Tracey S. Phillips
Tracey S. Phillips founded Blackbird Writers during the early 2020 quarantine days. She wished to create a community of like minded authors willing to help promote each other and share their love of stories with readers. Blackbirdwriters.com is her dream come true.
She is the author of BEST KEPT SECRETS, a novel which won a Hugh Holton award in 2018. Tracey is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. She is currently writing Romantic Suspense under a pseudonym and lives with her husband and two dogs near Madison Wisconsin.
Anne Louise Bannon
Anne Louise Bannon is an author and journalist who wrote her first novel at age 15. Her journalistic work, including 15 years as a TV critic, has appeared in newspapers across the country. She is the co-author of Howdunit: Book of Poisons, with Serita Stevens, as well as author of the Freddie and Kathy mystery series, set in the 1920s, the Operation Quickline Series and the Old Los Angeles series, set in the 1870s. Her most recent title is Death of the City Marshal. She and her husband live in Southern California with an assortment of critters.
Originally from central Indiana, thriller and mystery author August Norman has called Los Angeles home for two decades, writing for and/or appearing in movies, television, stage productions, web series, and even commercial advertising. COME AND GET ME, August’s debut thriller featuring investigative journalist Caitlin Bergman, was listed in Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2019 issue in the Debut category and SINS OF THE MOTHER, the second in the Caitlin Bergman series, was released in September 2020 by Crooked Lane Books.
Avanti Centrae is the author of the international award-winning VanOps thriller series. An instant Barnes and Noble Nook bestseller, The Lost Power took home a genre grand prize ribbon at the Chanticleer International Book Awards, a shiny bronze medal at the Wishing Shelf Awards, and an Honorable Mention at the Hollywood Book Festival. Her work has been compared to that of James Rollins, Steve Berry, Dan Brown, and Clive Cussler. She resides in Northern California with her family and German shepherds.
Christine DeSmet is the author of the Fudge Shop Mystery Series set in Door County, and the Mischief in Moonstone Series set in northwest Wisconsin. She is a writing coach and Master Class instructor at UW-Madison Continuing Studies where she directs the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat. She is also a screenwriter. She belongs to Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum, and Wisconsin Writers Association.
Donna Rewolinski is the author of the Novice Mystery series, whose main characters, Dan Novice, a retired American detective, and his
social worker wife, Karen embark on a promise, to spend more time together and to travel to a variety of foreign countries. Along the way,
they encounter murder victims, suspects, local legends, and mysticism.
Donna has a master’s degree in Social Work and is a practicing social worker. She is married to a police detective, who has over 35 years of
experience. She belongs to the Red Oak Writer’s Critique Roundtable, Sisters of Crime, and the Wisconsin Writer’s Association.
Drawing upon careers in law enforcement, conservation, and a passion for our natural resources, Jeff Nania has gone from writing police reports, scientific papers, outdoor humor, and feature stories to weaving together mysteries that keep readers wondering who is on the right side of the law in the small town of Musky Falls. Figure Eight (2019), the first book in his Northern Lakes Mystery series, was a 2020 Midwest Book Award Winner. Spider Lake (2020) is the second book in the series and book three is in the works.
Joy Ann Ribar
Joy Ann Ribar writes the Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery series, inspired by Wisconsin’s four seasons and friendly quirks. Join Frankie Champagne, baker, wine-maker and investigative reporter, as she tracks suspects, armed with delicious baked goods, bottles of vino, and old-fashioned intuition. Joy has a BA in Journalism from UW-Madison and MS in Education from UW-Oshkosh, and has taught high school English and college English for 20 years. She loves to connect with readers about writing, wine, bakery, and growing up in the Midwest. Her short fiction piece, The Bee Servant, received Honorable Mention in the WWA 2020 Jade Ring Contest.
Laurie Buchanan is a former holistic health practitioner and transformational life coach. She holds a doctorate in holistic health with an emphasis in energy medicine. Her first two books—Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth, and The Business of Being: Soul Purpose In and Out of the Workplace, are nonfiction titles designed to motivate, inspire, and transform. Her third book, Indelible: A Sean McPherson Novel, Book One, launches a suspense/thriller series that takes place at a writing retreat in the Pacific Northwest. Imagine—“Chief Inspector Gamache meets The Last Mrs. Parrish.”
Laurie Stevens is the author of the Gabriel McRay thriller series. The books have won twelve awards, among them Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 and a Random House Editors’ Book of the Month. In regards to thrillers, Suspense Magazine says Laurie is “the leader of the pack,” while International Thriller Writers claims she’s “cracked the code” of writing psychological suspense. An active member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, Laurie lives in the setting of her books, the hills outside of Los Angeles with her husband, two snakes, and a cat.
Maggie Smith hosts the Hear Us Roar podcast for WFWA (70+ episodes available on major streaming services). She is currently querying her debut novel, TRUTH & OTHER LIES, which was a finalist in the WFWA 2019 Rising Star competition while drafting her second book, BLINDSPOT, a domestic suspense. Her short story, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, appeared in the 2018 anthology False Face and she blogs monthly for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Association. A board member of the Chicago Writer’s Association, she serves as Managing Editor of their on-line literary publication The Write City Magazine. A confirmed workshop junkie and avid Instagrammer, Maggie makes her home in Milwaukee.
Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, police procedurals featuring a deputy, her K-9 partner, and a veterinarian who live in the Colorado Rockies. She serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and was elected 2019-2020 Writer of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Hanging Falls, book six in the series, is scheduled for release September 8, 2020.
A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. As Allison Brook she writes the Haunted Library series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel in 2018. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series. Marilyn lives on Long Island, where many of her books take place.
Saralyn Richard is an award-winning mystery and children’s book author, who strives to make the world a better place, one book at a time. Her books, Naughty Nana, Murder in the One Percent, and A Palette for Love and Murder, have delighted children and adults, alike. A member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, Saralyn teaches creative writing at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and continues to write mysteries. Look for A Murder of Principal in January, 2021.
Sharon Lynn’s mystery short stories, Carne Diem (2019) and Death on Tap (2017) are published in anthologies by Malice Domestic and Sisters in Crime’s Desert Sleuths. Her newest short, Final Curtain, appears in Malice Domestic’s 2020 release, Mystery Most Theatrical.
Sheila Lowe is a real-life forensic handwriting expert whose Amazon number one best-selling series dives deep into the psyche of her characters. The Forensic Handwriting psychological suspense books feature Claudia Rose, whose career as a document examiner and handwriting analyst mirrors Sheila’s own. The new Beyond the Veil Series is paranormal suspense about a young woman who reluctantly communicates with dead people who want her to do stuff for them. Besides testifying in cases involving handwriting, Sheila has appeared in forensic TV and radio shows, newspaper and magazine articles and blogs ad infinitum. She also writes nonfiction books on handwriting psychology.
Sherrill Joseph is the middle-grade (for ages 9-12) author of the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries series. Book 1, Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets, released in February 2020, and became an Amazon #1 Bestseller, garnering two Gold Awards, one each from Mom’s Choice Book Awards and from Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. It is also the American Book Fest Awards 2020 Best Book Award Winner for Children’s Fiction. Book 2, Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse, released in October 2020.
Joseph is a retired public school teacher turned kids’ mystery author and resides in her native San Diego, California, with her adorable poodle-bichon rescue Jimmy Lambchop. She promises many more books with her detective squad to come.
Tim Chapman is a former forensic scientist for the Chicago police department who currently teaches writing and tai chi chuan. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Northwestern University. His first novel, Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold, (re-released as A Trace of Gold) was a finalist in Shelf Unbound’s 2013 Best Indie Book competition. In his spare time he paints pretty pictures and makes an annoying noise with his saxophone that he claims is music.
Valerie Biel is the author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series (stories inspired by Celtic mythology and the stone circles of Ireland). Her love for travel and insatiable curiosity fuel her storytelling. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other authors with their publishing adventures and wrangling her overgrown garden.