Through the eyes of today's leading mystery and crime writers, MURDERATI examines critical themes, historical archetypes and trends in publishing, marketing and the life of the published author.
Writing To Live PARI NOSKIN TAICHERT
Pari Noskin Taichert hails from Albuquerque and has worked as a belly-dancing instructor, textbook sales consultant, and long-time PR pro—among her more respectable jobs.
A national award-winning journalist, Pari now devotes her time to writing novels. Her first mystery, THE CLOVIS INCIDENT, was a regional bestseller, a Book Sense 76 Pick and a nominee for the prestigious Agatha Award in 2004. Her next novel, THE BELEN HITCH, did even better—selling out of its hardcover edition in a little more than a month and going immediately into trade paperback.
Among its more notable successes, THE BELEN HITCH was selected as a Book Sense Notable Mystery and garnered a second consecutive nomination for an Agatha Award—this time for Best Novel—for 2005.
Unlike her reality-challenged, whipped cream-dependent protagonist, Pari is married, has children and leads a relatively normal life.
The Socorro Blast
The Belen Hitch
The Clovis Incident
Getting Away With It TANIA CARVER
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Write From Wrong DAVID CORBETT
David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil's Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running ("a rich, hard-hitting epic"—Publishers Weekly, starred review). Corbett’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including Mission and Tenth, The Smoking Poet, four of the Akashic noir anthologies, and Best American Mystery Stories (2009 and 2011). He is currently working on a novel and several teleplay, screenplay and graphic novel projects. For more, go to www.davidcorbett.com.
Do They Know I'm Running
Blood of Paradise
Done for a Dime
The Devil's Redhead
Agented Provocateur GAR ANTHONY HAYWOOD
GAR ANTHONY HAYWOOD is the Shamus and Anthony award-winning author of eleven crime novels and numerous short stories. He has written six mysteries featuring African-American private investigator Aaron Gunner; two starring Joe and Dottie Loudermilk (retired amateur sleuths and Airstream trailer owners in constant flight from their five grown Children From Hell); and three standalone thrillers (two using the pen name "Ray Shannon").
Gar's short story THE FIRST RULE IS was recently featured in the 2010 edition of Best American Mystery Short Stories, and Booklist has called him "a writer who has always belonged in the upper echelon of American crime fiction." He has written for both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and for such television shows as NEW YORK UNDERCOVER and THE DISTRICT.
Gar's latest novel is the thriller, ASSUME NOTHING, published by Severn House in December, 2011. His website has the rather predictable URL of www.garanthonyhaywood.com.
Changing Feet ZOË SHARP
Zoë Sharp opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. Finding herself wildly under-qualified for just about anything, she became a freelance photo-journalist in 1988 and has been making a living through words and pictures ever since.
She began writing her series of crime thrillers featuring ex-Special Forces turned bodyguard heroine, Charlie Fox, after receiving death-threats in the course of her work. The fourth in the series, FIRST DROP, was nominated for a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel and her short stories have been published in anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic, and in Ellery Queen magazine.
Sharp is married to her biggest fan, Andy, a non-fiction author. They live in the English Lake District, where they have self-built their own house. www.ZoeSharp.com
The Aussie P.D. MARTIN
PD Martin - Phillipa Deanne Martin - lives in Melbourne, Australia and developed a passion for crime fiction and story telling at an early age. This interest was reinforced with formal education through a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (with majors in psychology and criminology) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Writing (creative writing).
She is the author of five novels featuring Australian FBI profiler Sophie Anderson. The first in the Sophie Anderson series, Body Count, was inspired by a nightmare that haunted Phillipa for years. The other books in the series are The Murderers' Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death. Her books have been published in Australia, the US, the UK, Germany, France, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Argentina. She has also released an ebook novella, Coming Home, which is available as a kindle download for $2.99.
Prior to becoming a full-time author, Phillipa worked as a professional writer for nearly ten years, writing award-winning copy for brochures, newsletters, websites, training CD-ROMs, flyers, ads, media releases and magazines.
For more information visit www.pdmartin.com.au.
Kiss of Death
The Murderers Club
The Killing Hands
Off-Beat STEPHEN JAY SCHWARTZ
Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen where he worked with writers, producers and studio executives to develop screenplays for production. Among the film projects he helped developed are Air Force One, Outbreak and Bicentennial Man.
His two novels, BOULEVARD and BEAT, follow the dysfunctional journey of LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective Hayden Glass as he fights crime and corruption while struggling with his own sex-addiction.
Stephen has also written for the Discovery Channel and is currently writing his third novel, as well as a 3D zombie film on assignment.
He lives in Southern California and can be found at his website, www.stephenjayschwartz.com
Ghost Writer ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF
Alexandra is a screenwriter who has sold original suspense and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios, for producers such as Michael Bay, Laura Ziskin, David Heyman, and Neal Moritz. Her adaptation of Sabine Deitmer's thriller COLD KISSES was filmed in Germany.
She is the author of three novels, all supernatural thrillers: THE HARROWING, THE PRICE and THE UNSEEN, all from St. Martin's Press. She also has a story in the anthology THE DARKER MASK, out from Tor in 2008.
Alex has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA; is the founder of WriterAction.com, an online community of 1800+ professional screenwriters; and sings as a Killerette in the ITW's Killer Thriller Band.
The Darker Mask
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Comma Sutra J.T. ELLISON
J.T. Ellison is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Taylor Jackson series, with novels published in 21 countries. A former White House staffer, she moved to Nashville and began research on a passion: forensics and crime. She has worked extensively with the Metro Nashville Police, the FBI and various other law enforcement organizations to research her novels. Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and a poorly trained cat. Follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick...Learn more at JTEllison.com
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