Born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, Mark Wayne Adams graduated college with a BFA in drawing from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Adams then moved to central Florida, and has called Florida home for over 20 years. In just six years Adams has illustrated over 30 children's books, winning numerous children's book awards. Today, Adams is CEO of Mark Wayne Adams, Inc., and serves as president elect for the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.
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Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Fixer Upper, Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, as well as Deep Dish, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues.
She also wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Andrews earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1976 (Go Dawgs!). She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials that were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She left journalism after a ten-year stint as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, Georgia.
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Chuck Barrett is the bestselling author of the award-winning Jake Pendleton series. Breach of Power won the 2013 Indie Excellence Award in Political Thrillers and was a finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards Thriller/Adventure category. Barrett is a Florida native and a graduate of Auburn University. He is a retired air traffic controller with over 26 years of experience and a veteran commercial pilot and flight instructor. Barrett has over three decades worth of flight experience.
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Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After ten years as a secretary, she went back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cleveland State University.
In her job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes.
Lisa has lectured at writers conventions and appeared on panels. In her life as a writer she’s a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. As a forensic specialist she’s a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. She has had over 741 hours of instruction in forensic topics and has testified in over 50 trials.
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John Dufresne is the author of five novels: Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, (both New York Times Notable Books of the Year) Deep in the Shade of Paradise, Requiem, Mass, and No Regrets, Coyote.
John was one of the thirteen authors of the mystery novel, Naked Came the Manatee. His short story "The Timing of Unfelt Smiles" was included in Miami Noir and in Best American Mystery Stories 2007. Another short story, "The Cross-Eyed Bear," was included in Boston Noir and Best American Mystery Stories 2010.
John was a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.
Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. Her newest is One More Chance (September, 2014). Her previous two books, Rush Too Far and Take
a Chance, were bestsellers.
DL Havlin– With a diverse work history, from systems analyst, to high school football coach and licensed fishing boat captain, DL Havlin used his extensive experiences and travels to embark on a writing career. Havlin’s five published novels and short stories have won numerous honors. His latest work, Blue Waters, Red Blood, is a historical novel chronicling the connection between Florida’s devastating 1928 hurricane and America’s amphibious battles in the Pacific during World War II. An unpublished manuscript, the book won the 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Historical Novel from the Florida Writers’ Association. Havlin lives in southwest Florida.
Vicki Hendricks is the author of noir novels Miami Purity, Iguana Love, Voluntary Madness, Sky Blues, and Cruel Poetry, the latter a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2008. Collected short stories are available in Florida Gothic Stories.
Hendricks lives in Hollywood, Florida, and teaches writing at Broward College. Her plots and settings reflect participation in adventure sports, such as skydiving and scuba, and knowledge of the Florida environment. Love of animals, apparent in her earlier novels, comes to the forefront in her new novel Fur People.
As the writer half of the Body Farm team known as Jefferson Bass, Jon collaborates with Dr. Bill Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist who founded the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility -- the Body Farm -- a quarter-century ago. Jon is a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science and broadcast on National Public Radio. The coauthor of Death's Acre, he is also the writer and producer of two highly rated National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm.
Drew Perry lives in North Carolina with his wife, a dog, two cats, and somehow, two boys. He teaches writing at Elon University. His first novel, This is Just Exactly Like You, was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan prize from the Center for Fiction, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and a SIBA Okra pick.
Arliss Ryan is the author of Sanctuary and three previous novels, The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare, How (Not) to Have a Perfect Wedding and The Kingsley House. Ryan’s additional publication credits include over two dozen short stories in literary magazines and essays, as well as articles in both regional and national publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan. Ryan resides with her husband in St. Augustine, Florida, where she works as a writer and professional storyteller.
Laura Lee Smith’s debut novel, Heart of Palm, took second place in the 2013 Florida Book Awards in the General Fiction category. Her short fiction was selected for inclusion in New Stories from the South 2010. Her work has appeared in The Florida Review, Natural Bridge, Bayou, and other journals. She has taught creative writing at Flagler College and works as an advertising copywriter.
Elizabeth Sims is the author of seven successful novels, including the Rita Farmer Mysteries (St. Martin's Minotaur) and the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd Novels (Alyson Books). Booklist calls her crime fiction "as smart as it is compelling," and Crimespree magazine praises her "strong voice and wonderful characters." Elizabeth writes frequently for Writer's Digest magazine, where she is a Contributing Editor. Her latest book is You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (Writer's Digest Books). A popular instructor at workshops and conferences across the country, Elizabeth has helped thousands of fledgling writers find their wings. She holds degrees in English from Michigan State University and Wayne State University, where she won the Tompkins Award for Graduate Fiction. She belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa.
Michael Wiley is the author, most recently, of Blue Avenue, the first in a series of thrillers set in northeast Florida. He also has written
the IMBA Bestselling, Shamus Award-winning mystery
A Bad Night’s Sleep, The Bad Kitty Lounge, and the Shamus-nominated, PWA/SMP award-winning Last Striptease. In 2013 he was the Florida Writers Association Collection “Person of Renown.”
Michael grew up in Chicago and lived and worked in the neighborhoods and on the streets where he set his first three mysteries. For the past sixteen years, he has taught literature at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. As part of this other life, he has published books on Romantic Geography and Romantic Migrations. When not writing or teaching he enjoys traveling to faraway places with his family.