfighter Matthew Price, eleven featuring U.S. Marshal Jack Slade, and two recounting the post-Civil War adventures of U.S. Secret Service agent Gideon Ryder. Several Slade novels have been honored with awards or nominations as best novels in their respective years of publication. Hanging Judge was a finalist in the 2010 Western Writers of America’s Spur Awards. Manhunt won the 2010 Peacemaker Award from the Western Fictioneers. Avenging Angels was a 2010 finalist in the same category and was also a finalist for the 2011 Best Original Mass Market Paperback for the WWA’s Spur Awards. Blood Trails was nominated for the 2011 WWA’s Spur Awards for Best Western Novel.

Lynn Sholes

As a native Floridian, Lynn Sholes was intrigued by the prehistoric people of Florida which birthed the seed ideas of her first six novels while writing as Lynn Armistead McKee. Now writing as Lynn Sholes, she has teamed up with Joe Moore writing international bestselling thrillers. Lynn has presented numerous fiction writing workshops and has been a writing trainer and coach for schools in Broward and Citrus County, Florida. She now writes full-time from her home in the Sunshine State.

Maan Meyers

Maan Meyers is the pseudonym for the husband/wife team of Martin and Annette Meyers writing together. Annette Meyers has had many years of experience working on Wall Street, and was assistant to Broadway director/producer Hal Prince for sixteen years. Martin Meyers was an actor who appeared on Broadway and in film and television. Together and individually, they have written mystery short stories and novels. Annette resides in New York City.

Mack Maloney

Mack Maloney (Brian Kelleher) has written more than 50 novels including the best-selling Wingman series and the Codename Starman military mysteries, as well as three nonfiction books, Mack Maloney’s Haunted Universe, Beyond Area 51 and UFOs in Wartime. Mack is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio show and podcast “Mack Maloney’s Military X-Files.”

MacKinlay Kantor

MacKinlay Kantor was born in Webster City, Iowa, in 1904. He began to write seriously at sixteen, became a newspaper reporter at seventeen, and published his first book at twenty-three. Over the next half-century, he went on to produce more than forty works including novels, short story collections, novels in verse, novellas, histories and children’s books. His best-selling historical novel, Andersonville, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1956. MacKinlay Kantor’s other accomplishments included Hollywood screenwriting, patrolling the streets with the N.Y.P.D., and combat correspondence (RAF and USAF) in two wars, for which he was awarded the Medal of Freedom.

Marc Zappulla

Marc Zappulla is an American author from the Boston suburb of Medford, Massachusetts. He has worked as a ghostwriter for celebrity figures such as Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Gerry Cheevers, and former MLB strength and conditioning coach Brian McNamee. He was inspired to write his first novel The Last Longshoreman by his father’s thirty-year career as a longshoreman. Zappulla currently lives in Boston.

Marcia Muller

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MARCIA MULLER has written many novels and short stories. Her novel Wolf in the Shadows won the Anthony Boucher Award. The recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award—their highest accolade—she lives in northern California with her husband, mystery writer Bill Pronzini.

Mardi Oakley Medawar

Mardi Oakley Medawar is the daughter of an Eastern Band Cherokee father and Louisiana French mother. Her first novel, The Glory Days of Buffalo Egbert, published under the title, People of The Whistling Waters, was written for her father while he was undergoing treatments for cancer. Her father enjoyed reading but didn’t care much for historical fiction because he didn’t like the way Indian people were portrayed. Mardi decided to write a book for him, handing him a new chapter after each treatment. He lived long enough to finish the final chapter and then challenged Mardi to have the book published. It took four years to keep that promise. At the awards banquet, when the novel won Best First Novel of the Year from Western Writers of America, Mardi accepted the award in the name of her father, Walter Allen Oakley.

Mark C. Jackson

Originally from Oklahoma, Mark C. Jackson is the author of the Americana Historical Fiction Series The Tales of Zebadiah Creed that includes An Eye for an Eye, (his first book and winner of the American Fiction Award for best Historical/Adventure, 2018), his second novel, The Great Texas Dance, and the third book of the trilogy, Blue Rivers of Heaven. He wrote the four-part series Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid for the acclaimed podcast Legends of the Old West. Mark is also an award-winning songwriter and composer who resides in Chula Vista, California with his wife Judy, their cat Mr. Kitty, and their dog Hazel Nut. 

Mark E. Scott

Mark E. Scott is a recovering banker living in downtown Cincinnati. In various work iterations he has, in no particular order, served in the U.S. Navy, flipped steaks at a chain restaurant, waited tables, repossessed cars, and delivered boat propellers to boat shops. For reasons not always clear, along the way Mark tried his hand at full-contact Kung Fu fighting, a sport at which he was mediocre at best. More productively, he also managed to obtain undergrad and graduate degrees in secondary education and business, respectively, the latter being the most useful of the two.

Mark (M.L.) Hoffman

Mark (M.L.) Hoffman grew up in New Jersey, in a small town called Fairlawn. He found sports to be his first love, followed by competitive bodybuilding, and then, believe it or not, writing poetry. Although he has been writing poetry on and off since high school, he has only dedicated his full attention and time to it for about the last two years or so. Once his father passed away, he promised himself not to take life for granted, and decided right then to devote all his time and energy into what he loves most-writing poetry.

Mark Warren

Mark Warren owns and runs nationally renowned Medicine Bow Wilderness School in the Southern Appalachians of Dahlonega, GA where he teaches nature classes and primitive skills of the Cherokee. Mark has taught survival courses to thousands of schools and groups all over the country. In 1980, the National Wildlife Federation honored Mark as Georgia’s Conservation Educator of the Year. In 1998 he became the U.S. National Champion in whitewater canoeing, and in 1999, he won the World Championship Longbow title. Another passion for Mark has been researching the West for more than 60 years. He has presented as a western historian at top western museums around the country.

Martha C. Lawrence

Martha C. Lawrence has worked as a book editor, a professional astrologer, and a business writer. She is the creator of ‘Dr. Elizabeth Chase’, P.I. and parapsychologist in San Diego, California.

Martha Tolles

Martha Tolles is the author of the popular Katie/Darci series published by Scholastic. They have sold over two million copies. The first Katie book was published in 1965 by Thos. Nelson and titled Too Many Boys. It was inspired by her family since she and her lawyer husband had five sons and one daughter. The book was later re-titled and published by Scholastic in 1974 as Katie and Those Boys. Two others followed, Katie for President in 1976 and in 1984 Katie’s Babysitting Job. The Darci series came next and included Who’s Reading Darci’s Diary and Darci and the Dance Contest, both published by Lodestar/Dutton and later Scholastic. Two of her titles, Darci in Cabin 13 and Marrying off Mom, were selected for the IRA Children’s Choice list.

Martin Guinness

Martin Guinness began his writing career at the age of 7, dictating a 1½-page play to his father. Since then he has written other plays, advertising copy, poetry, numerous film screenplays, many love letters and much fiction. Melting is his second novel. He is currently working on his third novel.

Martin Meyers

Martin Meyers was an actor and writer. He also wrote together with his wife Annette Meyers under the name ‘Maan Meyers’. Mr. Meyers passed away in early 2015.

Mary K. Johnson

Mary K. Johnson was born in Oxford, Mississippi, but during first grade, after her parents moved the family to Memphis, Tennessee where she grew up. She is the youngest of eight siblings and describes a great life growing up as a tomboy, playing baseball and climbing to the tops of trees to look down on everyone. After school in the evenings, she would do homework while watching TV. Though shy as Mary was for many years, one year in Junior High, she did find the nerve to perform in a Spelling Bee, but didn’t win, but enjoyed just the thought of having been there.

Matt Braun

Matt Braun is the author of fifty-six novels and books. He has been published in fourteen countries with over 40,000,000 copies in print worldwide. He is the winner of the Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for his novel, The Kincaids, as well as a winner of the Owen Wister Award For Lifetime Achievement from the WRA and the Festival of the West Cowboy Spirit Award.

Matt Scott

Matt Scott has a bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College, a liberal arts institution in Virginia, where he majored in history and political science. General Sam Wilson, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was president of the college at the time and he hooked Matt into the world of espionage. During his subsequent studies, Matt became fascinated by the CIA and read dozens of non-fiction books related to Middle East politics, including spy craft, the CIA’s war against terrorism, and tales of clandestine spies, agency directors and double agents.

Matthew J. Flynn

Matthew J. Flynn is a prominent lawyer, politician, and former Naval Officer. His career in politics and service in the Navy have given him an insight into how our government and our enemies operate. He uses this perspective as an inspiration for his thrillers. Flynn lives with his wife in Milwaukee.

Matthew J. Flynn

Matthew J. Flynn is a prominent lawyer, politician, and former Naval Officer. His career in politics and service in the Navy have given him an insight into how our government and our enemies operate. He uses this perspective as an inspiration for his thrillers. Flynn lives with his wife in Milwaukee.

Max McCoy

Max McCoy is an award-winning author and journalist. He’s written four original Indiana Jones adventures for Lucasfilm, the critically acclaimed thriller The Moon Pool, and the Hellfire western noir trilogy. Damnation Road, the last book in the trilogy, won the 2011 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for Best Novel. Hellfire Canyon, the first book in the trilogy, also won the Spur and was named a Kansas Notable Book.

Melody Groves

New Mexico native Melody Groves lives the life of a full-time freelance writer. She travels the world, meets amazing people, and writes about it all. Born and raised in Las Cruces, southern New Mexico, she spent a few years “growing up” on Guam and in the Philippines.

Micah S. Hackler

Micah S. Hackler, originally from a small Kansas farming community, was the son of an exploration geologist. The family moved often, living in Colorado, Ohio and Oklahoma, just to name a few states. He always loved the Rocky Mountains. A family trip to Mesa Verde in 1965 started a life-long interest in the Pueblo Indian culture. He resolved to one day be a writer after consuming every novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Micah T. Dank

Micah T. Dank was born in 1983 in Oceanside New York. From a young age he had wanted to be a writer, coming from a family of writers. His father was a producer and radio news editor at CBS News in Manhattan and his grandfather was a Producer at CBS News. Micah was an actor in High School and became interested in writing from his 12th grade English teacher Russell Reid.

Michael Zimmer

Michael Zimmer writes Western and historical fiction. His work has been praised by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Historical Novel Society, and others. Born in Indiana, and raised there and in Colorado, Zimmer now resides in Utah with his wife, Vanessa.

Nadine Haruni

Nadine Haruni is the award-winning author of The Hat Diaries™ middle-grade fantasy series and the Freeda the Frog™ children’s books. THE HAT DIARIES The Secret Life of Ryan Rigbee is the first book in The Hat Diaries™ trilogy. The Hat Diaries™ collection is written for teens and adults, expanding readers’ imaginations as they enter Ryan’s secret world. The Freeda the Frog™ books focus on acceptance for every type of family and comfort children as they experience real-life situations. Nadine frequently does author events, radio & TV interviews, and podcasts; she is also a practicing attorney and Certified yoga instructor and the proud mother of a blended family of five children.

Nina Romano

Nina Romano earned an M.A. from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University. After residing twenty years in Italy, she settled in southern Florida where she was an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL.

Olga Bicos

Given her background, it’s no wonder Olga Bicos is s a suspense novelist now—intrigue has run rampant in her life. Born in Cuba, she and her parents fled to the United States when Olga was just five years old. Her uncle, however, was part of an underground organization attempting to overthrow Castro. He was captured and held as a political prisoner for 15 years.

P.M. Griffin

Pauline Griffin (1947 – 2020) was born with an Irish love of storytelling. By combining that with her passion for research, she broke onto the science fiction scene in 1986 with the first of the Star Commandos series and later co-wrote three novels with Andre Norton.

Paula Gunn Allen

Paula Gunn Allen, award-winning American Indian scholar and poet, passed away at her home in Ft. Bragg, California, on May 29, 2008, after a prolonged illness. She was 68 years old. Family and friends surrounded her at the time of her passing. Born Paula Marie Francis, in 1939, she grew up on the Cubero land grant in New Mexico, the daughter of former Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico Elias Lee Francis and Ethel Francis.

Phil Elmore

Phil Elmore lives and works in Upstate New York. The author of 22 different Mack Bolan, Stony Man, and Executioner novels for Gold Eagle/Worldwide Library, Phil has also written and ghost-written a variety of science fiction and action novels. Phil is the Senior Editor for League Entertainment, an IP development firm based in Florida.

R. Douglas Clark

R. Douglas Clark was born in Vermont, grew up in Colorado, attended college in Chicago, and received a Master’s degree in music from Brown University. Seeing no future for himself in academia, he spent a year in the Oregon woods, living in a primitive cabin, writing music reviews and cultural commentary for magazines and newspapers.

Ralph Valentino

After a career in business, Ralph Valentino helped found a literary agency, Cambridge Literary. During this venture he helped sell books to every major publisher in the country. He himself, has written five books, one of which, The Wife’s Gift, was critically acclaimed as, “One of the best books to emerge from the Vietnam War.”

Randy Shamlian

Randy Shamlian wrote a culinary memoir, A Slice of Apple Pie, that is often times tongue-in-cheek about his life growing up in New Jersey and California and his exposure to a variety of cultural foods, which influenced his career choices as a baker, pastry chef and business owner. He explores his life choices that he made with an occasional blunder.

Ray Dan Parker

A writer, lecturer and consultant, Ray Dan Parker lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife of more than forty years. When not writing, he spends his time working outdoors, teaching and serving in his community.

Ray Garton

Ray Garton is the author of close to sixty books, including horror novels such as Live Girls (which has a movie in the works), Crucifax Autumn, and The Folks; thrillers like Trade Secrets and Shackled; and numerous short stories and novellas.

Rich Meyrick

Richard Sapir wrote five novels: Bressio (1975), The Far Arena (1978), The Body (1983), Spies (1984), and Quest (1987), a modern day search for the Holy Grail.

Richard Hoyt

Richard Hoyt graduated from the University of Oregon. After graduating from the U.S. Army Intelligence School in Ft. Holabird, Maryland, he served as a counterintelligence agent then returned to Oregon to earn a master’s degree. A fellow of the Washington Journalism Center, he worked as a Washington correspondent for The Oregonian and other Pacific Northwest newspapers.

Richard Sapir

Richard Sapir wrote five novels: Bressio (1975), The Far Arena (1978), The Body (1983), Spies (1984), and Quest (1987), a modern day search for the Holy Grail.

Robert Bausch

Robert Bausch was born in Georgia, at the end of World War II, and was raised in the Washington, D.C., area. He has worked as a salesman—of automobiles, appliances, and hardware—a taxi driver, waiter, production planner, and library assistant. He was educated at George Mason University, earning a BA, an MA and an MFA, and he says he has been a writer all his life. He spent time in the military teaching survival, and worked his way through college.

Robert J Conley

ROBERT J. CONLEY was a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees and the author of over forty books and the recipient of three Spur Awards.

Robert J. Randisi

Robert J. Randisi (J.R. Roberts) is an American author who writes in the Detective and Western genres. He has authored more than 500 published books and has edited more than 30 anthologies of short stories. Booklist magazine said he “may be the last of the pulp writers.”

Robert Mayer

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Robert Mayer attended the City College of NY, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After a brief stint at the Washington Post, he joined the staff of Newsday. He spent ten years there, six as a reporter and four as the paper’s New York City columnist.

Robert (R.G.) Yoho

Robert (R.G.) Yoho is a West Virginia native with a passion for history and tales of the American West. Raised on a cattle farm, he is the prolific author of multiple Western novels, along with works of fiction and nonfiction. Yoho is a former president of the West Virginia Writers. Living with his wife near the banks of the Ohio River, Yoho is also a proud member of the Western Writers of America. To learn more about him and his work, go to: www.RGYoho.com.

Robert Rayner

A transplant from England to New Brunswick, Canada, via the island of Newfoundland, writer, musician, photographer and teacher Robert Rayner is the author of three adult novels, nine young adult novels, and four teen novels. His stories have been shortlisted in Canada for the Brimer Prize and (four times) for the Hackmatack Award.

Robert Westbrook

Robert Westbrook is the author of two critically-acclaimed mystery series, including Ancient Enemy, nominated for a Shamus Award as the Best P.I. Novel of 2002, and Intimate Lies, a memoir detailing the relationship between his mother, Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham and the author F. Scott Fitzgerald, published by HarperCollins in 1995. His first novel, The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart, was made into an MGM movie. Robert lives with his wife, Gail, in northern New Mexico.

Rod Miller

Rod Miller is a four-time winner and six-time finalist for the Western Writers of America Spur Award, recognized for novels, short stories, poems, and a song. He writes fiction, poetry, and history related to the American West, and his work has been featured in numerous anthologies and magazines.

Rodman Philbrick

SHAMUS AWARD-winning author Rodman Philbrick (Chris Jordan) grew up on the New England coast, where he worked as a longshoreman and boat builder. For many years he wrote thrillers, mysteries and detective novels. The Private Eye Writers of America nominated two of his T.D. Stash series as best detective novel, and then selected Philbrick’s Brothers & Sinners as Best Novel in 1993.

Roger Zelazny

Roger Zelazny – HUGO and NEBULA AWARD-WINNING author Roger burst onto the SF scene in the early 1960s with a series of dazzling and groundbreaking short stories. He won his first of six Hugo Awards for Lord of Light, and soon after produced the first book of his enormously popular Amber series, Nine Princes in Amber. In addition to his Hugos.

Ronn Perea

Ronn Perea’s previous novels were created around his years in theatrical stage production with his propensity for Tango dancing and world traveling adventures. This, his third novel, ELSIE & ELSA reveals his life long instincts as a historian. So much so, he enjoys taking his fans where they never historically imagined going before.

Roy V. Gaston

Roy V. Gaston’s novel Beyond The Goodnight Trail won the 2021 Western Fictioneers Peace Maker Award for Best First Novel and was the 2021 Spur Award finalist Original Mass-Market Paperback.

Samantha Ahern

Growing up in a family of writers and photographers was a blessing and a curse. Even the most everyday occurrence discussed around the dinner table could suddenly be transformed into the “what if?” topic of the day and tomorrow’s story idea. Samantha learned that it was either shut up or jump in with both feet.

Sandra Worth

Sandra Worth is the acclaimed author of six historical novels that chronicle the demise of the Plantagenet dynasty, three of which are with Penguin U.S.A. Her books have won dozens of awards, including two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards that honor the best books of the year.

Scott E. Green

Scott E. Green has been active as a poet in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror genres for over 35 years. He is the author of the only reference book on Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Poetry, SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND HORROR POETRY; A RESOURCE GUIDE AND BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY (Westport, CT; 1989,Greenwood). In addition he has done entries on poetry for other reference books.

Sean Ellis

Sean Ellis has authored and co-authored more than 20 action-adventure novels, including the Nick Kismet adventures, the Jack Sigler/Chess Team series with Jeremy Robinson, and the Jade Ihara adventures with David Wood. He served with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Policy from Oregon State University. Sean is also a member of the International Thriller Writers organization. He currently resides in Arizona.

Seymour Blicker

Seymour Blicker has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He is the author of the acclaimed novels, BLUES CHASED A RABBIT, SHMUCKS, and THE LAST COLLECTION. His plays have been produced in Canada, The United States, and Europe. In 1997 in a ceremony at Britain’s National Theatre, he received the prestigious British Council International New Playwriting Award [for The Americas and Caribbean Region] for his play PALS.

Sharon Ahern

Originally born in Chicago a long time ago, Sharon Ahern met her future husband and co-writer, Jerry Ahern, on the very first day of High School, and they became friends for life. Sharon began her writing career in the public relations department of Illinois Bell Telephone and stringing for a local newspaper. Always an avid researcher, she was happy to pull out the Britannica (and later the Internet) and become an instant expert on whatever information Jerry needed for a story. Today she co-writes with Bob Anderson to continue the dramatic line of the popular Survivalist series.

Em Templin

Em Templin lives in a small town, cradled in the North Carolina mountains, with her husband and son; her career spans working with vulnerable populations, from children to seniors. A Guilford College alumnus, where she obtained a degree in legal studies. She loves to hike and spend as much time at a beach as possible and is in pursuit of dreaming like a child again. Writing and studying people has always been an obsession; she wrote about anything and everything. That was until empty nester syndrome set in when she decided to take her stories seriously while envisioning the what-ifs of how the world should be. Collecting case studies and armed with a deep understanding of the people around her, she decided to wind stories the average human chooses to ignore and twist a tale into a world she wishes existed. So, Em invites you into worlds of flawed characters who make large impacts.

Stephen H. Moriarty

Has written several short stories that have been published in an annual anthology.  He lives in Virginia with his family and has spent many hours fishing the Shenandoah River.

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