Peg Brantley spent over 25 years in corporate America, many of them running her own businesses. At any given time she could have helped you finance some real estate or sold you a bag of popcorn or a tube of lipstick. She’s unabashedly happy to have those years behind her. A Colorado native, she and her husband (who wishes she wrote romance rather than thrillers) make their home southeast of Denver, where they have shared their space with the occasional pair of mallard ducks named Raymond and Deborah and their ducklings, snapping turtles, peacocks, assorted other birds, foxes, a deer named Cedric, and a bichon named McKenzie. You can find her at pegbrantley.com, suspensenovelist.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/PegBrantleyAuthorPage, and on Twitter at @PegBrantley.
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Mia Manansala is the winner of the 2017 William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship.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–will be released in August 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 Twitter.
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.
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 Star writes mysteries about families in chaos. Murder with Altitude is the latest misadventure of a single mom who teaches martial arts despite the opinions of her teenage daughter, sophisticated sister-in-law, and crotchety dad. Like her character, Sue has also trained and taught the martial arts, but unlike her character, Sue believes her life is more stable. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and just hanging out with her family. Sue has collected several stand-alone short mystery stories in Trophy Hunting and Organized Death. She also writes suspense with a touch of romance as Rebecca Williamson and is the author of The Drowning of Chittenden. Find out more about her writing at dmkregpublishing.com, rebeccawriter.blogspot.com, her Sue Star Facebook page and @suestarauthor.
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.
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.
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.