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Featuring Margaret Maron

Margaret MaronMargaret's books have been nominated for every major award in the American mystery field for which they are eligible. She is know for the Deborah Knott series and Sigrid Harald series.

Margaret Maron's works have been translated into seven languages and are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature. They have also been nominated for every major award in the American mystery field.

She is a founding member of Sisters in Crime and served as its third president. She is also a past president of the American Crime Writers League, and current president of Mystery Writers of America.

In 1993, Bootlegger's Daughter won the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Anthony Award for Best Mystery Novel of 1992, the Agatha Award for Best Traditional Novel, and the Macavity for Best Novel -- the first time one novel has ever won all four awards.

Margaret was the Guest of Honor at Malice Domestic XIII, held May 4-6, 2001 in Arlington, VA. She won an unprecedented fourth Agatha Award

She was born and bred in North Carolina, dropped out of college to marry a naval officer she met while working in the Pentagon, then lived in Italy and New York for the next few years before returning to her
family's home place.


Sallie Bissell

Sally BissellNashville native Sallie Bissell is the author of three novels of suspense featuring the half-Cherokee prosecutor, Mary Crow. Educated in the Nashville public schools, Bissell graduated from Peabody College and embarked on a career in advertising, where she worked on various media campaigns, including radio spots for the Grand Ole Opry.

Motherhood interrupted her advertising career, and when she returned to her typewriter after raising three children, she devoted herself to writing fiction. An avid horsewoman, she was a ghost writer for Bonnie
Bryant's popular Saddle Club series for young adults, penning seven novels before launching her own adult fiction career.

Her first two novels, In The Forest of Harm and A Darker Justice received critical acclaim from Kirkus Review and Publisher's Weekly, among others. People magazine called In The Forest of Harm a "topnotch thriller" while the Los Angeles Times dubbed A Darker Justice one of the Ten Best Mysteries of 2002. Her third novel, Call The Devil By His Oldest Name, was published in 2004. Sallie currently lives near Asheville, North Carolina. Her fourth Mary Crow novel, A Legacy of Masks arrives in bookstores March 25, 2005 . Though she no longer rides horses nearly as often as she'd like, she enjoys tennis, sketching, and hiking the North Carolina mountains with Chessie, her Boxer. (Photo: Sally Bissell)


Stephanie Bond

Stephanie BondStephanie Bond was seven years deep into a systems engineering career pursuing an MBA at night when an instructor remarked that she had a flair for writing and suggested that she submit to academic journals.

But Stephanie, a voracious reader, was only interested in writing fiction. Upon completing her master's degree and with no formal training in writing (her undergraduate degree is in computer programming), she started writing a novel in her spare time. In 1997, with ten sales under her belt to two publishers, Stephanie left her corporate job to write fiction full-time. (Photo: Christopher Hauck)

She now writes mystery novels for Mira Books, humorous romantic suspense novels for Avon/HarperCollins, and romantic comedies for Harlequin Books. Stephanie lives in midtown Atlanta. Her current book, Body Movers, the first book in a sexy mystery series set in Atlanta, is in stores now.


Norman Chastain

Norman ChastainBorn in Jesup, Georgia, he grew up in Tampa, Florida. Much of his passion for writing evolved during his youth Norman vividly remembers sitting on the stairs outside Plant High School captivated as he read DAY OF THE JACKAL by Frederick Forsyth.

With degrees in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech and Civil Engineering from University of South Florida, Norman's education prepared him for a career that includes a brief stint with a military contractor in Clearwater, Florida, several years with a Tampa industrial contractor, and his current role in operations management with a telecommunications manufacturer on the outskirts of Atlanta.

Norman resides in Marietta, Georgia with his wife, Ansley, and two children, who light up his world.

AFTER THE GAME is his first novel. Norman deeply appreciates your support and hopes you enjoy his novel as much as he did writing the story. (Photo: Norman Chastain)


Craig Faris

Craig Faris is a thirteen-time award-winning author of short fiction and plays,including four Best of Issue awards in the 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003 editions of the South Carolina Writers Workshop anthology. Five of his short stories have won the South Carolina Carrie McCray Literary Award for Best Short Fiction. He has 28 years experience as a graphic designer and has won two national design awards for direct mail, numerous marketing awards, the printing Craig Farisindustry's PICA award, and the Scholastic Arts Gold Key Award.

He served on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Workshop from 2000 until 2005, and served as Vice President of the southeast chapter of the Mystery Writers of America from 2000 until 2005.

Craig completed his first novel in 1998, a 226,000-word unpublished manuscript, which taught him how to type and finish a major work. His second novel, a 129,000-word thriller, entitled, The Spectrum Conspiracy, is represented by Sullivan Max Literary Associates. He was recently commissioned to write a nonfiction book based on the story of Janice Clark Smith, a grandmother who murdered her seventy-year-old father after 50 years of physical and sexual abuse. Her story has appeared twice on Larry King Live and The Oprah Winfrey Show. The book’s working title is, A Special Place in Hell.

Craig lives in Rock Hill, SC with his wife, Deena, and their two children, Katie, 14, and Charlie, 11.

Patricia Sprinkle

Patricia SprinklePatricia Sprinkle knows the South. She grew up in North Carolina and Florida and has lived primarily in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida as an adult, so it is no surprise that her fifteen published mysteries have deep Southern roots.

In 2007 she will release three titles: Death on the Family Tree, the first title in her new Atlanta-based Family Tree series, which uses genealogy to solve contemporary mysteries; Guess Who's Coming to Die? - the ninth in her Thoroughly Southern mysteries, which feature amateur sleuth MacLaren Yarbrough, a magistrate in a small Middle Georgia county; and A Mystery Bred in Buckhead, a reprint from her Sheila Travis series.

Mystery Times declared, "Forming a triumvirate with Anne George and Margaret Maron, Sprinkle adds her powerful voice to the literature of mysteries featuring Southern women." .


p.m. terrell

p.m. terrell is the author of eight books, including the internationally acclaimed suspense/thrillers Ricochet, The China Conspiracy and Kickback and the nonfiction book entitled Take the Mystery out of Promoting Your Book. p. m. terrellCombining her background as a computer programmer/analyst with a writing career has resulted in suspense/thrillers that feature female computer programmers as the main characters in books that reviewers say “sing like red-hot jazz” and are “fast-paced suspense at its best”, has garnered two PBS television specials, and has received press from as far away as India, China and Australia.

The characters in her books, all Southern-born women, find themselves caught in life or death situations where they must use their knowledge and their guts to rescue themselves. “I have always admired strong women,” Patricia admits. “I think it came from listening to my father tell us stories about our ancestry, and all the strong women in our family. One ancestor was left at home during the Civil War when her husband joined the Confederate Army. When a group of Union soldiers tried to steal the hams from the smokehouse, she stood in the doorway with her shotgun, and told them those hams were all she had to feed her seven children, and they would get to them over her dead body. Legend has it, they left her, her children and the hams alone.” It's the kind of guts the characters in her books would admire.

Patricia is currently working on an historical suspense/thriller inspired by her ancestor, Mary Neely, who was abducted by Shawnee Indians at Fort Nashborough in 1780, at the height of the Revolutionary War, and held in captivity for three years before she managed to escape and make her way back home.


Steven Womack

With the publication of his tenth novel, By Blood Written (Severn House, May 2005), best-sellingSteven Womack author/screenwriter Steven Womack introduces a new suspense series featuring New York literary agent Taylor Robinson and FBI agent Hank Powell. His books have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Shamus awards. Womack's third book and the debut of the series, Dead Folks' Blues, was presented the 1994 Edgar Allan POE Award as Best Original Paperback Novel by the Mystery Writers of America.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Womack is a graduate of Western Reserve Academy and Tulane University, where an unpublished novel of his was the first novel ever accepted as an undergraduate honors thesis. He also holds an M.F.A. from the Southampton College writing program. In addition to writing, Womack is a professor of screenwriting at the Watkins Film School in Nashville. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association, has been a Regional Vice President of the Mystery Writers of America and for several years led a fiction writing workshop at the Tennessee State Prison. (Photo: Steven Womack)


Patricia Wynn

Patricia Wynn was born in Houston, Texas, and earned a history degree from Rice University in 1972. She later attended the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona, for her Masters, and gave up a respectable career in international bankingPatricia Wynn to make an abortive attempt at entering veterinary school. Deciding to stay at home and take care of her children instead, she has dedicated the remainder of her life to being a starving author with a passion for history.

The first novel in her Blue Satan Mystery Series won an Honorable Mention from Writers Digest, a Silver Medal from PMA, and was a finalist for a Herodotus Award for Best First Historical Mystery. The second title in this series, The Spider's Touch,won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Genre Novel in 2003.

When Pat's at home, she occupies an empty nest in Newport Beach, California, with her husband and a new spoiled little puppy named Puppet.


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