The best darn mystery and thriller writers anywhere!
Born and raised in the beautiful Bluegrass state of Kentucky, Michelle Bennington developed a passion for books early on that has progressed into a mild hoarding situation and an ever-growing to-read pile. She delights in spinning mysteries and histories. Find out more on her website: www.michellebennington.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and GoodReads.
Author of over 30 novels, Rick Chesler holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and can often be found diving, boating or traveling to research his next thriller idea. A former contractor for the U.S. Deptartment of Commerce (NOAA) and the State of Hawaii, he now lives in South Florida with his family, at the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rick is a member of International Thriller Writers. Visit him online at rickchesler.com, facebook.com/rickchesler, or twitter.com/rickchesler.
Kane Gilmour is the international bestselling author of The Crypt of Dracula and Resurrect. His short stories have appeared in Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, SNAFU II: Survival of the Fittest, MECH: Age of Steel, and Dark Discoveries magazine. He also writes comic books. He lives with his significant other, his kids, her kids, two dogs, a cat, and nine chickens on a farm in Vermont. Find him on the web at www.kanegilmour.com.
David L. Golemon
David L. Golemon is the author of the Event Group Thrillers, including Event, Ancients, Leviathan and Primeval. Legend, the second book in the series, was nominated for a RITA award for paranormal fiction. Golemon learned an early love of reading from his father, who told him that the written word, unlike other forms, allows readers to use their own minds, the greatest special effects machines of all—an idea Golemon still believes. The only thing he loves more than writing is research, especially historical research, and he sees the subtext of his Event novels as being that understanding history allows us to create a better future. Golemon grew up in Chino, California, and now makes his home in New York.
J. Kent Holloway
Bestselling author Kent Holloway lives on death. Literally. With more than twenty-eight years experience in forensic death investigations, he's seen it all. Experienced the worst that life has to give and never let it dim his sense of wonder or humor. Now, he brings all this experience, along with a zeal for uncovering the folklore and superstitions of death, to the written page as author of mysteries and forensic crime fiction! He is the author of the fun, breezy Grim Days Mystery series, featuring delightfully exuberant Silas Mot, the Grim Reaper, as a happy-go-lucky sleuth that teams up with a small town police chief to solve a series of bizarre deaths. He's also the author of the Cold War era tropical island/voodoo/KGB-packed calypso-inspired mystery, Killypso Island and the forensic thriller, Clean Exit. Kent Holloway also has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as singles minister, evangelism pastor, and director of discipleship and education. In 2019, Kent released his very first Christian nonfiction book entitled I Died Swallowing a Goldfish and Other Life Lessons from the Morgue that features tales of his real life investigations with the important lessons he's learned from them. Visit him at www.kenthollowaybooks.com.
Nikki Knight describes herself as an Author/Anchor/Mom…not in that order. An award-winning weekend anchor at New York City’s #1 all-news station, 1010 WINS Radio, she writes short stories and novels including the Vermont Radio Mystery, LIVE, LOCAL, AND DEAD (Crooked Lane, 2022). Her short stories appear online, in anthologies including DEADLY NIGHTSHADE: Best New England Crime Stories 2022, and soon, in the May/June 2023 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Her work has been short-listed for Black Orchid Novella and Derringer Awards. As Kathleen Marple Kalb, she writes the Ella Shane and Old Stuff series. She, her husband and son live in a Connecticut house owned by their cat.
William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over thirty novels published in the genre press and more than 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. He has books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press and Severed Press and his work has appeared in a large number of professional anthologies and magazines. He lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company. When he's not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.
Ileana Munoz Renfroe
For the longest time, Ileana Muñoz-Renfroe wanted to be an author. Almost twenty years later, and after raising two children and owning numerous businesses, she decided to take the plunge. It started in a Café in Paris. The idea of Rosa popped into her head, and the stories and characters became real. Since two of her passions are the paranormal and high-end fashion, she found a way to combine them to create Rosa The Cuban Psychic Mysteries. This series brings together her Cuban and American culture to make for a fun cozy mystery story. As of late, she has published two books in the Rosa The Cuban Psychic Mysteries. Book 2, A Parisian Bait, has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. Book 3, A Mysterious Date is in production. She’s also published a children’s book, and started two new series The Wisterious Bay Cozy Paranormal Mysteries. Book 1, A Wisterious Witch is available in eBook and paperback. Books 2 and 3 are on pre-order in Amazon.In Ghostly Gift, book 2 in the Holiday Corner Cozy Mysteries, she collaborated with two additional authors to bring together this amazing new holiday series. Her latest book – Murder at The Campground: A Cuban Cozy Mystery, Book 1 (A Tarot and Vintage Caravan Mystery Series) is set to be released early February. At least two more books will follow in that series. She’s also finalizing another new series Book 1 If Walls Could Talk: Lolita Restoration Cozy Paranormal Mystery Series. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading, playing pickleball, entertaining, and listening to music.
Barry Napier is the author of multiple series, including It Falls Apart, Darkness Falls Blue Moon: Appalachia, and the Cooper M. Reid series, as well as titles such as Bound, Break Every Chain, As Far Away as Possible, and From Below. Barry also wrote the mobile-based Choose Your Adventure game, Buried, currently available on Steam and in the Apple Store. He has had more than 50 short stories and poems published in various publications, as varied as a Norton anthology to a horror anthology thematically based on the Wizard of Oz. He is currently working on a Middle Grade project under a pen name. Barry lives in Lynchburg, VA with his family and too many pets.
David Sakmyster is an award-winning author and screenwriter who strangely finds himself at home amidst the icy upstate New York winters. He has over two dozen short stories and eleven novels published. In addition to The Morpheus Initiative series about psychic archaeologists (described as “Indiana Jones meets The X-Files”) starting with the book The Pharos Objective, he has published the horror novel Crescent Lake, the suspense-thriller Blindspots, the historical epic, Silver and Gold and the fiction collection Escape Plans. His screenplay, Nightwatchers, has been optioned for production, and when he’s not researching ghost sightings, he’s currently at work on several other screenplays and novels. Visit him at www.sakmyster.com.
Through the years, Heather Weidner has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. She writes the Pearly Girls Mysteries, the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, The Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries, and The Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass, and she has non-fiction pieces in Promophobia and The Secret Ingredient: A Mystery Writers’ Cookbook. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Sisters in Crime – Chessie, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers, and she blogs regularly with the Writers Who Kill. Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.