VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY; EDITOR, THE BIG THRILL
Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author (with NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Jonathan Maberry) of WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE and PREDATOR (coming 2014). Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies, and she has written for leading publications, including NOVEL & SHORT STORY WRITER’S MARKET, WRITER’S DIGEST, THE WRITER, and WILD RIVER REVIEW. Visit her blog and find her on Twitter (janicebashman), Facebook and LinkedIn.
Karen Dionne is the internationally published author of FREEZING POINT, a science thriller nominated by RT Book Reviews as Best First Mystery of 2008, and BOILING POINT, about an erupting volcano, a missing researcher, and a radical scheme to end global warming. Karen is also cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizes the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held in the Bahamas every year.
MANAGING EDITOR, THE BIG THRILL
Anthony Franze is a lawyer in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice of a major Washington, D.C. law firm and a writer with novels forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books. He has represented clients in numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, garnering national recognition for appellate law (The Legal 500, DC Super Lawyers). He also is an adjunct professor of law and has been a legal commentator for Bloomberg, The National Law Journal, and other prominent news outlets. Franze released his first novel, THE LAST JUSTICE, in 2012, and Suspense Magazine called him “one of the year’s hottest debut authors.” In 2014, ITW named him Managing Editor of The Big Thrill magazine. Franze lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where he is currently finalizing his next thriller, THE DISSENT.
MANAGING EDITOR, THE BIG THRILL
Barry Lancet is the author of JAPANTOWN and TOKYO KILL, the first two mystery-thrillers in the Jim Brodie series. JAPANTOWN won the Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel of 2013, was selected as a Best Debut of Year both by Suspense Magazine and mystery critic Oline Cogdill, shortlisted for Silver Falchion awards, and optioned by J. J. Abrams/Warner Bros for a TV drama. The New York Times/AP said that “Lancet…continues his winning streak with TOKYO KILL.” It was also selected as a must-read for Asian leaders by Forbes magazine. Lancet has lived in Tokyo for more than twenty-five years, though he makes frequent trips to the U.S. His access to the inner circles in traditional and other areas of Japan informs his writing. In 2014, he also signed on as a Managing Editor for The Big Thrill.
ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR, THE BIG THRILL
Dawn Ius is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is co-founder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Assistant Managing Editor of the International Thriller Writers’ The Big Thrill magazine, and the author of nine educational graphic novels published by the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Her first contemporary young adult novel, ANNE & HENRY, will be published Fall 2015 from Simon & Schuster’s Simon Pulse imprint, and her yet unpublished novel HEARTLESS was recently optioned for development of a TV show by Verite Films. Dawn also writes young adult thriller and paranormal fiction under the last name DALTON. Her short story, THREAD OF THE PAST was included in the SPIRITED anthology (Leap Books, 2012), and her novel, KILLER’S INSTINCT (Leap Books, 2013), co-written with Judith Graves, was nominated for the Silver Falchion award. Connect with her on Twitter @dawnmius.
A.J. Colucci is an author of science thrillers, stories that combine true, cutting-edge science with the adrenaline-rush of a thriller. Her latest novel, SEEDERS, was described by #1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston as “Gripping and brilliantly original.” Her debut novel THE COLONY was given a starred review by Publishers Weekly and Booklist called it “a frightening combination of well-researched science and scenes of pure horror.”
Feature editor Julie Kramer’s third book, SILENCING SAM, will be released June 22. Linda Fairstein said, “Silencing Sam has a sexy protagonist, a sinister plot, and delivers another delightful read in this smart series.” Kramer won the RT Book Reviewers Award for Best First Mystery and the Minnesota Book Award. She has also been a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark, Anthony, Barry, and Shamus Awards.
Paula L. Tutman is an Emmy Award winning journalist and award winning author of the murder mystery series, DEADLINE! Tutman is currently a working broadcast journalist at the NBC affiliate in Detroit. She has some 30 years in the news business, obviously beginning her career when she was six…no, make that three. Using her background as a former police reporter, she weaves real life stories and experiences into compelling mystery thrillers. She’s just completed her third novel, LOCAL NOOSE.
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. His debut novel TREASURE HUNT, which The Celebrity Café hails as an intriguing novel that provides interesting insight of architecture and the life of a fictional thief, has also been selected as the Top Ten in Preditors & Editor’s Reader Poll. FIREFALL, his second novel, was released in 2013 by Rebel ePublishers. Coffee Time Romance calls it “a taut, compelling mystery with a complex, well-drawn main character.” He’s a member of The Crime Writers Association, the Short Fiction Writers Guild and the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator and contributor editor their official e-zine The Big Thrill. You can find him on his website, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter @JHBogran
Jeff Ayers is the author of VOYAGES OF IMAGINATION: THE STAR TREK FICTION COMPANION Pocket Books-November 2006. He frequently reviews thrillers for Library Journal and regularly interviews authors for LJ, the Seattle Post-Intellgencer, and Writer Magazine.
USA Today bestselling paranormal romance author Cathy Clamp, now also writing urban fantasy as Cat Adams, has co-authored over fifteen paranormal thrillers for Tor Books with C.T. Adams, along with multiple short stories and articles for magazines and anthologies. Their latest release, DEMON SONG, third book of The Blood Singer series, has garnered praise from both adult and young adult thriller reviewers. The Blood Singer series will be released in paperback in late summer, 2011, and should appear on French and Russian shelves in 2012.
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author and Marvel Comics writer. His novels include THE DRAGON FACTORY, PATIENT ZERO (in development for ABC TV), and ROT & RUIN. He writes DoomWar, Black Panther, Marvel Universe vs the Punisher for Marvel. He is the co-founder of The Liars Club. Visit his publishing industry blog at www.jonathanmaberry.com and find him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
John Clement is the author of the popular Dixie Hemingway Mystery series created by his mother, author Blaize Clement (1932-2011), and published by St. Martin’s/Minotaur. His first book, The Cat Sitter’s Cradle, received unanimous praise from fans and critics alike. The ninth book in the series is The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives (July 2014). He divides his time between Sarasota, Florida, and New York City, where he’s currently working on the tenth book in the series while his pup snores at his feet under the desk. You can find him at www.DixieHemingway.com.
Stacy Mantle is most well known as the founder of the popular website, PetsWeekly.com, but has become recognized for her fiction writing with her first bestselling thriller, SHEPHERD’S MOON, the first in the SHEPHERDS series. Her collected works are vast and now reach an international audience. She resides in the deserts of the Southwest with three dogs, several cats, and a very supportive husband
Steph Cha is the author of Follow Her Home and the upcoming sequel Beware Beware, both published by St. Martin’s Minotaur. Her writing has appeared in The L.A. Times, The L.A. Review of Books, and Trop Magazine. She lives with her husband and basset in her native city of Los Angeles, California.
Lynne Constantine‘s love of the written word began early. An avid Nancy Drew reader in elementary school, she is still a voracious reader of thrillers and suspense. After 18 years in the corporate world, she gave up writing persuasive marketing campaigns to pursue her writing full time. She wrote her first novel, Circle Dance, a family saga spanning three generations, with her sister Valerie. She has written short stories and non-fiction but her passion is the novel. She recently completed her first thriller and is working on the second in the series. She also teaches workshops on social media and building the author platform.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Karen Harper has been published for 30 years. She is the winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award. A former college and high school English instructor, Harper currently writes contemporary suspense for Mira Books and historical novels for Penguin USA. Her latest historical thriller was released by Penguin USA as MISTRESS OF MOURNING and as THE QUEEN’S CONFIDANTE by Random House UK. Karen’s next contemporary suspense, UPON A WINTER’S NIGHT, set in Ohio Amish country, will be out November 2013. She and her husband divide their time between Columbus, Ohio and Naples, Florida.
Josie Brown’s latest novel is THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S HANDBOOK. Her novel, SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES,has been optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer as a dramatic television series for NBC-TV.
Austin S. Camacho has written a series about private detective Hannibal Jones and a series of adventure novels featuring mercenary Morgan Stark and jewel thief Felicity O’Brien. To pay the mortgage he answers media queries for the Defense Department. Camacho lives in Springfield, Virginia with his lovely wife Denise and Princess the Wonder Cat.
Christine Goff is the award-winning author of the bestselling “Birdwatcher’s Mystery” series soon available from Astor+Blue Editions. A former Colorado journalist and Willa Literary and Colorado Authors’ League Fiction Award finalist, Goff was Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2002 Writer of the Year. Her most recent work is a thriller set in Israel currently with her agent.
Tim O’Mara‘s first Raymond Donne novel, Sacrifice Fly, (St. Martin’s/Minotaur Books, 2012) was nominated for a Barry Award. His second, Crooked Numbers, (2013) was not. His third, Dead Red, is scheduled to be published in January, 2015.
Kelly Parsons, a surgeon and writer, is the author of DOING HARM (St. Martin’s), the debut novel Stephen King called the “best damn medical thriller I’ve read in 25 years. Terrifying O.R. scenes, characters with real texture.” It has been praised as “a gripping medical thriller” (Orlando Sun Sentinel/ McClatchy Wire), “a spectacular debut” (RT Book Reviews), and “skillfully wrought” (Library Journal, starred review). The film rights have been optioned by actor and producer Joel McHale’s Free Period Productions.
Dennis Tafoya’s first novel, DOPE THIEF, was published by Minotaur Books in 2009. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and the Liars Club, a Philadelphia-area writers group. His second novel, THE WOLVES OF FAIRMOUNT PARK, will be released by Minotaur in June of 2010. His short story “Above the Imperial” will appear in Philadelphia Noir, coming from Akashic Books in November as part of their award-winning City Noir series. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Michael Haskins is the writer of the Mick Murphy Key West Mystery series. CHASIN’ THE WIND the first in the series, was published in March 2008 and the second book, FREE RANGE INSTITUTION, will be available in February 2011. He has finished the third book in the series, CAR WASH BLUES. He lives with his wife, family, and sailboat in Key West, Florida.
John Darrin is a consultant on radiological emergency preparedness for homeland security. His work has taken him all over the world, and includes many unique and first-ever projects. A widower, John lives full-time in his RV and travels the country on the Go Places / Meet People / Do Things Tour.
Derek Gunn lives in Dublin, Ireland with his wife and three children and is the author of four novels. His post-apocalyptic thriller series, Vampire Apocalypse, has been widely praised on both sides of the Atlantic. Derek’s first book is currently in active development as a major movie. Graphic novel rights to Derek’s VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE series have been picked up by a US indie publisher – the first graphic novel is due out in 2011.
An award-winning author, Cathy Perkins works in the financial industry where she’s observed firsthand the hide-in-plain-sight skills employed by her villains. She released two books this year, THE PROFESSOR and FOR LOVE OR MONEY. When not writing, she can be found doing battle with the beavers over the pond height or setting off on another travel adventure. She lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.
During Don Helin’s career in the military, he spent three tours in the Pentagon, then worked as a lobbyist for industry. These two “Washington Insider” careers have provided him ample material for his thriller novels.
Brian Knight lives in Washington State with his family and the voices in his head. He is the author of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE BOOTS and SEX, DEATH & HONEY, both from his new crime thriller series, The Misadventures of Butch Quick.
Terry DiDomenico has spent most of her professional career editing and writing for university publications with a little freelancing on the side. She lives with her husband and two cats on four acres in south central Pennsylvania. She is working on her first novel – a thriller of course.
Dan Levy works from his Lincoln, Nebraska home as a freelance writer for the aviation and financial industries. His first novel, THE BLOWDOWN LIMIT, is an aviation-thriller winging its way in search of representation and publication. Bestselling author Jon Land noted, “Dan Levy’s THE BLOWDOWN LIMIT reminded me of Michael Crichton’s AIRFRAME and Thomas Block’s MAYDAY in all the right ways. Levy pilots his tale in a smooth and seasoned fashion that will make this the next book to make people think twice before flying the friendly skies.”
George Ebey is the author of Broken Clock, Dimensions: Tales of Suspense, The Red Bag, and Widowfield. He is a graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in writing. He lives with his wife, Gail, in Northeast Ohio.
Gary Kriss’s THE ZODIAC DECEPTION, about a con artist who having learned the art of illusion from Houdini is recruited by the OSS to use his skills for the ultimate deception: infiltrate the Nazi Occult Bureau and persuade Himmler to plot the assassination of Hitler, and its prequel, THE HOUDINI KILLER, will be published by TOR/Forge in 2014 and 2015 respectively. A writer for longer than he cares to remember, including a respectable stint with THE NEW YORK TIMES, Kriss now exists solely to make his lovely wife, Pat, his publisher, his editor, his agents, his dog and his cat proud of him. He still holds out hope that he can win over the dog.
Nancy Bilyeau is the author of an award-winning trilogy set in a different era, the reign of Henry VIII. The protagonist is Sister Joanna Stafford, a Dominican novice struggling to survive the destruction of the monasteries. The third novel, The Tapestry, will be published March 24, 2015.
Ethan Cross is the author of The Shepherd–a book that has been described as “Silence of the Lambs meets The Bourne Identity” and “A fast paced, all too real thriller with a villain right out of James Patterson and Criminal Minds”–and the pen name of a thriller author living and writing in Illinois with his wife, two daughters, and two Shih Tzus.
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 a twist of romance into the mix. His works include novels in both English and Spanish, short stories, contributor to The Big Thrill magazine, screenwriter for Honduras domestic television and movie reviewer for La Prensa. He’s a member of the International Thriller Writers and the online writer’s community Backspace.
Sandra Parshall is the Agatha Award-winning author of the Rachel Goddard mysteries: The Heat of the Moon, Disturbing the Dead, and Broken Places. A member of the national board of Sisters in Crime, she lives in the Washington, DC, area with her journalist husband. Visit her website and her blog, Poe’s Deadly Daughters.
Ian Walkley switched to thriller writing after a career as a social and consumer researcher. He is an occasional travel writer and has previously authored and edited two books on small business. Ian’s debut conspiracy thriller, NO REMORSE, is the first in a series, and he is currently writing a crime thriller screenplay while researching a historical thriller set in bushranger-era Australia. Visit Ian’s website, at www.ianwalkley.com
An expert in criminal investigations and police procedures, Rick Reed is the author of THE CRUELEST CUT, and THE COLDEST FEAR, the books that launched the Jack Murphy thriller series. He is also the co-author of the acclaimed true crime novel, BLOOD TRAIL. Rick’s background includes Army Intelligence, Korean Language expert, Probation Officer, Circuit Court Investigator, Deputy Sheriff, and police detective, assistant professor of criminal justice. He now writes full-time in the San Francisco area.
Jeremy Burns is the author of the historical conspiracy thriller, FROM THE ASHES. Like his protagonist, Jonathan Rickner, Jeremy is holds a degree in history, has lived overseas for several years, and is an intrepid explorer whose own adventures have taken to more than twenty countries across four continents. When not exploring a new corner of the globe, Jeremy lives in Florida, where he is working on his next thrilling novel. Visit Jeremy at www.AuthorJeremyBurns.com.
John Raab is the CEO / Publisher for Suspense Magazine. Founded in 2007 Suspense Magazine is a monthly magazine dedicated in bringing fans and authors together in the genre of suspense / mystery / thriller and horror. John is married with four children, which raised his golf score by five strokes on each child. Currently John is also the host of the popular radio show “Suspense Radio” which is broadcast on Blog Talk Radio, giving fans the opportunity to hear from their favorite authors live. Visit Suspense Magazine and Suspense Radio.
Missing the romance, relationship drama, and action of her favorite television shows, X-Files, Roswell, and Highlander, Jaime Rush created her own mix in the Offspring series, from Avon Books (DARKNESS BECOMES HER). Rush is a pseudonym for Tina Wainscott, best-selling author of eighteen novels for St. Martin’s Press and Harlequin.
A product of the Alaskan wilderness Basil Sands is the author of the Amazon bestselling thrillers 65 BELOW, FAITHFUL WARRIOR and KARL’S LAST FLIGHT available in eBook, paperback and audiobook. Basil is also an award winning audiobook narrator who has recorded for several ITW authors, more on that at www.sandmanstudiosak.com. He lives in Anchorage Alaska with his wife and teen sons.
Connie (Corcoran) Wilson, M.S., is a University of Iowa graduate and an active voting member of HWA, AWP, IWPA and MWA, an associate member of ITW, and was named Writer of the Year by MWC (Midwest Writing Center) and Content Producer of the Year (Jan., 2009) by a 600,000 member blog (Associated Content/Yahoo). She has taught writing at 6 colleges and published 2 novels, 5 short story collections, 2 humor collections and 1 children’s illustrated book since 2003. Her newest novel THE COLOR OF EVIL was just named the Gold Medal Winner in the (Jenkins Group) E-Lit competition, while the IWPA (Illinois Women’s Press Association) will award her its Silver Feather Award on June 2nd. She will be a presenter at the Spellbinders’ Conference in Hawaii over Labor Day and her new collection of short stories, HELLFIRE & DAMNATION II, is scheduled for release by then by its Rhode Island publisher.
Azam Gill is the author of five books including two thrillers: JAIL REFORMS, ARMY REFORMS, WINDS OF CHANGE, BLOOD MONEY and FLIGHT TO PAKISTAN. He served in the French Foreign Legion, did his Ph.D on William Faulkner, and lectures in English at one of Toulouse University’s rural colleges.
Robert Rotstein grew up in Culver City, California, then the location of the famed MGM Studios and so the true “Hollywood.” At an early age, he became hooked on legal dramas—not only Perry Mason, the archetype of the legal mystery, but also on the politically charged The Defenders—lawyers solving crimes and doing justice. Perhaps it was inevitable that Rotstein would one day become an attorney whose practice focuses on the entertainment industry, and later a writer of novels about a lawyer. During his legal career, he’s represented Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Lionel Ritchie, John Sayles, James Cameron, and all the major motion picture studios, among others. Rotstein’s CORRUPT PRACTICES (Seventh Street Books, June 2013) is about Parker Stern, an L.A.-based attorney, who takes on a legal case against a powerful, dangerous religious cult. The next Parker Stern novel, RECKLESS DISREGARD(Seventh Street Books), in which a reclusive video game designer does battle with a powerful movie mogul, will be released in June 2014.
Donna Galanti is an ITW Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel, A HUMAN ELEMENT, which M.J. Rose claimed to “be utterly absorbed by this riveting debut that had me reading till the wee hours of the night.” The sequel, A HIDDEN ELEMENT, will be released 2014. Donna has lived from England as a child to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy Photographer. She now resides in an old farmhouse in Pennsylvania with lots of nooks and fireplaces but, sadly, no ghosts.
Hank Schwaeble is a writer and attorney in Houston, Texas. He has won two Bram Stoker Awards, including one for his first novel, Damnable (Penguin/Jove 2009). His short fiction has appeared in anthologies such as Alone on the Darkside, Five Strokes to Midnight, Horror Library Vol IV and ZVR: No Man’s Land. He has also been a World Fantasy Award nominee. His second novel, Diabolical, was released in July of 2011.
Sidney Williams is a former newspaper reporter who has conducted hundreds of interviews with authors, actors, directors and screenwriters. He has also written supernatural thrillers, comics, graphic novels, audio dramas and short stories. His early titles along with a new crime novel, Midnight Eyes, have been issued in audiobook and e-book formats from Crossroad Press. His young adult novel, New Year’s Evil, was optioned for a possible TV movie. He currently teaches creative writing with a focus on horror, mystery and suspense. A short-thriller novel called Dark Hours is due soon.
Ken Isaacson has practiced law for thirty-five years, having graduated from MIT and Columbia Law School. He began his legal career on Wall Street, and today he is general counsel to an international transportation company. Lawyers write for a living, and many think it’s all fiction. Ken decided to abandon all pretenses and write stuff he could admit was completely made up, so now he writes crime fiction. His first novel, SILENT COUNSEL, won critical acclaim, and upon its 2007 release 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. Visit Ken online at www.KenIsaacson.com.
James Ziskin is the author of the Ellie Stone mysteries, Styx & Stone (October 2013) and No Stone Unturned (June 2014), both from Seventh Street Books. A linguist by training, he studied Romance languages and literature at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his graduate degree, he worked in New York as a photo-news producer and writer, and then as Director of NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. He has since spent fifteen years in the Hollywood post production industry, running large international operations in the subtitling/localization and visual effects fields. The next Ellie Stone mystery, Stone Cold Dead, is due in the summer of 2015.
Wendy Tyson is an author, lawyer, and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. Wendy’s latest novel, DEADLY ASSETS, the second Allison Campbell mystery, was released in July 2014. The first Campbell novel, KILLER IMAGE, was named a best mystery for book clubs in 2014 by Examiner.com, and the third Campbell installment, DYING BRAND, is due out on May 26, 2015. Wendy lives on a microfarm near Philadelphia with her husband and three sons.
INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Michael Sears writes with Stanley Trollip under the name Michael Stanley. Their mystery novels, featuring Detective Kubu, are set in Botswana, a fascinating country with magnificent conservation areas and varied peoples. The third mystery, DEATH OF THE MANTIS, involving the Bushmen of the Kalahari, was released last year. Michael has lived in South Africa, Kenya, Australia and the US. He lectures in applied mathematics and computing, and now lives in Johannesburg.