Emily-ArsenaultEmily Arsenault is the author of The Broken Teaglass, In Search of the Rose Notes, Miss Me When I’m Gone, and What Strange Creatures. She lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.










sheila-connollySheila Connolly has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several non-profit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company providing genealogical research services. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. She is a member of Sisters in Crime-New England (president 2011), the national Sisters in Crime, and the fabulous on-line SinC chapter, the Guppies. She also belongs to Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America





Donna DeckerDonna Decker is a writer and an English professor at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire, whose teaching includes a seminar on school shootings. In 2010, she was one of 25 professors selected from among 150 applicants to be a Ms. Magazine Feminist Scholar based on her project about the 1989 Montreal Massacre. “Intentional Venom: Making Meaning of School Shootings.” The course, created by the author several years ago, has become a popular elective, and grew out of her research on the Polytechnique murders. Her first award winning novel is Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You.  A mother of three, she lives in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.









keith donohueKeith Donohue is an American novelist, the author of The Boy Who Drew Monsters, the national bestseller The Stolen Child, Centuries of June, and Angels of Destruction. He also has written reviews for the Washington Post. Donohue has a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in modern Irish literature and wrote the introduction to the Complete Novels of Flann O’Brien. He lives in Maryland near Washington, DC.










hallie-ephronHallie Ephron grew up in a family of writers and a household filled with books. Her parents were Henry and Phoebe Ephron who wrote screenplays for classic movies like Carousel and Daddy Long Legs. Hallie was the last of their four daughters (Nora, Delia, Hallie, Amy) to start writing or, as she calls it, succumb to her genes. Now Hallie writes suspense novels she hopes keep readers up nights. A New York Times best selling author! Edgar Award finalist and a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Hallie grew up in Beverly Hills where her new suspense novel, Night Night, Sleep Tight, is set.









DA KeeleyD.A. Keeley is the author of author of the Peyton Cote U.S. Border Patrol series. He was born in Augusta, Maine, and lives with his wife and three daughters at Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mass.), where he is the English department chair, a teacher, and may very well be the only mystery writer in America who’s also a dorm parent. Along with a host of other writers, he writes a regular post for the Type M for Murder blog-site.





G.M. MallietG.M. Malliet did post-graduate work at Oxford University after earning a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, the setting for her earlier series, the St. Just mysteries. Raised in a military family, she spent her childhood in Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico, and Hawaii and has lived also in Japan and Europe, but she most enjoyed living in the U.K. She and her husband live across the river from Washington, D.C., in Old Town, Alexandria, a city chartered in 1749.








archer-mayor-with-chainsaw-225x300Archer Mayor is the New York Times bestselling author of the 26-book police procedural series featuring detective Joe Gunther. In addition to his writing, Mayor is a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and a longtime detective for the Windham County Sheriff’s Office. He is a past winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction–the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. He was cited for Excellence in the Arts by the State of Vermont. Mayor who was brought up in the US, Canada and France—has been variously employed as a scholarly editor, a researcher for TIME-LIFE Books, a political advance-man, a theater photographer, a newspaper writer/editor, a lab technician for Paris-Match Magazine in Paris, France, and a medical illustrator. He is a graduate of Yale University and lives in South Newfane, Vermont.







Hank Phillipi Ryan 2Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 33 EMMYs, 14 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism. A bestselling author of nine mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, two Anthonys, the Daphne, two Macavitys, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Her 2013 novel, The Wrong Girl, won both the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and the Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller. Truth Be Told, is the Agatha Award winner for Best Contemporary Novel and an Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel. Truth Be Told was also a Library Journal Best Book of 2014, with starred reviews from Booklist and from Library Journal, which raves, “Drop everything and binge read!” She won a second Agatha Award in 2015 for Best Nonfiction, as editor of Writes of Passage, an anthology of essays by mystery authors, which was also honored with a Macavity Award and Anthony Award. Ryan’s newest novel, What You See, is an Agatha and Anthony nominee and a Library Journal Best of 2015, with a starred review which raves, “Mystery readers get ready: you will find yourself racing to the finish.” It’s also an RT Book Reviews Top Pick for “Exceptional suspense!” Her first award-winning series starring reporter Charlotte McNally is now available in all-new editions. She’s a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.

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Positive Geek presents horror author Matt Spencer.

author-photoMatt Spencer is the author of several novels, including the Deschembine trilogy (The Night and the Land, , The Trail of the Beast and the forthcoming The Blazing Chief, published by Damnation Books ), as well as numerous short-stories and novellas of fantasy, horror, crime, and science-fiction, the stage-play Going With The Flow (produced by the Mahalo Art Center, directed by Luz Elena Morey), and various miscellanea. He’s also a martial-artist, medieval re-enactor, and sometimes radio DJ. He lives in Brattleboro, Vermont with his fiancé.