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Shelley Burbank is a mystery and women's fiction author based in Maine and San Diego, California. Her debut mystery novel featuring Portland, Maine private investigator Olivia Lively will be traditionally published in March 2023 by Encircle Publications. Shelley's short fiction has been published in the confession market and literary magazines, and she worked as a journalist for a local weekly paper for many years. Her most recent flash fiction was included in San Diego Women Magazine.
Matt Coyle is the author of the best-selling Rick Cahill crime novels. He knew he wanted to be a crime writer when he was fourteen and his father gave him the simple art of murder by Raymond Chandler. Writing at night for over a decade his debut novel, Yesterday’s Echo, was finally published in 2013. The wait was almost worth it as it won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, the Ben Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction. The ninth book in the Cahill series, Doomed Legacy, comes out November 2022.
S.K. Derban resides with her husband in Southern California. Although born in the United States she moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her father, an American citizen, was a decorated veteran of the Second World War. Her British mother was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. After returning to the United States, Derban’s life remained filled with a love of the theatre, and a passion for British murder mysteries. Her personal travel and missionary escapades are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters. Readers are often transported virtually across the globe. Beginning with her faith in the Lord, S.K. Derban relies on all aspects of her life when writing. She hopes her books will allow readers to go on holiday without having to pack!
Kim Keeline, when not running a 1907 Steam Locomotive or lecturing on Shakespeare, is active in the mystery community. She is currently organizing Bouchercon 2023: San Diego. Her first published story, in San Diego's anthology CROSSING BORDERS, was a 2021 Derringer finalist. Her fifth short story will be published in 2023. She is currently revising her novel in hopes of getting an agent while freelancing for authors in marketing & web designing.
Kathy Krevat is the author of the GOURMET CAT MYSTERY series featuring cat food chef Colbie Summers and her demanding cat Trouble. She also writes the bestselling CHOCOLATE COVERED MYSTERY series under the name Kathy Aarons. Her short story “One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was selected for the Crossing Bordersanthology published by Down & Out Books in March 2020. Kathy lives in San Diego with her husband of twenty-nineyears. When she’s not writing, she’s volunteering with youth arts organizations and performing stand-up comedy – now via Zoom. Follow Kathy on Facebook or Twitter or visit her at: www.kathykrevat.com.
Deborah Holt Larkin
Deborah Holt Larkin holds a bachelor’s degree in American History and Literature from the University of California at Davis, and she studied creative writing at the University of California at San Diego. She has a master’s degree in the Education of Exceptional Children from San Francisco State University. She spent more than three decades teaching students with special needs before becoming an elementary school principal.
Wanda McLaughlin has published numerous short stories in both print and online magazines. Two of her short stories have received awards in area library writers’ contests. Her mystery, Murder Most Fowl, received Best Cozy Mystery from the 2019 Southern California Writers Conference. A graduate of the University of Texas, Wanda lives in Vista, CA. Her debut suspense novel, High Desert Heat, was published October 31, 2022.
Barrie Summy grew up in Canada on a steady diet of books and tobogganing. She tries to read a book a week and always breaks for tea and cookies at three o’clock. Her book The Disappearance of Emily H was featured on 3 episodes of AppleTV’s GHOSTWRITER show. She also write a YA/Middle Grade series called the I So Don’t Do… mysteries.
Carl Vonderau’s novel, MURDERABILIA, won the Lefty award in 2020 for Best Debut Novel and the San Diego Book award for Best Mystery. He also has a short story in the CROSSING BORDERS anthology. A former banker, Carl is president of the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime and also a member of ITW and MWA.