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Albert Bell
Albert Bell
Albert Bell writes adult and middle-grade mysteries. His Roman series features Pliny the Younger, an historical person. Barbara D’Amato called the first book, All Roads Lead to Murder, “wonderful.” Library Journal named the second book, The Blood of Caesar, one of the 5 Best Mysteries of 2008, “a masterpiece of the historical mystery genre.” Steven Saylor called the third installment, The Corpus Conundrum (2011), “inspired.” Bell also writes middle-grade mysteries and a contemporary mystery, Death Goes Dutch, set in Grand Rapids. In addition, he is the author of two non-fiction books: Exploring the New Testament World and Perfect Game, Imperfect Lives, a reflection on the 1950s and Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.


Taffy Cannon

Taffy Cannon has been killing people professionally for over twenty years. Her fourteen published novels include a wide range of characters and locations, though the most common denominators are death and Southern California, where she lives in a beach town. She’s been nominated for Best Novel Agatha and Macavity Awards and won a San Diego Book Award for Blood Matters. Her story “Instant Karma” appears in San Diego Noir, currently nominated for a Southern California Independent Booksellers Award.


Laura Crum

Laura Crum is the author of eleven mysteries featuring equine veterinarian Gail McCarthy. Laura lives in the hills near Santa Cruz, California, with her husband and son and a large menagerie of horses, dogs, cats and chickens. She enjoys trail riding and gardening, as well as writing. Laura’s 12th novel, Barnstorming, will be published by Perseverance Press in Spring 2012.


John M. Daniel

John M. Daniel is a freelance editor and writer. He has published dozens of stories in literary magazines and is the author of eleven published books, including four mystery novels: Play Melancholy Baby, The Poet’s Funeral, Vanity Fire, and Behind the Redwood Door. He and his wife, Susan, own a small-press publishing company in Humboldt County, California, where they live with their wise cat companion, Warren.


Janet Dawson

As a child, Janet Dawson wrote mysteries in longhand, influenced by her favorite sleuth, Nancy Drew. Now Janet writes mysteries about Oakland private eye Jeri Howard. Her first book, Kindred Crimes, won the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for Best Private Eye Novel, and was nominated for multiple awards. She has written 10 books in the Jeri Howard series, most recently, Bit Player. Her short stories include Macavity winner “Voice Mail,” and Shamus nominee “Slayer Statute.” Her suspense novel What You Wish For was published in 2012. Death Rides the Zephyr, her train mystery set in 1952 aboard the sleek silver superliner California Zephyr, came out in 2013. Janet is an Oklahoma native, brought up in Colorado, and has lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years. She’s worked as a former newspaper reporter and Navy journalist, and now works for the University of California. Passions include gardening and cats.


Kathy Lynn Emerson

Kathy Lynn Emerson is the author of the Face Down Mysteries featuring Susanna, Lady Appleton, 16th century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth, and of the Agatha-award-winning How To Write Killer Historical Mysteries: The Art And Adventure Of Sleuthing Through The Past, as well as some forty other works of fiction and nonfiction, some of them written under the pseudonyms Kaitlyn Dunnett and Kate Emerson.


Sara Hoskinson Frommer

Sara Hoskinson Frommer, author of Death Climbs a Tree, Witness in Bishop Hill, The Vanishing Violinist, Murder & Sullivan, Buried in Quilts, and Murder in C Major, lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband, Gabe, a retired professor of psychology at Indiana University. They have two adult sons, Charles and Joe.
Joan Spencer, the viola-playing sleuth in Sara’s novels, doesn’t go looking for trouble, but it keeps falling in her lap, as when her brother arrives early for her daughter’s wedding in Her Brother’s Keeper (Perseverance Press, 2013).
Long a member of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s viola section, Sara now tutors an adult new reader in the VITAL program of the Monroe County Public Library. In addition to her mystery novels, she has written very short, easy-to-read books of fiction for adult new readers, published by Laubach Literacy International’s New Readers Press. Five of them are mysteries.

Tony Hays
Tony Hays
Tony Hays is a novelist and journalist who has visited nearly thirty countries, while living and teaching in seven of them, including three and a half years in Kuwait.  His Arthurian Mystery series, published by Tor/Forge in the US and Atlantic Books in the UK, has garnered 10 starred reviews and the third, The Beloved Dead, was shortlisted for the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery in 2011. His mystery Shakespeare No More will be published by Perseverance Press in the fall of 2015. This book will begin a new series about  Shakespeare’s best friend, who investigates Will’s death, not believing it to be a natural one.


Wendy Hornsby
Published internationally, Long Beach resident Wendy Hornsby is the author of nine mystery novels, seven of them in the Maggie MacGowen series, and many short stories. She received the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award, the “Edgar,” and its French equivalent, le Grand Prix de littérature policiere, among others. The Paramour’s Daughter (Perseverance Press) is the latest adventure of filmmaker Maggie MacGowen. Wendy is a professor of History at Long Beach City College.


Janet LaPierre
Janet LaPierre was born in Iowa, educated in Arizona, and came as a high-school teacher to California, where she settled in Berkeley to marry, raise two daughters, and read novels, mostly mystery novels. When the girls no longer needed full-time mothering, LaPierre decided that rather than look for a job, she’d try to write mystery novels. Now, many years later, she is the author of ten published mystery novels and nine short stories, and has been nominated for the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Awards.
LaPierre’s novels are set not in Berkeley but in northern California’s far-away, sparsely-populated places like the fog-bound Mendocino coast and the fictional town of Port Silva, based on the real Fort Bragg; or the forested mountains of Trinity County and the actual town of Weaverville.
The LaPierre novels came to be called the Port Silva Mysteries. Crimes in these stories are not “organized,” but deeply personal, and maintaining the peace in the small towns and the surrounding areas is the work not just of police officers and sheriff’s deputies, but of watchful and sometimes organized citizens.


Camille Minichino

Camille Minichino is a retired physicist turned writer. As Camille Minichino, she’s the author of the Periodic Table Mysteries. As Margaret Grace, she writes the Miniature Mysteries, based on her lifelong hobby. As Ada Madison, she has launched a new series, academic mysteries featuring Professor Sophie Knowles, math teacher at fictional college in Massachusetts. Soon, every aspect of her life will be a mystery series. Camille has also published articles for popular magazines and teaches science and writing workshops in and around the Bay Area.


Denise Osborne
Like her protagonist Salome Waterhouse, Denise Osborne is a Feng Shui practitioner with many years of study and practice, and a firm belief that this ancient Chinese art and science is a viable tool in criminal investigations, in particular, victimology. Like her other protagonist, Queenie Davilov, Osborne started out as a screenwriter who hit Hollywood fresh from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism, emphasis on motion picture production. Osborne has written about Native American art and artists, worked as a publicist for the Potawatomi Indians of Oklahoma, received awards for short films and screenplays, created an interactive Web-based character named Dinkum, worked as a ghost writer, and among other jobs, served as a flight attendant with Braniff Airlines.  She is currently a member of the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology.


Meredith Phillips

Meredith Phillips is a publishing partner and the editor of Perseverance Press/John Daniel & Co., an award-winning independent press that has published over 50 books of traditional mystery fiction. PP/JD can be visited at www.danielpublishing.com/perseverance .


Lev Raphael

Lev Raphael is the prize-winning author of seven Nick Hoffman mysteries and the author or co-author of fourteen other books in genres from memoir to biography. His work has been translated into a dozen languages; he has done hundreds of invited readings on three continents; he’s been anthologized several dozen times in the U.S. and Britain. The veteran of many national and international book tours, he has reviewed for the Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines and was the longtime Mysteries Columnist for The Detroit Free Press. He’s been an academic, a radio talk show host, and a DJ. His current and future literary papers were recently purchased by The Michigan State University Libraries. He currently writes a column for the on-line magazine Bibliobuffet.com, blogs on books for The Huffington Post, and reviews for public radio in mid-Michigan.


Sheila Simonson
Sheila was born in Montana, educated in Oregon and Washington, and taught a long time at Clark College in Vancouver WA (English and history).  She’s had eleven novels published, four of them regency romances and the rest mysteries.  Of her mystery series from Perseverance Press, the first, Buffalo Bill’s Defunct, won a WILLA award from Women Writing the West for best soft-cover fiction (2009).  The current mystery, An Old Chaos, involves a disastrous mudslide, and the upcoming one, Beyond Confusion, chronicles an attack on a public library.  Her earlier Lark Dodge mystery series is being reissued in eBook format by uncialpress.com with Larkspur out in 2011 and Skylark in February 2012.  She’s married to Mickey, has a son, Eric, and lives in Vancouver.  She enjoys travel and cookery.


Shelley Singer
Shelley Singer has had 13 novels and several short stories published, most of them mysteries, including the six books in the Jake Samson series. Her most recent book is Blackjack, a near-future thriller, written as Lee Singer for some reason. She teaches writing online and does manuscript consulting. She lives in Sonoma County, California, with two dogs, a cat, and the love of her life.


Nancy Tesler
Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Nancy received a BFA from the prestigious theater department at Carnegie Mellon University. A career that included off-Broadway, summer stock, TV, films, and a road company tour of the NATO bases in Europe sadly failed to put her name in lights on Broadway, but unexpectedly did turn out to be excellent training for the writing career that was to come. Following a hiatus to raise three children, she began writing for the stage, television and the financial community. Still another career as a biofeedback practitioner helped pay the bills when, suddenly single again and inspired by an overwhelming urge to knock someone off, she created the “Other Deadly Things” mystery series, which deals with the murderously wacky world of divorce where biofeedback stress-reduction is the order of the day.


Lea Wait

Lea Wait is the author of the Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, starring antique print dealer and community college professor Maggie Summer. The first book in the series, Shadows at the Fair, was an Agatha Finalist for Best First Mystery Novel. It was followed by Shadows on the Coast of Maine, Shadows on the Ivy, Shadows at the Spring Show, and, most recently, Shadows of a Down East Summer. Lea received her B.A from Chatham College in Pittsbugh, and her M.A. and doctorate from NYU. While she was raising the four daughters she adopted from Asia, she worked for AT&T and was active in adoption advocacy. Now married to artist Bob Thomas, she lives on the coast of Maine, and writes historical novels for ages 8-14 as well as the Shadows series.


Nancy Means Wright
Nancy Means Wright has published 16 books, including 5 mystery novels from St. Martin’s Press, and most recently two historicals: The Nightmare: A Mystery with Mary Wollstonecraft (Perseverance Press,’11) and its prequel, Midnight Fires,’10). Her children’s mysteries received both an Agatha Award and Agatha nomination. Short stories have appeared in American Literary Review, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Level Best Books, and elsewhere. Longtime teacher, actress-director, and Bread Loaf Scholar for a first novel, Nancy lives with her spouse and two Maine Coon cats in Middlebury, Vermont.

One Response

  1. Wendy, what a great blog. I love to see authors networking.

    I will tell Mom “hello” for you. I think you are in a picture she gave me of her high school girlfriends that I have displayed in my apartment.

    Holly Vance
    (Cindy Lynn’s daughter)

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