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. Her most recent, "Burnt Orange," appears in Passport to Murder: The 2017 Bouchercon Anthology, and "The Prodigy" appears in Mystery Tour, the Crime Writers' Association Anthology. 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 is an editor at Level Best Books. Shawn is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Crime Writers' Association in the U.K.