2016 Faculty (Mystery Writers Conference)

2016 Faculty (Many More TBA!)
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Lisa Abellera
Literary agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She is actively building her client list with both debut and established authors. She is looking to form long-term, collaborative relationships with writers who are committed to putting forth their best work. Read more >>
Isabel Allende 
Author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the SpiritsDaughter of FortunePaula, and My Invented Country. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She was born in Peru, raised in Chile and now lives in California. 

Cara Black
Conference Co-Chair
Bestselling author, who writes the Aimée Leduc mysteries set in Paris. "If the cobblestones could speak they might tell a tale as haunting as the one Black spins," notes the New York Times. Her newest book, Murder on the Quai, is set to be released this June. She is a member of the Marais Societe Historique, received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris, bestowed on those supporting French culture. Black is a San Francisco Library Laureate, and her books have been Washington Post Notable Picks, IndieNext Picks and shortlisted for the Northern California Independent Bookseller Best Novel award. Mystery Confrence Alum.

Rhys Bowen
New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. Her most recent book is Malice at the Palace. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales.
Judge Susan M. Breall
A judge in the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco, presiding over a juvenile delinquency department. Prior to her appointment to the bench in 2001, Breall was Chief of the Criminal Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for all crimes of violence against women, children, elderly, and intimate partners. She prosecuted felony domestic violence cases for ten years, and was an Assistant District Attorney for seventeen years. Breall has done numerous trainings for police and prosecutors throughout the United States. Her special interest in the area of domestic violence is in working with underserved populations.  
Judge Peter J. Busch
San Francisco Superior Court judge since 2000. He currently presides over a civil law and motion department. Previous assignments have included civil trials and criminal trial and arraignment departments. Prior to his appointment to the bench,  Busch spent 20 years as a civil litigator and managing director at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. He is a coauthor of the chapter "Trial Exhibits" in California Trial Practice: Civil Procedure During Trial, and has taught various judicial and legal education programs. 

Kimberley Cameron
Literary agent and President of Kimberley Cameron and Associates. She has been successful with many different genres, and especially loves the thrill of securing representation for debut authors. Cameron represents both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Read more >>

Karen Catalona
Senior Felony District Attorney of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. She has prosecuted a wide range of crimminal offenses, most recently felony gang crime. Catalona contributed the story, "The Shadowsky Manifesto," to the Mystery Writers of America Presents: The Rich and the Dead anthology, which featured mystery and crime stories set among the upper crust of society. She is working on her first novel.

Joe Clifford
Acquisitions editor for Gutter Books, managing editor of The Flash Fiction Offensive, and producer of Lip Service West, a "gritty, real, raw" reading series in Oakland, CA. He is the author of the books Choice Cuts, Junkie Love, Wake the Undertaker, and Lamentation. His newest book, December Boys, is set to be released this June.

Amy Cloughley
Came to Kimberley Cameron & Associates in 2012 with a background in editing, writing, and marketing. She seeks authors with unique, clear voices who put forth smart, tightly-written prose.

David Corbett
Conference Co-Chair

A skilled private investigator, having worked 15 years for the famed private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland, Corbett is also an award-winning writer of crime fiction and a superb teacher. His novels include Do They Know I’m Running?Blood of ParadiseDone for a Dime (A New York Times Notable Book), The Devil’s Redhead and the newly-released The Mercy of the Night. His writing text, The Art of Character, has been called "a writer's bible."

George Fong

George Fong
Spent twenty-seven years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigating all facets of violent crimes, including kidnapping, extortion, serial killings, crimes against children, bank robbery, drug trafficking, fugitives, and Asian gangs. He was a member of the FBI's Evidence Response Team and a certified undercover agent. Fong is now the Director of Security for the world-wide sports television network, ESPN, and author of the new thriller, Fragmented.

William C. Gordon
Author of several mysteries set in San Francisco, including The Chinese JarsFractured Lives, and The Halls of Power.

Neal Griffin
Neal has worked as a patrol cop, field training officer, member of SWAT, Hostage Negotiator, Narcotics Investigator, Gang Enforcement Specialist; and, Supervisor of a Homicide Unit. He has been named as Officer of the Year on two occasions during his career and he currently holds the rank of Detective Lieutenant. Neal holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, San Marcos and he is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Neal’s first novel, Benefit of the Doubt, was published by Forge Books in May, 2015 and went immediately to #8 on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. Now comes the story of Detective Tia Suarez who jumped from the page in Benefit of the Doubt to take center stage in Neal’s new book, A Voice from the Field.

C.W. Gortner
International bestselling author of nine historical novels. His newest title is Marlene: A Novel of Marlene Dietrich. A popular presenter at writing conferences, and an advocate for animal rights and environmental issues, he currently lives in Northern California.
Laurie R. King
New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell series and northern California native. Her latest book is The Murder of Mary Russell.
John Lescroart
Author of twenty mystery novels, including The Fall, The Keeper, The Opehlia Cut, The Betrayal, The Suspect, The Hunt Club, The Motive, The Second Chair, The First Law, The Oath, The Hearing, and Nothing But the Truth.
Martin Limón
Author of nine previous books in the Sergeant George Sueño series: Jade Lady Burning, Slicky Boys, Buddha’s Money, The Door to Bitterness, The Wandering Ghost, GI Bones, Mr. Kill, The Joy Brigade, and Nightmare Range. He retired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea. He lives in Seattle.
Chelsea Lindman
Literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, and previously Director of Foreign Rights for the Nicholas Ellison Agency.

D.P. Lyle
Physician and the author of Howdunit Forensics, a definitive reference guide for writers. He is also the author of Forensics and Fiction, Hot Lights, Cold Steel, Royal Pains: First, Do No Harm, Royal Pains: Sick Rich, and More Forensics and Fiction, which will be published this spring. Read more >>

Tim Maleeny 
Author of the acclaimed Cape Weathers series, including Stealing The DragonBeating The BabushkaGreasing The Piñata, and Jump. Maleeny's short fiction has won the prestigious Macavity Award and appears in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen, Crimespree Magazine, and the anthologies Death Do Us PartUncage Me, and Thriller 2.
Bob Miller
President and Publisher of Flatiron Books. Miller founded Hyperion for Disney in 1990 and was its president and publisher until 2008. He began his career at St. Martin’s Press and has also worked at Delacorte Press, HarperCollins, and Workman. Key titles Miller has acquired for Flatiron to date include What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey; The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost, and The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Life by Frank Ostaseski.
Vilaska Nguyen
Felony trial attorney at San Francisco Public Defender's Office. For over a decade, he has tried cases ranging from drug sales to homicide. He guest lectures at USF School of Law and facilitates the mock-trial workshop at 826 Valencia, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced youth in San Francisco. His short stories have been published in NANO Fiction, Blue Fifth Review: Blue Five Notebook Series, Squawk Back and As It Ought to Be. His story "Wardship" was nominated for Best Small Fiction of 2016 in the Queen's Ferry Press.
Otto Penzler
Proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, founder of The Mysterious Press, and editor of over 50 crime fiction anthologies. Penzler's many accomplishments in the crime fiction world include writing The Crime Scene, a popular crime fiction column, hosting a series on mystery films for Turner Classic Movies, and serving on the Board of Directors of the Mystery Writers of America.
William Petrocelli
Co-owner, with his wife Elaine, of Book Passage bookstores. As a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of California, and a poverty lawyer in Oakland, Petrocelli has long been an advocate for women's rights. He is the author of The Circle of Thirteen.
Amy Rennert
Literary agent at The Amy Rennert Agency, award-winning magazine writer and former editor in chief of two national magazines. Her strong marketing and publicity skills have secured feature coverage for her authors in print, broadcast and Internet media, helping authors reach larger audiences
Kelli Stanley
Critically-acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of crime fiction (novels and short stories). She is best known for the Miranda Corbie series of historical noir novels and short stories set in 1940 San Francisco. Her latest book is City of Ghosts.
Jacqueline Winspear
Author of the New York Times bestsellers A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, An Incomplete Revenge, and Leaving Everything Most Loved, as well as four other nationally bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. Her latest book, Journey to Munich, will be released in March, 2016. Winspear has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book.