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Rebecca Barrett writes historical fiction, short stories of life in the South, and children’s stories. She also writes post-apocalyptic fiction under the name Campbell O’Neal. She is first and foremost a cat lover although dogs hold a special place in her heart. Anyone who is possessed by a cat is fortunate indeed, even if it’s only in their imagination. Trouble arrived and decided to stay. He persisted until his stories had to be told.
Laura Benedict is the Edgar-nominated author of six novels of dark suspense, including the Bliss House gothic trilogy: The Abandoned Heart, Charlotte’s Story (Booklist starred review), and Bliss House. Her work has also appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, PANK, on NPR, and in anthologies like Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, and St. Louis Noir. She lives with her family in Southern Illinois.
Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of over 70 books. She was the recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, as well as the “Best Amateur Sleuth” award by Romantic Times. Haines writes in a number of genres, from cozy mystery to horror and short fiction. She got her start in publishing in romantic mysteries with one savvy black cat detective called Familiar. She’s delighted to bring back the first Familiar stories–and to introduce Trouble, son of Familiar, in a delightful new Familiar Legacy series which will feature a number of talented authors (and cat lovers!)
Michelle Ladner is writer of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and young adult manuscripts. An enthusiast of many genres of fiction, she works to combine elements of romance, suspense, thriller, and fantasy into her on writing. She lives with her husband in Vancleave, MS, where she wrangles four cats and a toddler. When not writing or reading, or wishing her daughter would allow her to sleep for an entire night, she dabbles in amateur photography and loves to travel.
Claire Hamner Matturro grew up listening to tales of errant and often unhinged kith and kin, whiskey making, and the War Between the States. She never quite outgrew the spell of those often dark, yet funny stories. She’s been a newspaper reporter in Alabama, a lawyer in Sarasota, FL, and has taught at Florida State University College of Law. She and her husband, Bill, spent one long, cold winter in Oregon where Claire was a visiting professor of legal writing at the University of Oregon School of Law. But her love of story-telling trumped the legal world and Claire turned to writing fiction.
Fran Roberts was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although she loved the people and her Green Bay Packers, she relocated to the Gulf Coast to enjoy six months of summer and NO winter. She currently teaches middle school Compensatory Language Arts in Pascagoula, MS, and truly enjoys a challenge. Her first two books were devotionals, brought about by a curse she prayed upon herself as a young child: “Lord, please don’t ever let my life be boring.” The first book is “31 Prayers for the Addict I Love” written after the untimely death of two addicted loved ones. The second is “31 Prayers for When Life Isn’t Fair”. Roberts’ first fiction novel, “A Place Called Grace,” is a Christian Romance/Murder Mystery. The sequel– “A Place Without Mercy” was released in December, 2016. There are more stories to come, since her wild imagination rarely rests.
Susan Tanner has five historical romances published by Leisure Books; Highland Captive; Exiled Heart; Captive to a Dream; Winds Across Texas; Fire Across Texas and part of anthology with A Warm Southern Christmas also by Leisure. Currently, in addition to a very demanding full-time job, she competitively barrel races with her daughter and spends the late night and wee morning hours with Trouble!
Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist and the internationally published author of the Nashville-based Jared McKean mysteries. She is a contributor to the Killer Nashville Noir anthology and to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of writing exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction. A recipient of the 2009 Magnolia Award for service to the Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, Terrell is a former special education teacher with thirty years of experience as a teacher and trainer. She is a writing coach, workshop leader, and developmental editor.