Meet some of the legendary, bestselling and critically acclaimed authors who donated time and work to Shattering Glass, the first non-profit anthology by non-profit publisher Nasty Woman Press! Discover why New York Times bestselling author Marcia Clark calls the collection “Moving, often poetic, and always compelling.” All profits from this unique work are donated to Planned Parenthood!
Readers and Participants Include:
|Robin C. Stuart (Facilitator)|
Robin C. Stuart is a veteran cybercrime investigator and contributing author to the short story anthology, Fault Lines: Stories by Northern California Crime Writers. She consults on all things cyber security for Fortune 100 companies, authors, screenwriters, and media outlets including BBC and NowThis News. Robin is also a significant contributor to the Tech Interactive (formerly known as The Tech Museum of Innovation) acclaimed Cyber Detectives, one of the museum’s most popular permanent exhibits, which earned praise from the Obama Administration.
|Kelli Stanley (Introduction/MC)|
Kelli Stanley is the critically acclaimed and multiple-award winning author of the Miranda Corbie noir series set in 1940 San Francisco, including City of Dragons, City of Secrets, City of Ghosts, and City of Sharks. Other works include historical mysteries set in Roman Britain and numerous short stories and essays. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, her proudest achievements have been her inclusion as a literary heir of Dashiell Hammett by his granddaughter in Publisher’s Weekly, and her founding of Nasty Woman Press on November 9th, 2016. Her next novel is set in 1985 in Humboldt County, California. kellistanley.com
Maria Alexander is a multiple award-winning author of horror and mystery fiction. Since 1999, her short fiction has appeared in critically acclaimed publications and anthologies. She also writes humorous mystery fiction under the pen name Quentin Banks. No Rhyme Goes Unpunished is her debut thriller satire. Death on the Argyle is due out Summer 2020. For more information, visit her website at mariaalexander.net.
Eric Beetner is that writer you’ve heard about but never read. When you finally do, you wonder why you waited so long. There are more than 20 books like Rumrunners, All the Way Down, and The Devil Doesn’t Want Me, so you’d better get started. He also hosts the podcast Writer Types and the Noir at the Bar reading series in L.A.. He’s been described as “The 21st Century’s answer to Jim Thompson” (LitReactor), has been nominated for three Anthonys, an ITW award, Shamus, Derringer and 5 Emmys. Seriously, what are you waiting for? ericbeetner.com
Cara Black is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen of the Aimée Leduc investigations set in Paris, including the most recent, Murder in Bel-Air. The Wall Street Journal said of her Murder on the Left Bank, “Even after 17 books, Ms. Black has intriguing corners of Paris to reveal—from an enclave of ateliers once home to the likes of Gauguin and Rodin to a crime-ridden neighborhood where ‘no one wanted to be witnessed witnessing’.” She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity awards. In Paris she was awarded the Medaille de la Ville de Paris in recognition of her contributions to French culture. Cara gets to Paris whenever she can for research. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and dog. Find her at carablack.com
Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including The Victory Garden, The Tuscan Child, and the World War II-based In Farleigh Field, the winner of the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel. Bowen’s work has won twenty honors to date, including multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has fans around the world, including seventeen thousand Facebook followers. A transplanted Brit, Bowen divides her time between California and Arizona.
|Angel Luis Colón|
Angel Luis Colón is the Derringer and Anthony Award nominated writer of five books including his latest novel, Hell Chose Me. In his down time, he edits anthologies and produces The Bastard Title, a podcast featuring interviews with writers. Keep up with him on Twitter via @GoshDarnMyLife. angelluiscolon.com
|Wendy Corsi Staub|
Wendy Corsi Staub is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 90 novels over a 27-year career. Her latest psychological suspense novels Little Girl Lost and Dead Silence (William Morrow) launched a psychological suspense trilogy that concludes with The Butcher’s Daughter. A three-time finalist for the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award, she’s won an RWA Rita Award, an RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense, the RWA-NYC Lifetime Achievement Golden Apple and been honored five times with the WLA Washington Irving Prize for Fiction. She lives in New York. wendycorsistaub.com.
|Allison A. Davis|
Allison A. Davis writes poetry (most recently, Three Rooms Press Annual Dada Magazine, Maintenant 12 and 13), short stories, and is currently shopping her novel, But Not For Me. A background in journalism and art criticism, her day job is a senior partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, a national law firm.
Danny Gardner is a multi-award-nominated author of genre fiction, including A Negro and an Ofay, his debut mystery novel. In another world, he is a stand-up comedian and screenwriter, and also the founder of Bronzeville Books. Born and raised in the Chi, he lives and works in Los Angeles. www.bronzevillebooks.com
Heather Graham is a legendary New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two hundred novels and novellas, published in twenty-five languages. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations, including the Silver Bullet and prestigious Thriller Master awards from the International Thriller Writers and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America. Heather’s books have been selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and she has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today, and has appeared on many newscasts including Today and Entertainment Tonight. www.theoriginalheathergraham.com
|Rachel Howzell Hall|
Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the bestseller They All Fall Down (Forge), writes the acclaimed Lou Norton series. She is also co-author of The Good Sister with James Patterson, which was included in the New York Times bestseller The Family Lawyer. She is on the board of directors for the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and lives in Los Angeles. Her next novel And Now She’s Gone will be published September 2020. www.rachelhowzell.com
|Libby Fischer Hellmann|
Libby Fischer Hellman left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Twelve novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. With the addition of Jump Cut in 2016, her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between Desperate Housewives and 24; the hard-boiled 4-volume Georgia Davis PI series; and three stand-alone historical thrillers that Libby calls her “Revolution Trilogy.” Last fall The Incidental Spy, a historical novella set during the early years of the Manhattan Project at the U of Chicago was released. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s 25 Criminally Good Short Stories collection. In 2005 Libby was the national president of Sisters In Crime, a 3500 member organization dedicated to the advancement of female crime fiction authors.
|Toni L.P. Kelner|
Toni L.P. Kelner is actually two authors in one. As Toni, she’s written eleven mystery novels and co-edited seven anthologies with Charlaine Harris. She won the Agatha for Best Short Story, and has been nominated for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer. As Leigh Perry, she writes the Family Skeleton mysteries featuring adjunct professor Georgia Thackery and her pal Sid, an ambulatory family skeleton. The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking is the most recent.
James L’Etoile uses his twenty-nine years behind bars as an influence in his novels, short stories, and screenplays. He is a former associate warden in a maximum-security prison, a hostage negotiator, facility captain, and director of California’s state parole system. He is a nationally recognized expert witness on prison and jail operations. He has been nominated for the Silver Falchion for Best Procedural Mystery, and The Bill Crider Award for short fiction. His published novels include At What Cost, Bury the Past, and Little River: The Other Side of Paradise.
Catriona McPherson is the national best-selling and multi-award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series of preposterous detective stories, set in her native Scotland in the 1930s. She also writes darker contemporary standalone suspense and has recently begun the Last Ditch trilogy, loosely based on her immigrant experience in a northern California college town. Catriona is a proud lifetime member and former national president of Sisters in Crime, committed to advancing equity and inclusion for women, writers of color, LGBTQ+ writers and writers with disability in the mystery community.
Travis Richardson is originally from Oklahoma and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. He has been a finalist and nominee for the Macavity, Anthony, and Derringer short story awards. He has two novellas and his short story collection, Bloodshot and Bruised, came out in late 2018. Find out more at tsrichardson.com
Kaira Rouda is an award-winning journalist and marketing executive best known for creating the first women consumer focused real estate brand, “Real Living.” Her first book, Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs encourages women to put their passions into action and create the life of their dreams. She took her own advice, began writing novels, and is now an international bestseller. She lives in Southern California with her family. Her latest book is The Favorite Daughter. Visit KairaRouda.com for more.
Clea Simon is a former journalist and the Boston Globe-bestselling author of three nonfiction books and more than two dozen mysteries. While the majority of these (like her most recent, An Incantation of Cats) are amateur sleuth mysteries, she also writes darker crime fiction, like the rock and roll suspense novel World Enough, which was named a “must read” by the Massachusetts Book Awards. Her upcoming psychological suspense Hold Me Down returns to the music world, focusing on sexual abuse and recovery, as well as love in all its forms. She can be reached at cleasimon.com
Alexandra Sokoloff is the Thriller Award-winning, Bram Stoker, and Anthony Award-nominated author of thirteen bestselling supernatural and crime thrillers. The New York Times has called her “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” As a screenwriter she has sold original scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios. She is also the author/presenter of the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks, workshops, and blog. Her Thriller Award-nominated Huntress Moon series follows a haunted FBI agent on the hunt for a female serial killer, smashing genre clichés and combatting the rise of violence against women on the page, screen and life. alexandrasokoloff.com
Jacqueline Winspear is the creator of the New York Times and National Bestselling series featuring psychologist and investigator, Maisie Dobbs. Her first novel—Maisie Dobbs—received numerous award nominations, including the Edgar Award for Best Novel and the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. It was a New York Times Notable Book and a Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten Pick. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2015. In 2019 Jacqueline published her 16th novel, The American Agent, and a non-fiction book, What Would Maisie Do? a journal featuring excerpts from the Maisie Dobbs’ series. jacquelinewinspear.com
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