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Authors Attending Writers for New Orleans

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V.S. Alexander writes across genres, including historical fiction, mystery, psychological suspense, and romance. In addition to domestic sales, his eleven novels have been published in more than a dozen countries around the world.  His second novel for Kensington Publishing, The Taster, has been optioned for film. His books have received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, The Historical Novels Review, and other industry publications. He has been a speaker at numerous writing conferences and events around the United States. Some of his early influencers include Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and any work by the exquisite Brontë sisters. 

Lisa Black is the New York Times bestselling author of 16 suspense novels, including the Gardiner & Renner series and the Locard Institute series. Her works that have been translated into six languages, optioned for film, and shortlisted for the inaugural Sue Grafton Memorial Award. She is also a full-time Certified Latent Print Examiner and a Certified Crime Scene Analyst, beginning her forensics career at the Coroner’s office in Cleveland Ohio and then the police department in Cape Coral, Florida. She has spoken to readers and writers at numerous conferences, been a consultant for CourtTV, and was a Guest of Honor at 2021 Killer Nashville.

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Bill Brown often says “I’m a highly educated man, but don’t know much.” He holds two Associate degrees, a bachelor’s, an MBA, and an EdD.

He served in the Alabama two-year college system for over thirty years, in five different colleges. He was a teacher and Division Chairperson of Computer Science and Business, later as Dean of Finance, Campus Dean, Acting President, Academic Dean, Dean of the College, and Chief Instructional Officer.

Bill has had a lifelong love of history, with the two greatest being his passion for family history and Alabama history. He is the unofficial family historian, providing over 200 family members with the Livings Legend family newsletter, a family cookbook, and more.

Dr. Brown is also an ordained minister and for over twelve years led a residential program for men who found themselves in unfortunate circumstances, including off the street, on probation or parole, court referred, etc. Several of those he helped remain in contact with him.

Bill is a family man living in Dothan, Alabama with his wife, Cathy. He has one daughter, one son, one granddaughter and one grandson. He has little time for hobbies, but does love to sail his Hobie Cat 16 whenever possible.

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USA Today and Amazon Best Selling Author Don Bruns has 19 published novels and stories in five anthologies. Currently his New Orleans series, Casting Bones, is being optioned for a television series by CBS. The series features a homicide cop and a voodoo practitioner who form a tenuous relationship to solve murders in the Big Easy.  Bruns’s anthology Hotel California released this past July and features stories by Andrew Child (Jack Reacher) Heather Graham, John Gilstrap and Reed Coleman among others.

July 11, his anthology Thriller releases with stories by Heather Graham, Jeffrey Deaver and others.

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Award-winning author Sharon E. Cathcart (she/her) writes heart-warming romance and historical fiction with a twist!

A former journalist and newspaper editor, Sharon has been writing for as long as she can remember and always has at least one work in progress. She is a member of the Archaeological Institute of America, Bay Area Romance Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the Historical Novel Society.

Sharon lives in the Silicon Valley, California, with her husband and several rescued cats.

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Pamela Ebel has been published in Shotgun Honey, YELLOW MAMA EZINE, Kings River Life Magazine, The BOULD AWARDS 2020 and 2021 Anthology, Tomorrow and Tomorrow 2021 Anthology and other venues. Her poetry has appeared in the Delta Poetry Review. A native of California, she now concentrates on tales from her original home state and tales from the highways of the South. She also knows, like the Ancient Greeks and the Irish, that as a southern writer you can’t outrun your blood. 

She has turned to writing full time as of 2020, obviously either perfect or bizarre timing, and this will be her fifth career. She lives in Metairie, Louisiana, with her husband and two cats. 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Angie Fox writes action-packed fantasy/mystery/romance about biker witches, ghost hunters, and things that go bump in the night. Her books have been called "fabulously fun" by the Chicago Tribune and have won multiple Daphne awards for mystery and PRISM awards for fantasy.


Angie is best known for the SOUTHERN SPIRITS™ series, the Monster MASH series, and for her BIKER WITCHES / ACCIDENTAL DEMON SLAYER books. Visit her at


"Matt Leyshon was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, before moving to the USA and has lived here for the last 19 years. A humble Solutions Engineer by day before morphing into a fervent writer at night.

His debut work, “Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut” was a critical success, gaining rave reviews from all readers, including Ripper experts, the hardest demographic to please. Despite only a six-month release his novel was awarded the “Jack the Ripper: Book of the Year – Fiction” by the Ripperology community.

That success has seen him invited onto the Rippercast podcast, and the House of Mystery radio shows to discuss his story. He has also appeared at Rippercon and two MegaCons to chat about his craft to live audiences.

Recently, Matt appeared on the History Channel’s show “History’s Greatest Mysteries” hosted by Laurence Fishburne. He was featured as an expert in their Jack the Ripper episode. When it comes to writing Ripper fiction, Matt is considered “top shelf,” and in elite company.

He currently lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wonderful wife Susan and his gorgeous children Reece and Charlotte, who he refers to as “the greatest story I have”.

C. F. Francis, a native Floridian, loves mystery, suspense and a romance. Her novels include all three and are set primarily in beautiful Southwest Florida.  The stories tell the tales of a team of Special Forces men who get into as much trouble off the field as they do during deployment.

Before becoming a full-time author, her diverse background included law, insurance, tourism and a stint with the Florida Legislature’s Organized Crime Committee. With friends who have served in the Special Forces and Military Intelligence, she has access to their expertise when it comes to the research for her books.

You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook page or contact her via her contact form.  She would love to hear from you.


T. E. MacArthur, author, artist, historian, amateur cat whisperer, and parapsychologist wannabe living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She wrote the Steampunk series, The Volcano Lady and the Gaslight Adventures of Tom Turner, as well as the Noir-punk mystery, Lou Tanner, P.I.: A Place of Fog and Murder.  She has also written for several local and specialized publications, anthologies, and was an accidental sports reporter for Reuters News.

Her storytelling changed direction recently to embrace the paranormal, her lifelong obsession, with her newest novel, The Skin Thief, set in the Four Corners region of Colorado, not far from where she grew up.  You can find her on Facebook, TikTok, or at


Michael Rigg, a retired Navy Judge Advocate, plies his trade as a mild-mannered civil servant and attorney by day, then morphs into a nascent mystery and thriller writer by night. Mike is a member of Hampton Roads Writers, as well as the Sisters-in-Crime national organization and its Southeastern Virginia Chapter—Mystery by the Sea (MBTS). He is a Contribution Author to the MBTS blog “Sand in Our Shorts” at,  He and his wife live in Virginia Beach. Visit him online at

Mike's short story, "Four Cedars," received First Prize in Fiction at the 2021 Hampton Roads Conference.  His flash fiction work, "The Writ," won Third Place in the 2021 Golden Donut Short Story Contest sponsored by the Writers' Police Academy. 

He has short stories that appear in the following anthologies: 

·         "In a Faubourg Far, Far Away" - Mardi Gras Mysteries (Mystery and Horror, LLC);

·         "The Courier" - Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea (Wildside Press); and

·         "Ghosts of Sandbridge" - Virginia is for Mysteries, Volume III (Koehler Books). 


No stranger to the NOLA experience, Mike is a member of three Mardi Gras krewes, Krewe of Cork, Krewe of ALLA, and Krewe of King Arthur. 

Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author, advanced practice registered nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter. She has taught at major universities and worked in nursing for thirty years, dealing with victims of sexual assault, abuse, and mental illness in a clinical setting at New Orleans area hospitals.

Raised in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, Weis learned to tell stories from a different perspective. She grew up on movie sets from Live and Let Die with Roger Moore to My Name is Nobody starring Henry Fonda. The first person to give her writing advice was Tennessee Williams, a family friend.

A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets outside of New Orleans.

Weis is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and the Horror Writers Association (HWA).

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