VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY; PUBLISHER, THE BIG THRILL
Barry Lancet is the author of the award-winning international suspense series featuring Jim Brodie. The latest entry is THE SPY ACROSS THE TABLE (Simon & Schuster, June 2017). The first Brodie book, JAPANTOWN, won a Barry Award for “Best Debut Novel” and the second, TOKYO KILL, was a Shamus Award Finalist. The third, PACIFIC BURN, is out in paperback at the end of February. An American from California, Lancet has lived in Japan for more than twenty years. His editorial position at one of the Japan’s largest publishing houses allowed him access behind many closed doors, and lend his novels a true insider’s authenticity.
EDITOR, THE BIG THRILL
Dawn Ius is a professional writer and editor with more than 20 years experience as a journalist, communications expert, and published author. She has edited numerous international publications and published upwards of 500 articles in a diverse spectrum of magazines and newspapers across North America. In her first professional assignment, she interviewed former Soviet politician Mikhail Gorbachev through a translator. In various communications and media relations roles, Dawn has spearheaded award-winning awareness campaigns for corporate and non-profit organizations. Dawn has published three young adult novels with Simon Pulse (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), the latest, Lizzie, being a modern re-imagining of the infamous Lizzie Borden hatchet murders. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband, two giant breed dogs, and three bearded dragons. Yes, sometimes she will respond to “Khaleesi.”
ASSISTANT EDITOR, THE BIG THRILL
April Snellings is a writer and editor whose work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the American Advertising Federation. April has published more than 400 pieces in magazines and newspapers across North America. She has worked on ADDY Award-winning print and web campaigns, and her long-form journalism and film reviews have earned Golden Press Card awards from the SPJ. In 2016, she was named Writer of the Year in the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Her first nonfiction book, Ghoulish: The Art of Gary Pullin, is out now from 1984 Publishing. April lives in Tennessee with her wife, several recalcitrant dogs and cats, and a seven-foot animatronic werewolf named C. Thomas Howl.
ROUNDTABLE COORDINATOR, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, THE BIG THRILL
J. H. Bográn, born and raised in Honduras, is the son of a journalist. He ironically prefers to write fiction rather than fact. José’s genre of choice is thrillers, but he likes to throw in a twist of romance into the mix. His works include novels and short stories in both English and Spanish. He’s a member of the Short Fiction Writers Guild, the Crime Writer’s Association, and the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator and contributor editor their official e-zine The Big Thrill.
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS, THE BIG THRILL
R.G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. His most recent suspense thriller, BLONDE ICE, was published by Atria in 2016 – and was a Finalist for the David Award and a Silver Falchion nominee. It is the latest in a series of books featuring Gil Malloy, a newspaper reporter who breaks big stories on the front page of the New York Daily News. The first book in the Gil Malloy series – THE KENNEDY CONNECTION – was published in 2014 and SHOOTING FOR THE STARS came out in 2015. Belsky himself is a former managing editor at the Daily News and writes about the media from an extensive background in newspapers, magazines and TV/digital news. He was metropolitan editor of the New York Post; news editor at Star magazine; and most recently managing editor at NBCNews.com. His new thriller FORGET ME NOT – which won the Claymore Award at Killer Nashville – will be published by Oceanview in 2018.
Guy Bergstrom is a speechwriter and reformed journalist who also writes for Criminal Element and other publications. He’s represented by literary agent Jill Marr.
P. J. Bodnar is a retired police officer and professional photographer. When not writing for The Big Thrill, P. J. is hard at work on his debut thriller, HALF MOON. He lives in Pleasant Valley, NY with his wife and children. Connect with him online @PJ_Bodnar.
Josie Brown is the author of the best-selling HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S HANDBOOK series novels (14 novels); the TOTLANDIA series (6 novels) and the TRUE HOLLYWOOD LIES (2 novels). Her other novels include: THE CANDIDATE (political thriller), THE BABY PLANNER (contemporary women’s fiction), and SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES (contemporary women’s fiction) which was optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer for television. Josie lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Austin S. Camacho is the author of six novels about Washington Dc-based private eye Hannibal Jones, five in the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series, and the detective novel, BEYOND BLUE. His short stories are featured in several anthologies including DYING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND, an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Top Ten Bestseller for 2008, and the Edgar-nominated AFRICAN AMERICAN MYSTERY WRITERS: A HISTORICAL AND THEMATIC STUDY by Frankie Y. Bailey.
John Clement is the author of the Edgar-nominated Dixie Hemingway Mystery Series created by his mother, Blaize Clement. The 10th book in the series, THE CAT SITTER’S WHISKERS (St. Martins/Minotaur) is in bookstores now, and coming in December is THE CAT SITTER & THE CANARY. John divides his time between Siesta Key, Florida, where the series takes place, and New York City.
Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—so she writes. Her mystery novels include the Edwardian era Cambridge Fellows series, and the contemporary Lindenshaw Mysteries. Multi-published, she has titles with Carina, Samhain, Riptide, Lethe and Bold Strokes, among others. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Mystery People, Charlie regularly appears at literary festivals and at reader and author conferences with The Deadly Dames.
John A. Connell is the author of RUINS OF WAR and SPOILS OF VICTORY, the first 2 books in the Mason Collins series, both released by Berkley. Ruins of War has been nominated for a 2016 Barry Award and named one of the top five debut thrillers of 2015 by Oline Cogdill. John is also a camera operator for film and TV, and has worked on such films as Jurassic Park and Thelma and Louise. He lives with his wife in Madrid, Spain, where he’s working on the third in the Mason Collins series.
Lynne Constantine is a coffee drinking, Twitter addicted, fiction writer always at work on her next book. She runs her plots by Tucker, her golden retriever, who always agrees with her. She is the co-author of CIRCLE DANCE, and the author of THE VERITAS DECEPTION. Lynne is also a social media consultant and speaker and works with authors to build their online platforms.
John Darrin has written and published three novels. SCREENSHOT (#7 on the Amazon Thriller best-seller list, THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE ( one of the 14 best Indie novels of 2015), and THE LAW OF THE PACK. John worked in the nuclear industry, mostly in radiation safety, and most recently in radiological emergency preparedness. It sounds a lot cooler than it is.
Terry DiDomenico retired from academic writing and editing and is now exploring various types of freelance editing including book doctoring and first reader. She enjoys researching ideas for her fiction and is working on her first novel – a thriller, of course. Terry lives with her husband of 42+ years in rural south-central Pennsylvania.
Dr. Jessica Driscoll is a Registered Psychologist who works with adolescents and adults. Although the majority of her writing experiences are clinical and academic in nature, Jessica’s love of literature began in early childhood, when her older sister read Archie comics and Dr. Seuss to her. Jessica sees incredible value in the impact the written word has had on her clients (she often uses literature as a therapeutic tool), her colleagues, and her supervisees.
George Ebey is the author of the Helen of Mars Saga, a series of futuristic adventure tales for young readers. Prior to turning to the world of Middle Grade and Young Adult adventure, he got his start by writing works of mystery and suspense. Ebey’s previous titles include: Broken Clock; The Red Bag; Dimensions: Tales of Suspense; and Widowfield.
Matt Ferraz was born in Brazil and lives in the UK, where he’s taking his Masters in Biography at the University of Buckingham and working as assistant editor at Monster Books. His first English-written novel, KILLING DR. WATSON, came out by MX Publishing on early 2016, and he also has works published in Portuguese and Italian.
When he’s not working on his own novel or screenplays, G. Robert Frazier writes about other writers and their works on his blog and other sites such as BookPage, Killer Nashville, and US Review of Books. He is a script reader for both the Austin Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival screenwriting competitions and is a member of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association. He used to write and edit stories for several newspapers in the Nashville area until the industry caved in on itself and set him free. And he once won a flash fiction contest in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, so there’s that.
L E Fitzpatrick is a writer of dark adventure stories and thrillers. Under the watchful eye of her beloved rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she leaps from trains and climbs down buildings, all from the front room of a tiny cottage in the middle of the Welsh countryside. Inspired by cult film and TV, L E Fitzpatrick’s fiction is a collection of twisted worlds and realities, broken characters, and high action. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of her imagination and creating hugely entertaining stories.
Donna Galanti is the author of A Human Element and A Hidden Element in the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy, which New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison claims is “Chilling and dark…a twisty journey into another world,” and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series. Donna blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at schools.
Azam Gill is a novelist, analyst and retired Lecturer from Toulouse University, France. He has authored eight books, including three thrillers — Blood Money, Flight to Pakistan and Blasphemy. He also writes for The Express Tribune, a New York Times affiliate and blogs on his website. He served in the French Foreign Legion, French Navy and the Punjab Regiment.
Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of APOSTLE RISING, MR. GLAMOUR, ONE LOST SUMMER, NOIR CITY, MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS, CONFESSIONS OF A HIT MAN, and many others. Richard’s stories have been published over 34 anthologies. He lectured in English and American literature at the University of London. You can find out more about him at his website, where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular interviews with other authors.
Derek Gunn is a native of Ireland who writes horror and thriller fiction and is the author of the bestselling Vampire Apocalypse series and four other novels. He has featured on BBC radio, various podcasts and has appeared at many conventions in the UK and Ireland. He is a member of and a Contributing Editor to The International Thriller Writers Association and an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association.
Published since 1982, Karen Harper is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary suspense and historical novels about real British women. She is the winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award for her novel, Dark Angel. Her current suspense novels are The South Shores Series, and her most recent historical releases are The It Girls and The Royal Nanny.
Millie Naylor Hast writes award-winning action thrillers based on important themes of today. She is a former journalist, city council member, and graduate of the FBI, DEA, and Houston Police Citizens Academies. In her spare time she hikes, cycles, and plans new adventures. She currently seeks representation for her manuscripts.
David Healey is the author of several thrillers and mysteries, including GHOST SNIPER and THE HOUSE THAT WENT DOWN WITH THE SHIP. He has written regional histories such as 1812: REDISCOVERING CHESAPEAKE BAY’S FORGOTTEN WAR and GREAT STORMS OF THE CHESAPEAKE. He worked for 21 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, and is now teaches full time at Kaplan University.
Don Helin published his first thriller, THY KINGDOM COME, in 2009, his second, DEVIL’S DEN, was published in 2012. His third, SECRET ASSAULT, was selected as the best Suspense/Thriller at the 2015 Indie Book Awards. Don’s most recent thriller, ANGEL’S REVENGE, was recently published and received an Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival.
Christina Ironstone is an Insurance Professional by day and an Author/Writer by night. She writes articles, interviews, short stories and is currently in the process of writing a novel. Christina caught the love of writing at a young age and continues to follow her passion. When she’s not working or writing, you can find her baking, sewing or spending time with family and friends. She’s also into travel; she’s been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, DC, Florida, Bahamas and more!
Ken Isaacson has been a practicing attorney for more than 35 years. Lawyers write for a living, and many people think they write fiction for a living. One day, Ken decided to abandon all pretenses and write something that he could readily admit was completely made up. So now, he writes crime fiction. His first novel, SILENT COUNSEL, won critical acclaim, and upon its release it spent an entire month on Amazon’s list of bestselling legal thrillers behind only Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and John Grisham’s THE APPEAL.
Renee James is a transgender author who began writing long fiction in 2010 after a career as an award-winning magazine writer and editor. Her first book, COMING OUT CAN BE MURDER, won book of the year honors from the Chicago Writers Association and a medal from ForeWord Reviews. It was republished as Transition to Murder in 2014 by Riverdale Avenue Books. The sequel, A KIND OF JUSTICE, will be released this October by Oceanview Publishing.
Kay Kendall’s Austin Starr mysteries capture the spirit and turbulence of the 1960s. DESOLATION ROW (2013) and RAINY DAY WOMEN (2015) show Austin as a young Texas bride, forced to the frontlines of societal change by her draft-resisting husband. Austin copes by turning amateur sleuth. Kay is president of Mystery Writers of America’s southwest chapter, and in her former life as a PR executive, her projects won international awards.
Myles Knapp loves books where heroic men and women beat the bleep out of bad guys then ride off looking for someone else to help. He’s inspired by Lee Child, Jon Land, James Lee Burke, Randy Wayne White, David Morrell, Stephen Hunter, Joseph Finder and Elmore Leonard’s quote to “leave out the parts the readers skip.” Check out his reviews here.
Brian Knight lives in Washington State with his family and the voices in his head.
Amy Lignor began writing in the historical adventure category with THE HEART OF A LEGEND and went on to write in the YA realm with THE ANGEL CHRONICLES. The TALLENT & LOWERY suspense series appeared two years ago, offering up intriguing puzzles, adventure, and all-out action. She is the editor for Suspense Magazine, and a contributor and book reviewer for many publications. In addition, her company, The Write Companion, allows her to work with debut authors to bring new “voices” to fiction.
Stacy Mantle is the founder of PetsWeekly.com and the author of the Shepherd series about Alexandra Wilde, a woman who can communicate with animals. She currently lives in the deserts of the Southwest with three neurotic dogs, several demanding cats, and a very understanding husband.
Grant McKenzie is the internationally published author of six edge-of-your-seat thrillers, plus a mystery series set in San Francisco. His riveting thrillers are available from Polis Books. Under the pen name M. C. Grant, he writes the Shamus-short-listed Dixie Flynn series from Midnight Ink. As a multi-award-winning journalist, Grant has worked in virtually every area of the newspaper business. He lives in Victoria, Canada.
Alison McMahan is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker. Her first book was the award-winning ALICE GUY BLACHÉ, LOST VISIONARY OF THE CINEMA (Bloomsbury 2002), a critical study (also available in Spanish). The film rights to this book have been sold for a documentary. She is following that up with a novel about Alice Guy Blaché’s life. McMahan also wrote THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON: ANIMATING LIVE ACTION IN HOLLYWOOD (Bloomsbury 2005) and a historical mystery novel, THE SAFFRON CROCUS (Black Opal Books, 2014), and has a medieval spy novel on submission.
Heidi Ruby Miller uses research for her stories as an excuse to roam the globe. Her books include the popular AMBASADORA series and the award-winning writing guide MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT. In between trips, Heidi teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Heidi lives near Pittsburgh with her award-winning writer husband, Jason Jack Miller, and a sweet little kitty.
Terri Nolan began her writing career as a newspaper and radio journalist. She has a degree in Radio/Television from the University of Texas at Arlington. Nolan is the author of three thrillers featuring investigative journalist Birdie Keane. The critically acclaimed and award nominated trilogy includes the novels BURDEN OF TRUTH, GLASS HOUSES, BLUE BIRD, and the short story HOBO JOE. She lives in the Los Angeles area.
Tim O’Mara is best known as the author of the Raymond Donne mystery series (St. Martin’s/Minotaur and Severn House.) His next novella, Jammed, will be published (August, 2018) in the Three Strikes trilogy by Down & Out Books, along with novellas by Charles Salzberg and Ross Klavan. Tim is currently working on the high school-based crime drama SoClose2Me and is editing an anthology of river-based short crime stories, Down to the River, to be published early 2019 by Down & Out Books.
Kelly Parsons is the author of the novels DOING HARM (St. Martin’s Press, 2014) and the forthcoming UNDER THE KNIFE (St. Martin’s Press, 2017). He is a board-certified urologist and professor of surgery at the University of California, San Diego. He lives with his family in Southern California.
Cathy Perkins works in the financial industry, where she’s observed the hide-in-plain-sight skills employed by her villains. She writes award-winning predominantly financial-based mysteries. When not writing, she can be found doing battle with the beavers over the pond height or setting off on another travel adventure. Born and raised in South Carolina, she now lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.
E.M. Powell’s historical thriller Fifth Knight novels have been #1 Amazon and Bild bestsellers. Her new Stanton & Barling medieval murder mystery series starts with THE KING’S JUSTICE, which is due for release in 2018. Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State), she lives in northwest England with her husband, daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog. As well as contributing to The Big Thrill, she blogs for English Historical Fiction Authors and is the social media manager for the Historical Novel Society.
Eyre Price is the author of the #1 Kindle Crime and award-winning BLUES HIGHWAY BLUES as well as other titles in The Crossroads thriller series for Thomas & Mercer (Amazon Publishing). Eyre was raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but since then has found a home of one sort or another in Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Dallas, and Nashville. These days home is a little place by the beach in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, which he shares with his son, Dylan, and an assortment of four-legged friends.
Rick Reed retired as a decorated Detective Sergeant with the Evansville Indiana Police Department. Reed’s acclaimed book, BLOOD TRAIL, is the true account of his capture of serial killer, Joseph Weldon Brown who received two life-without-parole sentences. Reed is the author of the Detective Jack Murphy thriller series. His new book, THE HIGHEST STAKES, will be released October 25, 2016. Reed is currently teaching Criminal Justice and writing.
Vivian Rhodes is a published mystery novelist and two time Emmy-nominated television writer. Her Lifetime movie, Stolen from the Womb airs frequently, most recently in May 2016. Her suspense thriller, IF YOU SHOULD READ THIS, MOTHER is due to be released in 2017 and her recently republished novel, GROOMED FOR MURDER, is being considered for a pilot for an online video service. Vivian lives in Los Angeles and writes about all things nostalgia- from film noir to vintage toys- on her blog, Rhodes Less Traveled.
Bryan E. Robinson is the author of 35 nonfiction books and two murder mysteries. His latest book is DAILY WRITING RESILIENCE: 365 MEDITATIONS & INSPIRATIONS FOR WRITERS. His books have been translated into thirteen languages, and he’s been featured on 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, NBC Universal, The CBS Early Show, CNBC’s The Big Idea. Robinson maintains a private psychotherapy practice and lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his spouse and four dogs.
K. L. Romo writes about life on the fringe: teetering dangerously on the edge is more interesting than standing safely in the middle. She is passionate about women’s issues, loves noisy clocks and fuzzy blankets, but HATES the word normal.
Charles Salzberg, is author of the Shamus Award nominated Swann’s Last Song, Swann Dives In, Swann’s Lake of Despair, Swann’s Way Out, Devil in the Hole, named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense Magazine, and Second Story Man, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award for best crime novel of 2018. He is on the Board of MWA-NY.
Robert Rotstein, with James Patterson, is the author of The Family Lawyer, the title story of the New York Times best-selling collection. He has written The Bomb Maker’s Son, Reckless Disregard, and Corrupt Practices (Seventh Street Books), about attorney Parker Stern. His forthcoming novel We, The Jury, a psychological drama, is scheduled to be released by Blackstone Publishing in early 2019.
Basil Sands is the author of action packed thrillers, novellas, and short stories and a professional audiobook narrator. Born on a homestead outside of Fairbanks Alaska, he served in the Marines, was Chef to the Spies (dining manager at the NSA), owned a computer shop, worked as a lumberjack, ambulance driver, radio host, and government IT guy. He’s married to a Porsche driving Korean woman, and has three grown sons and a Yorkie named Heimdall, The Norse Dog.
Michael Sears writes with Stanley Trollip under the name Michael Stanley. Their novels, featuring Detective Kubu, are set in Botswana, a fascinating country with magnificent conservation areas and varied peoples. The mysteries are set against current southern Africa issues such as the plight of the Bushman peoples of the Kalahari (DEATH OF THE MANTIS, shortlisted for Edgar and Anthony awards, won a Barry award in 2011), the pervasive power of witch doctors (DEADLY HARVEST, shortlisted for an ITW Thriller award in 2014), blood diamonds, the growing Chinese influence, and biopiracy. The latest book in the series is DYING TO LIVE. Michael has lived in Kenya, Australia and the US, and now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa
Alex Segura is a novelist and comic book writer. He is the author of the Miami crime novels featuring Pete Fernandez, SILENT CITY and DOWN THE DARKEST STREET (Polis Books). He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed ARCHIE MEETS KISS storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story, and the upcoming ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES. He lives in New York with his wife and son. He is a Miami native.
Sonja Stone collected intel from Washington College, trained for a cover job at Le Cordon Bleu, and completed courses at the same survival school where Tom Hanks prepared for Cast Away. Sonja’s learned to throw knives, fire guns, and navigate the desert, because…well, you never know. Her debut novel, DESERT DARK, a young adult thriller, was released in April, 2016. When she’s not stalking coyote through the desert, she’s writing the sequel, slated for release in the fall of 2017.
Jaden Terrell is the author of the Jared McKean private detective series and a contributor to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of exercises for writers of crime fiction. Her short stories have appeared in KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR, and she writes for the Killer Nashville Magazine. The recipient of the 2009 Magnolia Award for service to the Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, Terrell is also a writing coach, workshop leader, and compassionate editor.
Anne Tibbets is a recovering TV writer and the author of the YA Contemporary SHUT UP, and of the New Adult speculative series The Line: CARRIER and WALLED. Anne is also co-author of the first book in the military science fiction series EXTINCTION BIOME: INVASION, and is slated to author the second, EXTINCTION BIOME: DISPERSAL (2017), both as Addison Gunn. Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and two furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.
Wendy Tyson is a writer, lawyer, and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. Wendy writes two mystery series, the bestselling Greenhouse Mystery Series and the popular Allison Campbell Mystery Series. Wendy’s short stories have appeared in literary journals, and she has short fiction in two anthologies, Betrayed and the forthcoming The Night of the Flood. Wendy and her family live in Vermont.
Steve P. Vincent is the author of four political/conspiracy thrillers in the acclaimed Jack Emery series – FIREPLAY, THE FOUNDATION, STATE OF EMERGENCY and NATIONS DIVIDED. He has also spent a decade working as a policy adviser and holds degrees in political science and history. He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and a demanding goldfish.
Sidney Williams is the author of several novels including the short novel DARK HOURS and the thriller MIDNIGHT EYES. He’s also written horror tales such as WHEN DARKNESS FALLS, BLOOD HUNTER, NIGHT BROTHERS, and AZARIUS. His short work has also appeared in Cemetery Dance, Eulogy, Sanitarium and in anthologies including UNDER THE FANG. Sidney teacher creative writing with a focus on horror, mystery and suspense.
James W. Ziskin is the author of the Anthony-, Barry-, and Lefty-nominated Ellie Stone Mysteries. His latest book is HEART OF STONE, June 2016. James is represented by William Reiss of John Hawkins and Associates, Inc.