“I was raised in a dying steel town and educated in the crucible of the boomer rebellion.”
That’s just a scratch on the surface of this week’s author, Tom Barlow. With over 100 short stories and four novels on his writing resume, Tom’s work ranges from crime fiction to speculative to literary fiction and many flavors in between. His writing has been described by one reviewer as “brilliantly layered…and refreshingly off beat.” His work can be found in several anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013, Dames and Sin, and Columbus Noir. He’s been writing regularly since 2004.
He writes because conversation involves a lot of give and take, and he’s always thought of himself as more of a giver.
To read more of Tom’s work, check out the links below.
Eileen’s mother was hooked on mysteries and was rarely found without a book in her hand. So it was natural Eileen became an avid reader, starting with the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene. Her mother was pleased by that until the day Eileen and her childhood friend decided their ninety-plus-year-old house held a mystery of its own. After they pried the built-in desk in her parents’ room from the wall, they discovered a hidden room that contained—wait for it—a clothes hanger.
Eileen lives on the Far West side of the city and before early retirement, ran life and annuity marketing for a Fortune 100 company. After a long celebratory road trip through Canada to Maine and back, she decided to write a book (a mystery, of course). One of her first steps was to join Buckeye Crime Writers (then SICCO), and she hasn’t looked back since. She now serves BCW as the board member focusing on social media.
Eileen writes a cozy mystery series, which features Merry March, a divorcée, mom, and business owner in the small town of Hopeful. Merry has a seventeen-year-old daughter and loves food, wine, friends, and her cats, though not necessarily in that order. She’s kind of a control freak, but her life over the past five years has been anything but orderly.
The fifth book in the Merry March series, Murder So Hot, was released last Thursday. It chronicles her best friend’s husband’s journey as he goes to Phoenix to meet the birth mother he discovered after taking a DNA test. When a murder happens, Merry flies in to help her friends. She investigates and finds darkness hides in the sunniest of places.
Buckeye Crime Writers lost a true friend and advocate in April of this year with the passing of long-time member Karen Harper. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller and a winner of the Mary Higgins Clark award, Karen wrote over seventy novels including romantic suspense, historicals, and mysteries. Her most recent mystery, Deep in the Alaskan Woods, was published in April, and her newest historical, The Queen’s Secret, came out in May.
Karen was born in Toledo and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Athens and her graduate degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus. She lived in Columbus for many years and spent a number of winters in Naples, Florida. She taught English at OSU and Westerville North High School.
Although most people will remember Karen as a prolific and talented writer and a wonderful teacher, we at Buckeye Crime Writers will also remember her as a cherished friend and mentor. She joined our organization soon after it was formed in April 2008, and she was the first speaker at our annual holiday party. Always encouraging and generous with her time, she was a regular presence at our meetings and served as a speaker any time we asked her. She loved to travel, especially to the British Isles, and incorporated the details from her trips into her wonderful stories. She was an avid fan of OSU football, tireless in her love and care of her family, and a pillar in our local writing community. We miss her terribly, but we hope to honor her by continuing to read and promote her books.
Make sure you don’t miss Gramercy Books’ A Night With Lee Martin, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2! Journalist, crime author and BCW member Andrew Welsh-Huggins will have a conversation with Martin about Martin’s latest book, “Yours, Jean.”
Martin, a Pulitzer Price finalist is the author of five additional novels, three memoirs, two short story collections, and a craft book for writers. The Bright Forever was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many prestigious publications, including The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Essays. Many of his short stories have appeared in literary journals such as Glimmer Train, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review and The Kenyon Review. Martin is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University.
Buckeye Crime Writers is honored to be a community partner for the event, along with The Ohio State University’s creative writing program and the Bexley Public Library.
First of all, Ray Wenck is a complicated guy. An active member of Buckeye Crime Writers for several years (going back to the days when we were Sisters In Crime of Columbus Ohio, a.k.a., SICCO), Ray truly defines the term ‘Renaissance man;’ former Toledo native, played baseball for the University of Toledo, then worked as an elementary school teacher during the day while running DeSimone’s Italian restaurant at night, to eventually become a lead cook for Hollywood Casinos and kitchen manager for the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team. And what else? He plays the harmonica!
In addition, Ray is the author of thirty-six novels, including the post-apocalyptic Random Survival series, the Danny Roth mystery/suspense series, a zombie series, and a time travel series co-authored with Jason Nugent.
His latest releases are mysteries that include the soon-to-be-released, A Second Chance at Death. He has also begun releasing his titles as audiobooks, and has written the Pick-A-Path series where you can choose your own ending. Ray is both traditionally published and self-published, and is a frequent speaker and seller at book tours and conventions around the country. But mostly, Ray is a doer: that rare individual who just puts his head down and figures it out. He’s also that guy you want to sit next to at the restaurant after a BCW presentation, because if you’ve got writing questions, he’s got answers. And on the rare occasions he doesn’t, he’s just fun to hang with.
Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes noir with a twist of magic and a disco chaser. His prize-winning fiction draws on his travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim, as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller.
Dan’s stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Mad Scientist Journal. His novels, Titanshade and Titan’s Day, are the first two volumes in The Carter Archives from DAW Books. They feature a homicide cop named Carter in a place called Titanshade, an oil boomtown where 8-tracks are state of the art and all the best sorcerers wear designer labels.
You can find Dan at https://www.danstout.com/. You can also reach him by email at Contact@DanStout.com. It’s a proven fact that getting mail from readers makes him chortle with delight and refer to himself in third person.
Trudy Brandenburg loves kayaking, writing, reading, drawing, and bird-watching. Over the past thirty years, she has kayaked on dozens of rivers and lakes throughout the country, in addition to the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico. Her passions flowed together to create The Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series. Four books are currently in the series.
She is a member of the Southern Ohio Floaters Association (SOFA) kayak and canoe club, based in her hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. She is a featured speaker at various writing events and enjoys teaching her popular class “Creating Fictional Characters.”
The Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series and author interview were featured on VoiceCorp, a reading service based in Columbus, Ohio, that provides audio broadcasting for people who are blind or have other conditions that prevent them from reading standard print. Trudy’s writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including The Columbus Dispatch, My Scioto Valley Magazine sponsored by the Chillicothe Gazette, Quirk’s Marketing Research Review, The Consultant, published by the Association of Consulting Foresters, various online publications, poetry books, Holistic Discoveries magazine, and in newsletters.
If you don’t catch her kayaking or writing or creating her designer “Trudle” greeting cards, bird-watching or sketching, she may be enjoying a walk through Clintonville, Ohio, or hanging out along Lake Erie near Marblehead, Ohio. Or she could be doing research for the Fortune 100 insurance company, where she’s worked for the past thirty years.
Alicia Anthony’s first novels were illegible scribbles on the back of her truck driver father’s logbook trip tickets. Having graduated from scribbles to laptop, she now pens novels of psychological suspense in the quiet of the wee morning hours. A full-time elementary school Literacy Specialist, Alicia hopes to pass on her passion for books and writing to the students she teaches.
A two time Golden Heart® finalist and Silver Quill Award winner, Alicia finds her inspiration in exploring the dark, dusty corners of the human experience. Alicia is a graduate of Spalding University’s School of Creative & Professional Writing (MFA), Ashland University (M.Ed.) and THE Ohio State University (BA). Go Bucks! She lives in rural Ohio with her amazingly patient and supportive husband, incredibly understanding teenage daughter, two dogs, three horses, a plethora of both visiting and resident barn cats, and some feral raccoons who have worn out their welcome.
When she’s not writing or teaching, Alicia loves to travel and experience new places. Connect with her online at www.AliciaAnthonyBooks.com.
Awards & Nominations:
Golden Heart® Finalist, 2018 & 2019 WisRWA Silver Quill Award Winner, 2018 Killer Nashville Claymore Award Finalist, 2016 & 2018 Daphne Du Maurier Award Finalist, 2015 & 2017
When he’s not holding Ohio’s politicians accountable or feeding his pets, Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be found penning novel after novel. His latest project, Columbus Noir, features not only one of his short stories, but more than a dozen others from some of central Ohio’s best writers.
And if longer stories are more your speed, check out the Andy Hayes mysteries. The latest, Fatal Judgment – the sixth in the series – finds disgraced-Buckeye-quarterback-turned-detective Andy Hayes trying to find a judge and ex-lover who disappeared just hours after contacting him out of the blue.
“As always, Andrew Welsh-Huggins writes an edge-of-your-seat thriller that doesn’t let go until the very end.”
The Book Loft of German Village, about Fatal Judgment
Check out Andrew’s books and get lost in a mystery while discovering Columbus all at once!
Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, her license plate is Sherlok and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy’s national bestselling Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island.
Coming in August of 2020 is the sixth in the Consignment Shop series: Wedding Day and Foul Play. (Wedding cake on top of the table, a dead body under and a favorite auntie accused of putting it there is no way to start a marriage!”)
“Mysteries are my life! They are all that I read, watch on TV and at the movies. I think this all started when reading Nancy Drew under the covers with a flashlight in hand. Nance is my hero. I have The Secret in the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, The Secret in the Old Attic on my desk right now.
When growing up it was truly a man’s world…except for Nancy. She solved the crimes, drove the neat car, went on adventures, was educated and clever and she did it all in a skirt! I figured if Nancy could do those things so could I!” – Duffy Brown
When she’s not getting bossed around by her cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, Duffy enjoys traveling, spoiling her grandkids, and helping conduct Murder Mystery Train Rides with her fans. Duffy also writes the Cycle Path series set on Mackinac Island.