Holed up in a century-old farmhouse in rural south-central Ohio, Alicia Anthony pens novels of thrilling psychological suspense. An elementary reading specialist by day, Alicia spends the early morning hours, quietly typing away as the rest of the house sleeps.
Dedicated to helping the next generation realize the power of their words, Alicia organizes a National Novel Writing Month Young Writers’ Program for the students at her school. Although not yet published, Alicia’s novels have been nominated for various awards, including Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, Killer Nashville’s Claymore Award, and the Daphne duMaurier Award for Mystery/Suspense. INHERENT LIES was awarded the Silver Quill Award from Wisconsin RWA in 2018.
When she’s not writing, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family. She’s often found watching her daughter ride her horse, Hogan, catching a movie with her amazing and ever-tolerant husband, or gallivanting around the countryside on a grand adventure.
Learn more about Alicia and her books at www.AliciaAnthonyBooks.com.
Trudy Brandenburg loves to kayak, bird-watch, write, read, and make personalized greeting cards. Over the past twenty-five 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. Click here to learn more about the series.
She enjoys speaking at writing events, book clubs, organizational meetings, and 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. VoiceCorp provides audio broadcasting for people who are blind or have other conditions that prevent them from reading standard print.
Trudy’s writing has also 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 she’s not kayaking, bird-watching, writing, reading or creating her designer “Trudle” greeting cards, 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.
Tom Barlow is a Central Ohio author of crime, science fiction, and literary fiction stories. Crime stories of his may be found in anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories 2013, Dames and Sin and Knucklehead Noir, and periodicals including Pulp Modern, Heater, Plots With Guns, Mystery Weekly, Needle, Thuglit, Manslaughter Review and Tough. His novel “I’ll Meet You Yesterday” from Bundoran Press and short story collection “Welcome to the Goat Rodeo” from Pagespring Press are available on Amazon.Visit his web site at tjbarlow.com.
Lynda is a multi-award-winning storyteller and Kentucky horse farmer. Born in the Appalachian Mountains the daughter of a coal miner and part-Cherokee Indian, Lynda grew up in northern Kentucky when Newport prospered as a gambling and sin mecca under the Cleveland Mob, which influences her writing. Her fascination with history’s effect on today’s lives works its way into her written pages. Having traveled the world working with heads of industries, foreign governments, and business leaders during a corporate career in marketing and global transportation, this free-spirited adventurer with workaholic tendencies follows her passion for writing. She won awards for debut novels in two genres. Gold Lust Conspiracy was a RITA finalist, and the romantic suspense novel Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary & Wine, book one of The Bloodline Series, is set in Kentucky horse country, as are most of Lynda’s books. The latter is followed by books 2-10. Imaginarium finalist Operation Second Chance is among her other major works. Lynda’s middle-grade children’s books, Freckle Face & Blondie and The Thinking Tree, are co-authored with her granddaughter Harley Nelson. Lynda has also published several non-fiction books and children’s picture books including picture book NO FEAR and the workbook No Fear Learning & Activity Book. Check out Lynda’s works. There are many more on the shelves. Lynda’s latest series launching in summer of 2022 sports three books so far, Hart’s Girls, Heart of the Matter, and Magnolia Blossoms, Reggie Chronicles 1-3. They can be found at https://amzn.to/3NqasgX. When not plotting murder, Lynda is globe-trotting, fishing and enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends. Lynda hopes you enjoy her stories and you become life-long friends. Stay in touch!
Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes about half-truths and double-crosses. His prize-winning fiction draws on his travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim, as well as a convoluted 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 Plan B Magazine. His debut novel Titanshade is a fantasy noir thriller from DAW Books. To say hello, visit him at www.DanStout.com.
By day, Andrew Welsh-Huggins is an editor and reporter for the Associated Press in Columbus, focusing on criminal justice topics. By earlier in the day, he is the author of six mysteries featuring Andy Hayes, a former Ohio State and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned private eye. “Readers who love old-fashioned detective novels will be in hog heaven as they tear into Welsh-Huggins’ latest adventure featuring Andy Hayes,” says Booklist of Andrew’s new release, Fatal Judgment. Andrew’s short mystery fiction has appeared in Kings River Life, Down And Out Magazine, Tough and Mystery Weekly Magazine. His short story, The Murderous Type, won the 2017 Al Blanchard prize for best New England short crime fiction and appeared in Snowbound: The Best New England Crime Stories 2017. In addition, Andrew has edited Columbus Noir, an anthology featuring fourteen mystery stories each set in a different Columbus neighborhood, coming in March 2020. An expert on capital punishment, Andrew is also the author of two nonfiction books, No Winners Here Tonight (2009), the definitive history of Ohio’s death penalty, and Hatred at Home (2011), about one of the country’s first domestic terrorism cases. When he’s not writing or reporting, Andrew enjoys running, reading, spending time with family, and caring for a geriatric cat and dog and two apparently immortal parakeets.
Ray Wenck taught elementary school for 36 years and was also the chef/owner of DeSimone’s Italian Restaurant for more than 25 years. After retiring, he became a lead cook for Hollywood Casinos and then the kitchen manager for the Toledo Mud Hens AAA baseball team. Now he spends most of his time writing, doing book tours, and meeting old and new fans and friends around the country. Ray is the author of fifty novels, including the Amazon Top 20 post-apocalyptic, Random Survival series, the paranormal thriller, Reclamation, the mystery/suspense Danny Roth series, the hard hitting Bridgett Conroy suspense series, and the ever popular choose your own adventure, Pick-A-Path: Apocalypse. A list of his other novels can be viewed at raywenck.com. His hobbies include reading, hiking, cooking, baseball and playing the harmonica with any band brave enough to allow him to sit in. You can find his books on your favorite online sites. You can reach Ray or sign up for his newsletter at raywenck.com or authorraywenck on Facebook.
Karen Harper was a lifelong Ohioan who has been published in suspense and historical fiction since 1982 with over 50 novels in print as well as many foreign editions. A former high school and university English teacher (OSU), she is the winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her current releases are THE SOUTH SHORES Series, set in Naples, Florida and the Caribbean with a forensic psychology heroine (published by Mira Books). Her most recent HarperCollins historical novels include THE ROYAL NANNY, THE IT GIRLS and AMERICAN DUCHESS, all featuring real British women who made contributions to their eras.
Carolyn Melvin moved to Columbus after graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, with a new husband, a 1974 orange Chevrolet Vega, a mattress and $350 cash. Her first job in Columbus was working as a clerk for a collection attorney, and her first major accomplishment as a new college grad with a French major was arranging for the repossession and sale of a three year-old Cadillac outside a Columbus bar where she netted $14,000 for the client. After that, she progressed to teaching French I – IV and Freshman English at Wherle High School, which is now the site of the Columbus Fire Training Academy. She taught for three years and then attended the Ohio State law school full time, graduating in 1980. She practiced law for almost thirty years and currently lives with her husband and one very spoiled cat, dividing her time between Buckeye Lake and Naples, FL.
Carolyn was one of the founding members of BCW (formerly known as Sisters in Crime of Columbus, Ohio) and was a member since 2008, serving on the Board and in all the officer capacities at one time or another.
Jim Sabin, age 49, of Canal Winchester, died peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2023, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center after a two-year courageous battle against cancer.
Jim was born April 24, 1973, in Oregon, Ohio, to Jeanne (Faylor) Sparks and James Sabin. He graduated from Whitmer High School in 1991 and then attended Ohio University, Athens, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Journalism, graduating in 1995. He worked in newspaper journalism for decades, both reporting on various local beats and editing local newspapers. In 2017, he returned to his alma mater, Ohio University, to work in Media Relations.
Jim was an avid reader and a talented writer, and this writing talent was no more obvious than when documenting his battle against cancer. Music was also one of his passions, and going to concerts with friends or his sons gave him great joy. He loved sports, particularly baseball and his Detroit Tigers – a love he passed on to his younger son, Alex, and shared with the children he coached over the past few years. Family time was important to Jim. He was so proud of his sons, and devoted to his wife, whom he described as his rock. He was a caring, generous, and kind husband and father.
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