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.
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!
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
Kristina Rienzi has been writing in some fashion for several decades. Her passion is writing entertaining stories that challenge readers to embrace the unknown. In 2014, her debut novel, Choosing Evil (Ensouled Trilogy, Book One) was published by Frost Books and became a release day bestseller. She has since published several books including Luring Shadows, Twisted, and Winter Road. Her latest novel, Breaking Evil (Ensouled Trilogy, Book Two) released in December 2016. Professionally, Kristina has been active in the writing community as a member of several organizations such as Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She has also served as the New Jersey Romance Writers Literary Book Fair Chair and, most recently, the 2017 President of Sisters in Crime-New Jersey. Kristina holds a Master’s Degree in Psychological Counseling and a Senior Professional Human Resources Certificate, working in both fields throughout her business career. Personally, Kristina is married to her soulmate, Tom, and is a fur beast mommy to pups, Lola and Kona, and kitty, Rubi. Although a New Jersey resident, she dreams of one day moving to Hawaii and living the ‘Aloha’ way. When she is not writing, she spends her time reading, watching paranormal investigations, rooting for her West Virginia Mountaineers, and relaxing with her loved ones, wine in hand. Visit Kristina's website at http://www.kristinarienzi.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.
Christie Stratos is an award-winning writer who holds a degree in English Literature. She is the author of the psychological suspense novels Anatomy of a Darkened Heart and Brotherhood of Secrets, the first two books in the Dark Victoriana Collection. Also a poet and short story writer, Christie has been published in anthologies, literary journals, and magazines. Christie has been featured on the radio, in magazines, and on podcasts, and she has given presentations for writing organizations and at writing conferences. She owns her own editing company, Proof Positive, where she works one-on-one with authors as well as with small presses as a freelance editor, and she has enjoyed working with a rising press as an acquisitions editor. Christie hosts the well-received podcast Writers Showcase on the Authors on the Air Radio Network. She has interviewed New York Times bestsellers, publishers, and major award-winning authors, including Hugo Award winner Robert J. Sawyer, BBC correspondent Humphrey Hawksley, and Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Hank Phillippi Ryan.
Eileen Watkins specializes in mystery and suspense fiction. In 2017 she launched the Cat Groomer Mysteries, starting with The Persian Always Meows Twice, from Kensington Publishing. The Bengal Identity and Feral Attraction followed in 2018. The Persian Always Meows Twice won the David G. Sasher Award for Best Mystery of 2017 at the 2018 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, and all three novels have received Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association, Inc. Watkins previously published eight novels through Amber Quill Press, most of them paranormal suspense, as “E. F. Watkins.” Her Quinn Matthews Haunting Mysteries have recently become available again through Crossroad Press.
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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