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In 2015
We Welcome 

Anne Perry



Zoe Sharp


Denise Swanson




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

I loved participating at the Love Is Murder conference in Chicago recently and happy to announce that we have just signed Gaye Mack with Global Lion Intellectual Property Management, Inc. Thank you! If you want to know more about my publishing talk I did at the conference, please check out a filming of my lecture at this wonderful conference :

-Peter Miller
Literary Lion
Who's Who

Coming to Love is Murder Mystery Conference XIV

Check back often for updates on Publishers, Agents and Editors as they sign on for the 2014 Love is Murder Mystery Conference!

Meet the Agents, Editors and Publishers

Marsha Zinberg celebrates her 30th year with Harlequin. She joined Harlequin Books as an Assistant Editor in 1983 and moved up the ranks to Senior Editor of the Superromance line, a position she held from 1986 to 1993. Currently, as Executive Editor of Feature and Custom Publishing, she is responsible for various programs under the Harlequin series imprint. She also manages the Worldwide Library suspense and mystery programs, the Gold Eagle imprint, all Direct-to-Consumer-Only projects, and the new Heartwarming four-book original series.

laura barthLaura Barth, Associate Editor for Harlequin's World Wide Library Mystery and Suspense program, as well as American Romance and Blaze, will attend Love Is Murder 2014 in place of Marsha Zinberg. Laura loves fast-paced stories with flawed but likeable characters and enough twists and turns to keep her guessing till the very end. After starting at Harlequin in 2005 as a proofreader, Laura was promoted to Editorial Assistant in 2006 and worked her way up through the ranks to her current position. She first came to the Mystery and Suspense program in the spring of 2012, and has been developing an appreciation for and understanding of the WWL product and the industry ever since. Laura is excited about growing with the WWL program, expanding her knowledge of the mystery and suspense genres and meeting authors and other industry professionals. A fair-weather hiker, cyclist and balcony gardener, Laura loves spending time in nature and can often be seen zipping about on her shiny red bicycle, terrorizing Toronto pedestrians. Follow her on Twitter at @LauraBarth2011.

Denise Camacho is the president of Intrigue Publishing. With over 10 years in the publishing realm, she brings her knowledge and expertise to those wanting to branch out and become published authors. Denise has  to review new submissions and make recommendations to the acquisitions team that are worthy of becoming properties under the Intrigue Publishing banner. 

Christine Witthohn is a literary agent and the founder of Book Cents Literary Agency (established in 2006), and the U.S. Sales and Licensing Agent for leading French publisher, Bragelonne (Paris, France); German publisher, Egmont-Lyx (Cologne, Germany); and Spanish publisher, Grupo Edebé (Barcelona, Spain). She is open to thrillers (particularly eco or psychological), mysteries, romance (no inspy or erotica), women's fiction, new adult and young adult. A few of her top 2013 titles: Grapes of Death (Joni Sauer-Folger), Damocles (S.G. Redling), Kicking The Habit (Kari Lee Townsend), Passions Prey (A.C. Arthur), Chicken Caccia Killer (Liz Lipperman), Fury of Desire (Coreene Callahan), and Fountain of Secrets (Anita Clenney). For a complete list of her 2013 published titles and sales, visit Publisher's Marketplace at:

Kristina Smith joined Book Cents Literary Agency in 2013. She has an MBA and a BS in business management, with a minor in English Literature.  She brings a unique skill set from her background in marketing, advertising and sales. Currently, Kristina serves as Book Cents' business manager. She is also responsible for audio rights and is actively building her client list. Kristina would love to find a great thriller or two, romance (no inspy or erotica), women's fiction and a contemporary fantasy.


Marlene Stringer founded Stringer Literary Agency in December 2008 after spending almost seven years with the Barbara Bova Literary Agency. As a full-service literary agency based in Naples, Florida, Marlene represents a wide range of commercial fiction in romance, mystery, thriller, fantasy, women’s fiction, YA and MG, historical and earth-based science fiction. Among her clients are authors Alex Bledsoe (the Eddie LaCrosse series), Memphis series, (Tufas -The Hum and the Shiver, Wisp of a Thing); Alyxandra Harvey (The Drake Chronicles, Haunting Violet, and Stolen Away); YA author Shari Maurer (Change of Heart); Liane Merciel (The Ithalas Series); Geoffrey Wilson(The Land of Hope and Glory series); MG authors Jen K Blom (Possum Summer), and Randi Barrow (Finding Zasha, Saving Zasha); some select nonfiction; and many other authors.


Peter Miller aka the Literary Lion, President and CEO of Global Lion Intellectual Property Management, Inc. will give a one-hour presentation on the Metamorphosis of a Book into a Film.  His lecture will focus on stories about many of the 150 film and television deals he has made and the now eighteen films that have been produced based on books that he has managed and or he has produced. His decades of experience and representation of authors around the world combined with his countless contacts and relationships with Film Producers, Directors, Screenwriters, Motion Picture Studios, Distributors, Financiers, Cable and Television Companies make this a special presentation. Miller brings to the conference vast experience on every level of the motion picture and television industries as well as how Hollywood relies on Books to make great film and television and cable productions.   His literary management work in the film and publishing worlds is on the pulse of the enormous sea changes that are taking place in the entertainment and publishing worlds.  As a special gift to every attendee of the conference he is offering a digital pdf file of his book Author! Screenwriter!   He suggests that you have a chance to read it before you attend his lecture because it will make the experience extremely more valuable. Click to watch Peter Miller's "A Literary Lion's Tale" on YouTube.

 Emily Clark Victorson is the owner/publisher of Allium Press of Chicago. Prior to starting the press she worked as a librarian, historian, and book designer. Allium was founded in 2009 as a small, independent press and publishes literary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and young adult fiction, all with a Chicago connection. Recent releases include Tim Chapman’s thriller Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold; the fourth book in Frances McNamara's Emily Cabot Mysteries series, Death at Woods Hole; Libby Fischer Hellmann's thriller, A Bitter Veil; and David J. Walker’s thriller, Company Orders. All Allium Press books are published both in print and as ebooks.

 Deni Dietz: Senior Editor, Five Star Mysteries has been in the publishing business for over 20 years. She wants to feel a sense of joy and discovery when she reads a non–clichéd, well–written, character–driven novel. She says she wants to BE THERE, in the scene. Deni’s authors include Edgar-nominated Al Lamanda, ITW winner Richard Helms, and best-selling authors Ellen Larson, Kate Flora, Jonnie Jacobs, Trey Barker, and James Patrick Hunt. Under the pen name Mary Ellen Dennis, Deni is the author of Heaven’s Thunder – a Colorado Saga – with an emphasis on Colorado’s silent film industry. Also, The Landlord’s Black-eyed Daughter, a paranormal history-mystery-romance, chosen as one of Booklist’s 10 Best Books of the Year and nominated for an RT Award. Deni will also be taking pitches for Five Star’s new historical line: Frontier Fiction (all sub-genres up to and including the 1930s). Deni is often asked what she likes best: writing or editing? The answer, of course, is both. But here in this brief bio, she confesses that she likes working with new authors best.

 Marcy Posner has spent a lifetime in books. She started out with a brief stint as a librarian, but found it a bit too staid, so moved on to publishing. Her first job was at Pinnacle Books where as assistant to the President she was given a book to edit the third week of my employment. She then moved on to Rodale Press and then Salem House where she helped bring British books to the US, finally moving up the publishing ladder to Pantheon’s Associate Publisher, where she worked with some of the major cultural icons of our time, including Noam Chomsky, Studs Terkel, Matt Groening and Art Spiegelman. After fifteen years on the editorial side of the business, she made the jump to agenting – spending twelve years as at the William Morris Agency as an agent and as Vice President and Director of Foreign Rights; five years as president of her own agency; five years at Sterling Lord Literistic as an agent and Director of Foreign Rights; and now – and very happy – at Folio. Her clients include Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestseller Jacqueline Kelly, other New York Times bestsellers, Sheri Reynolds and Jill Barnett, along with Kristi Cook, Christopher Grant, Georgia. 

Sandra Bowman is the Marketing Director of Intrigue Publishing. She came to Intrigue with over 5 years of experience in marketing. As a published author of 2 novels and currently working on a mystery, Sandra has shown that she has what it takes to bring authors along in the world that she calls "Author ville." She actively participates in local events that encourage young people to use their creative minds to weave a story.
Meet the Bookseller

Sue Petersen of Brain Snacks Bookstore in Downers Grove, IL will once again be the exclusive new-book seller for Love Is Murder XIV. Brain Snacks is an independent bookstore specializing in mystery, science fiction/fantasy, and romance books. Since opening in 1994, Brain Snacks has evolved to find its place in the book business.

In addition to the bookstore, Sue is involved in providing the books for book conferences, author signings, and author appearances. If you are an author needing a bookseller for an appearance or book launch, please contact her: . Libraries or groups planning author events can also contact her for bookselling services.

Note: An increased demand for books during the winter holidays can affect your publisher’s ability to respond to and ship orders in a timely manner. To be sure your books are available to conference attendees, be sure to give Sue adequate lead time for ordering.

Final Ordering Deadline: 1-15-2014

Phone: 630.241.1040 ~ Fax: 630.241.1043 ~ Email:

Photographer Christopher Dimock has been a professional portrait and event photographer since 1988. He has extensive experience photographing children,  sporting events, head shots for corporate and acting clients, and  weddings throughout the Chicagoland area, as well as destinations weddings in locations such as Las Vegas and Barbados. He was the still photographer for the State of Illinois', He's the One, AIDS awareness campaign in 2010, created the cover for Jazz artist, RJ Temple's, Ars Nova album in 2006, has published photos from the Chicago Jazz and Blues Fests, and was named CitySearch's Editorial Photographer of the Year for 2003. His studio, opened in 1997, specializes in commissioned portrait and wedding photography. 

2014 Attendees
Judith A. Akers
Amy Alessio
Annie Alexander
Allan Ansorge
Heather Ash
Pam Baert
Donald Bain
J Bard-Collins
nicole barselou
Judith Beacom
Ryan Beacom
Karen Becker
Connie Beckett
susan belsky
Gale Borger
Sandra Bowman
William Brunner
Luisa Buehler
Austin Camacho
Denise Camacho
Kitty Carr
Tim Chapman
Robb Chase
David Ciambrone
Evelyn Cullet
Doug Cummings
C Curtin
Wally Cwik
Carol Debiak
Dianna Robin Dennis
Donna DiMaria
Janet Draheim
Christine Due
maureen duffy
Izabela Jennifer Dziubinski
Nancy Fifield
Monique Flasch
Mardelle Fortier
Vanessa Fox
Susan Froetschel
W. S. (Wendy) Gager
Scott Gamboe
Shane Gericke
Susan Gibberman
Barbara Gleespen
Ginger Glomstead
Nathan Glynn
Anne Godden-Segard
Robert Goldsborough
Marguerite Griffin
Amy Hansen
DC Hawkins
Libby Fischer Hellmann
Marjorie Helsper
Nana Herron
Gina Hilse
Teri Hock
Evelyn Hopkins
Linda K. Horras
Karen Hutchinson
Biz Hyzy
Julie Hyzy
James Jackson
Kyra Jacobs
Caitlin Jung
Gunter Kaesdorf
Jenny Kales
Hanley Kanar
Janet Kargol
Nancy Kenney
Julene Kmiecik
Ted Krevor
Joyce A. Krol
Amanda Lemke
Julia Lightbody
Juli A. Lindsey
Cynthia Lott
Gail Lukasik
douglas macdonald
gaye mack
j. michael major
Jeff Markowitz
Joan Matz
M. E. May
Frances McNamara
Jeanne Meeks
Linda Mickey
Pat Mitchell
Margaret Moen
Sharon Moore
kathy mott
Angela Myers
Sue Myers
James Nagy
Carol Elizabeth Nicholson
Carol Elizabeth Nicholson
Kathleen Nordstrom
Nancy North
Helen Osterman
Renee Paley-Bain
Peter Peretti
R Bin Person
Janie Petersen
Jerry Peterson
Brian Pinkerton
Diane Piron-Gelman
Lydia Ponczak
Lydia Ponczak
Barbara Prescott
Lori Rader-Day
Julie Ramson
Rob Riley
Harriette Robinet
Patricia Rockwell
Barbara Rosenthal
Patricia Ruocco
Robert Sancrainte
Charlie Schlatter
Jodey Schonfeld
Lucy Sears
June Sengpiehl
Aaron Shella
Lisa Siefert
debra sipich
Joy Skalka
Carol Skweres
Jennie Spallone
Katerina Speers
Sher Spooner
Gaile Sprissler
Sue Stevens
Terri Stone
Nancy Sweetland
Elizabeth Tornes-Wrobel
Paul Turner
Debra Tutak
Marilyn Upchurch
Chris V
Wendy Webb
Tessa Wegert
Barb Weiner
Mary Welk
Jeffrey Westhoff
Charlene Wexler
Paula White
Brooke Wildenradt
Lee Williams
Sharon Williamson
Barb Wilson
Connie Wilson
J L Wilson
J L Wilson
Tina Wolff
Benson Wright
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