Our Authors

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Heather Weidner

Heather Weidner’s short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series and 50 Shades of Cabernet. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Guppies, Lethal Ladies Write, and James River Writers. Secret Lives and Private Eyes is her debut novel.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.

Heather earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan College and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond. Through the years, she has been a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager.

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Debbie De Louise

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University.

Her Cobble Cove mystery series published by Solstice Publishing includes A Stone's ThrowBetween a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks. Debbie has also written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres and a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace. She is also the author of two standalone novels; Reason to Die, a mystery, and Cloudy Rainbow, a paranormal romance. Debbie's new standalone psychological mystery, Sea Scope,  will be released in May. The pre-order link is: mybook.to/SeaScope

 

She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and 3 cats.

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Maggie King

Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries, including Murder at the Book Group and Murder at the Moonshine Inn. She has contributed stories to the Virginia is for Mysteries anthologies and to the 50 Shades of Cabernet anthology.

 Maggie is a member of Sisters in Crime, James River Writers, and the American Association of University Women. She has worked as a software developer, retail sales manager, and customer service supervisor. Maggie graduated from Elizabeth Seton College and earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has called New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California home. These days she lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Glen, and cats, Morris and Olive. She enjoys reading, walking, movies, traveling, theatre, and museums.

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K. B. Inglee

I always wanted to write mystery stories but like most somehow life interfered. That is probably true for 90% of people who want to be writers.

There came a time in my life when I had some leisure to write, easy access to research materials, and a strong desire to fulfill my dream. I wrote my first novel after reading a biography of the James family, so I set it in Cambridge in the early 1890's. I knew what was wrong with it. First of all, there was no murder. It was crammed full of back story and descriptions of a Victorian household. But I became fond of the characters: a lady detective and the people who lived in her boarding house.

I wrote a collection, maybe several collections, of short stories for my main character, Emily Lothorp Lawrence. Writing is way more fun than selling so it was a long time before any of the short stories appeared in print.  

When I began the novel, I exchanged manuscripts with a friend who was a Civil War re-enactor. He said that if I was going to write history I had better do it, so I stitched up a simple outfit and attended several local Civil War battles.

Then one day I crossed a bridge into the New Republic (1790-1830). That crossing changed my life. I began interpreting that period, for which I needed a whole new set of clothes. I showed off the Oliver Evans mill, one of the first automated mills in the country. In time I was trusted with the care of a flock of heritage sheep.

Since I crossed that bridge, I have driven oxen, plowed a field with a team of horses, cooked in a wood fired oven, and spent a weekend in Maine in a 1870s household without running water or electricity. I have sheared a sheep, cleaned and spun the wool, knit and woven, and finally made a garment with the wool.

And I kept writing short stories.

"Weaver's Trade" was my Christmas story in 2012, and it won second place in the Bethlehem Writers Round Table.

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Teresa Inge

Teresa Inge grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Today, she doesn’t carry a rod like her idol, but she hot rods. She assists two busy executives and is president of the Sisters in Crime Mysteries by the Sea chapter. Teresa is the author of “Corked for Murder” in Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II, “Shopping for Murder,” and “Guide to Murder” in Virginia is for Mysteries, “Fishing for Murder” in the FishNets anthology and has coordinated several anthologies.

Judy Penz Sheluk

Judy Penz Sheluk

An Amazon International Bestselling Author, Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, the first in the Glass Dolphin Mystery series, was published in July 2015 by Barking Rain Press. The sequel, A Hole In One, is scheduled for March 2018.

Skeletons in the Attic, Judy’s second novel, and the first in her Marketville Mystery series, was published in August 2016 by Imajin Books.

Judy’s short crime fiction can be found in several collections. She is also the Senior Editor for New England Antiques Journal.

Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime International, Sisters in Crime – GuppiesSisters in Crime – Toronto, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers, Inc. the South Simcoe Arts Council, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.  In addition, Judy has been elected to the 2017-18 Board of Directors for Crime Writers of Canada, as a Director, and as a Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario.

She lives in Alliston, Ontario, with her husband, Mike, and their golden retriever, Gibbs.

 

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Sheri Levy

In 1979, Sheri Levy moved to South Carolina from Southern California with three Special Education Teaching credentials and decided to enter the classroom. After sixteen years of teaching (K5-2nd grade) with special needs children, she became involved in a Family Learning Program promoting reading, preparing young adults for their GED, and teaching parenting skills.

As a member of the SCBWI Carolinas, Sheri learned the craft of writing. Since her debut novel, Seven Days to Goodbye hit the shelves, the story has developed into: Trina Ryan Novels. The sequel is, Starting Over.

It thrills Sheri to share her knowledge. Seeing students’ eyes light up with new ideas, putting their pencils to paper, and watching their stories come alive, keeps her involved with school visits and writing workshops. Sheri supports an accredited, non-profit service dog training facility, PAALS, by donating her book proceeds, and in turn, PAALS helps promote Sheri’s work.

Sheri and her husband have two remarkable adult children, and two brilliant grandchildren who enjoy critiquing her work. After loving five past dogs, Sheri now owns two Australian Shepherds. One dog, being a very troubled rescue, causing Sheri to become involved in obedience and agility training.

Through the years, the subject of dogs and special children captured her heart and have added a very personal aspect to her stories.

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Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams writes award-winning suspense, paranormal, mysteries and urban fantasies.  She’s also a sought-after speaker, who knows a thing or two about getting rid of the evidence…

Jeanne specializes in thrills and suspense.  Even her paranormal and urban fantasies have a suspense element, so be prepared!  She loves football, baseball, dogs, Halloween and the weird and she teaches classes for writers on body disposal.

Jeanne lives in DC with her husband and two growing sons, as well as two dogs – a Lab and an Irish Water Spaniel.  Don’t tell, but she’s prone to adopting more dogs when her husband isn’t looking.

Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and other publications, her books have been consistently hailed as “One of the best Suspense Books of the Year!” by Romantic Times.

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Jayne Ormerod

Jayne Ormerod grew up in a small Ohio town then went on to a small-town Ohio college. Upon earning her degree in accountancy, she became a CIA (that’s not a sexy spy thing, but a Certified Internal Auditor.) She married a naval officer and off they sailed to see the world. After nineteen moves, they, along with their two rescue dogs Tiller and Scout, have settled into a cozy cottage by the sea.

Jayne is the author of the Blonds at the Beach Mysteries, The Blond Leading the Blond, and Blond Luck. She has contributed seven short mysteries to various anthologies to include joining with the other To Fetch a Thief authors in Virginia is for Mysteries, Volumes I and II, and 50 Shades of Cabernet.

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Cherie O'Boyle

Cherie O’Boyle is Professor Emerita of Psychology at California State University, San Marcos. Prior to adopting her current career as a writer of mystery and suspense novels, and before earning her PhD in Psychology, Cherie owned and operated a general building contracting firm and worked as a framing and roofing carpenter. She was raised in the San Francisco East Bay area and still lives today in Northern California.

The Estela Nogales/Arroyo Loco series includes five (soon to be six) books and one short introductory story. The short story, Back for Seconds? may be downloaded free from any ebook distributor. The Estela Nogales stories comprise a quasi-cozy mystery series complete with a small village and cast of quirky characters, both human and non-human. The non-human characters often play roles in adding clues to the solution of the mystery, but only by doing what they would normally do. No talking dogs or thinking pigs in these stories.

Released in January, On Scent is a kidnapping/canine search and rescue/forest fire suspense. The main canine character, a border collie named Flag, is based on a real-life search and rescue dog, CJ, who was full brother to Cherie’s boy, Shiner. A free excerpt from On Scent is available on Cherie’s web site. 

Cherie happily squeezes in as much time in her fictional worlds as she can, in between adventures with friends, family, and her real-life border collie, Shiner, and his new cockapoo brother, Ben. Shiner is titled in flyball and sheepherding, loves to swim and fetch balls, and practices nosework regularly. Ben is learning not to pee on the carpet.

When she’s not training her dogs or writing, Cherie enjoys birding, golfing on courses that allow for plenty of bird-watching and strumming her ukulele while outside looking for birds.