Pens Fatales

Pens Fatales

Rachael Herron is the internationally bestselling author of the Cypress Hollow series (HarperCollins/Random House Australia) and of the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). Her newest novel, Pack Up The Moon, will be available in March 2014 from Penguin (USA) and Random House Australia (NZ/AUST). Rachael received her MFA in writing from Mills College and is a 911 fire/medical dispatcher when she's not scribbling. She lives with her better half in Oakland, California, where they have more animals and instruments than are probably advisable. Rachael is struggling to learn the accordion and can probably play along with you on the ukulele. She's been known to knit. You can find her at and she's probably twittering right now on Twitter.

Gigi Pandian is a mystery writer, photographer, and graphic designer. She was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant for her first mystery novel featuring treasure-hunting Indian-American historian Jaya Jones. Artifact went on to be named a "Best of 2012" debut novel by Suspense Magazine and the series was recently acquired by Henery Press.

Gigi is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After spending her childhood being dragged around the world, her own academic path led her to Los Angeles, Seattle, Edinburgh, Bath, and London—before she left a PhD program for art school and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find her at, and connect with her on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Nicole D. Peeler received an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Boston University, and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. She's lived abroad in both Spain and the UK, and lived all over the USA. Currently, she resides outside Pittsburgh, to teach in Seton Hill's MFA in Popular Fiction. When she's not in the classroom infecting young minds with her madness, she's writing Urban Fantasy for Orbit Books and taking pleasure in what means most to her: family, friends, food, and travel.

You can find her blogging at the League of Reluctant Adults, on facebook as Nicole Peeler, and on twitter as NicolePeeler. She's getting very high tech, people, and it's all for you.

Juliet Blackwell is the New York Times and national bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mystery series, featuring a powerful witch with a vintage clothes store in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood. She also writes the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series, starring Mel Turner, a failed anthropologist who reluctantly takes over her father's high-end construction company...and starts seeing ghosts behind the walls. Under the pseudonym Hailey Lind, Blackwell wrote the Agatha-nominated Art Lover's Mystery series, in which ex-art forger Annie Kincaid attempts to go straight as a faux finisher: Feint of Art, Shooting Gallery, Brush with Death, and Arsenic and Old Paint. A former anthropologist and social worker, Juliet has spent time in Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, the Philippines, and France. She currently resides in a happily haunted house in Oakland, California, where she is a muralist, portrait painter, and recipient of the overly zealous attentions of her neighbor's black cat, who seems to imagine himself her new familiar. Juliet was two-term president of Northern California Sisters in Crime. Visit her at

Lisa Hughey has always been intrigued with espionage. Her first taste of sleuthing came from the adventures of Harriet the Spy, then she graduated to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, before moving on to more sophisticated reads. Her first attempt at writing romance was a fourth grade assignment about falling in love and getting engaged. Combining her two passions, she began dreaming up romantic suspense plots with spy heroines. She currently has an espionage trilogy out on submission and is furiously plotting more suspense books. She lives in Northern California with her husband, three very accommodating kids, and one messy house because if you notice, in spy stories, no one ever cleans. Visit her at

Ruby Laska grew up in a small midwestern town, where her passions included state fairs, Vince Gill, and the local library. A recent West Coast transplant, she lives and works in Emeryville, California. When not writing, Ruby loves to explore San Francisco's neighborhoods, stopping in at every shoe store and searching for the perfect cup of joe. Visit her at

Adrienne Bell grew up dreaming about becoming many things: an actor, a writer, an astronaut, and a Solid Gold dancer. It took her three decades to decide on writing historical and paranormal romance. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her ridiculously talented musician husband and two sons.

Mysti Berry holds a BA in linguistics from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco. After two decades as a software technical writer, she has turned to a life of crime (writing!). She lives in San Francisco with her husband. Her first mystery short story, "Inside Job," was published in Fish Nets, a Sisters in Crime anthology, on April 30.

L.G.C. Smith is a recovering academic with a passion for popular fiction. She's published both historical and contemporary romance, and taught writing and linguistics at UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a series of novels following the lives of four seventh-century English warlord kings who mysteriously find themselves in the 21st century, caught up in someone else's war, asked to do the impossible.