2019 Killer Nashville Guests of Honor

Alexandra Ivy

Alexandra Ivy is the New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romantic suspense, paranormal and erotic romance, as well as Regency historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh. A five-time RT Book Award Finalist, Ivy has received much acclaim for her Guardians of Eternity, ARES Security, Immortal Rogues and Sentinels series. She lives with her family in Missouri and can be found online at AlexandraIvy.com.

David Morrell

David Morrell wrote First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He has a PhD in literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His NY Times bestsellers include the classic espionage novel The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only TV mini-series to air after a Super Bowl.  An Anthony, Edgar, Ellis, Left Coast, and Thriller finalist, Morrell has Inkpot, Macavity, Nero, RT, and Stoker awards as well as ITW’s Thriller Master award and a Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement award. His latest novels are the acclaimed Victorian mystery/thrillers: Murder As a Fine Art, Inspector of the Dead, and Ruler of the Night. His writing book, The Successful Novelist, describes what he has learned in his four-decade career. Visit him at www.DavidMorrell.net.

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is the recipient of the 2019 Killer Nashville John Seigenthaler Legends Award.

She is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the L.A. Times Book Prize, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the MulvaneysBlonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

John Seigenthaler was a well-known editor, publisher, writer, TV personality, First Amendment champion, advocate for writers, and longtime supporter of Killer Nashville. Like its namesake, the annual Killer Nashville John Seigenthaler Legends Award™ is bestowed upon an individual within the publishing industry who has championed First Amendment Rights to ensure that all opinions are given a voice, has exemplified mentorship and example to authors, supporting the new voices of tomorrow, and/or has written an influential canon of work that will continue to influence authors for many years to come.