2015 Faculty (Mystery Writers Conference)

2015 Faculty
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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 latest book is Murder on the Champ de Mars. 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.

Tony Broadbent
Author of the award winning series about a postwar London cat burglar: The Smoke, Spectres in The Smoke, and Shadows in The Smoke. Short stories by Tony also appear in the anthologies: A Study In Sherlock and Mystery Writers of America: The Mystery Box. His latest mystery novel is entitled: The One After 9:09 - A Mystery With A Backbeat


John Burley
Author of The Absence of Mercy and The Forgetting Place. He worked as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter before attending medical school in Chicago and completing an emergency medicine residency program at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He currently serves as an emergency medicine physician in Santa Cruz, CA.


Judge Peter Busch
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Karen Catalona
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Nancie Clare
Nancie Clare is the former editor in chief of LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and co-founder of the iPad single issue publication, Noir Magazine. Nancie is a freelance writer with recent articles published in The Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the author of In the Spirit of Beverly Hills. She was the events editor at Los Angeles Magazine for more than a decade and was the editor in chief of LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine until 2012 when it ceased publication.

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.

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."

Hallie Ephron
Award-winning author of Never Tell a Lie, Come and Find Me, and There Was an Old Woman. She is the mystery reviewer for the Boston Globe and lives near Boston, Massachusetts. Her latest book is the suspense novel Night Night, Sleep Tight.
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.

Lisa Gallagher
Agent, Literary Agent, DeFiore and Company, New York. She is a former vice-president of William Morrow publisher, and represents fiction and non-fiction.

C.W. Gortner
Author of four novels about Lucrezia Borgia and three novels in the Tudor Spymaster series. His newest title is Mademoiselle Chanel. A contributor to the Historical Novels Review and Solander and an advocate for animal rights and environmental issues, he currently lives in Northern California.

Bruce Holsinger
Historical novelist and literary scholar. His debut novel, A Burnable Book, won the John Hurt Fisher Prize and was shortlisted for the American Library Association's Best Crime Novel of 2014. His second novel is The Invention of Fire. Holsinger’s scholarly work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship and other honors. He has written for The Washington Post, Slate, The Nation, and other national publications, and appears regularly on NPR.
Arthur Kerns
Art Kerns joined the FBI with a career in counterintelligence and counterterrorism. On retirement, he became a consultant with the Intelligence Community and the Department of State, taking him to over sixty-five countries. His short stories have appeared in a number of award-winning anthologies and he has completed a mystery based on the unsolved 1929 murder of an FBI agent in Phoenix. Diversion Books has published his Hayden Stone thriller series, first, The Riviera Contract, and followed by The African Contract.
Elizabeth Kracht
Joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010 to broaden her perspective on the publishing industry. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist and writer.
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.
Chelsea Lindman
Chelsea Lindman is a literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger, Associates. Her primary interests include playful literary fiction, upmarket crime fiction, and forward thinking or boundary-pushing non-fiction. Her fiction clients include Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award Winner Kristopher Jansma (The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards), LA Times Book Prize Finalist Ariel S. Winter (The Twenty-Year Death), Richard Bausch Fiction Prize Winner Jesse Goolsby (I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them). Her non-fiction clients include web phenom Cole Stryker (Epic Win for Anonymous, Overlook Press), TEDx speakers Stacey Ferreira and Jared Kleinert (Two Billion Under Twenty, forthcoming with St. Martin’s Press) and Harvard PhD candidate Jason Silverstein (How To Care Better, forthcoming with Simon & Schuster). Most importantly, Chelsea is interested in working with clients that are looking to build lasting relationships.
Tim Maleeny
Author of the acclaimed Cape Weathers series, including Stealing The Dragon, Beating The Babushka, Greasing 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 Part, Uncage Me, and Thriller 2.
Vilaska Nguyen
Trial Attorney for the office of the San Francisco Public Defender for ten years.
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.
Thomas Perry
Bestselling author of over twenty novels including The Butcher’s Boy, which won an Edgar Award, and most recently, A String of Beads. Metzger’s Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Vanishing Act was named by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as one of their 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Twentieth Century. He lives in Southern California.
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.

Adam Plantinga
Currently a sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department. Author of 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman. He has written thirteen nonfiction articles on various aspects of police work for the literary magazine The Cresset, published by the Valparaiso University Press. Served as a City of Milwaukee Police Officer from 2001 to 2008, including time spent as a Field Training Officer.

Amy Rennert
Literary agent at The Amy Rennert Agency.
Andy Ross
Literary agent and former owner of Cody’s Books. He represents authors of narrative nonfiction, science, fiction, history, essays, and travel.
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.
Don Winslow
Former private investigator and consultant. He is the author of over a dozen novels, including The Cartel, The Dawn Patrol, Savages, The Winter of Frankie Machine, and The Death and Life of Bobby Z.