Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of The Red Carpet Catering Mysteries featuring Penelope Sutherland, chef-owner of a movie set catering company; they are inspired by Shawn's experiences as an on-set movie caterer. She’s also written several short stories which have been published in various anthologies. Her story, “The Last Word,” appeared in Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible, and won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story of 2019. Shawn, with co-editors Verena Rose and Rita Owen, won the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection for the same anthology.
She serves on the Board of Malice Domestic and is an editor at Level Best Books. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and the Crime Writers Association in the U.K. She lives in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland, with her husband and son.