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.
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 a small town in Florida, she is a long-time resident of Nashville, where she lives with her musician husband and three children. Her first novel, Pedestal, was published in October 2017 by Inkwell Literary Press, and her second, Duel, will be released in October 2019. 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.
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.
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.
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’s the current chapter president for Sisters in Crime Middle Tennessee and Vice President of the Southeast Chapter of MWA. Otherwise, he can be found wandering the snack food aisles of America or France.
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.
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. The Rein Equation is scheduled for publication in 2019.
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.