In 2015
We Welcome 

Anne Perry

 

and

Zoe Sharp

and

Denise Swanson


and

Local
Featured
Author

Robert
Goldsborough


Check back often to see who else is coming to next year's Con!

And thanks again to our 2014 Featured Authors:

Jamie Freveletti

Heather Graham

Peter Kornbluh

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Marcus Sakey

Local Featured Author:
Shane Gericke

for the 2015 Con

  
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About Anne Perry

Anne’s publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. It was filmed and broadcast on ITV featuring a young Keely Hawes.  This is arguably the longest sustained crime series by a living writer. Midnight at Marble Arch is the latest in the series, and appeared in the New York Times Bestsellers list.

In 1990, Anne started a second series of detective novels with The Face of a Stranger. These are set about 35 years before and feature the private detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. The most recent of these (20th in the series) is Blood On The Water (April 2014).

Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story "Heroes". The main char acter in the story features in an ambitious five-book series set during the First World War. The last of these was recently published, in Autumn 2007.

None of her books has ever been out of print, and they have received critical acclaim and huge popular success: over 26 million books are in print world-wide. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists in a number of foreign countries, where she has also had excellent reviews. The Times selected her as one of the 20th century’s "100 Masters of Crime".

Anne’s most recent stand-alone is The Sheen on the Silk, set in the exotic and dangerous world of the Byzantine Empire, and is a critical success.

Anne has responded to requests for workshops and teaching by producing her first 'how to write' instructional DVD, "Put Your Heart On The Page", and her much loved totes which also carry that slogan.  Both items are now available to buy direct from her website, http://www.anneperry.co.uk/shop#!/~/product/category=0&id=28677951.  Put Your Heart On The Page:  An Introduction to Writing will be available in the US and Canada later this year through Dreamscape.

Visit anneperry.co.uk to learn more about Anne.

About Zoe Sharp

Zoë Sharp was born in Nottinghamshire, but spent most of her formative years living on a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. After a promising start at a private girls' school, she opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve in favour of correspondence courses at home.

Zoë went through a variety of jobs in her teenage years. In 1988, on the strength of one accepted article and a fascination with cars, she gave up her regular job to become a freelance motoring writer. She quickly picked up on the photography side of things and she has worked as far afield as the United States and Japan, as well as Europe, Ireland and the UK. Since her fiction writing career took off, she dovetails her photography with working on her novels.

Zoë wrote her first novel when she was fifteen, but success came in 2001 with the publication of KILLER INSTINCT − the first book to feature her ex-Special Forces heroine, Charlotte 'Charlie' Fox. The character evolved after Zoë received death-threat letters in the course of her photo-journalism work.

Later Charlie Fox novels − FIRST DROP and FOURTH DAY − were finalists for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel. The Charlie Fox series has also been optioned for TV.

As well as the Charlie Fox novels, Zoë's short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, and have been shortlisted for the Short Story Dagger by the UK Crime Writers' Association. Her other writing has been nominated for the coveted Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the Anthony Award presented by the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, the Macavity Award, and the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers' Association.

A keen library supporter and public speaker, Zoë blogs regularly on her Blog page. She also witters on Twitter (@AuthorZoeSharp) and fools about on Facebook (ZoeSharpAuthor). She was formerly a long-term contributor to the acclaimed Murderati blog—alas, now defunct, though you can still read her contributions here. She's a regular blogger at MURDER IS EVERYWHERE and also has a presence on goodreads.

Zoë lives in the English Lake District. Her hobbies are sailing, fast cars (and faster motorbikes), target shooting, travel, films, music and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.

Visit Zoe online at www.zoesharp.com

About Denise Swanson

Denise Swanson, The New York Times best-selling author of the Scumble River Mystery series, began writing after coming face-to-face with evil. She quickly decided she would rather write about villains than encounter them in her daily life.

She was also shocked to discover that getting a book published was nearly as difficult as vanquishing scoundrels. Dead Between the Lines is the third book in her Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery series featuring Devereaux Sinclair, the happy owner of the old-fashioned shop in Shadow Bend, a small town near Kansas City, Missouri. If only murder didn't keep landing on her doorstep...

Denise was nominated for RT Magazine's Career Achievement Award. Her fellow nominees included Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich. She has spoken at hundreds of library events and other civic organizations. She has also been interviewed on radio and TV.Her continuing Scumble River Mystery series is set in Scumble River, a fictional small town in Illinois, and features Skye Denison, a full-figured school psychologist-sleuth who is torn between a handsome police chief and an urbane coroner.

All of her books are in multiple printings and many have featured in the Barnes & Noble Mass-Market Mystery, IMBA and BookScan Best-Sellers lists. They have also been BookSense 76 Picks and Top Picks for RT Magazine, as well as nominated for the Agatha Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Reviewers Choice Award. Five of her recent books -- Murder of a Stacked Librarian, Murder of the Cat's Meow, Murder of a Wedding Belle, Murder of a Bookstore Babe and Murder of a Creped Suzette -- débuted on The New York Times Best-Sellers list! Murder of a Stacked Librarian is the sixteenth and latest book in this series.

Denise Swanson lives in Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr (www.DeniseSwanson.com/ Stybr ), and their cool black cat Boomerang. Unlike her protagonist Skye, Denise realizes she can never really move very far from her hometown. But several times a year she and Dave sneak away for a little adventure. 

Visit her website at www.deniseswanson.com

About Robert Goldsborough

In his early teens, Robert Goldsborough complained to his mother one summer day that he had “nothing to do.” An avid reader of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe mysteries, she gave him a magazine serialization, and he became hooked on the adventures of the corpulent Nero and his irreverent sidekick, Archie Goodwin.

Through his school years and beyond, Goldsborough devoured virtually all of the 70-plus Wolfe mysteries. It was during his tenure as writer and editor with the Chicago Tribune that the paper printed the obituary of Rex Stout. On reading it, his mother lamented that “Now there won’t be any more Nero Wolfe stories.”

“There might be one more,” Goldsborough mused, and began writing an original Wolfe novel for his mother as a 1978 Christmas present. This story, Murder in E Minor, remained a bound typescript for years, but in the mid-’80s, Goldsborough received permission from the Stout estate to publish it. Murder in E Minor first appeared as a Bantam hardcover, then in paperback, and six more Nero Wolfe novels eventually followed–all to favorable reviews.

As much as he enjoyed writing those mysteries, Robert Goldsborough longed to create his own characters. Thus, so far we have Three Strikes You’re Dead, set in the gang-ridden Chicago of the late 1930s; Shadow of the Bomb, set in the early years of America’s participation in World War II as scientists worked to secretly develop the atomic bomb on the University of Chicago campus, and A Death in Pilsen, set during the postwar mid-1940s in an old southside Chicago neighborhood–each book in the series narrated by Tribune police reporter Steve Malek.

Goldsborough, a lifelong Chicagoan who logged twenty-one years with the Tribune and twenty-three years with the trade journal Advertising Age, says it was “Probably inevitable that I would end up using a newspaperman as my protagonist.”

Visit bios website at www.robertgoldsborough.com

  
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