I am pleased to introduce the panelists who will be taking part in Mysterious Matters’ first-ever online panel discussion. The topic will be ORIGINALITY IN CRIME FICTION, and it will take place this coming Saturday (February 20) via Internet.
The discussion is taking place via Yahoo Instant Messenger, so please check back next week, when I’ll post the discussion. I’d like to thank all the panelists in advance.
VICKI DELANY’s newest Constable Molly Smith novel, WINTER OF SECRETS, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which said, “she uses…artistry as sturdy and restrained as a Shaker chair.” Vicki writes everything from standalone novels of suspense (BURDEN OF MEMORY), to the traditional village/police procedural Molly Smith series, to a light-hearted historical series (GOLD DIGGER) set in the heyday of the Klondike Gold Rush. Vicki lives in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario. You can visit Vicki on the Web at www.vickidelany.com.
JACK GETZE edits short fiction for Spinetingler Magazine, and spent nine years as a news and feature writer for the Los Angeles Times. His suspense novels, BIG NUMBERS and BIG MONEY, feature screwball stockbroker Austin Carr, and "have that same feel and style of writers such as John D. MacDonald," says Bloodstained Book Reviews. You can visit Jack on the Web at www.jackgetze.com.
LIBBY FISCHER HELLMANN is the author of DOUBLEBACK, the second Georgia Davis PI novel (October, 2009, Bleak House). In it Davis is paired with video producer and single mother Ellie Foreman, the protagonist of Libby's other 4-book series. Libby also writes short stories and edited the acclaimed CHICAGO BLUES. She lives in the Chicago area.
WENDY HORNSBY is the author of eight mystery novels, six of them in the Maggie MacGowen series, and many short stories. She has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award (the “Edgar”); its French equivalent, le Grand Prix de Littérature Policiere, and The American Mystery Award from Mystery Scene Magazine. Critics have describes her mysteries as “refreshing, real, and raunchy” (NY Times) and “unusually poignant” (LA Times). Wendy and her husband live in Southern California, where she is Professor of History at Long Beach City College.
NANCY MEANS WRIGHT has published 15 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poems, including 5 mystery novels (St. Martin’s Press), a mystery novella (Worldwide), and now MIDNIGHT FIRES (Perseverance Press), based on the life of 18th century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Her children’s mysteries received an ’06 Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel, and an ‘08 Agatha nomination. A longtime teacher and Bread Loaf Scholar for her first novel, Wright lives with her spouse and two Maine Coon cats in the environs of Middlebury, Vermont. You can visit her on the Web at www.nancymeanswright.com.
Derringer Award-winning author EARL STAGGS has seen many of his short stories published in magazines and anthologies. He served as Managing Editor of Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine and as President of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. His column “Write Tight” appears in Apollo’s Lyre at http://apollos-lyre.tripod.com/ and he is a member of Make Mine Mystery at http://makeminemystery.blogspot.com/. He is the author of MEMORY OF A MURDER.