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Agents & Editors

Terri Bischoff – Midnight Ink (Editor)
Terri Bischoff joined Midnight Ink as Acquiring Editor in Oct. 2009. She leads all editorial directions and creates the seasonal lists. She has dramatically increased the number of titles per season, publishing 36-40 titles per year.

Grace Doyle – Thomas & Mercer (Editor)
Grace Doyle is the Editorial Director of Thomas & Mercer, Amazon Publishing’s mystery, thriller, and true crime imprint which is home to authors including Robert Dugoni, Marcia Clark, Rachel Caine, T.R. Ragan, Gregg Olsen, Marcus Sakey, Matthew FitzSimmons, Anne Frasier, Lee Goldberg, and Barry Eisler.

Lori Galvin – Aevitas Creative (Agent)
Lori Galvin’s book deals include Hannah Kirshner’s travel memoir Foreign Woman Works in Sake Bar (to Viking) and Cambria Brockman’s debut thriller Tell Me Everything (to Ballantine; Netflix has optioned film rights). She is looking for voice-driven thrillers, psychological suspense, and mysteries that include a propulsive narrative and a strong sense of place.

Linda Landrigan – Alfred Hitchcock (Editor-in-Chief)
Linda Landrigan is the editor-in-chief of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. She edited the commemorative anthology Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Presents Fifty Years of Crime and Suspense (2006), and the e-anthology Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Presents Thirteen Tales of New American Gothic (2012).

Jaime Levine – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Senior Editor)
Jaime Levine primarily acquires upmarket suspense, mysteries, and thrillers. She has worked at Diversion Books; Thomas Dunne Books; and at Grand Central Publishing where she edited #1 bestselling duo Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, the estate of Robert Ludlum, and writers Julianna Baggott, Eric Van Lustbader, Kyle Mills, Jamie Freveletti, Octavia Butler, and Jacqueline Carey.

Christina Morgan – Serendipity Literary Agency (Agent)
Christina Morgan started working in publishing in 2005 as an agency assistant at Curtis Brown Ltd. She then went on to hold editorial positions at Amistad/HarperCollins and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She joined Serendipity in 2017.

Paula Munier – Talcott Notch (Agent)
Paula Munier is an agent and author whose first crime novel A Borrowing of Bones debuts from Minotaur in September 2018. Her other books include the bestselling Plot Perfect and The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings. In her fab day job at Talcott Notch Literary, she reps many great crime writers.

Kimiko Nakamura – Dee Mura Literary (Agent)
Kimiko Nakamura is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary. A graduate of Skidmore College and Boston University’s Book Publishing Program, Kimiko worked within Shambhala Publications and Harvard Common Press before becoming a literary agent. She partners with aspiring and published authors alike, enjoys well-worn library books, and is always up for a game of Scrabble.

Lynnette Novak – The Seymour Agency (Agent)
Lynnette Novak is an associate agent at The Seymour Agency and is building her list. She loves dark and suspenseful, mysterious twists, unique worlds, light and funny, a good love story, and lots of voice. Prior to agenting, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new and advanced writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.

Meg Ruley – Jane Rotrosen (Agent)
Meg grew up on Nantucket Island, graduated from Wheaton College, and attended the Denver Publishing Institute. She has been with the Jane Rotrosen Agency for over 30 years and represents commercial fiction, with strong interest in suspense, mysteries, romance and general fiction.

Latoya Smith – L. Perkins Agency (Agent)
Latoya C. Smith is an award-winning editor and literary agent. She has been featured in Publishers Weekly and USA Today, as well as on various author, book conference, and book blogger websites. Latoya provides editorial and consultation services through her company, LCS Literary Services. She is also a literary agent.

Panelists & ‘Ask the Experts’

Peter Abrahams / Spencer Quinn (Panelist)
Peter Abrahams is the Edgar-award winning author of 36 novels. His work includes boundary-pushing crime novels such as Oblivion and End of Story, and the dog-narrated and NYT bestselling Chet and Bernie series (written as Spencer Quinn). The Right Side, about a terribly wounded female Army vet; and Bow Wow, 3rd in the Bowser and Birdie MG series, released in 2017.

Donna Andrews (Panelist)
Donna Andrews’ Toucan Keep a Secret and Lark! The Herald Angels Sing are #23 & #24 in her Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty winning Meg Langslow series, with Terns of Endearment and Owl Be Home for Christmas following. She is Executive VP of MWA and is active in SinC. When not writing she gardens with more enthusiasm than skill & cheers on her twin nephews in baseball and basketball.

Frankie Y. Bailey (Panelist)
Frankie Y. Bailey is a criminal justice professor. Her non-fiction has been nominated for Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She has five books featuring a Southern crime historian; and two near-future police procedurals set in Albany, NY. Frankie is a former EVP of MWA and past president of SinC National. She is the president of the SinC Upper Hudson Chapter.

Brunonia Barry (Panelist)
Brunonia Barry is the NYT and international bestselling author of The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places, and The Fifth Petal, recently chosen #1 of Strand Magazine’s Top 25 Books of 2017. Brunonia co-chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee and served as Executive Director of the Salem Literary Festival. She lives in Salem with her husband and their dog, Angel.

Dana Cameron (Panelist)
Dana Cameron writes across many genres, but especially crime and speculative fiction. Her work has won multiple Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards, and has been nominated for the Edgar Award. Dana’s Emma Fielding archaeology mysteries were optioned by Muse Entertainment; Site Unseen and Past Malice appeared on the Hallmark Movie & Mystery Channel.

Bruce Robert Coffin (Panelist and Ask the Experts)
Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series. He’s a retired Portland, ME detective sergeant with over 27 years in law enforcement. Bruce is a member of International Thriller Writers, MWA, SinC, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular blog contributor to the Maine Crime Writers and Murder Books blogs.

Sheila Connolly (Panelist)
Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling, Anthony and Agatha award-nominated author of the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, the County Cork Mysteries, the Relatively Dead Mysteries, and the new Victorian Village Mysteries. When she isn’t writing, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling.

C. Michele Dorsey (conference co-chair and Panelist)
C. “Michele” Dorsey is the author of No Virgin Island and Permanent Sunset in the Sabrina Salter mystery series set on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Also a lawyer, mediator, and adjunct professor of law, Michele finds inspiration and serenity on St. John and on Cape Cod. She is co-chair of New England Crime Bake, Vice President of MWANE, and served on the board of SinCNE.

Elisabeth Elo (Panelist)
Elisabeth Elo’s new thriller, Finding Irina M., is forthcoming in March 2019 from Polis Books. Her previous novel, North of Boston, was named one of Booklist’s Best Crime Novels: 2014. Elisabeth also published a literary novel called Save Your Own, chosen as a People Magazine “Great Read,” and her short stories, essays, and articles have appeared in a variety of publications.

Hallie Ephron (Panelist)
Hallie Ephron is the NY Times bestselling author of ten suspense novels. You’ll Never Know, Dear (Wm. Morrow) was named a top 10 mystery/crime novels of 2017 (Audiofile) and a Mary Higgins Clark award finalist. Her Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel (Writers Digest Books) was an Edgar finalist.

Katherine Fast (Ask the Experts)
Katherine Fast has applied her professional handwriting analysis experience to personnel screenings, executive searches, jury selections, and educational counseling. Using Graphology the Fast Way, she’s taught in CA and MA and as a Regional Director for the Institute of Graphological Science. A number of her short stories feature handwriting analysis.

Joseph Finder (Panelist)
Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels, most recently Judgment, which will be published in January 2019. Two of his books, High Crimes and Paranoia, have been made into major motion pictures. His books have been awarded the International Thriller Writers. He lives in Boston.

Alexia Gordon (Panelist and Ask the Experts)
Physician by day, crime writer by night, Alexia Gordon writes the Gethsemane Brown mysteries (Murder in G Major, Death in D Minor, Killing in C Sharp) for Henery Press. Murder in G Major won the Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best New Novel, and was selected one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debuts.

Deborah Halber (Panelist)
Deborah Halber started out as a daily newspaper reporter, worked as a writer and editor for Tufts and as a science writer for MIT, where she chronicled everything from quantum weirdness (that’s the technical term) to snail slime. A freelance journalist since 2004, her writing has appeared in Boston magazine, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, and elsewhere.

David Handler (Panelist)
A recovering journalist and L.A. native, David Handler is the Edgar and American Mystery Award-winning author of 27 novels. His most recent, The Man Who Couldn’t Miss (Wm Morrow), is the tenth of his newly revived, much beloved Stewart Hoag series. David has written extensively for TV and films on both coasts and currently lives in a 230-year-old carriage house in Old Lyme, CT.

Sherry Harris (Panelist)
Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series. The fifth book, I Know What You Bid Last Summer, was released in February 2018. Sherry is the President of Sisters in Crime, a member of the Chesapeake and New England chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.

J.A. Hennrikus / Julia Henry (Panelist)
J.A. Hennrikus writes the Theater Cop Mystery Series and short stories. As Julia Henry, her Garden Squad series for Kensington debuts in 2019. As Julianne Holmes she writes the Clock Shop Mysteries. Julie’s online school, YourLadders.com, teaches arts admin for artists. She blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Killer Characters.

Edwin Hill (Ask the Experts)
Edwin Hill is the author of the Hester Thursby mystery series. He attended Wesleyan University for his BA and Emerson College for his MFA. He currently serves as the vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin’s, a division of Macmillan. He lives in Roslindale with his partner Michael and his favorite reviewer, yellow lab Edith Ann, who likes his first drafts enough to eat them.

Beth Kanell (Panelist)
Beth Kanell lives in northeastern Vermont, with a mountain at her back and a river at her feet. She writes poems, hikes back roads and mountains, and digs into Vermont history to frame her Young Adult crossover mysteries: The Long Shadow, The Darkness Under the Water, The Secret Room, and Cold Midnight. She shares her process at BethKanell.blogspot.com.

Chris Knopf (Ask the Experts)
Of 15 novels, Tango Down is Chris Knopf’s 8th Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery. His thriller Dead Anyway received starred reviews from PW, Booklist, Kirkus, & Library Journal, & named a Best Crime Novel of 2012 by The Boston Globe. He is co-publisher at The Permanent Press, whose authors have won/been short-listed for Edgar, Macavity, Nero, Shamus, Anthony, Hammett, & ITW Awards.

Lisa Lieberman (Panelist)
Lisa Lieberman is the author of the Cara Walden series of historical noir mysteries featuring blacklisted Hollywood people in exciting international locales and the founder of the classic movie blog Deathless Prose. All the Wrong Places and Burning Cold are available from Passport Press wherever books are sold.

Gayle Lynds (Panelist)
New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of 10 spy novels, including The Assassins and The Book of Spies. Publishers Weekly lists Masquerade among the Top 10 spy thrillers. With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series. A member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) of ITW. www.GayleLynds.com

William Martin (Panelist)
William Martin is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, including Back Bay, The Lincoln Letter, and most recently, Bound for Gold.

Lisa Q. Mathews (Panelist)
Lisa Q. Mathews is a former Nancy Drew editor and Creative Director/Executive Editor at Random House Children’s Books. The pseudonymous author of twenty books for middle graders and young adults, she now writes The Ladies Smythe and Westin Mysteries (Carina Press/Harlequin) for grown-ups. She lives in New Hampshire. Visit Lisa at lisaqmathews.com and ChicksOnTheCase.com.

Edith Maxwell / Maddie Day (conference co-chair and Panelist)
Agatha- and Macavity-nominated Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Maxwell is president of Sisters in Crime New England and lives north of Boston with her beau and two elderly cats.

Ruth M. McCarty (Panelist)
Ruth M. McCarty’s short mysteries have been in Level Best Books anthologies and Over My Dead Body! The Mystery Magazine Online. She won the 2009 Derringer Award from Short Mystery Fiction Society for “No Flowers for Stacey” published in Deadfall: Crime Stories by New England Writers. She is former editor at Level Best Books and a founding member of New England Crime Bake.

Alan D. McWhirter (Ask the Experts)
Alan D. McWhirter is a retired criminal defense lawyer with 35 years of experience in the courtroom as a Public Defender for Connecticut, including head of the Public Defender’s Office for the Judicial District of Waterbury for 21 years. He tried hundreds of major criminal cases, dozens of murder cases, six capital felonies, and one appeal before the State Supreme Court.

Glenn Miller (Panelist)
Glenn J. Miller is a digital strategist and author consultant who works at the intersection of marketing and technology. He helps fiction and non-fiction authors build platforms that showcase their best work, find their perfect audiences, and make the most of their marketing dollars, no matter how large or small the budget.

Maureen Milliken (Panelist)
Maureen Milliken is the author of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series, and a long-time journalist at daily newspapers in northern New England. The third novel in the Maine-based tradition amateur sleuth series, Bad News Travels Fast, is due out fall of 2018. She is also cohost of the podcast Crime&Stuff with her sister, Maine artist Rebecca Milliken. She lives in central Maine.

Liz Mugavero / Cate Conte (Panelist)
Liz Mugavero writes the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, the first of which was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. The sixth book in the series, Purring Around the Christmas Tree, was released in fall 2017. As Cate Conte, Liz also writes the Cat Cafe Mysteries, which launched in 2017. The second book in the series, Purrder She Wrote, is coming this summer.

Kameel Nasr (Panelist)
Author of the Lieutenant Lowell mystery series The Museum Heist and The Symphony Heist, Kameel hosts “New England Authors with Kameel Nasr,” a TV show recorded in Cambridge and broadcast on stations around the region. His first book, The World Up Close, is about his bicycle travels around the world. He also has a historical novel set at the close of the Roman Empire.

Lorraine Sharma Nelson (Panelist)
Lorraine grew up globally, constantly having to adapt to different cultures. Writing was her escape from the reality of always being the new girl in school. These days she writes for the pure joy of creating new stories instead of escapism. Her short stories have been published in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and mystery/crime anthologies, and usually feature an Indian protagonist.

Susan Oleksiw (Panelist)
Susan Oleksiw is the author of three series, including the Pioneer Valley series featuring Felicity O’Brien, farmer and healer. She also writes the Mellingham series featuring Chief Joe Silva, and the Anita Ray series set in South India, following the exploits of photographer Anita Ray.

Stephen D. Rogers (Panelist)
Stephen D. Rogers is the author of Shot to Death: Thirty-One Tales of Murder & Mayhem and more than 800 shorter works. His website, www.StephenDRogers.com, includes a list of new and upcoming titles as well as other timely information.

Len Rosen (Panelist)
Boston-based Leonard Rosen is the award-winning author of the Henri Poincaré novels All Cry Chaos and The Tenth Witness, which follow the investigations of an Interpol agent “who reads like a literary figure in a thriller.” The Kortelisy Escape (his 3rd novel, a standalone) grew out of a stage magic fascination and sleights of hand that leave audiences slack-jawed with wonder.

Barbara Ross (Panelist)
Barbara Ross is the author of six Maine Clambake Mysteries. The seventh, Steamed Open, will be published in December 2018. Her novella featuring Julia Snowden is included along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in Eggnog Murder and Yule Log Murder.

Hank Phillippi Ryan (Panelist)
Hank Phillippi Ryan is on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, winning 34 EMMYs. National bestselling author of 10 mysteries, she’s won 5 Agathas, 2 Anthonys, & a Mary Higgins Clark Award. Library Journal’s Best of 2014, 2015, and 2016. Newest thriller is psychological suspense Trust Me. A founder of MWA University and 2013 president of National Sisters in Crime.

Clea Simon (Panelist)
After 22 mysteries with cats, Clea Simon returned to her punk rock past last fall with World Enough (Severn), an edgy urban noir. In July, she went feline again with Cross My Path, the third Blackie & Care (Severn), and a seventh Pru Marlowe “pet noir,” Fear on Four Paws (Poisoned Pen). Polis debuts her witch cat series with A Spell of Murder in December. www.cleasimon.com

Marian McMahon Stanley (Panelist)
Marian McMahon Stanley is the author of two mysteries – The Immaculate (May 2016) and Buried Troubles (June 2018). She enjoyed a long international career and, most recently, another at a large university. A dual citizen of the US and Ireland, she lives outside Boston with her husband Bill and a Westie named Archie. She is now working on her next book The Mariposa Circle.

Geoff Symon (Panelist)
Geoff Symon is an active Federal Forensic Investigator. His participation in high-profile cases includes the attacks on 9-11, the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, the Chandra Levy investigation, among countless others over his 20+-year career. He now shares his forensic expertise with authors through lectures, online courses, and his Forensics for Fiction series of books.

Arthur Vidro (Panelist)
Arthur Vidro, a lifelong mystery reader, now edits mysteries as well. Two books he edited received four-star reviews in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Arthur’s own short stories have sold to EQMM and to Woman’s World. He publishes the Old-Time Detection fanzine. He has served twice as a judge for the MWA’s Edgar awards. He can be reached at vidro@myfairpoint.net.

Lea Wait (Panelist)
USA Today best-selling author Lea Wait/Cornelia Kidd writes the Maine Murder, Mainely Needlepoint, and Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series. Her latest are Thread Herrings and Death and a Pot of Chowder. When Lea was single she advocated for adoption and adopted four daughters; now she writes about people searching for love, acceptance, and a place to call home.

Leslie Wheeler (Panelist)
An award-winning author of non-fiction, Leslie Wheeler has written two mystery series: The Living History Mysteries and the Berkshire Hilltown Mysteries that debuted with Rattlesnake Hill. Her mystery shorts have appeared in numerous anthologies including Mystery Most Geographical and the Best New England Crime stories series.

Dave Zeltserman (Panelist)
Dave Zeltserman’s crime and horror novels have been picked by NPR, Washington Post, American Library Association, Booklist, and WBUR as best novels of the year, and his mystery stories have won a Shamus, Derringer, and two EQMM awards. His novel Small Crimes is now a Netflix film. Dave also writes the Morris Brick thriller series under the pseudonym Jacob Stone.