Susan Armstrong is a lifelong writer. She began her career
as editor of her college newspaper and held positions as a professional
journalist, political consultant, and advertising copywriter before she
established her own advertising agency — which she ran for forty years.
Today, Susan writes cozy mysteries from her home office in a
small Kansas town where she is within walking distance of a working blacksmith
shop like the one in her Josie Posey series. Her Old English Sheepdog, Oliver,
serves as inspiration for the fluffy pooch in her books.
Susan writes under the name Anna St. John. She
is a member of Sisters in Crime.
Middle Grade Fiction
Finney and the Mathmysterians Coming March 2023!
Jamie Barber writes middle grade fiction and has ghost-written many blogs for various companies over the years. She now owns a digital marketing agency.
When Jamie is not writing or working, she can be found shuffling her two children between activities or herding her two dogs, which are sometimes more challenging than the kids. Jamie enjoys her beach city, karaoke night with her husband, musical theatre, a tasty red wine, and of course reading.
J.M. Donellan is an author,
musician, poet, podcaster, and teacher. He was almost devoured by a tiger in
the jungles of Malaysia, nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese
Himalayas and once fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the
mountains of India.
His recent works include the poetry collection Stendhal Syndrome, the Kirkus Prize
nominated novel Killing Adonis, the
dance/spoken word collaboration Inter,
and the podcast series Six Cold Feet, and his
children’s poetry collection 19 ½ Spells
Disguised As Poems. The film adaptation of his forthcoming novel The Fabulist is currently
in development with Continuance Pictures.
Ex'd Out Coming October 2022!
Christine's work has appeared in publications such as Imagine, Lancrom Review, and Deadfall: Crime Stories by New England Writers.
She lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her family and a dog
who is not nearly as well behaved as Bruno, the beloved canine in her novel.
The Dead Lie Coming January 2023!
Ivanka is the writer of a series of fun mystery novels set in a small lakeside town, featuring an amateur female sleuth with a shady past. Her poems and short stories have been published in numerous literary journals in Canada, the US, and the UK.
Born in Slovenia, Ivanka now resides in Ontario, Canada, with her family and the stray cats that wandered in. When not reading and writing, she enjoys viewing mystery series and romance movies, gardening, going for walks, and watching the waves roll in at the lake.
Karen writes mysteries and police procedurals, and when she's between books, Karen enjoys writing the occasional horror short story.
Karen enjoys reading mysteries and thrillers. She lives in North Carolina and when she's not working or writing, she enjoys time with her family, critique group and her dogs.
Rocky fell in love with books from an early age, and has long held a fascination with creating stories from words.
Although he spent his younger years writing knock-off fantasy novels, he has since shifted to mysteries and thrillers. It's the joy of a puzzle to be solved that excites him.
His recent YA mystery is everything he adores about the genre and more.
Crime in Italy Coming September 2022!
Dan began his publishing experience as a proofreader-copyeditor after teaching for five years. He has design and editorial experience although the bulk of his editorial career was as a managing editor for Liberty Fund.
Dan's moved from editor to writer, focusing on mysteries. Old habits being hard to break, when not writing, you might find Dan reading grammar or writing skill reference books.
Just for fun.
Leaving Us Coming March 2023!
Julie Lowman is a high school math teacher and YA writer. When she's not using the inspiration drawn from her students to construct page-turning stories, she's most likely playing chauffeur to her own children or watching TikTok.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Julie now lives in Maryland with her husband and four kids.
Kristine is the author of contemporary novels Mountain Treasure and Forbidden Treasure and has two romance novels due out in 2021 and 2022.
Kristine writes under the name Kama O'Connor; her essays and other stories have appeared in publications such as Zone 3, Bird's Thumb, Military Spouse Magazine, O-Dark-Thirty, Military Experience in the Arts. She was also a Pushcart nominee for a short story in her linked literary collection, Shrapnel.
Stefanie Medrek writes what she loves - YA Action/Adventure with
a strong dose of romance. An avid reader, Steff has spent a lifetime immersed
in fantastical worlds. She was writing stories as young as third grade, and her
love for breathing life onto the page has only grown since. She adores dogs,
comfy sweaters, running, soft rock, and coffee – lots and lots of coffee!
When she’s not reading or writing, Steff can be found playing
lacrosse with her son, walking the dog, working out, spending time with
friends, or enjoying the nature around her New England home.
Originally from Connecticut, Erik Meyers is an American abroad for years and years who has lived or worked in six countries on three continents, currently living in Germany.
With over 20 years of experience as a communications expert, he values the importance of a good story that can easily be understood, digested, and enjoyed.
Amber was born forever ago and yesterday in beautiful Ontario, Canada.
After enjoying many places across the country and around the world, she has come home again to spend most of her days playing chef, chauffeur and cheerleader to some brilliant little wingnuts.
Every once in a while though, when the stars align and the coffee is hot, Amber is able to sit and create gems from the bubbling thoughts in her head.
The Water Tower Coming December 2022!
Amy Pawlukiewicz was raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio in the suburb of Bay Village. She has been a writer her whole life, starting her first book in fifth grade, and she has always loved suspense and mystery.
In addition to being a suspense writer, Amy is a standup comedian, vegetarian, and animal lover. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their many, many pets. The Water Tower is her first novel.
Middle Grade Fiction
The Cameo's Secret Coming April 2023!
As long as I can remember I have been reading mysteries. By the time I was about ten, I was writing my own and turning them into little stapled paperbacks for my family.
I'm thrilled to be writing books to share with all of you mystery lovers out there. My stories are sure to include long-held secrets, an antique or two, and a little bit of romance.
Middle Grade Fiction
Lightning, Thunder, and Strays Coming June 2023!
Tina is the author of humorous essays, "When I quit litigation for waitressing, I brought my killer instinct with me", "Dumped on reality TV", and the viral hit, "Lovesick Leftie Blues", published in Canada's The Globe & Mail. She's also written for Great Lakes Boating, Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, PassageMaker, and the literary journal, Blank Spaces.
Her works of short fiction have won international writing contests, as has a teleplay adaption of her debut manuscript, WITCHES VERSUS DOGS. She is a copywriter for a leading digital ad agency, and she lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her Persian cat, Onion; yellow Labrador, Cadence; and her husband.
Middle Grade Fiction
Skelee Boy Coming February 2023!
Sandra's tastes in literature and music can best be described as eclectic. She writes middle grade fiction and comics, and enjoys reading rock musician biographies. She plays the violin and viola and is an avid fan of rock music.
Sandra lives in NC with her husband and their "tortie" cat, Charley. When she's not writing you can find Sandra playing her violin and viola as a free-lance musician.
Middle Grade Fiction
Melissa Ruth Rotert started as a poet, but now writes speculative fiction for all ages. She has a particular soft spot for middle grade fantasy that adds a dash of magic to the contemporary world. As an educator and artist, Melissa embraces the concept of 'play to learn' both in life and in her writing.
Born in the Midwest and raised in Western New York, Melissa is an avid Buffalo Bills fan who enjoys exploring every day with her two sons, three dogs, and singular husband. She enjoys writing micro and flash fiction to hone her craft and explore new ideas. One of her short stories can be found in the Fall 21 Issue of INKbabies literary magazine.
Desmond P. Ryan
For almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan worked as a
cop in the back alleys, poorly-lit laneways, and forgotten neighborhoods in
Toronto, the city where he grew up. Murder
often most unkind, assaults on a level that defied humanity, and violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the victims were all in a day’s
Whether as a beat cop or a plainclothes
detective, Desmond dealt with good people who did bad things and bad people who
followed their instincts. And now, as a retired detective, he writes mysteries and crime
Your Dream for Me Coming March 2023!
Alison's young adult romance novel, fuses two of her favorite interests, fashion and theater, together.
She lives in New York City as a social media strategist and is a contributing writer to more than ten publications on the online platform, Medium, including the well-known P.S. I Love You and The Writing Cooperative, with over 300,000 active followers each. Her work has also been featured in the digital magazine, Thought Catalog.
Jen Seggio has been making up stories her whole life, but only now has she begun to write them down. She writes and illustrates picture books that are funny and exciting with a warm center. She also writes for Movie Babble and freelances in video editing and graphic design. Her artwork has been featured in the Walt Disney Family Museum and the annual Arts on Amboy festival.
In her free time, Jen loves traveling to new places...but since that's on hold, she enjoys biking, painting, and watching movies. She lives in New York City with her two cats, TC and Mikey.
Lauren R. Silberman writes cozy mysteries as Daphne Silver. Her short stories have been published in Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning and Fish or Cut Bait: A Guppy Anthology, both anthologies for Sisters in Crime, of which she is a member. She has also published three history books: Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State (History Press, 2015), Wicked Baltimore: Charm City Sin and Scandal (History Press, 2011), and The Jewish Community of Baltimore (Arcadia Publishing, 2008). When not writing, she serves as the deputy director for Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, MD. She lives in Maryland with her family.
Middle Grade Fiction
David writes fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. His most recent, Secret of Heathcote Manor,
was the winner of Litopia’s Pop-Up Submissions in October
Having lived overseas for most of his
life in far flung places such as Singapore, Germany, Canada, and the Outer
Hebrides, he finally settled down with his wife and four children in South East
When not writing or being a crazy cat
person, he enjoys canoeing, sea kayaking, gardening, and visiting historic
Riptide: A Raynor Beck Mystery Coming October 2022!
What the Monkey Saw: An Emily Gale Mystery Coming November 2022!
Lynn is an award-winning, best selling author of the true crime book, Unholy Covenant, and fiction titles The Rising, Wink of an Eye, and the Ava Logan mystery series.
Her upcoming projects include Raynor Beck, a PI series set on the NC Outerbanks, and Emily Gayle, an FBI agent battling crime deep in the Appalachian mountains. Both series are scheduled for release in Fall 2022.
Lynn is the president of the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and a member of the Authors Guild.