When the festival began in 2014, most of our authors were of the "cozy mystery" genre, but we also had a couple of suspense authors join us. Our full guest roster included: Ellery Adams, Mollie Cox Bryan, Mary Burton, Erika Chase, Vicki Delany, Linda O. Johnston, Annie Knox, Joyce & Jim Lavene, Amanda Lee, Maggie Sefton and LynDee Walker.
In 2015, we expanded the scope of the festival to include traditional suspense, romance and women's fiction authors, since these genres often tend to include multiple mystery elements. Twenty-four authors joined us for the festival, including: Sparkle Abbey, Ellery Adams, Beverly Allen, Mollie Cox Bryan, Erika Chase, Eva Gates (who also writes as Vicki Delany), Grace Greene, Nancy Herriman, Mary Ellen Hughes, Maggie King, Joyce & Jim Lavene (who also write as J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant), Judith Lucci, Jamie Mason, Marliss Melton, Mary Miley, Nancy Naigle, Nan O'Berry, Tj O'Connor, Kathryn O'Sullivan, Mindy Quigley, Fiona Quinn, Amy Reade, B.K. Stevens, and LynDee Walker.
2016's roster had 29 featured authors: Beverly Allen, Betsy Ashton, Frankie Y. Bailey, Kelsey Browning, Mollie Cox Bryan, C.S. Challinor, John Clement, Maya Corrigan, Kathleen Delaney, Eva Gates/Vicki Delany, Grace Greene, Mary Ellen Hughes, Maggie King, Kimberly Lang, Mary Lawrence, Gayle Leeson/Amanda Lee, Alice Loweecey, Judith Lucci, Nancy Naigle, Nan O'Berry, Tj O'Connor, Kathryn O'Sullivan, Mindy Quigley, Amy M. Reade, B.K. Stevens, Art Taylor, Wendy Tyson, LynDee Walker, and Linda Wiken/Erika Chase (*Sparkle Abbey was scheduled to attend but their flight was canceled at the last minute and they were unable to make the festival). While we were devastated to lose Joyce Lavene in October 2015 and her husband Jim Lavene in May 2016, as they were such devoted friends of the Festival, we were also delighted to host their son, Christopher, who graciously signed books on their behalf at the festival.
The 2017 roster welcomed: Betsy Ashton, D.B. Corey, Maya Corrigan, Tracee de Hahn, John DeDakis, Barbara Early/Beverly Allen, Diane Fanning, Gerrie Ferris Finger, Grace Greene, Jenna Harte, Maggie King, Christina Kovac, Eleanor Kuhns, Judith Lucci, Allie Marie, Nan O'Berry/Tessa Berkley, Tj O'Connor, Alan Orloff/Zak Allen, Leigh Perry/Toni L.P. Kelner, Karen Pullen, Amy Reade, Shawn Reilly Simmons, B.K. Stevens, Lane Stone, Marcia Talley, Art Taylor, Christine Trent, and Heather Weidner. In addition, we showcased these authors in our New Author Expo: Alexandra Christle, Nellie Dixon, Stewart Goodwin, Jeannie Hall, Pamela K. Kinney, Daniele Lanzarotta, Amy E. Lilly, Bryan Nowak, and F. Sharon Swope & Genilee Swope Parente.
Applications for the 2018 Festival are now open! Click here for a full application packet. Please note that due to limited space, no one author is guaranteed a spot. The deadline for application submission is Monday, April 2, 2018.
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