Current Mysteristas

A Colorado native, award winning author Peg Brantley and her husband make their home southeast of Denver, sharing it over time with the occasional pair of mallard ducks and their babies, snapping turtles, peacocks, assorted other birds, foxes, a deer named Cedric, and a bichon named McKenzie.

With the intent to bring credibility to her stories, Peg is a graduate of the Aurora Citizens’ Police Academy, participated in the Writers’ Police Academy, has interviewed crime scene investigators, FBI agents, human trafficking experts, obtained her Concealed Carry Permit, studied diverse topics from arson dogs to Santeria, and hunted down real life locations that show up in her books.

You can learn more about Peg’s books at http://www.pegbrantley.com or meet up with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pegbrantleyauthorpage.

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Kait Carson is a probate paralegal by day and a plotter of murder by night. Her mysteries are set in the steamy tropics of South Florida. She has two series, the first features Catherine Swope, an ex-cop and current Realtor who sells high-end Miami homes, sometimes by the seashore, and always with a twist.

The second series features Hayden Kent, a scuba-diving paralegal who seems to attract dead bodies. Under water, no one hears your screams. Catherine’s current books are Zoned for Murder and Murder in the Multiples. Hayden made her premier in Death by Blue Water from Henery Press in November 2014. Visit Kait at kaitcarson.com.

Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them, too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Ordinary people who are thrust into chaos, usually involving murder, are her favorite characters to write. She is wiggly with excitement for her newest book FICTION CAN BE MURDER, the first in her Mystery Writer’s Mysteries. Find out Becky’s least favorite words and subscribe to her newsletter to win cool stuff, at http://beckyclarkbooks.com/

Mia Manansala is the winner of the 2017 William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship. She is also a 2017 Pitch Wars mentee.

Of Filipino descent herself, she is currently working on a mystery series starring a Filipino-American sleuth who solves crimes in nerdy pop-culture-related settings (Think Veronica Mars, but queer, Asian-American, and all grown up).

A lover of all things geeky, Mia spends her days playing video games, reading cozy mysteries, and dreaming of becoming best buds with Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel.

Liz Milliron is a software technical writer with a penchant for reading, martial arts, and tech gadgets. Her love affair with the mystery genre started when she was 13 and read her first Agatha Christie. Mary Higgins Clark’s Where are the Children? and J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings ignited a passion for creating her own stories. She is the author of The Laurel Highlands Mysteries, the first of which, Root of All Evil, was released August 14, 2018 by Level Best Books.
Her short fiction has appeared at Mysterical-e, and in several anthologies including the Anthony-winning Blood on the Bayou and Mystery Most Historical. She is also the author of the Hero’s Sword middle-grade fantasy series as M.E. Sutton. Visit her at lizmilliron.com, find her on Facebook, or follow her on Instagram. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, two kids, and a rescue greyhound.

Pamela A. Oberg is an avid reader and fledgling writer of mysteries, who read her way to the adult section of the library by third grade. A former senior IT manager, she currently manages an online testing program at an educational assessment company. Founder of the writers’ discussion group Writers on Words, Pamela finds inspiration in the complex world of standardized assessments, her rug-hooking circle, and the grocery store. Pamela published her first short story, “The City,” in New England’s Best Crime Fiction: Blood Moon. She’s still working on her website, but you can follow her on Twitter as @stonecreekwrite.

Kelly Oliver is the award-winning, best-selling, author of The Jessica James Mystery Series, including WOLF, COYOTE, FOX, and JACKAL. Her debut novel, WOLF: A Jessica James Mystery, won the Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for best Thriller/Mystery, was a finalist for the Forward Magazine award for best mystery, and was voted number one Women’s Mysteries on Goodreads. Her second novel, COYOTE won a Silver Falchion Award for Best Mystery. And, the third, FOX was a finalist for both the Claymore Award and is a finalist for a Silver Falchion Award. Look for JACKAL in September. When she’s not writing novels, Kelly is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and the author of fifteen nonfiction books, and over 100 articles, on issues such as the refugee crisis, campus rape, women and the media, animals and the environment. Her latest nonfiction book, Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape won a Choice Magazine Award for Outstanding title. She has published in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and has been featured on ABC news, CSPAN books, the Canadian Broadcasting Network, and various radio programs. To learn more about Kelly and her books, go to www.kellyoliverbooks.com.

While in high school, Keenan Powell illustrated the first edition of Dungeons and Dragons but chose not to pursue a career in art. After graduating high school, she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University and then a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law. The day after law school graduation in 1982, she moved to Alaska and has been practicing law there ever since. She is the author of multiple short stories and the Maeve Malloy mystery series. The first in the series, Deadly Solution, will be published in 2018 by Level Best Books. Look for Keenan’s column, Ipso Facto, in the Guppies’ newsletter First Draft. You can find her at www.facebook.com/keenanwrites or follow her on Twitter as @KeenanPowell6.

 Sue Starwrites mysteries about families in chaos. The Nell Letterly series features a single mom in Boulder, Colorado, who teaches martial arts despite the opinions of her teenage daughter, sophisticated sister-in-law, and crotchety dad. Sue also writes suspense with a touch of romance, along with historical mysteries about American women in exotic locales.  Other short mystery stories appear in various collections.  Find out more about her writing at dmkregpublishing.com,rebeccawriter.blogspot.com, her Sue Star Facebook page and @suestarauthor.

Kathleen (a.k.a. Kathy) Valenti has been writing for more than 20 years, first as a nationally award-winning copywriter and now as a mystery novelist. A firm believer that deadpan can be dead-on, she combines funny with frightening to craft page-turners of mystery and suspense.

Kathleen writes the Maggie O’Malley Mystery Series, published by Henery Press. In her debut mystery, Agatha- and Lefty-nominated Protocol, Maggie examines the flaws of technology, the price of modern medicine and the depths of greed to uncover what happens when the invisible among us disappear. In 39 Winks, the second book in the series, Maggie comes to the aid of her best friend’s aunt after she discovers her husband’s body during a sleepwalking episode. 

Kathleen lives in Oregon with her family, where she pretends to enjoy running.


Mysteristas Emeritae


Kristi Belcamino is the author of the Gabriella Giovanni mystery novels. Visit her at www.kristibelcamino.com.


Shortly after graduating from law school, Samantha Bohrman had three children and began writing books. She never looked back, but she suspects her husband has. You can often find her wandering the aisles of Target buying ingredients for tacos (because her kids won’t eat anything else) and staging a murder scene in the produce section (in her head). Her first mystery, Ruby’s Misadventures with Reality, is out now. You can find her at www.sambohrman.com or follow her @sambohrman.


Susan M. Boyer writes the Liz Talbot mystery series. Visit her at susanmboyerbooks.com.


Theresa Crater is the author of the Power Places series as well as The Star Family. Visit her at theresacrater.wordpress.com.


Kimberly Giarratano is a Jersey girl living in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and three young children. When she isn’t plotting her mystery novels while driving long stretches in her minivan, Kimberly is daydreaming about living in a warmer climate. She is also fascinated by ghosts, the 90s, and Veronica Mars — all which is reflected in her writing. Her debut novel, Grunge Gods and Graveyards, won the 2015 Silver Falchion for Best YA at Killer Nashville. Connect with Kimberly at www.kimberlyggiarratano.com or @KGGiarratano.


Donna White Glaser writes the Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery series and the Blood Visions Paranormal Mystery series. Visit her at www.donnawhiteglaser.com.


Lisa Love Harris is the author of First Monday Murder A Jimmie Rae Flea Market Mystery. Visit her at www.peaceloveandallthegoodstuff.blogspot.com.


Sarah Henning is the author of Sea Witch (forthcoming). Visit her at sarahhenningwriter.tumblr.com.


Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean academic mystery series. Visit her at cynthiakuhn.net.


Kate Lansing lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and a chair-napping tabby cat named Maple. Her love for mysteries began when she devoured From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a young girl, and has grown from there. An award-winning short story author, her work has appeared in the Brave New Girls Anthology and the Crossing Colfax Anthology. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and is represented by Pamela Harty of The Knight Agency. Visit her at katelansing.com or @lansingkm.


Kendel Lynn writes the Elliot Lisbon mystery series. Visit her at kendellynn.com.


Diane Vallere writes the Style & Error Mystery Series, the Mad for Mod Mystery Series, the Material Witness Mystery Series, and the Costume Shop Mystery Series.  Visit her at dianevallere.com.

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