CassRichard Cass is the author of Solo Act, the first novel in the Elder Darrow mystery series, which he pitched as “an alcoholic walks into a dive bar and decides to buy it.” Solo Act was recently released by Five Star Publishing. He’s also published a book of short stories called Gleam of Bone. Cass holds a graduate degree in writing from the University of New Hampshire, where he studied with Thomas Williams, Jr. and Joseph Monninger. He has been an Individual Artist’s Fellow for the state of New Hampshire and a Fellow at the Fishtrap Writers’ Conference in Oregon. More

CoffinBruce Robert Coffin is a retired detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Bruce also spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, where he earned the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive. His short story “Fool Proof” appeared in Level Best Books anthology, Best New England Crime Stories 2016, Red Dawn, and will be included in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s The Best American Mystery Stories 2016. More

ColletteAnn Collette was a freelance writer and editor before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000. Her list includes books by Barbara Shapiro, Ashley Weaver, Steven Sidor, Vicki Lane, Carol Carr, Clay and Susan Griffith, and Chrystle Fiedler. She likes literary, mystery, thrillers, suspense, vampire, and commercial women’s fiction. Ann accepts hard copy and email submissions. Fiction submissions should include a terse query letter and first chapter within the body of the email. Attachments and links will not be opened. For nonfiction, send a query letter only. Ann is only able to respond to queries she is interested in pursuing. More

Flora 2017Attorney Kate Clark Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office. Deadbeat dads, people who hurt their kids, and employers’ acts of discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior. Her true crime, Finding Amy, co-written with Portland, Maine Deputy Chief Joseph Loughlin, was an Edgar finalist. Death Dealer, an Anthony and Agatha finalist, won the Public Safety Writers Association 2015 award for nonfiction. Her star-reviewed Joe Burgess books have twice won the Maine Literary Award. She’s also written books seven Thea Kozak mysteries. Her latest nonfiction, as co-writer, is retired Maine game warden Roger Guay’s memoir of hunters, poachers, search and rescue, and cadaver dogs: A Good Man with a Dog, a 2017 Agatha finalist. Her latest fiction is Led Astray, book five in the Joe Burgess series. Flora has taught fiction and crime fiction for Grub Street in Boston, for MWPA, and at conferences and writing retreats. More

GerritsenTess Gerritsen is an internationally bestselling author. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her many suspense novels since then have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Tess’s series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. More

GauyRoger Guay is a retired Maine Game Warden who specialized in search and rescue as a member of the Warden Service Search and Rescue Overhead Team, and served as a Training Team Leader of the K9 unit. Gauy received many awards over the years including Supervisor of the Year in 2003, Maine State Police Colonel’s Award in 2002, three Meritorious Service Awards, and two Exemplary Service Awards. Guay’s memoir A Good Man with a Dog: a Retired Game Warden’s 25 Years in the Maine Woods was co-written with Kate Flora and released in April, 2016. More

HardackerVaughn C. Hardacker has published three thriller novels and numerous short stories. He is a member of the New England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. International Thriller Writers and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Hardacker’s first two novels, Spiner (2015) and The Fisherman (2016), were finalists in the Maine Literary Awards. His third novel, Black Orchid was released in 2016 and his fourth, Wendigo is scheduled for a July 2017 release. Hardacker is a veteran of the U. S. Marines and served in Vietnam. He holds degrees from Northern Maine Community College, the University of Maine, and Southern New Hampshire University. More

HaymanJames Hayman is the New York Times best-selling author of four McCabe/Savage thrillers set in Portland, Maine. Hayman was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Brown, he began a lengthy career as a copywriter and creative director for several of New York’s biggest ad agencies, helping create campaigns for clients like the US Army, Merrill Lynch and Lincoln/Mercury. After spending 35 years as a madman Hayman decided that Madison Avenue, like Cormac McCarthy’s Texas, was no country for old men, and moved with his wife Jeanne to Portland, Maine where he decided to scratch an old itch and try his hand at writing fiction. His first effort, The Cutting, introduced readers to Portland police detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage. The Cutting was published in 2009 by St. Martin’s Minotaur. The fifth book in the McCabe/Savage series, The Girl on the Bridge, comes out May 2017. More

HolmChris Holm is the author of the Collector trilogy, which blends crime and fantasy, and the Michael Hendricks thrillers. His first Hendricks novel, The Killing Kind, was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015, and Strand Magazine’s #1 Book of 2015. It won the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Novel, and was also nominated for a Barry, a Lefty, and a Macavity. His second Hendricks novel, Red Right Hand, is now available. Chris lives in Portland, Maine. More

NiidasKatrina Niidas Holm is a voracious and opinionated reader. She’s also the wife of writer Chris Holm and an unabashed fan of Portland, Maine. She writes reviews for Crimespree MagazineMystery ScenePublishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and is an editor at the River Heights Book Review. She has contributed to the Los Angeles Review of Books, has been interviewed by The Thrill Begins, and is a former editor at The Life Sentence. More

CeliaCelia Johnson is the Creative Director of Slice Literary, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between emerging writers and the professional publishing realm. Among other endeavors, Slice Literary publishes Slice magazine and hosts the annual Slice Literary Writers’ Conference. Celia worked as an acquisitions editor for over a decade at Random House and Grand Central Publishing before moving to Maine. Her projects included fiction and nonfiction by bestselling and award-winning authors. Johnson is also an author and her most recent book is Odd Type Writers: The Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors (Perigee/Penguin). Her articles have appeared in Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, Reader’s Digest, and the Huffington Post, among others. More

Barbara KellyBarbara Kelly has been a bookseller for more than thiry years and is now the owner of Kelly’s Books To Go. She is proud to be an independent bookseller who specializes in author events, conferences on any subject, and special orders. She is a member of the American Booksellers Association and the New England Independent Booksellers Association as well as the MWPA. Kelly also reviews books and is available to read works in progress. More

LyndsGayle Lynds is a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning writer of international espionage novels, including The Assassins and The Book of Spies and The CoilPublishers Weekly lists her book Masquerade among the top ten spy novels of all time. The London Observer calls her a kick-ass thriller writer.  Her newest work, The Assassins, was published in June 2015. Gayle moved to Maine from California in 2011 to join her new husband, John C. Sheldon, a retired Maine judge. Thus far, she and John have collaborated on two short stories—“A Triumph of Logic,” published in A Study in Sherlock, and “A Card for Mother,” published in Ice Cold. Gayle’s novels have been People magazine Page-Turner of the Week and Beach Read of the Week. The Last Spymaster won the Novel of the Year prize given by the Military Writers Society of America and the Best Novel award by the American Association of Authors. With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series, one of which, The Hades Factor, was a CBS miniseries. A member of the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) and former co-president of International Thriller Writers. More

Maureen Milliken is the author of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series, including the 2015 debut Cold Hard News and last year’s No News is Good News. Her thirty-three-year career in journalism, most recently as city editor of the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, Maine, helped form her fiction, as does her love of Maine and the darker side of life. She also co-hosts the podcast Crime & Stuff with her sister, Maine artist Rebecca Milliken. More

MillsJanet Mills is the Maine Attorney General. She was born in Farmington, Maine, and graduated from Farmington High School. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law where she was an editor of the Maine Law Review. She was the first woman District Attorney in New England. Ms. Mills was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, representing the towns of Farmington and Industry. In 2008 she became the first woman Attorney General in Maine. In years past, Ms. Mills co-founded the Maine Women’s Lobby and was an active member of a number of organizations, including the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation Board. Ms. Mills was married for 29 years to Stanley Kuklinski who died in September 2014. She lives in Farmington and has five stepdaughters and three grandsons. More

RaimondoLynne Raimondo is the author of Dante’s Wood, Library Journal Mystery Debut of the Month, Dante’s Poison, and the recently released Dante’s Dilemma.  Before turning to writing, Lynne was a partner at a major Chicago law firm, the general counsel of Arthur Andersen LLP,  and the general counsel of  the Illinois Department of Revenue. More

RiellyBrendan Rielly chairs the litigation department at the law firm of Jensen Baird in Portland, Maine. His debut novel An Unbeaten Man was published in 2015, is the first of his Michael McKeon series, and won the 2016 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Brendan wrote for news for the Times Record, the American Journal, and the Bowdoin Orient while majoring in Government and Legal Studies and a minoring in Russian at Bowdoin College. While studying at Notre Dame Law School, he also studied advanced fiction writing. More

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries, including the Agatha-nominated Best Contemporary Novel Clammed Up, as well as Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, and Iced Under. Her story “Nogged Off” appears in the holiday novella collection Eggnog Murder along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis. Barbara blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Maine Crime Writers. In the summer, she writes on her big front porch overlooking the water in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  More

RuleyMeg Ruley grew up on Nantucket Island, graduated from Wheaton College, and attended the Denver Publishing Institute. She has been with the Jane Rotrosen Agency for more than thirty years and represents commercial fiction, with strong interest in suspense, mysteries, romance and general fiction. More

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