2021 Exclusive Online Speakers

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Online speakers who will also appear at the in-person conference are listed on the New England Crime Bake – 2021 Panelists or New England Crime Bake – Agents and Editors Guide

Frankie Y. Bailey, PhD is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice University at Albany (SUNY). She studies crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture and material culture. She is the author of five mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Lizzie Stuart and two police procedurals novels featuring Albany police detective Hannah McCabe. For more information see her website: http://www.frankieybailey.com and https://www.albany.edu/scj/faculty/frankie-bailey

Megan Collins is the author of THE FAMILY PLOT, BEHIND THE RED DOOR, and THE WINTER SISTER. She is the managing editor of 3Elements Review and taught creative writing for many years at both the high school and college level. She lives in Connecticut, where she obsesses over dogs, true crime, miniatures, and cake.

Judith Copek segued into writing from technology which still energizes her. Her vacations sometimes spin off into novels. World of Mirrors is set on a Baltic Island in East Germany. Visits to the Burning Man Festival sparked Festival Madness. Florida and Northern Nevada inspired Chased By Death. Murder in the North Woods (2021) was influenced by Y2K and long-ago trips to deposit her sons at scout camp. Judith is writing a new mystery set in a Mennonite community in Kansas. She belongs to Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Her writing includes poems, short stories, and memoir.

Shawn A. Cosby from Southeastern Virginia, now residing in Gloucester, Virginia. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. His short story “The Grass Beneath My Feet” won the Anthony Award for best short story in 2019. He is also the author of Blacktop Wasteland, My Darkest Prayer and Brotherhood of the Blade. His writing is influenced by his experience as a bouncer, construction worker, retail manager and for six hours a mascot for a major fast food chain inside the world’s hottest costume. When he isn’t crafting tales of murder and mayhem he assists the dedicated staff at J.K. Redmind Funeral home as a mortician’s assistant. He is an avid hiker and is also known as one hell of a chess player.

Brendan DuBois is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including THE FIRST LADY and THE CORNWALLS VANISH (March 2019), co-authored with James Patterson, along with THE SUMMER HOUSE (June 2020), and more than 180 short stories. His full-length novels include the eleven novels in the Lewis Cole series, as well as the DARK VICTORY science fiction trilogy.

Tammy Jones is an accomplished professional with over 25 years of Clinical & Forensic Mental Health experience including evaluations, clinical responsibility, and expert testimony. Specializing in psychologist assessments, evaluations, and investigations of people with psychiatric illnesses who are involved in the criminal court system. Systemic thinker able to discover pragmatic solutions and develop new policies to respond to the long term needs of court involved people.

William Martin is the New York Times Bestselling Author of twelve novels, an award-winning PBS documentary, book reviews, and a cult-classic horror movie, too. Across a career now in its fifth decade, he has told stories of the great and the anonymous in American history. His popular Peter Fallon series, including Back Bay and Bound for Gold, and his stand-alones like Citizen Washington and Cape Cod, have swept readers from the Pilgrims in 1620 to the South Tower on 9/11 and established him a “the king of the historical thriller” ( Providence Journal).  In 2005, he won the New England Book Award, given to an author whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the culture of the region, and in 2019, the Robert B. Parker Award. His newest novel, December ’41, will be published in June 2022.

Agatha Award-winning author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she pens the Country Store Mysteries and Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. A past president of Sisters in Crime New England, she’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime.

A fourth-generation Californian, Maxwell lives with her beau and crazy teen cat north of Boston, where she writes, gardens, cooks, and wastes time on Facebook. Find her (and Maddie) at EdithMaxwell.comwickedauthors.comMystery Lovers’ Kitchen, and on social media.

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed Vermont-based mystery series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” His 29th book, BURY THE LEAD, is in stores now.

Kathy Meis is the founder and CEO of Bublish, a complete publishing solution for today’s independent authors. With more than 30 years of experience in the media and publishing industries, Kathy has served in a wide variety of editorial and management positions at some of the industry’s leading companies. A professional writer, editor, ghostwriter, and successful publishing entrepreneur, Kathy speaks and blogs regularly on the subject of indie publishing, book promotion, author branding, social marketing, and discoverability. She has been a guest speaker at many conferences, including Book Expo America, Women in Media, GrubSteet, PubSmart, AuthorU, The San Francisco Writers Conference, and IndieRecon, among others. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, four children and their German Short-haired Pointer, Ava. 

Peter Abrahams (aka Spencer Quinn) is the Edgar-award winning author of more than 40 novels, including The Right Side, The Fan, Oblivion, and the Echo Falls series for younger readers. Under his pen name, Spencer Quinn, he writes the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie series – of which the latest is It’s A Wonderful Woof. Abrahams was born in Boston, graduated from Williams College, and lives on Cape Cod. You can visit him at peterabrahams.com. “My favorite American suspense novelist.” – Stephen King. “The best writer of psychological suspense around.” – Laura Miller, NPR.hams.

Sarah Stewart Taylor is the author of the Sweeney St. George series and the Maggie D’arcy series. She grew up on Long Island, and was educated at Middlebury College in Vermont and Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied Irish Literature. She has worked as a journalist and writing teacher and now lives with her family on a farm in Vermont where they raise sheep and grow blueberries.

Paul Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the author of Survivor Song, Growing Things, The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, A Head Full of Ghosts, and the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland . His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times , and numerous year’s-best anthologies. He has a master’s degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his family.

Wendy Tyson is a writer, lawyer, and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. Wendy writes three mystery series, the Delilah Percy Powers Crime Series (Down & Out Books), the bestselling Greenhouse Mystery Series and the popular Allison Campbell Mystery Series (Henery Press). Wendy’s short stories have appeared in literary journals, and she has short fiction in two anthologies, The Night of the Flood and Betrayed. Wendy and her family live in Vermont.

David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota nation, is author of the novel WINTER COUNTS (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2020; paperback, 2021), nominated for the 2021 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and winner of the Anthony, Thriller, Lefty, Barry, and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel. The novel was also awarded the Spur Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and Best First Novel, and the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing. WINTER COUNTS was also nominated for these literary awards: the Hammett Prize, Shamus, VCU Cabell, Reading the West, High Plains, Colorado Book Award, Goodreads Choice Awards (Best Debut Novel and Best Mystery & Thriller), and Book of the Year by Book of the Month Club.

Reverend Jane Willan is the author of the Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery series. She
is also the pastor of the First Congregational Church in Paxton, Massachusetts, where she
preaches from a 300 year-old pulpit once occupied by Puritans, teaches bible study, attends lots of meetings, and never misses a potluck dinner. When not working at the church or creating new adventures for Sister Agatha, Jane relaxes at her favorite local bookstore enjoying coffee and a variety of carbohydrates with frosting. Otherwise, you might catch her binge-watching Netflix or hiking through the New England woods with her husband and two rescue dogs, Magi and