Authors Attending Writers for New Orleans
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.
Rebecca Barrett writes historical fiction, short stories of life in the South, and children’s stories.
Currently Rebecca is writing a detective series set in the deep South of the sixties featuring Hugo August, a Vietnam veteran, as her protagonist. The first book, The Rat Catcher, is available as of May 1, 2023. She is working on the second book of the series, She Had To Die, while rocking out to the great music of the sixties and delving into the good vibes, high times, and social unrest of that era.
To find samples of Rebecca’s short fiction, go to: www.rebeccabarrett.com
She can be reached by email at: email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deanna is a native Californian. After spending five years traveling in an RV, she and her husband moved into an adorable cottage in a small town outside of New Orleans. After about six months, Deanna was convinced their 1907 home was haunted. Late at night as she penned Haunted on Bourbon Street, she often heard footsteps throughout the old house. Luckily, the spirit appears to be harmless, as he/she has never done more than make a little noise and possibly smoke a few cigars. However, if the ghost ever shows up in a dream, you’ll be the first to hear of it. Smudge stick anyone?
When she isn’t writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans and playing with her two shih tzu dogs.
T.M. Cromer is a multi-award-winning, international bestselling author who loves to craft wildly entertaining stories designed to keep you glued to your seat, turning the pages to find out what the hell happens next. She specializes in kickass heroines and the men who adore them.
Genres: paranormal romance and romantic suspense.
While originally from New Jersey, T.M. spent most of her growing-up years in a small beach town located in Northeast Florida. Currently, you can find her bent over her laptop in a small town in the PNW.
When she isn't writing, she's at the beck and call of her hellhounds, Wee Wicked Willow and Georgie Girl.
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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.
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 www.angiefox.com.
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.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie Mae Gallagher aka Anya Summers grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead of binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While she never got that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History. She is an international bestselling and award-winning romance author. Her latest release, The Last Ride, is the first book in a brand new steamy contemporary romance series featuring hot Navy SEALs. You can find her at www.anyasummers.com or https://maggiemaegallagher.com/
Marcia King Gamble fell in love with romance after reading her first Mills and Boon book at age six. Her mother, a school teacher, helped her learn to read at an early age. Of course having no television in the home helped as well. Reading fueled an overactive imagination. It still does.
Marcia was born on the island of St. Vincent in the sunny Caribbean. It’s a heavenly place where ocean and sky are the same mesmerizing blue. Sands are both white and black. St. Vincent has a dormant volcano and is also home to the oldest Botanical Gardens in the Western Hemisphere. The Grenadine islands (think Bequia, Mustique, Palm Island ... lifestyles of the rich and famous) are shared with Grenada.
Degrees in psychology and theater were obtained in the United States which has been her home for most of my life. She made a comfortable living as a travel industry executive while moonlighting as a reader for Harlequin/Silhouette. That’s where her first venture into writing romances began.
Since 1998 Marcia has been published by Kensington, BET and St. Martin’s Press and Harlequin. Recently, she has been Indie publishing. Now she can write what she wants to write and pick her own book covers. Yea!
From cozy mysteries to seaside romance, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall writes stories that captivate her readers. As a hybrid author with over sixty published works, Ms. Hall has a favorite tale for everyone.
Mystery lovers, check out her Scottish Shire series, set in the seaside town of Nairn, or the Salem B&B Mystery series, co-written as Traci Wilton. Her latest project is an Irish Castle cozy as Ellie Brannigan. Whether it's her ever-popular By the Sea romances, an Appletree Cove sweet romance, or a fun who-done-it, Traci finds her inspiration in sunny South Florida.
Christopher Hawke has helped writers from all over the world hone their craft. His workshops have been featured in numerous publications, including the Sun Sentinel in South Florida, where he has led weekly critique groups for over a decade. Besides co-running CommunityAuthors.com, an author services company, he works one-on-one with a select group of writers as a writing coach.
Mr. Hawke’s writing is represented by The Evan Marshall Agency, and his book The Craft of Writing hit #1 and maintained a Top 10 status on Amazon. His other titles include the highly acclaimed psychological thrillers The Chamber and Unnatural Truth.
After a career managing software development teams, Keith Howells is an aspiring author under the tutelage of the renowned writing coach, Christopher Hawke. He writes adult mysteries, including one due for completion in Summer 2023 that is a murder mystery with an intriguing historical twist.Oxford-educated, Keith has a rich vocabulary, a distinctive writing style, and a wicked sense of humor. As another artistic outlet, he has a YouTube channel of comedic poems, under the moniker “The News Bard”.
Jon Land is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 books, over 10 of which feature Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. The critically acclaimed series has won more than a dozen awards, including the 2019 International Book Award for Best Thriller for STRONG AS STEEL. He is also the author of CHASING THE DRAGON, a detailed account of the War on Drugs written with one of the most celebrated DEA agents of all time. A graduate of Brown University, Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island and received the 2019 Rhode Island Authors Legacy Award for his lifetime of literary achievements.
"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”.
Kathy Love is a USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels. She has written in several genres, including contemporary and paranormal romance and even a little horror. Now, she is focused on cozy mysteries with several series currently available. Kathy loves all things groovy and retro, especially The Beatles, flower power, and disco balls. But she also loves ghost stories, Halloween, and New Orleans. What can she say, she's eclectic. Kathy lives in Maryland with her family, three rowdy rescue mutts and four slightly calmer rescue cats. It's a full house!
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 www.TEMacArthur.com.
Mary Oldham is an award winning author, and three-time Golden Heart Finalist with the Romance Writers of America in the areas of Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense. Mary lives in Portland, Oregon when she is not sitting on her deck and looking at the Pacific in Yachats, Oregon, the Gem of the Oregon Coast.
Michael Rigg, a retired Navy Judge Advocate, works full-time as a civil servant and attorney by day, then morphs into a mystery and thriller writer at night and on weekends. 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—where he is a contributing member to the chapter blog “Sand in Our Shorts,” (https://sandinourshorts.blogspot.com/.) Visit Mike on his website, www.https://michaelrigg.com/, at this link: (Retired Navy Officer and Author - Short Stories Set in Virginia and New Orleans | Michael Rigg, Author) or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/michael.rigg.author.
As he polishes his novel-in-progress, a coroner-procedural set in New Orleans, Mike continues to develop his craft as a writer by concentrating on short stories. His work appears 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).
And, 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).
Mark Zeid is a retired Marine and a former military police officer, journalist, English teacher, criminal justice instructor, and technical writer. He is currently the author of Media Murder Mysteries, two of which won honorable mention in the WhoDunIt Mystery Writing Contest. He is also the author of another series featuring the private investigator Jeff Terrell and his reluctant partner, Bud, whose primary concerns are eating and napping. He also holds writing workshops and does Holocaust education for local groups.