Great mystery and suspense novels are about more than a puzzling crime. They leave the reader feeling as if they’ve visited a unique world the author has created. Authors liberally sprinkle bits of their own lives and experience into their fiction, but how? Why?
This virtual, interactive conversation will explore the way authors integrate both truth and lies into their books in order to make sure the reader finds them impossible to put down. This program is being offered as part of the “Authors at Home” virtual series being offered by the Libraries of Middlesex Authomation Consortium and is free and open to all members of the general public.
For more information about the Authors at Home series, visit explorelmxac.org/authors-at-home
Panelists for the evening will include:
Mally Becker, The Turncoat’s Widow
Mally Becker became fascinated with the American Revolution when she peeked into the past as a volunteer at the Morristown National Historical Park, where George Washington and the Continental army spent two winters. A former attorney, volunteer advocate for foster children, and freelance writer, Becker and her husband raised their wonderful son in New Jersey where they still live. The Turncoat’s Widow, featuring Becca Parcell, is her first novel.
Liz Milliron, The Stories We Tell
Liz Milliron is the author of The Laurel Highlands Mysteries series, set in the scenic Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and The Homefront Mysteries, set in Buffalo, NY during the early years of World War II. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Pennwriters, and International Thriller Writers. A recent empty-nester, Liz lives outside Pittsburgh with her husband and a retired-racer greyhound.
Kerry Peresta, The Deadening
Kerry Peresta’s publishing credits include a popular newspaper and e-zine humor column, “The Lighter Side,” (2009—2011); The Hunting, women’s fiction/suspense, Pen-L Publishing, 2013; and The Deadening, Book One in the Olivia Callahan Suspense Series. Before starting to write full time, she spent twenty-five years in advertising as an account manager, creative director, and copywriter. She is past chapter president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and a current member and presenter of Hilton Head Island Writers’ Network, and the Sisters in Crime organization. Kerry is the mother of four adult children. She and her husband moved to Hilton Head Island, SC in 2015.
C.L. Tolbert, The Redemption
After winning the Georgia State Bar Association’s fiction writing contest in 2010, C.L. developed the winning short story into first novel of the Thornton Mystery Series, Out From Silence, which was published in December 2019. Her second novel in the series, The Redemption, is set in New Orleans where she lived and worked for twelve years. Retiring after thirty years of law practice, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and schnauzer Yoda. When she’s not writing, she visits her children and grandchildren as often as possible. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Atlanta Writers Club, and Broadleaf Writers Association.