Kim Keeline: President

Kim Keeline is a former academic turned writer, hard at work at finalizing her first novel, Deadman’s Switch, set in a fictional train museum in Southern California, which won a Conference Choice Award in 2016 at the SDSU Writers Conference.  Her short story “The Crossing” was third place in the San Diego Public Library 2019 Short Story contest and was published in Crossing Borders, the Sisters in Crime anthology. A second short story is coming out in the October 2020 Bouchercon Anthology, California Schemin’. Kim is a freelance Book PR and Graphic Design person for other authors, in addition to teaching Scrivener and giving lectures on a variety of writing, literature, and history topics (see info on her work at her portfolio). She is also a volunteer steam locomotive engineer at the Poway-Midland Railroad. She is the co-chair of the organizing committee for Left Coast Crime 2020 in San Diego.

Corey Lynn Fayman: Vice President

“A powerful new voice on the crime-fiction scene” (ForeWord Reviews), Corey Lynn Fayman has done hard time as a musician, songwriter, and sound designer, but still refuses to apologize for it. Black’s Beach Shuffle, the first novel featuring the guitar-slinging detective Rolly Waters, was a San Diego Book Awards finalist. The second, Border Field Blues, won the genre award at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival. His third Rolly Waters mystery, Desert City Diva, was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews 2016 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award. See his website, the Sunburned Fedora, for more info.

Sheri Brady: Treasurer

An avid mystery, urban fantasy, thriller/suspense, and romance reader (basically everything except horror – too scary!).  I have a degree in Microbiology from the Univ. of Kansas (go JayHawks!) and use my science background working in the biotech industry, current genetic sequencing.  I spend most of my free time reading – thankfully books never expire as I seem to be collecting more and more to read.  You can usually find me at Mysterious Galaxy perusing the shelves, attending an author or a Partners in Crime event!  Maybe I will see you there!

Martin Roy Hill: Secretary

Martin Roy Hill is the author of the Peter Brandt mysteries, the Linus Schag, NCIS, thrillers, Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella, and the award-winning short story collection, Duty. Martin has been a soldier, a sailor, and a national award-winning investigative journalist. He now works as a Navy analyst in combat casualty care. His latest novel, The Butcher’s Bill, was named the 2017 Best Mystery/Suspense Novel by the Best Independent Book Awards, and was short-listed for the 2018 Clue Mystery Award presented by the Chanticleer International Book Awards.  See his website for more info.

Cornelia Feye: VP Programming

Born in Germany, Cornelia Feye studied art history and anthropology at the medieval University of Tubingen, Germany. After a stint in New York and traveling around the world for seven years, she settled in Ocean Beach, California with her husband and two sons. She enjoys teaching, rollerblading, and dancing tango. She runs an independent press, Konstellation Press, which specializes in poetry and genre fiction. More info at the Konstellation Press website.

Nicole Larson: VP Membership

Nicole Sours Larson is an award-winning freelance journalist, community activist and Coast Guard-licensed captain who is rewriting her first mystery. A past president of the San Diego Press Club, she writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Home & Garden, Sea Magazine and pens the Dock Lines with Captain Nicole column for the boating newspaper The Log. Her eclectic background includes running Virginia plantations and a Frank Lloyd Wright house for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, working on numerous political and issues campaigns, lobbying on Capitol Hill, earning a grand diplôme from Cordon Bleu Paris and organizing wine tastings in London, Washington, DC, and San Diego. She lives with her husband and two fabulous felines on the beach, where she enjoys contemplating mysteries.

Jim Gripp: Member at Large

Jim Gripp started a new industry when he became the first full-time litigation graphics specialist in San Diego, founding Legal Arts in 1979. With experience in over 5,000 cases in every major practice area, he keeps very busy working cases nationwide and teaching lawyers how to do their own graphics.  Jim is also a seasoned private investigator, licensed in California since 1981, specializing exclusively in homicide defense. With experience in over 150 murder cases—most recently several high-profile military war crime cases in Iraq and Afghanistan—Jim is a court-qualified expert in crime scene and event reconstruction. As a voracious reader of crime fiction, he’s always on the lookout for entertaining psychological thrillers that rival his real-life cases.

Kathy Krevat: Member at Large

Kathy Krevat (writing as Kathy Aarons) is the author of the national bestselling CHOCOLATE COVERED MYSTERY series by Berkley Prime Crime. Death is Like a Box of Chocolates was selected as a Top Book of 2014 by the San Diego Union Tribune. Truffled to Death was published in June 2015 and Behind Chocolate Bars will be out October 2016. Kathy has been a tireless advocate for arts education for youth, serving on the board for Playwrights Project, advising the Middle School Writing Workshop series in Carmel Valley, and volunteering for the CCA Writers’ Conference, the only free writing conference for high school students in the US.  Visit her at

Lisa Brackmann: Member at Large

Lisa Brackmann is the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author of the Ellie McEnroe novels set in China. The latest, Dragon Day, was a Seattle Times Top 10 Mystery of 2015 and was short-listed for a Lefty award. Her next novel is Go-Between, to be published July 2016. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Travel+Leisure and CNET. She lives in San Diego with a couple of cats, far too many books and a bass ukulele. You can find her online at


Original Launch Board (2016-2018):

  • Kathy Krevat, President
  • Lisa Brackmann, VP
  • Kim Keeline, Secretary
  • Valerie Hanson, Treasurer
  • Nicole Larson, Programming
  • Corey Lynn Fayman, Membership