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In 2015
We Welcome 

Anne Perry



Zoe Sharp


Denise Swanson




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for the 2015 Con

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-Mary Ann Schradi
Who's Who

Coming to Love is Murder Mystery XV

Check back often for updates on Publishers, Agents and Editors as they sign on for the 2015 Love is Murder Mystery Conference!

Meet the Agents, Editors and Publishers

Laura Barth is the Associate Editor for Harlequin's World Wide Library Mystery and Suspense program. 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.


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.

Austin Camacho is a mystery/thriller author and, in 2012, launched Intrigue Publishing with the objective of publishing at least four books each year. Intrigue strives to publish books, by authors who have a unique perspective and compelling authority. These will be works that intrigue the reader, that is, arouse the reader’s curiosity with their unusual, new, fascinating and compelling qualities. We will achieve success in the publishing industry and earn for ourselves and our authors by producing books that appeal to the reader’s curiosity, fancy and interest. We will nurture authors who can create quality works that will appeal to the reader’s interest. We will mentor authors who produce writing that cannot be ignored. We believe that talented authors deserve attention not only from publishers, but from readers as well. To sell the book is only the beginning of our mission. We will work to build avid audiences of readers who are enriched by the books we produce and are eager for future publications. 

Deni Dietz, Senior Editor, Five Star Mysteries, hass 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.

Elizabeth Evans is an agent at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, where she represents a wide range of nonfiction, including memoir, travel/adventure, journalism, sports, popular science, history, psychology, biography, humor, cookbooks, and art/illustrated titles. She is always on the lookout for stories of adventure and books that aspire to foster knowledge and understanding. Her favorite books combine a lively narrative with in-depth investigative research. She is especially interested in food writing, books that explore feats of adventure or unlikely quests, and war narratives that illuminate unique perspectives. She works closely with her authors throughout all stages of the editorial process. Before joining JVNLA in 2010, Elizabeth worked for six years in the San Francisco Bay Area with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She holds an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. Her recent titles include Columbia University Professor Ruth DeFries's The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis, former Vogue editor and founder of OAfrica Lisa Lovatt-Smith's Who Knows Tomorrow: A Memoir of Finding Family Among the Lost Children of Africa, and author/illustrator Ella Frances Sanders's Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World.

Molly Foltyn is the Assistant to the Agents at Browne & Miller Literary Associates, Chicago’s premier literary agency specializing in full-service representation of a select clientele. She joined the team in 2013 after receiving her BA in English Literature from UCLA and a masters in the humanities from the University of Chicago. When she isn't reading fiction, Molly enjoys writing it—she is the recipient of the University of Chicago’s 2013 Emerging Writers Prize.  A lover of all books, Molly has a soft spot for mysteries, coming of age stories, and novels with a strong sense of place.  She also loves crossword puzzles, horrible reality TV, and coffee.

Diane Hinds has promoted some exciting talent from her days at Arista Records, with a roster that looked after Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklyn, The FourTops and Whitney Houston. She has worked in the fields of theatre, music theatre, country music, classical, literary and mainstream music. She has promoted artists in Europe and is now focusing on the U.S., where her Anne Perry DVD Put Your Heart On The Page: An Introduction To Writing is licensed to Dreamscape. Her current clients include, among others, the international and New York Times best-selling writer and 2015 LIM Featured Author Anne Perry. Diane is a guest lecturer teaching first year PR & Advertising students at the University of Westminster on their Introduction to PR and Campaigning modules and has been a guest visitor on the UCLA’s Personal Writing essay course, discussing the role of a PR. She is a film producer, a mother of two teenagers, is currently studying for her MA: Film & TV and lives with Sickle Cell Disease. She can be contacted at or at

Elizabeth Lacks is an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she has worked for four years. She works primarily on crime fiction and narrative nonfiction. Upcoming books include Ausma Zehanat Khan’s debut mystery THE UNQUIET DEAD and Eunsun Kim’s haunting memoir of growing up in and escaping North Korea, A THOUSAND MILES TO FREEDOM: MY ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA.



Linda McFall has worked in publishing for over 20 years at Picador, St. Martin's Press, Viking/Penguin, and Harlequin/Mira, with best-selling authors like Heather Graham, Alex Kava, Gail Tsukiyama, and J.T. Ellison.  She is currently a freelance editor specializing in thrillers, romantic suspense, and commercial fiction.  

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.

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books for adults and five for teenagers, and is now editor of an imprint she helped to create, Merit Press. Merit Press is actively acquiring realistic, contemporary Young Adult fiction - suspenseful, mysterious, some-times with historical subjects or a twist of magical realism. Merit Press has twice been featured in Publishers Weekly as an up-and-coming new publisher, under the aegis of the media giant F&W Media. Mitchard, who comes from Chicago, now lives on Cape Cod with her family. Email her at or call her at 608-576-5568, and visit her website,

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. 

Abby Saul is the Associate Agent at Browne & Miller Literary Associates, coming on in 2013 after spending five years on the production and digital publishing side of the industry, first at John Wiley & Sons and then at Sourcebooks. A zealous reader who loves her iPad and recognizes that ebooks are the future, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing writing, no matter what the genre, and is actively exploring new digital possibilities for books. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.


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.


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: 1-12-2015

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. 

2015 Attending
Judith Akers
Amy Alessio
Tasha Alexander
Susan Anderson
Allan Ansorge
Catherine Bailey
Joan Bard-Collins
Nicole Barselou
Raymond Benson
Judy Broderick
David Brown
Rob Brunet
Luisa Buehler
Susanna Calkins
Diana Catt
Tim Chapman
Lloyd Christensen
Dr. Dave Ciambone
Jan Coy
Evelyn Cullet
Carman Curton
Richard (Dick) Davidson
Carol Debiak
Dianna Robin Dennis
Brandt Dodson
William Dolan
Sharon Donaldson
Paige Donaldson-Martin
Janet Draheim
Mary Eagan
Kathleen Ernst
Nancy Fifield
Natalie Fowler
Melissa French
Susan Froetschel
Shane Gericke
Susan Gibberman
Robert Goldsborough
Andrew Grant
Annie Hansen
Barb Heinlein
Libby Hellmann
Nana Herron
Evelyn Hopkins
Gunter Kaesdorf
hanley kanar
Emily Kaplan
Robert Kidera
Ted Krever
Joyce A. Krol
Heather Leonard
Rosalie Lowery
Gail Lukasik
Gaye Mack
Molly MacRae
J.Michael Major
Jeff Markowitz
Kelley McCoy
Frances McNamara
Janette McNana
Lynn Miller
Bear Mills
Vivian Mitchel
Pat Mitchell
Sue Myers
Carol Elizabeth Nicholson
Kathleen Nordstrom
Torena O'Rorke
Helen Osterman
Peter Peretti
Diane Piron-Gelman
Mariann Pogge
Lori Rader-Day
Terri Reid
Kelle Riley
Patricia Ruocco
Anne Sharfman
Cheryl Shore
Patricia Skalka
Kat Slayden
Susan Smily
Jane Smith
Jane Smith
John Smith
John Smith
James Smithy
Tauna Sonn-LeMarbe
Karen Stumm Limbrick
Nancy Sweetland
Elizabeth Tornes-Wrobel
Debora unold
Marilyn Upchurch
Edith Varga
Elizabeth von Groeller
David Walter
Mary Welk
Jeffrey Westhoff
Charlene Wexler
Sharon Williamson
Sarah Wisseman
Tina Wolff
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