2018 Faculty (Mystery Writers Conference)

2018 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, The Japanese Lover, and the thriller, Ripper. Her latest novel is The Japanese Lover.
John Bateson
Former executive director of a nationally certified crisis intervention and suicide prevention center in the San Francisco Bay Area for sixteen years. He is the author of The Education of a Coroner and three previous books—The Last and Greatest Battle, The Final Leap, and Building Hope
Tony Broadbent
Writer and award-winning author of mystery novels and short stories, including The One After 9:09: A Mystery with a Backbeat. His newest title -- a work of non-fiction -- is The Beatles in Liverpool, Hamburg, London: People  | Venues | Events | That Shaped Their Music.

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.

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
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.

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."

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.

Danny Gardner
From his beginnings as a young stand-up comedian (Def Comedy Jam All-Stars, Vol. 12), Gardner has enjoyed careers as an actor, director, and screenwriter. He is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee for his creative non-fiction piece, Forever. In an Instant., published by Literary Orphans Journal. His first short fiction piece, “Labor Day”, appeared in Beat to a Pulp, and his flash fiction has been featured in Out of the Gutter and on Noir On The Air. He is a frequent reader at Noir at the Bar events nationwide. He blogs regularly at 7 Criminal Minds. He is a proud member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. Danny lives in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. A Negro and an Ofay is his first novel.
William C. Gordon
Author of several mysteries set in San Francisco, including UnfinishedThe Chinese JarsFractured Lives, and The Halls of Power.
Rachel Howzell Hall
Writes the acclaimed Lou Norton series, including Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash, Trail of Echoes, and City of Saviors, and is also the co-author of The Good Sister with James Patterson, which was included in the New York Times bestseller The Family Lawyer. She is on the board of directors for Mystery Writers of America, and lives in Los Angeles.
Ken Holmes
For more than 35 years, Holmes has faithfully served the residents of Marin County as an investigator, administrator and elected public servant. He has been elected Coroner for Marin three times and received national acclaim from Victim's Rights Groups for his leadership and public advocacy. Some of the cases that Holmes handled in his career cast him in the national spotlight because of who they involved—rock legend Jerry Garcia , rapper Tupac Shakur, porn kings Jim and Artie Mitchell, and the infamous Trailside Killer. He is profiled in fellow conference faculty member John Bateson's new book, The Education of a Coroner
Elizabeth Kracht
Joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010. 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. 
James L’Etoile
With nearly 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system, James L’Etoile called prison home. His assignments included associate warden in a maximum security prison, director of adult parole, hostage negotiator, investigator and national consultant on prison programs. L’Etoile’s screenplays have been recognized by the Creative World Awards, Acclaim Film Awards and the Scriptapalooza television script competition.
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. His next mystery is called Boxing The Octopus and is due to appear in bookstores in 2018.
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.
Bill Petrocelli
Attorney, author, and co-owner of Book Passage. He is the author of the literary thrillers The Circle of Thirteen and the new Through the Bookstore Window. Foreword Review calls it “an unusual, rewarding take on the nature of memory: how it haunts and heals.”
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 MunichIn This Grave Hour and her latest in the Maisie Dobbs series, To Die But Once. 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.