Laura K. Curtis lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and three Irish Terriers, who have taught her how easily love can co-exist with the desire to kill. When she’s not indulging her bloodlust by writing fatal romantic fantasies or chatting up authors in her role as Community Manager at Criminal Element, she’s playing with fire to create glass beads, which she sells on Etsy. She can be found online on Twitter, at Criminal Element, and generally causing trouble all over the web. Email: laura.kramarsky [at] womenofmystery.net
Dorothy H. Hayes, better known as Dot, has written for twelve years on staff for a national animal protection organization and for local newspapers, the Wilton Bulletin and The Norwalk Hour, where she won an award from The Society of Professional Journalists for her in-depth series on Vietnam Veterans. She’s a member of Sisters-in-Crime, the Connecticut Association of Publishers and Authors, and also blogs for CriminalElement.com. A devoted vegan, her first novel, Animal Instinct, is an animal rights thriller, published in 2006. Her first murder mystery, Murder at the P&Z, will be published in May, 2013, by Mainly Murder Press. She is a wife, mom, grandmother, and teacher who lives in Stamford, CT with her husband, Arthur. To keep things stirred up, she substitute teaches, takes voice, and works out, but most of all, Dot Hayes travels to see her family. Find her online at: http://www.DorothyHayes.com
Lois Karlin writes fiction and blogs at Women of Mystery. She owns a small publishing house, Glenmere Press. As Winged Books, she provides eBook and print-on-demand services. Lois is a professional writer who for two decades has published online documentation and web copy. She has worked as a writing instructor through the Orange County Council of Arts, contributed to the Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices anthology, and written two crime novels. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Terrie Farley Moran is the author of Well Read, Then Dead, the first cozy mystery in the Read ’Em and Eat series published by Berkley Prime Crime. She also writes short mystery fiction which has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and various anthologies, including the Mystery Writers of America anthology Crimes by Moonlight. Her work has been short-listed twice for Best American Mystery Stories. Find her at www.terriefarleymoran.com
Leigh Neely dreamed of becoming a writer after sitting in the limbs of the mimosa tree in her front yard in Chattanooga, reading about reporter Nellie Bly. Nellie’s independence and courageous spirit were admirable qualities. A high-school journalism class settled the matter and she became a reporter and then moved on to be an editor at a newspaper and several magazines. Her interview subjects include the prolific Mary Higgins Clark, wonderful Christian singer, Michael W. Smith, and actor Grant Goodeve of “Eight is Enough.” She now lives in Florida with her husband. They have three children and four grandchildren. Her short story, “A Vampire in Brooklyn” is in Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices and she also writes novels with paranormal characters with Jan Powell. The two write as Neely Powell.
Anita Page’s debut novel, Damned If You Don’t, is set in the Catskill Mountains. It features Hannah Fox, a community activist and daughter of sixties radicals who takes on the local power brokers when a friend’s land is threatened by an eminent domain scam that ends in murder. Anita’s short stories have appeared in journals, webzines, and anthologies, including Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices and the MWA anthology, The Prosecution Rests. She received a Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society in 2010 for “‘Twas the Night,” which appeared in The Gift of Murder. She and her husband live in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley. She can also be found online at www.anitapagewriter.blogspot.com.
Kathleen A. Ryan is a retired 21-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department, and a former music teacher. She lives in Suffolk County, Long Island, with her husband and their two teens. A breast cancer survivor, Kathleen serves on the Board of Directors with Crime Stoppers of Suffolk County, Inc. A member of MWA-NY, Sisters in Crime NY/Tri-State, Long Island Sisters in Crime (VP) & Public Safety Writers Association, Kathleen has won several writing competition awards from PSWA, for stories such as “Heat of Passion” (also a 2012 Finalist for the Derringer & Macavity Awards), “The Watcher,” and “A Primal Force,” which appears in Grand Central Noir. Her work also appears in: Hint Fiction: An Anthology of 25 Words or Fewer; Discount Noir; The Southampton Review; Women Warriors: Stories From The Thin Blue Line. Kathleen studied Memoir Writing with Frank McCourt at the 2007 Southampton Writers Conference. Visit her at http://www.kathleenaryan.com or on Twitter @katcop13.
Cathi Stoler, an award-winning advertising creative director/copywriter, has written two mysteries featuring P.I. Helen McCorkendale and magazine editor, Laurel Imperiole. Telling Lies, her first novel, published in April, 2011, takes on the subject of stolen Nazi art. The second, Keeping Secrets, delves into the subject of hidden identity. She is working on the third book in the series, The Hard Way. She has also written several short stories including Out of Luck, which was included in Murder New York Style. You can visit her at www.cathistoler.com.
Clare Toohey helped found and manages CriminalElement.com, an online community for crime fans of every subgenre, era, and medium. Her short stories have appeared in the Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices (read “A Morbid Case of Identity Theft” here) and Feeding Kate crime anthologies, the latter of which she co-edited. She also edited St. Martins Press’s inaugural e-collection of short crime fiction, the award-winning “Girl Trouble” issue of The Malfeasance Occasional (aka The M.O.). She’s served as president of the New York/Tri-State Chapter of Sisters in Crime, is the current Anthology Chair, and also serves as board member and Program Chair for the NY chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She’s also worked as a freelance editor, helping with everything from pitches to social media, web copy to brand strategy–contact her at clare2e – AT- womenofmystery (dot), but don’t forget the “net” at the end. She’s a New England sports fan, an online gadabout, and friendly contrarian. Tweet her @clare2e.
Deirdre Verne is the Curriculum Chair of Marketing at Westchester Community College where she has been teaching for the past ten years. In addition, she is a freelance writer and has contributed to business publications, college textbooks and the Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices anthology. Prior to joining the faculty, Deirdre worked in new product development and marketing for Time, Inc. representing magazine titles such as Fortune, Money and Parenting. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University and a MBA from Hofstra University. She resides in Edgemont, NY with her husband and two children.