CARMEN AMATO turns lessons from a 30-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency into crime fiction loaded with intrigue and deception. Originally from upstate New York, Carmen was educated there as well as Virginia and Paris, France, while experiences in Mexico and Central America ignited her writing career. Her award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series pits the first female police detective in Acapulco against Mexico's drug cartels, government corruption, and social inequality. The series was awarded the Poison Cup for Outstanding Series from CrimeMasters of America in both 2019 and 2020, and has been optioned for television.
LEAH BAILEY is a real estate agent and creative marketing consultant in the Nashville, Tennessee area. Her days are spent exploring houses, creating marketing plans, and crafting stories. Leah placed first in the Southern Writers Magazine 2016 Short Story Contest and was a Top Ten Finalist in the Southern Writers Magazine 2017 National Short Story Contest. She also won the Fall 2015, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 Collage Creative Expression Award for prose while completing a Master of Science in Media and Communication as well as an honorable mention in the poetry category in the 2019 Chattanooga Writers’ Guild Spring Writing Contest. Leah is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Middle Tennessee Authors Circle. She is also the Membership Chair of SinC Middle TN.
JENNA BENNETT / JENNIE BENTLEY
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author JENNA BENNETT (JENNIE BENTLEY) is best known for the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries she wrote for Berkley Prime Crime and the Savannah Martin real estate mysteries she writes for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace, including the Soldiers of Fortune science fiction romance series, of which book 1, Fortune’s Hero, won the SFR Galaxy Award for best Enemies to Lovers story of 2012.
CHRISTINA BOYS is a freelance editor with 20 years of experience with 2 of the "Big 5" book publishers. She has edited a broad spectrum of fiction and nonfiction, ranging from award-winning debut novels to New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestsellers. She began her career at Simon & Schuster, where she launched a new Mystery Program for Pocket Books focused on cozy mysteries which garnered multiple Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestsellers. In 2004, she moved from New York to Nashville to become the first editor of Hachette Book Group's Center Street imprint. In 2017, she launched CEB Editorial Services and currently works with aspiring and published authors and for several major publishing houses. Christina is also the secretary for SinC Middle TN.
MARIANNE H. DONLEY writes fiction from short stories to funny romances and quirky murder mysteries. She makes her home in Tennessee with her husband and son. She is a member of Bethlehem Writers Group, Romance Writers of America, Music City Romance Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Charmed Writers.
PATRICIA DILLON moved to Nashville in 1977 to further her ambitions as a singer in the music industry. Her first job was a receptionist for a small record company on Music Row. Other jobs in Nashville or before (in Ohio) include being a zookeeper, welder, layout mechanic, postal carrier, courier, tour guide, sales rep, singer, and bass player. In 1978 through the early 1990's, Patricia sang with variety bands The New Horizon and the Variations. She also founded the band, Locomotion, which she managed and booked as well as singing and playing bass. Now she is doing the final edit of her first mystery novel, a long cold case and is closely based on her real life.
KAY ELAM took a circuitous route to writing, but has finally found her way. She writes novels and short stories at her home near Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband, Greg. Six of her short stories have been published in four anthologies in the genres of literary, horror, and romance. When not writing, Kay can usually be found curled up with a good book or volunteering for her college sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi where she serves on an international committee. Weather permitting, she enjoys writing (and napping) on her back porch, but often gets distracted by watching her flowers grow.
ASHLEY SARGEANT HAGAN
ASHLEY SARGEANT HAGAN has the mind of Agatha Christie with the soul of Mark Twain. She writes mysteries with a literary twist, and sometimes something completely different! Originally from Lakeland, Florida, she is a long-time resident of Nashville, where she lives with her musician husband and three children. She loves cats, mysteries, history, and tea, and when she’s not writing, you’ll find her involved with Historic Nashville and volunteering for the Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm. She is also the current President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Sisters in Crime.
ROBERT MANGEOT lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife and cats. His short fiction appears here and there, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, The Forge Literary Journal, Lowestoft Chronicle, Mystery Weekly Magazine, the MWA anthology Ice Cold, and the Anthony-winning Murder Under the Oaks. His work has been a Derringer Award finalist. When not writing, he is the current Vice President of the Southeast Chapter of MWA and a past president of Sisters in Crime Middle Tennessee. He also serves as our current treasurer. Otherwise, he can be found wandering the snack food aisles of America or France.
KOLIN MOFIELD writes a contemporary mystery series and as well as stand-alone suspense/thrillers with a romantic element. She loves when ordinary characters find themselves in extraordinary circumstances and are forced to find the hero within. Utilizing experiences as one of the few female police officers in a good 'ole boy southern town, she adds small-town idiosyncrasies and ties them with police procedure, weaving an intricate story of good 'ole boy coverups and the dark underbelly of the disturbed. Although no longer in law enforcement, she continues many friendships still on the job who are willing to fact-check her work with provocative critique. When not writing, she enjoys kayaking, riding motorcycles through east Tennessee, touring in her '72 Jeep CJ5, or attending Nashville Predator hockey games. As an ice hockey college goalie parent herself, there's nothing cooler than hockey in the south. She lives happily with her husband just east of Nashville, Tennessee, and is proud of her four sons, all successful young men, who are grateful she has an outlet for her dark imagination.
JOE MORRIS is that increasingly rare breed, a working journalist. His career has taken him around the country, and he’s done everything from celebrity interviews to covering late-night county council meetings setting tax rates. On occasion he’s won awards, though sadly none came with a cash component. A lifelong fan of mysteries and mystery writers, he has a mind full of great ideas and two filing cabinets full of drafts in dire need of rewrites. He is well aware that some will see his joining SinC as a last, desperate attempt to control the narrative. Joe is currently serving as the Vice President of SinC Middle TN.
PEGGY O'NEAL PEDEN
PEGGY O'NEAL PEDEN is a long-time Nashville resident who grew up listening to country music and remembers her father making his own steel guitar. She is an award-winning advertising copywriter, and teaches college-level English. She formerly owned a travel agency, paints and is a member of the Nashville Artist Guild, counting Maureen McCormick among her clients. Your Killin’ Heart, last year’s Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery winner and a finalist in both the Killer Nashville and William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing competitions, is Peden’s first novel, a mystery set in Nashville.
She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, the American Association of University Professors, Authors Guild, and the Women’s National Book Association. Peden loves most everything about Nashville except the traffic.
EMMA LEIGH REED
EMMA LEIGH REED now resides in Tennessee, but she is originally from New Hampshire. She has fond memories of the Maine coastline and incorporates the ocean into all her books. She has three grown children and is enjoying her empty nest. Her life has been touched and changed by her son's autism - she views life through a very different lens than before he was born. She continues to learn through her children's strength and abilities that push her to go outside her comfort zone on a regular basis. Growing up as an avid reader, it was only natural for Emma Leigh to turn to creating the stories for others to enjoy. She teaches English at the Columbia State Community College, and is the author of romantic suspense, women’s fiction and has co-authored children’s books.
NANCY SARTOR is an award-winning Nashville-born writer, a charter member and current president of Word Spinners Ink, a member of MWA, RWA, and SiNC, the former secretary of SEMWA, and moderator of the Kiss of Death critique workshop, Crimson Quills. She won the Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence for Paranormal in 2018 for her Blessed Curse. She has two other published novels: Bones Along the Hill and Christmas Across Time. She lives in Rural Hill, Tennessee, just east of Nashville with her husband, classical composer and conductor, David Sartor, and Autumn Fire, their Maine Coon cat. She is an herbalist, enjoys reading, gardening, knitting, and cooking.
Award-winning author and filmmaker CLAY STAFFORD has sold more than 2 million copies of his own books and is now publishing others through his own Clay Stafford Books. A former Days of Our Lives and live theater actor, Stafford has directed, produced and written material for ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Sony Pictures, Esquire, and national cable networks. His work is in 14 languages. Recently he produced the soundtrack and documentary One of the Miracles and produced and co-wrote the pop-country album XO with The Bone Collector author Jeffery Deaver. An MFA graduate, he has taught at several universities and has co-designed the film program at Miami Dade College. He is the founder of the literary organization Killer Nashville.
JADEN TERRELL is a Shamus Award finalist and internationally published author of the Nashville-based Jared McKean mysteries. She is a contributor to the Killer Nashville Noir anthology, to International Thriller Writers’ The Big Thrill, and to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of writing exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin. A recipient of the 2017 Killer Nashville Builder Award, along with the 2009 Magnolia Award and the 2017 Silver Quill Award for service to the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, this former special education teacher is now a writing coach who offers private coaching, live workshops, and online courses for writers.
LINDA THORNE began pursuing her true passion, writing, in 2005. Since then, she has published numerous short stories in the genres of mystery, thriller, and romance. Her debut novel, Just Another Termination, is book one in a series of mysteries that tell the story of Judy Kenagy, the first human resources manager to turn sleuth or, at the least the first to admit it. Thorne is currently polishing her second book in the series, A Promotion to Die For, and starting the publication process. Like her lead character, Thorne is a career human resources manager who has worked in her field in many different states. She and her husband moved to a suburb of Nashville in early 2008 and proclaim this their final stop.
LISA WYSOCKY is an award-winning fiction and non-fiction author and editor. Cat Enright popped into Lisa’s head in the middle of a sleepless night in 1994. Cat’s eclectic friends, including the (possibly) psychic horse Sally Blue, made their appearances and a cozy mystery unfolded. The Opium Equation was written, polished, rejected numerous times, and finally published by Cool Titles in 2011. Four awards later, the series has won eight awards and has been optioned for film and television. Currently, The Mane Equation is the winner of the Best Equine-related Book in the American Horse Media awards and was a finalist in the mystery category in the Indie Excellence Awards. When not writing or editing, she runs the nonprofit Colby’s Army and teaches people with disabilities to ride horses. Her latest, The Rein Equation was published in November, 2020. Lisa currently serves as the Publicity Chair for SinC Middle TN.
TOM WOOD is a journalist, author, and screenwriter who informs, inspires, and entertains. His debut novel Vendetta Stone, a Nashville-based fictional true-crime thriller, is being followed up by Turn to Stone: A Vendetta Stone Thriller. His Vendetta Stone adaptation was a Nashville Film Festival screenwriting competition semifinalist, as was Death Takes a Holliday. A longtime sports writer and copy editor at The Tennessean, he’s freelanced for the Ledger newspapers in Nashville and Knoxville, the Knoxville News Sentinel, Country Family News, and other publications. Tom has mystery, science fiction and Western short stories in several anthologies, and he was an extra on Nashville, Still the King and various movie/TV projects.
A Macavity Award finalist in the mystery short story category, ALANA WHITE sold her first historical mystery novel, The Sign of The Weeping Virgin, to an editor while attending Killer Nashville. The novel was a finalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award in 2013. A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and illustrators, she is currently revising the second book in her Renaissance Italy mystery series.
EMILY C. WHITSON is a former marketing copywriter and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in journalism. She is now pursuing a Master of Education with a specialization in English Literature at Vanderbilt University. Emily is a mystery and thriller author with a focus on contemporary pop culture. Her work explores the intersection of suspense and entertainment, the dark side of celebrity and Hollywood glamour. Her debut novel, BENEATH THE MARIGOLDS, was published September 2021 with CamCat Books.