Hal Ackerman has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for the past twenty-four years and is currently co-chair of the screenwriting program. His book, Write Screenplays That Sell…The Ackerman Way, is in its third printing, and is the text of choice in a growing number of screenwriting programs around the country.
Deborah (Deb) Brod has written fiction most of her life, but didn’t think she had a novel in her until after she graduated from Northern Illinois University with an M.A. in journalism. It was then that she decided if she could spend 120 pages discussing postal oppression of the radical press, she could write a novel. She was right.
Bill Cameron lives with his wife and a menagerie of critters in Portland, Oregon. His stories have appeared in Spinetingler, The Dunes Review, The Alsop Review. He is a member of Friends of Mystery and International Thriller Writers, and serves as Vice President of the Northwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.
Angela S. Choi is a writer who lives in San Francisco, California, where she refuses to be anyone’s mother or hole-in-a-mattress. Born in Hong Kong, she is proficient in the art of profanity in both Cantonese and English.
Called a hard-boiled poet by NPR‘s Maureen Corrigan, Reed Farrel Coleman is the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America. He has published twelve novels—two under his pen name Tony Spinosa—in three series, and one stand-alone with award-winning Irish author Ken Bruen.
Since the appearance of his first novel in 1976, Loren D. Estleman has written more than 65 books and hundreds of short stories and articles.
Peter Gadol was born on April 15, 1964 and grew up in Westfield, New Jersey. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1986. While at Harvard, he studied writing with Seamus Heaney, wrote a thesis on Wallace Stevens under the supervision of Helen Vendler, edited the literary magazine The Harvard Advocate, and was for two years a fiction intern at The Atlantic.
John Galligan was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and is now a native of Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to being a novelist and teacher, John has worked as a newspaper journalist, feature-film screenwriter, house painter, au pair, ESL teacher, cab driver, and freezer boy in a salmon cannery.
Victor Gischler is the author of 5 novels. His debut novel Gun Monkeys was nominated for the Edgar Award, and his novel Shotgun Opera was an Anthony Award finalist.
Ed Gorman is an award winning American author best known for his crime and mystery fiction. Martin Harry Greenberg is an American speculative fiction anthologist and writer.
Mystery novelist Carolyn Haines was born May 12, 1953, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The daughter of two journalists, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1974 and went on to work at several newspapers in the region.
Seth Harwood grew up in Cambridge and the Boston area and graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2002.
In her teens and 20s, mystery author Victoria Houston was the classic hometown girl who couldn’t wait to leave her small Wisconsin town. Now, more than 30 years later, she has not only returned to her hometown, Rhinelander, but she has based her popular mystery series in the region’s fishing culture.
Lynn Kostoff is a professor of English at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. He has also taught at the University of Alabama, Indiana State University, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he received his MFA in fiction.
Michael Lister is a novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright who lives in Northwest Florida. A former prison chaplain, Michael is the author of the “Blood” series featuring prison chaplain/detective, John Jordan and a second series featuring Jimmy “Soldier” Riley, a PI in Panama City during Word War II.
Mary Logue is an award-winning poet and mystery writer. She was born and raised in Minnesota. Her most recent books are Snatched, a middle-grade mystery she wrote with Pete Hautman; Poison Heart, her seventh crime novel; and Meticulous Attachment, her third book of poems.
Scott O’Connor lives in Los Angeles. His 2004 novella Among Wolves was praised by the Los Angeles Times Book Review for its “crisp, take-no-prisoner’s style” and hailed the author as “one to watch.”
Randall Peffer is an instructor at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He is the author of the Cape Islands Mystery Series.
Jeff Shelby grew up around the beaches of Southern California and graduated from the University of California at Irvine. He writes full time and lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, with his wife, Stephanie, and their one-year-old daughter, Hannah.
A native of Baltimore, Robert Ward has worked as a novelist, professor, screenwriter, producer and actor. His first effort was the critically acclaimed novel Shedding Skin, which won the National Endowment of the Arts award for first novel of exceptional merit.