Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of The Red Carpet Catering Mysteries featuring Penelope Sutherland, an on-set movie caterer, and of several short stories appearing in various anthologies. The first "A Gathering of Great Detectives," appears in Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional. Cooking behind the scenes on movie sets perfectly combined two of her great loves, movies and food, and provides the inspiration for the Red Carpet Catering Series.
Shawn was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida, and began her professional career in New York City as a sales executive after graduating from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English. Since then, Shawn has worked as a book store manager, fiction editor, convention manager, wine rep, and movie set caterer. She serves on the Board of Malice Domestic, is a member of the Dames of Detection, and an editor and co-publisher at Level Best Books. Shawn is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Crime Writers' Association in the U.K.