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2014 Murder Goes South Presenter Bios

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TAMAR MYERS, Special Guest

TAMAR MEYERS Special GuestTamar Myers was born and raised in the Belgian Congo (now just the Congo). Her parents were missionaries to a tribe which, at that time, were known as headhunters and used human skulls for drinking cups. Hers was the first white family ever to peacefully coexist with the tribe, and Tamar grew up fluent in the local trade language.

In college Tamar began to submit novels for publication, but it took twenty-three years for her to get published. Persistence paid off, however, because Tamar is now the author of two ongoing mystery series. One is set in Pennsylvania and features Magdalena Yoder, an Amish-Mennonite sleuth who runs a bed and breakfast in the mythical town of Hernia. The other is set in the Carolinas and centers around the adventures of Abigail Timberlake, the proud owner of a Charlotte (and later Charleston) antique store, the Den of Antiquity.

Tamar now calls Charlotte, North Carolina, home. She lives with her husband, plus a Basenji dog named Pagan, a Bengal cat named Nkashama, and an orange tabby rescue cat named Dumpster Boy. She and her husband are of the Jewish faith, the animals are not.

Tamar enjoys gardening (she is a Master Gardner), bonsai, travel, painting and, of course, reading. She loves Thai and Indian food, and antique jewelry. She plans to visit Machu Picchu in the near future.

She is currently working on her 32nd novel. MS Myers is a member of Sisters in Crime writers' group.


Debby Giusti

Debby GiustiDebby published in magazines when her children were young and her husband was teaching ROTC at Truman State University. As the children grew older, she put her writing on hold and focused on church ministry and community service.
For many years, Debby wrote for SOUTHERN LADY MAGAZINE, a beautiful publication filled with everything a true Southern belle loves . . . elegant tableware, delicate lace and antique linens, special shopping and dining destinations, yummy recipes and stories about women who have made a difference. Pick up a copy and see why SOUTHERN LADY is Debby's favorite magazine!

Now Debby spends most of her time writing inspirational romantic suspense. She's currently working on her Military Investigations Series for STEEPLE HILL Love Inspired Suspense. THE OFFICER'S SECRET launched the series in May 2011. The second book, THE CAPTAIN'S MISSION, followed later that year. THE GENERAL'S SECRETARY was released in January 2013. Ms Guisti is a member of Sisters in Crime Atlanta Chapter.


Deborah Malone

Deborah MaloneDeborah's work as a freelance writer and photographer has appeared in the historical magazine "Georgia Backroads" since 2001. Her short stories have appeared in "Tales of the Rails" edited by Olin Jackson. She has an established blog, Butterfly Journey, where she reviews Christian Fiction. "Death in Dahlonega" Deborah's debut cozy mystery was released October of 2011. "Death in Dahlonega" won second place in the mystery/suspense category in the American Christian Fiction Writer's Category Five Writer's Contest.

Deborah would love to hear from you. Visit her website at Her second novel "A Murder in Marietta" was released in October 2012.


Pamela V Mason

Pamela V MasonPamela V. Mason is a hybrid native of New Orleans and Mobile, AL … two sister cities that are so alike, they polarize each other like the north and south ends of magnets. Much like Pam… and Pamela.

At WriterMason Productions she promotes her clients books on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Goodreads, and any other appropriate sites that specifically draw romance readers. She offer other avenues of promotion like contests, Tweet chats, Google + Hangouts, and Facebook and Goodread chats, and if her client feels really adventurous, she will brainstorm some other ideas out of the box.
Her idea of romance writing-Drag Queens pitted against Azalea Trail maids with some N'Awlins paranormal and Mobilian southern gentility thrown in. Pamela currently resides outside of Atlanta. If you'd like to make contact her email address is


Bryan Powell

Bryan PowellBryan M. Powell is the music pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Smyrna, GA. His book Stranger in the Pulpit is a faith based mystery novel set in Beaumont, Colorado. Chase Newton, an investigative reporter finds himself caught in an international conspiracy. In his quest for the truth to discover who Pastor T.J. Richards really is, he finds the truth he has been searching for all his life. Bryan other novels include Stranger in the White House, and Sisters of the Veil, which was released in January 2012.

Larissa Reinhart

Larissa ReinhartLarissa considers herself lucky to have taught English in Japan, escaped a ferocious monkey in Thailand, studied archaeology in Egypt, and survived teaching high school history in the US. However, adopting her daughters from China has been her most rewarding experience. After moving around the Midwest, the South and Japan, she now lives in Georgia with her husband, daughters, two frogs, two fish, and Biscuit, a Cairn Terrier.

She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. Her third Cherry Tucker mystery with Henery Press, HIJACK IN ABSTRACT, releases November 5, 2013, following STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, (May 21, 2013) and PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (August 28, 2012). Portrait is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. On December 9, 2013, a Cherry Tucker prequel novella, QUICK SKETCH, will launch in the mystery anthology THE HEARTACHE MOTEL.

When she's not writing about Southern fried chicken, she writes about Asian fried chicken at her blog about life as an ex-expat at the Expat Returneth.


Louise B Richardson

Louise B RichardsonLouise B. Richardson is the 2014 president of Sisters in Crime-Atlanta. A veteran writer, with many years in PR and advertising on both the agency and client sides of the desk, she has served as an officer of two companies, as well as president of her own firm. She also taught college composition and business writing for over a decade.

Enthralled by fiction since childhood and hooked on mysteries since her 20's, Louise has recently begun to try her hand at mystery writing, inspired by many of the authors she has met through Sisters In Crime and Murder Goes South. She is excited to be among this year's panel moderators.


Lane Stone

Lane StoneLane is a native Atlantan and graduate of Georgia State University. She, her husband, Larry Korb, and the real Abby divide their time between Sugar Hill, GA and Alexandria, VA.

She’s a member of both the Chessie Chapter and the Atlanta Chapter of Sisters in Crime. When not writing she’s either raising money for women political candidates for Women’s Action for New Directions, hiking in various countries or playing golf.

She is the author of the Tiara Investigations mystery series. Her novels include Domestic Affairs and Current Affairs.

Tina Whittle

Tina WhittleTina Whittle's Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series - featuring intrepid gunshop owner Tai and her corporate security agent partner Trey - has garnered starred reviews in Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Published by Poisoned Pen Press, this Atlanta-based series debuted with The Dangerous Edge of Things, followed by Darker Than Any Shadow. The third book - Blood, Ash and Bone- premiered March 2013.

A nominee for Georgia Author of the Year in 2012, Whittle's short fiction has appeared in The Savannah Literary Journal, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Gulf Stream, which selected her story "Lost Causes and Other Reasons to Live" as the 2004 winner of their Mystery Fiction contest.

When not writing or reading, she enjoys golf, sushi, mini-pilgrimages, and spending time with her family (one husband, one daughter, one neurotic Maltese and three chickens).


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