THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 — FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – Robert Dugoni – Chanticleer Writer’s Conference, Bellingham, WA

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – 5:30 PM CT – Clay Stafford, Daco, Dana Chamblee Carpenter – The Mane Event, Franklin, TN

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 – 3:30-4:30 PM CT – Mary Burton – Barbara Vey’s 5th Annual Reader Appreciation Weekend, Milwaukee, WI

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 SATURDAY, May 14, 2016 – Steven James – Oklahoma Writers Federation ConferenceOklahoma City, OK

SATURDAY, May 14, 2016 SUNDAY, May 15, 2016 – Robert Dugoni – Write on the River Writers Conference, Wenatchee Valley College, WA

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 12:00 PM CT – Clay Stafford – Thank Goodness It’s Thursday Lunch, Gordon Jewish Community Center, Nashville, TN

SATURDAY, May 21, 2016 – Jeffery Deaver – Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, MD

SUNDAY, May 22, 2016 THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – Steven James – Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference,  Asheville, NC

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 11:00 AM CT – Clay Stafford – Author! Author! Luncheon, Brentwood Country Club, Brentwood, TN

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016SATURDAY, June 25, 2016 – C. Hope Clark – Midwest Writers Center David Collins Conference, Davenport, IA

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 SUNDAY, July 24, 2016 – Jeffery Deaver – Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England

THURSDAY, August 18, 2016 — SUNDAY, August 21, 2016 – Clay Stafford – Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference, Embassy Suites, Franklin, TN

FRIDAY, September 23, 6:30-7:30 PM – Clay Stafford – South Dakota Festival of Books, Brookings, SD

SATURDAY, September 24, 6:30-7:30 PM – Clay Stafford – South Dakota Festival of Books, Brookings, SD

THURSDAY, September 29, 2016SATURDAY, October 1, 2016 – Anne Perry – Cuesta College Writers Conference, Pismo Beach, CA

FRIDAY, October 14, Times TBA – Clay Stafford – Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, Legislative Plaza, Nashville, TN

FRIDAY, October 21, 2016 — SUNDAY, October 23, 2016 – Anne Perry – Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada

THURSDAY, August 24, 2017 — SUNDAY, August 27, 2017 – Clay Stafford – Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference, Embassy Suites, Franklin, TN



FRIDAY, February 5, 2016 – 6:30 PM CT – Blake Fontenay, Clay Stafford, Dana Chamblee Carpenter, Jaden Terrell – Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

FRIDAY, February 12, 2016 
 7:00 PM CT – Dana Chamblee Carpenter – Cool Springs Barnes & Noble, Brentwood, TN

SATURDAY, February 20, 2016 – 2:00 PM CT – Clay Stafford – Cool Springs Barnes & Noble, Brentwood, TN

SUNDAY, February 21, 201612:00 PM ET – C. Hope Clark – Richland Library Local Author Showcase, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

THURSDAY, February 25, 2016 SUNDAY, February 28, 2016 – Catriona McPherson – Left Coast Crime, Phoenix, AZ

SATURDAY, February 27, 2016  4:00 PM CT – Dana Chamblee Carpenter – That Bookstore in Blytheville, Blytheville, AZ

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016
7:00 PM ET – Jeffery Deaver – Georgia Center For The Book, Decatur, GA

THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 7:00 PM MT  – Jeffery Deaver – Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 – 7:00 PM MT – Jeffery Deaver – The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

SATURDAY, March 12, 2016 – 8:00 AM PT – Anne Perry – Writers of Kern Spring Conference, Bakersfield, CA

SATURDAY, March 12, 2016 3:30 PM MT – Jeffery Deaver (with J.A. Jance, T. Jefferson Parker, & Thomas Perry) – Tucson Festival of Books – at the University of Arizona Campus, Tucson, AZ

SUNDAY, March 13, 2016  2:00 PM MT  Jeffery Deaver (with Joseph Finder & Chris Pavone) – Tucson Festival of Books – at the University of Arizona Campus, Tucson, AZ

MONDAY, March 14, 2016 7:00 PM CT  Jeffery Deaver – Book People, Austin, TX

TUESDAY, March 15, 2016  6:30 PM CT – Jeffery Deaver – Murder By The Book, Houston, TX

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 7:00 PM PT – Jeffery Deaver – Powell’s Books (at Cedar Hills Crossing), Beaverton, OR

THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 – 7:00 PM ET – Dana Chamblee Carpenter (along with conference alumna Erica Wright) – Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, Asheville, NC

THURSDAY, March 17, 2016  7:00 PM PT – Jeffery Deaver – Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, Newport Beach, CA

SATURDAY, March 19, 2016 3:00 PM ET – C. Hope Clark – The Edisto Bookstore, Edisto Beach, SC

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016
1:00 PMGMT – Jeffery Deaver – WHSmith Arndale Centre, Manchester, UK

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 – 7:00 PM GMT – Jeffery Deaver – Waterstones Newtown Mearns‘s event at the Primavera Bistro in The Avenue Shopping Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 1:00 PM GMT – Jeffery Deaver – Waterstones Prince St, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – 7:00 PM GMT – Jeffery Deaver  – Gateshead Central Library Event (tickets required), Gateshead, UK

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016  12:30 PM GMT – Jeffery Deaver – WHSmith Lands Lane, Leeds, UK

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – 7:00 PM GMT – Jeffery Deaver – Waterstones Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 7:00 PM CT – Clay Stafford – Elizabeth Gerken Book Club Event, Nashville, TN
FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 – 7:00 PM ET – Jeffery Deaver – Roanoke Book & Author Dinner, Roanoke, VA

Cold-Blooded Anthology

Killer Nashville Anthology Authors

Donald Bain

Donald Bain is the author/ghostwriter of over 120 books, including the bestselling “Murder, She Wrote” series of 45 murder mysteries, 28 novels in Margaret Truman’s “Capital Crime” series, and Coffee, Tea or Me? which sold more 5-million copies worldwide. His autobiography, Murder HE Wrote: A Successful Writer’s Life, was published in 2006. A Purdue graduate, he was named a Distinguished Alumni. Other writing includes westerns, investigative journalism, biographies, historical romance, crime novels, and comedies. The 2014 recipient of the Killer Nashville John Seigenthaler Legends Award, he lives and works in Connecticut where he collaborates with his wife Renée.

Jefferson Bass

New York Times bestselling author Jefferson Bass is the duo of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass. Bass, a renowned forensic anthropologist, is the creator of the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility: the “Body Farm.” Author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications, he is also co-author (with Jefferson) of an acclaimed memoir, Death’s Acre; the nonfiction book Beyond the Body Farm; and nine “Body Farm” novels. Jefferson, the “writer” half of Jefferson Bass, is a veteran author and documentary writer/producer, whose Body Farm documentary, Biography of a Corpse, has been seen by millions worldwide.

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A legislative attorney and former law librarian, Paula Gail Benson’s short stories have appeared in Kings River Life, the Bethlehem Writers RoundtableMystery Times Ten 2013 (Buddhapuss Ink), A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder (Dark Oak Press and Media), A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman (Mozark Press), and Fish or Cut Bait: a Guppy Anthology (Wildside Press). She regularly blogs with others about writing mysteries at the Stiletto Gang and Writers Who Kill. Her personal blog is Little Sources of Joy.

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Baron R. Birtcher spent a number of years as a professional musician, and founded an independent record label and artist management company. Critics have hailed Baron’s writing as “The real deal” (Publisher’s Weekly) and his plots as “Taut, gritty, and powerfully controlled” (Kirkus Reviews). His critically acclaimed “Mike Travis” series (Roadhouse BluesRuby Tuesday, and Angels Fall) have been LA Times and IMBA bestsellers. Angels Fall was nominated for the “Lefty” Award by Left Coast Crime, and his stand-alone, Rain Dogs, was a finalist for both the Claymore and Silver Falchion Awards. Hard Latitudes is the newest “Mike Travis” thriller.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s latest romantic suspense novels include Cover Your Eyes and Be Afraid, which feature the Morgans, a preeminent law enforcement family in Nashville. The third in the series is I’ll Never Let You Go and the fourth Vulnerable. The author of twenty-six published novels and five novellas, Mary is a member of International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. A Richmond, Virginia native, Mary has made her home there for most of her life.


Dana Chamblee Carpenter’s debut novel, Bohemian Gospel, won Killer Nashville’s 2014 Claymore Award and is available from Pegasus Books. She teaches creative writing and American Literature at a university in Nashville, TN, where she lives with her husband and two children.


C. Hope Clark pens Southern crime fiction with two series under her belt, “The Carolina Slade Mysteries” and “The Edisto Island Mysteries,” published with Bell Bridge Books. She is also editor of, a resource for writers honored by Writer’s Digest for its “101 Best Websites for Writers” for over a decade. Hope speaks across the country about writing and mysteries, and is known for her motivational voice. She lives on Lake Murray in central South Carolina when she isn’t at Edisto Beach.

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Daco is a writer and attorney in Huntsville, Alabama. Her international-spy thriller, The Libra Affair, was an Amazon #1 Bestseller (Suspense, Romantic Suspense). According to Publishers WeeklyThe Libra Affair “intrigues with fast-paced, high-stakes action that forces the take-charge heroine to balance her clandestine mission with obligations to her heart.” Her short story The Pisces Affair, also featuring Jordan Jakes, is a 2015 Finalist, Florida Writers Royal Palm Literary Awards. Publishers Weekly says of The Pisces Affair, “Jakes is a lively and witty narrator with the wits and skills of James Bond, and readers will savor her fresh perspective on being a woman in the male-dominated spy world.” Daco is a member of International Thriller Writers, Killer Nashville, and the Florida Writers.


A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. The author of thirty-seven novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, and a lyricist of a country-western album, he’s received or been shortlisted for dozens of awards. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller The Broken Window and a stand-alone, Edge, were also nominated for that prize.

Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni is the #1 Amazon and New York Times bestselling author of eight novels. His latest, My Sister’s Grave, was nominated for the Harper Lee Award for legal fiction, the International Thriller Writers Thriller of the Year, and the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction. My Sister’s Grave was the #1 Amazon bestseller for two months and Amazon, Library Journal and Suspense Magazine also chose it as a “2014 Best Book of the Year”. Dugoni is also the author of the bestselling David Sloane series, The Jury MasterWrongful DeathBodily HarmMurder One, and The Conviction, as well as the stand-alone novel Damage Control. His books have twice been recognized by the Los Angeles Times as a “Top Five Thriller of the Year.” Murder One was a finalist for the prestigious Harper Lee Award for literary excellence. Dugoni’s first book, the nonfiction expose, The Cyanide Canary, was a Washington Post “2004 Best Book of the Year”.

Blake Fontenay

Blake Fontenay spent more than 25 years as a reporter, columnist and editorial writer for metropolitan daily newspapers — including the Sacramento Bee, Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville), Orlando Sentinel and Commercial Appeal (Memphis). Since leaving the newspaper business, he has worked as the communications director for Tennessee’s Comptroller, Treasurer and Secretary of State. He is currently the coordinator for the Tri-Star Chronicles project at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. He has two published novels: The Politics of Barbecue, which won an Independent Publishers Book Awards gold medal for fiction in the South region, and Scouts’ Honor.


Heywood Gould is the author of eight novels, among them CocktailFort Apache the Bronx, and Double Bang, which he adapted and directed for the screen. He was a Hammett Award finalist for Leading Lady and Greenlight for Murder, and his novel Serial Killer’s Daughter has been optioned for television. He has written nine movies, including Boys From Brazil and One Good Cop, which he also directed. He also rewrote the cult classic Rolling Thunder.

Steven James

Steven James is the bestselling author of ten novels that have received wide critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly, New York Journal of Books, RT Book Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal and many others. He has won three Christy Awards for best suspense and was a finalist for an International Thriller Award for best original paperback. His psychological thriller The Bishop was named Suspense Magazine’s book of the year. He is also a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest and has taught writing and storytelling principles around the world. Publishers Weekly calls James “[A] master storyteller at the peak of his game.”


Jon Jefferson — the “writer” half of the bestselling crime-fiction duo “Jefferson Bass” — is a prolific author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. Collaborating with forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass (founder of the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm”), Jefferson has written two nonfiction memoirs and nine crime novels, seven of them New York Times bestsellers. Jefferson has also written and produced more than two-dozen documentaries for the History Channel, the Arts & Entertainment Network, the Oxygen Network, and the National Geographic Channel. His two National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm were broadcast worldwide, to an audience of millions.

Catriona McPherson

Catriona McPherson writes the Agatha, Macavity, and Bruce-Alexander winning “Dandy Gilver” detective series, set in her native Scotland in the 1920s. In 2013 she started a strand of darker (that’s not difficult) standalones. The first, As She Left It, won an Anthony award and the IndieFab Gold for Mystery. The Day She Died was shortlisted for an Edgar. Catriona immigrated to America in 2010, and lives in northern California with a black cat and a scientist. She is proud to have served as the 2015 president of Sisters in Crime.

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Anne Perry is an international bestselling author. The Times selected her as one of the 20th Century’s “100 Masters of Crime” and her books appear regularly on the New York Times bestseller list. Anne writes two series of Victorian crime novels, one featuring Thomas Pitt, a Commander in the British security forces, and his wife Charlotte Pitt. The other features William Monk, who’s in the River Police, and wife Hester, who’s a nurse. Anne’s other novels include a five-book series set during the First World War, her French Revolution novel The One Thing More, and Sheen on the Silk, set in the dangerous and exotic city of Byzantium.

Eyre Price

Eyre Price is the author of the award-winning, international chart topping Blues Highway Blues as well as other entries in his “Crossroads Thrillers” series, including Rock Island Rock and Star Killer Star. Price is an attorney and single dad. He and his son, Dylan, live in South Carolina’s Lowcountry with a collection of dogs and cats in a little house not far from the sea.

Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He has sold over 1.5 million hardcover copies of his children’s adaptations and has seen his film work distributed in over 14 languages. Publishers Weekly named Stafford one of the Top Ten Nashville literary leaders playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” not only in middle-Tennessee, but also extending “beyond the city limits and into the nation’s book culture.” He is the founder of Killer Nashville and Killer Nashville Magazine. Previously associated with Universal Studios and PBS, he is currently CEO of American Blackguard, Inc. near Nashville, Tennessee.

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Jonathan Stone does most of his writing on the commuter train between the Connecticut suburbs and Manhattan, where he is the creative director of a midtown advertising agency. His six published novels have all been optioned for film. Two of his short stories are anthologized in the Mystery Writers of America annual collections. “Hedge” appears in The Mystery Box, edited by Brad Meltzer, and “East Meets West” can be found in Ice Cold – Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War, edited by Jeffrey Deaver. A graduate of Yale, Jon is married with a son and daughter in college. His latest novel is The Teller.


Jaden Terrell (Beth Terrell) is a Shamus Award finalist, a contributor to “Now Write! Mysteries” (a collection of writing exercises by Tarcher/Penguin), and the author of the Jared McKean private detective novels Racing The DevilA Cup Full of Midnight, and River of Glass. Terrell is the special programs coordinator for the Killer Nashville conference and the winner of the 2009 Magnolia Award for service to the Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA). A former special education teacher, Terrell is now a writing coach and developmental editor whose leisure activities include ballroom dancing and equine massage therapy.

Maggie Toussaint

Formerly an aquatic toxicologist contracted to the U.S. Army and a freelance reporter, Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes mysteries, romances, and science fiction. With thirteen published books to her credit, her latest release is Bubba Done It, book two in her “Dreamwalker Mystery Series,” featuring an amateur sleuth who talks to the dead. An active member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime, Maggie’s won three writing awards, including the Silver Falchion for Best Mystery. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows.