I live in South Plainfield, New Jersey. I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. After graduating college from Butler University where I played softball, my husband and I moved to Chicago where we lived for 15 years. We have a daughter and a son who are 27 and 25 respectively. When the kids were still in K and 2nd grade, we moved to Reno, Nevada where we lived for 15 years. Just about 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe. 4 years ago we moved to New Jersey (our son was attending Seton Hall and our daughter was living in DC working for the Fed). We own our own cleaning supply store which has 3 locations in, you guessed it, Chicago, Reno and New Jersey. I'm an avid reader and have always wanted to write. This year on February 1st I started my first Cozy Mystery novel.
Growing up in a small beach town in NJ, Christine wouldn’t have been caught on her beach towel without a good book. Nothing on earth equated to stepping into the library each week, hearing the creaks of the wood floor, and knowing an unable-to-put-down story was waiting. She caught the fire of creativity and discovered she had her own stories to tell. She earned her degree in Literature, and went on to pen thrillers that send you running for the covers! As a member of Sisters in Crime and Liberty State Fiction Writers, she loves to keep learning and sharing the craft of writing. When not writing, Christine can be found at the park with her family, grabbing lunch at her favorite diner, or stalking the library for the latest thrillers. And always with a coffee in her hand! You can find her on www.christineclemetson.com.
Robyn Gigl is the author of SURVIVOR'S GUILT (January 2022) and BY WAY OF SORROW (March 2021), published by Kensington Books. The main character in both books is New Jersey attorney Erin McCabe. Erin is brave, smart, funny and transgender. Together, she and her law partner Duane Swisher represent defendants in complicated criminal cases. The books have received excellent reviews in the New York Times Book Review and SURVIVOR’S GUILT also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. In addition to being an author, Robyn is an attorney and activist who has been honored by the ACLU-NJ and the NJ Pride Network for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. Robyn is a frequent speaker on LGBTQ+ issues. She is a partner at the law firm of Gluck Walrath, LLP in Freehold, NJ, where she handles complex commercial and employment litigation. Since 2010, Robyn has been selected as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and has also been named as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey. In 2019, she was appointed by the Governor and Legislature to the New Jersey Transgender Equality Taskforce. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Garden State Equality, NJ’s largest LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Organization. She is a graduate of Stonehill College and Villanova University School of Law. Robyn lives in New Jersey, where she continues to practice law by day, and work on her third Erin McCabe novel by night. Fortunately, she has a very boring social life.
Elizabeth John writes tender romances with a touch of intrigue. Each morning she wakes up before sunrise to write before her busy day as an elementary school teacher. Admittedly, she’s a TV and movie junkie and has noble intentions to practice yoga daily. In her spare time, she can be found walking her two rescue dogs, researching her family’s ancestry, gardening, or relaxing at the beach with her nose in a good book. She is a member of New Jersey Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, Liberty States Fiction Writers, and Sisters in Crime. Elizabeth loves to hear from readers and can be reached at www.elizabethjohn.com.
Tina Kashian is an attorney and a former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She is the author of the Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean cozy mystery series for Kensington Publishing. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!
The infamous “they” say that your bio should reflect your writing, but writing a funny bio is hard. My ghost is a lot funnier than I am. Let’s see. I love mysteries, obviously. Like many, I started with the Mildred Wirts’ Nancy Drew books from the Thirties. Love the new Nancy Drew TV series with its paranormal bent. I love cats as well as ghosts and chocolate. Thor, the cat in my books, is based on my cat Klaus, who is now a ghost. My resident ghost is based on my mother. Hmm. There’s a theme here. I guess the best way to learn about me is to read my books because I believe in the adage “Write what you know.” More info here: https://www.renaleith.com
Daria Ludas w/a D.K. Ludas has always enjoyed reading and writing. At the age of ten she received a small typewriter for Christmas. She quickly typed several copies of a neighborhood newspaper called “The Linford Ledger,” which was named for the development she lived in. She graduated from Nancy Drew Mysteries to A Summer Place in sixth grade, without her parents’ knowledge. She then read Agatha Christie mysteries (Miss Marple a favorite). She currently reads Lisa Scottoline and Robert Parker, among several others.
A lifelong resident of New Jersey, David Manfre enjoys writing stories that take place in familiar settings. A major aspect of his writing involves using those local settings, because he believes that placing characters and events there helps to make his writing immediate and lively. David enjoys visiting the shore, especially towns with commercial boardwalks or lively downtowns, preferring those attractions to spending time at the beach or swimming in the ocean.
Nancy Quatrano is an award-winning fiction writer, a developmental editor, speaker, and columnist. She's presented workshops to readers, writer's, businesses, and women's groups, from New York to Florida. In addition to writing a mystery series and a women's fiction series, she writes a semi-monthly column for the St Augustine Record. She's operated On-Target Words, a professional writing service that specializes in content editing, press releases, and article writing since 2009. For more information visit www.NLQuatrano.com
Linda Rawlins was a prolific reader as a child. She started by reading her grandmother’s books, written by Phyllis Whitney, Emily Loring, and Victoria Holt. She had also read most of the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy mysteries by the time she reached fifth grade and started to write her own mystery. Realizing her love for reading and writing, her fifth grade teacher allowed her to take a book, which he self-published, home to show her parents. She is sure that day was one of the most inspirational for her writing. In addition to her studies, she continued to read as much fiction as she could through high school and won first place in a poetry contest. The novels she chose covered most genres – mystery, romance, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. In college, Linda studied different forms of literature, reading American Classics and English Novelists as well as majoring in Pre-med. During college, she had the absolute pleasure of meeting Kurt Vonnegut, Isaac Asimov, and Dr. Ruth. Over the years she has also met writers such as Mary Higgins Clark, Donald Bain, Diana Gabaldon, and others. Linda studied hard and went to Medical School. She no longer had time to read fiction but did have the privilege of meeting many wonderful people with whom she shared many wonderful, emotional, painful, and special experiences. She believes it is a combination of all these personalities which helped to make up her characters. Eventually, she was able to return to reading fiction and begin to write her own stories. Linda loves all her novels, and each is special in a unique way. However, she read to escape, and she loves to go to the beach to relax, renew, and reorganize. Misty Manor is her favorite as she was able to visit her favorite place each time she started writing. She hopes you will too! Her website is www.http://lindarawlins.com
Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa
Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa is the author of the Jersey Girl Cozy Mystery series, which includes New Math is Murder, Hide nor Hair, and Another Man’s Poison. She has worked for many years as a stringer for Greater Media Newspapers, writing numerous features ranging from health articles to restaurant reviews. Her stories have appeared in mystery, sci-fi and horror magazines, as well as anthologies. Her website is: http://joannlamonreccoppa.com
Roberta Rogow has had stories published in both science fiction and mystery anthologies. She is the author of four mystery novels in which the Reverend Mr. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) and young Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle collaborate as detectives and two more set in post-Civil War New York City. Her latest effort is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described as “Last of the Mohicans meets Arabian Nights, with a Spanish accent. Roberta is known in Science Fiction Fandom as a singer and writer of “filk,” (science fiction folk songs). In 2013 she was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame. She has also competed in Masquerades and Costume Calls, winning prizes for her needlework Roberta retired from a 37-year career as a Children's Librarian in 2008. She now devotes her time to writing, attending SF and Mystery conventions, and traveling to see her two daughters, one in San Francisco, the other outside Washington D. C.
After being fortunate to lead a double life as a lawyer and a quant, Jay (as Jacob Graysol) self-published a lawyer-laden police procedural, Righteous Judgment, and its sequel, Righteous Endeavors. His flash fiction has been published by Reflex Press (UK) and Every Day Fiction. Jay writes from Edison, NJ, and has the author website https://jacobgraysolnovelist.com/.
Eileen Watkins writes the Cat Groomer Mysteries, including The Persian Always Meows Twice; The Bengal Identity; Feral Attraction; Gone, Kitty, Gone, and Claw & Disorder, for Kensington Publishing. The first four all have received Certificates of Excellence from the national Cat Writers’ Association. With WCY Publishing, she also put out the 2020 women’s fiction novel Reboot Ranch, and she previously published eight novels through Amber Quill Press, most of them paranormal mystery and suspense. Eileen worked for daily newspapers for most of her career, writing about art, architecture, interior design and home improvement. A confirmed animal lover, she has always lived with at least one cat and regularly visits the nearest riding stable. She belongs to Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Visit her online at www.efwatkins.com
Some thirty of Vicki Weisfeld’s short stories have appeared in leading mystery magazines and anthologies, winning awards from the Short Mystery Fiction Society and the Public Safety Writers Association. Her first mystery thriller, Architect of Courage, was published June 2022 by Black Opal Books. She’s a reviewer for the UK website, crimefictionlover.com, and blogs at www.vweisfeld.com.
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.
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