Richard J. Cass
Richard J. Cass is the author of the Boston-based Elder Darrow Mystery series. The first release in the series, Solo Act, was nominated for a Maine Literary Award in 2017. The second release in the series, In Solo Time, is the origin story for Elder and his friend, Boston homicide detective Dan Burton. In Solo Time won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction for 2018. Burton’s Solo and Last Call at the Esposito continue the story of Elder and Burton and the Esposito Bar and Grill. Cass’s short fiction has been published widely and won prizes from Redbook, Writers’ Digest, and Playboy. His first collection of stories is called Gleam of Bone. He blogs with the Maine Crime Writers at https://mainecrimewriters.com and serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s New England chapter. He lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his wife Anne, and a semi-feral Maine Coon cat named Tinker, where he writes full time. You can reach him on Facebook at: Richard Cass – Writer, on the web at rjcassbooks.com, or on Twitter at: @DickCass.
Interview of author Jay Ruud and his wife author Stacey M. Jones
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Richard’s Blog http://richardboltbooks.com/
Interview with Kameel Nasr on the show “New England Authors with Kameel Nasr”
In addition, he dabbles in film and wrote the screenplay for the film American Violence, which stars Bruce Dern, Denise Richards and Michael Pare. Find Al’s Encircle Publications titles here: Al Lamanda books.
Dane Cobain is the author of The Tower Hill Terror, the forthcoming second Liepfold Mystery with Encircle Publications following 2019’s Driven. He is also a freelance writer, book blogger, poet and (occasional) musician with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not working on his next release, he can be found reading and reviewing books for his award-winning book blog, SocialBookshelves.com. Keep up with Dane on facebook.com/danecobainmusic; his BookTube channel where he reviews and talks about books: youtube.com/danecobain; as well as on Instagram at instagram.com/danecobain and Twitter: twitter.com/danecobain.
BJ Magnani, PhD, MD, FCAP, is the author of The Queen of All Poisons (Encircle Publications, 2019), the first full-length mystery novel featuring Dr. Lily Robinson—a brilliant physician with an encyclopedic knowledge of all toxins and poisons, and a penchant for wearing stilettos. Lily Robinson and the Art of Secret Poisoning—a collection of short stories that takes Lily Robinson around the globe as she complies with her government’s directive to covertly rid the world of undesirables who threaten international order—was released by nVision Press in 2011.
Dr. Magnani is internationally recognized for her expertise in clinical chemistry and toxicology, has been named a “Top Doctor” in Boston magazine and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Laboratory Medicine Professionals in the World by The Pathologist. She received her Master’s and PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Clinical Pathology at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Dr. Magnani is also one of the editors of The Clinical Toxicology Laboratory: Contemporary Practice of Poisoning Evaluation, 2nd edition (AACC Press), and Clinical Toxicology Testing: A Guide for Laboratory Professionals, 2nd Edition (CAP Press). She is currently Professor of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (and Professor of Medicine) at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, and serves as the Chair of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Toxicology Committee.
In the 1970s, his career included assisting federal and tribal law enforcement agencies embroiled in conflicts with American Indian Movement activists in South Dakota.
He moved to Gillette, Wyoming, and found his niche, where he remained a sheriff’s deputy for more than 25 years. In addition, he was a longtime firearms instructor at the local college and within the community.
During his 38-year career in law enforcement he had served successful stints as police chief, policy adviser, and other supervisory roles for several agencies. Yet he always has felt most proud of “working the street.” He was a patrol supervisor when he retired to pursue his true vocation as a fiction writer.
Along with their macaw Fasolt and a rotating assortment of cats, she and her husband divide their time between New York City and Woodstock, where they spend far too much time gardening.
“Flo currently lives in Alabama, and while she admits it’s a beautiful state, she’s homesick for her favorite Tex-Mex restaurant back in Waco. But Flo is thrilled to be singing with jazz group The Usual Suspects-Clanton so trading in Fajitas for a microphone is definitely worthwhile.”
Susan Van Kirk
Susan Van Kirk began her writing career with her 2010 creative nonfiction memoir, The Education of a Teacher (Including Dirty Books and Pointed Looks). Her mysteries about the town of Endurance began with Three May Keep a Secret (2014, Five Star/Cengage). Publisher’s Weekly said, “Van Kirk’s appealing mystery debut … introduces recently retired teacher Grace Kimball. Cozy fans will find a lot to like.” Marry in Haste (2016) followed, along with an Endurance novella titled The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ Sweeney (2015). Her final Endurance mystery was Death Takes No Bribes (2017). She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and is on the Steering Committee of the Guppies, a subgroup of Sisters in Crime. Her books display her lifelong interest in the Midwest, history, and mystery. Educated at Knox College and the University of Illinois, she taught for forty-four years. Mother of three and grandmother of eleven, she divides her time between Illinois and Arizona. You can read more about her books at http://www.susanvankirk.com
Lara Tupper is the author of Off Island, a fictional re-imagining of Paul Gauguin’s strange marriage (Encircle, 2020), Amphibians, a short story collection (Leapfrog Fiction Contest winner; Leapfrog Press, March, 2021) and A Thousand and One Nights (Harcourt and Untreed Reads, 2015), an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. With filmmaker Greg Eismin, she co-wrote the screenplay adaptation for A Thousand and One Nights. Her short fiction was runner up for the 2019 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature; her prose has appeared in The Believer, Nowhere Magazine, Dogwood Journal, Epiphany and other literary publications. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College (MFA Creative Writing), she taught at Rutgers University for many years and currently presents writing workshops and retreats. Born in Boothbay, Maine, Lara now writes, teaches and performs in Western Massachusetts. She is also a jazz/pop vocalist, and her latest album is This Dance. Visit www.laratupper.com., and @laratupper on Twitter and Instagram.
A mystery fan since she read her first Nancy Drew, Lois Schmitt combined a love of mysteries with a love of animals in her series featuring wildlife reporter Kristy Farrell. She is a member of several wildlife conservation and humane organizations, as well Mystery Writers of America. Lois received 2nd runner up for the Killer Nashville Claymore Award for her second book in the Kristy Farrell series, entitled Something Fishy. Lois worked for many years as a freelance writer and is the author of Smart Spending a consumer education book for young adults. She previously served as media spokeperson for a local consumer affairs agency and curently teaches at Nassau Community College on Long Island. Lois lives in Massapequa, New York with her family, which includes a 120 pound Bernese Mountain Dog. This dog bears a striking resemblence to Archie, a dog of many breeds, featured in her Kristy Farrell Mystery Series.
Matthew Langdon Cost has wanted to be a writer since age eight. I Am Cuba is his first traditionally published novel. He has also self-published another work of historical fiction, Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard. Encircle Publications will be publishing his Mainely Mystery trilogy over the course of the next year: Mainely Power is due out in September, Mainely Fear in December, and Mainely Blackmail in May of 2021. Over the years, Cost has owned a video store, a mystery bookstore, and a gym. He has also taught history and coached just about every sport imaginable. He now lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Harper. There are four grown children: Brittany, Pearson, Miranda, and Ryan. A Chocolate Lab and a Bassett Hound round out the mix. He now spends his days at the computer, writing. You can keep up with Matt by visiting facebook.com/matt.cost.3, www.mattcost.net, and on Twitter, @MattCost8.
Kevin St. Jarre is the author of Aliens, Drywall, and a Unicycle, coming out in November, 2020, from Encircle Publications. He previously penned three original thriller novels for Berkley Books, the Night Stalkers series, under a pseudonym. He’s a published poet, his pedagogical essays have run in English Journal and thrice in Phi Delta Kappan, and his short fiction has appeared in journals such as Story. He has worked as a teacher and professor, a newspaper reporter, an international corporate consultant, and he led a combat intelligence team in the first Gulf War. Kevin is a polyglot, and he earned an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Popular Fiction from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Twice awarded scholarships, he studied at the Norman Mailer Writers Center on Cape Cod, MA, with Sigrid Nunez and David Black, and wrote in southern France at La Muse Artists & Writers Retreat. He is a member of MWPA and the International Thriller Writers. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Kevin grew up in Maine’s northernmost town, Madawaska. He now lives on the Maine coast, and is always working on the next novel. Follow Kevin at www.facebook.com/kstjarre and on Twitter @kstjarre.
Joanne has raised and loved Siberian huskies for over forty years. My last husky, Xander, died at the age of fourteen. His death prompted me to research Siberian huskies to find their story. When I did, I began Watch Eyes Trilogy. Before this YA/Frontier Fantasy Fiction series, I wrote eight historical romance set in the Old West. Arctic Storm, Arctic Shadow, and Arctic Will are set in the Arctic West.
I live between Colorado and California, my husband and I ever chasing down our children and grandchildren scattered therein.
Vaughn C. Hardacker is a member of the New England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Three of his novels, SNIPER, THE FISHERMAN, and WENDIGO were finalists in the Crime Fiction category of the 2015, 2016, and 2018 Maine Literary Awards. His fifth novel, MY BROTHER’S KEEPER, was released on July 2, 2019.
He is a veteran of the U. S. Marines and served in Vietnam. He holds degrees from Northern Maine Technical College, the University of Maine and Southern New Hampshire University.
He lives in Stockholm, Maine where he is working on his next crime thriller.
Sharon L. Dean
Sharon L. Dean grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where she and her two siblings rode bikes, read books, and visited the historical sites made famous by the Pilgrims, the Revolutionaries, and the many famous writers of New England’s nineteenth century. From Massachusetts, it was a small leap to the University of New Hampshire and a degree in English.
When she returned to Chelmsford after graduation, Sharon discovered that she shouldn’t teach seventh graders and that she should marry the man she dated in college. They spent a year in Del Rio, Texas, where she had a more successful year of teaching high school while her husband completed Air Force pilot training. When he was assigned to Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire, she seized the opportunity to enter graduate school at UNH.
Armed with a Ph.D. and facing a declining job market, Sharon spent several years laboring on the adjunct teaching circuit before she began a full-time career at Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire. She added the aura of the nineteenth century to her life when she and her husband purchased an 1865 farmhouse in nearby Brookline. Four academic books later, Sharon has become professor emerita and has moved with, yes, the same husband to Ashland, Oregon, where her daughter is raising a child of the West, and her son has established an American base while he raises his children as ex-pats, currently in The Hague. Embracing a change she never anticipated, Sharon is learning to bike and hike and garden in the Siskiyous instead of the White Mountains. She has sworn off books that require footnotes, and is reinventing herself as a writer of mystery novels.
D-L Nelson is an American-born Swiss writer and author of seven Third-Culture Mysteries to her credit. She considers herself a Third-Culture Adult, having lived in several countries. She currently lives in Switzerland and the South of France with her husband Rick and her dog, Sherlock.
S. Lee Manning
S. Lee Manning S. Lee Manning spent two years as managing editor of Law Enforcement Communications before realizing that lawyers make a lot more money. A subsequent career as an attorney spanned from a first-tier New York law firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, to working for the State of New Jersey, to solo practice. In 2001, Manning agreed to chair New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NJADP), writing articles on the risk of wrongful execution and arguing against the death penalty on radio and television in the years leading up to its abolition in the state in 2007.
An award winning short story writer, Manning is the author of international thrillers. Her life-long interests in Russia and espionage are reflected in her Kolya Petrov thrillers. Manning is currently working on the second in the Kolya Petrov thriller series, Nerve Attack, coming in July 2021 from Encircle Publications.
Manning lives in Vermont with her husband and two cats, but frequently visits her daughter Jenny in California and her son Dean in New Jersey.
Sue Baumgardner studied writing, first poetry and then prose. After six semesters in adult education, she was thoroughly hooked on the story art form. Sue continued with dozens of classes, seminars and writing retreats. She studied writing and publishing under the likes of James Patterson, Peter Behrens, and Mark Dawson.
As a contributor to the Discover Maine Magazine, Sue received her first check for her prose.
Her poetry has been published in The Aurorian.
She has six of her paperbacks along with four ebooks published. They include fiction and nonfiction for adults and fiction for Middle Readers.
Her very first publishing though began with Greeting Card Universe, where Sue’s greeting cards with verse are sold across the world.
James P. Hanley
James P. Hanley has had several careers: naval officer, Human Resources director, adjunct professor, and writer. James has had 5 novels published by independent presses and 90 short stories appear in print and online magazines. He is currently working on a new mystery.
John D.Nesbitt lives in the plains country of Wyoming, where he is Professor of English and Spanish at Eastern Wyoming College. He writes western, contemporary, mystery, and retro/noir fiction as well as nonfiction, poetry, and song lyrics. He has had more than forty books published. John has won many awards for his work, including three awards from the Wyoming State Historical Society (for fiction), two awards from Wyoming Writers for encouragement of other writers and service to the organization, two Wyoming Arts Council literary fellowships (one for fiction, one for non- fiction), three Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Finalist awards, five Will Rogers Medallion awards, and four Spur awards from Western Writers of America. See his website at www.johndnesbitt.com.