2017 Faculty (Mystery Writers Conference)

2017 Faculty (More To Be Announced!)
 
Isabel Allende
Author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, Paula, The Japanese Lover, and the mystery thriller RIpper. Her latest novel is In the Midst of Winter. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She lives in California. Her website is IsabelAllende.com.

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 in Saint-Germain, 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.

Sara Blaedel
One of Denmark's most successful crime writers, the author of seven bestselling novels featuring police detective Louise Rick. Her hard work and determination have branded her the "Queen of Crime" in Denmark.
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.  

Tony Broadbent
Critically acclaimed author of "The Smoke Series" and his latest stand-alone novel The One After 9:09 - A Mystery With a Backbeat. Broadbent is a Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award Winner, a Macavity/Sue Feder Historical Award Nominee, a San Francisco Library Laureate, and a member of the Faculty of the acclaimed Mystery Writers Conference, held annually at Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA. He's also a member of Mystery Writers of America.
 
John Burley
National Black Ribbon Award-winning author of  The Absence of Mercy, Burley currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area where he works as an emergency department physician.  His third novel, The Quiet Child, is scheduled for release in August.

Judge Peter J. Busch
San Francisco Superior Court judge since 2000. He is currently the Supervising Judge of the Probate and Mental Health Division. 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
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 December BoysJunkie 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.
Michael Connelly
Author of twenty-eight previous novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers The Wrong Side of Goodbye, The Crossing, and The Burning Room. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.

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 RedheadThe Mercy of the Night, and his latest, Thirteen Confessions: Stories. His writing text, The Art of Character, has been called "a writer's bible."

Rene Denfeld
Author of The Enchanted, winner of numerous honors, including the prestigious French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and Book of the Year from The Oregonian. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is also the author of The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist Order, Kill The Body, The Head Will Fall, and All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families. Her latest work is The Child Finder.

J.T. Ellison
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of seventeen critically acclaimed novels, including No One Knows, What Lies Behind, and All the Pretty Girls, and is the coauthor of the A Brit in the FBI series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. J.T. also cohosts the EMMY® Award-winning television series, A Word on Words.
 

Hallie Ephron
New York Times bestselling author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, Never Tell a Lie; Come and Find Me, and There Was an Old Woman, and is the mystery reviewer for the Boston Globe. The daughter of Hollywood screenwriters, she grew up in Beverly Hills with her famous writer sisters, Nora, Delia, and Amy. Her latest, You'll Never Know Dear: A Novel of Suspense, releases in June. 
 
Allen Eskens
Bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, and The Deep Dark Descending. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and Audie Award. His books have been translated into 20 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury, is in development for a feature film.
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 UnfinishedThe Chinese JarsFractured Lives, and The Halls of Power.

Mary Kubica
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Don't You CryThe Good Girl and Pretty Baby. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.
 
John Lescroart
Author of numerous 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 HearingNothing But the Truth, and his latest, Fatal.

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.

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.
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 RevengeLeaving Everything Most LovedJourney to Munich, and her latest in the Masie Dobbs series, In This Grave Hour. 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.