Meet the 2015 debut ThrillerFest X authors

ThrillerFest 2015 is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited to bring you the authors debuting at the International Thriller Writers’ ThrillerFest X on July 7-11 in New York. Scroll down to discover the next big authors this summer and be sure to pick up one of the exciting new books below.

Alex Dolan, The Euthanist

Alex Nolan

Alex Dolan was raised in Boston, lived in New York City, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to writing for several publications, he has recorded four music albums, and has a master’s degree in strategic communications from Columbia University. The Euthanist is his first novel.

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Alison McMahan, The Saffron Crocus

Alison McMahaon

Alison McMahan chased footage for her documentaries through jungles in Honduras and Cambodia, favelas in Brazil and racetracks in the U.S. She brings the same sense of adventure to her award-winning books of mystery and romantic adventure for teens and adults.

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Allen Eskens, The Life We Bury

Allen Eskens

Allen Eskens, the author of The Life We Bury, is a successful criminal defense attorney who writes engaging mysteries with a literary edge. He studied creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University, Mankato and currently lives quietly in the country outside of Mankato, Minnesota.

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 Bryan Robinson, Limestone Gumption: A Brad Pop and Sisterfriends Mystery

Bryan Robinson
Bryan Robinson is a novelist and licensed psychotherapist. His award-winning thriller, Limestone Gumption: A Brad Pope and Sisterfriends Mystery (Five Star Publishing, 2014), is a nail-biting Southern murder mystery and winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Mystery. He is a veteran author of 35 nonfiction books, has appeared on 20/20, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, The Early Show, and NBC Nightly News. He maintains a psychotherapy practice in Asheville, NC, where he is working on Book 2 in the series, She’ll Be KILLING Round the Mountain When She Comes. Visit his website at www.bryanrobinsonnovels.com.

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 Christine Carbo, The Wild Inside

Christine Carbo

Christine Carbo grew up in Florida, until she moved to Montana, when she was twelve. After earning a pilot’s license, pursuing various adventures in Norway, and a brief stint as a flight attendant, she got an MA in English and taught courses at a community college. She still teaches in a vastly different realm as the owner of a Pilates studio. She lives in Montana with her husband, three kids, one self-possessed cat and one incredibly silly dog. Her suspense novel, The Wild Inside, came out in June of 2015 from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster.

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 David Swatling, Caluin’s Head

David Swatling

David Swatling grew up in New York, studied theatre, and moved to Amsterdam in 1985. He produced arts & culture documentaries for Radio Netherlands and is three-time winner of the NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Award, among other international honors. He continues to write about the arts and LGBTQ issues from Amsterdam and elsewhere.

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 Douglass Seaver, The Fourth Rule

Douglass Seaver

Douglass Seaver is the author of the highly praised nonfiction book, Four Across the Atlantic, and the award winning short story, The Auction. His latest book is The Fourth Rule, an international suspense novel. He is a graduate of the two-year online Stanford Certificate Program in Creative writing. He and his wife, the painter Cheryl Seaver, live in Essex, CT.

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Eileen Magill, House of Homicide 

Eileen magill

Eileen’s interests have taken her on a wild, winding road, from criminal justice to paranormal investigations, martial arts, occupational safety, teaching, and dog walking, too. Her love of animals was evident when she gave successful CPR to her iguana. She lives on the west coast with her dogs and family.

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 Gwendolyn Womack, The Memory Painter

GWENDOLYN WOMACK

Originally from Houston, Texas, Gwendolyn Womack began writing plays in college while freezing in the tundra at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She went on to receive an MFA from CalArts in Directing Theatre, Video & Cinema. Currently she resides in Los Angeles with her family and is working on her next novel.

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M. Maitland Deland, M.D., Nashville Mercy

Maitland deland

M. Maitland DeLand, M.D. is the author of Nashville Mercy, the first book in her Kate Katelinson murder mystery series. She also authored several children’s books collections, including The Great Katie Kate books which educate children about medical conditions.

Dr. DeLand is a radiation oncologist and founder of OncoLogics, a group of cancer treatment centers. She divides her time between Lafayette, Louisiana and Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more at http://www.nashvillemystery.com/.

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Maria Alexander, Mr. Wicker

maria alexander

Maria Alexander’s short stories have appeared in publication since 1999. Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, was released by Raw Dog Screaming Press in September 2014, and won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. When she’s not wielding a katana at her Shinkendo dojo, she’s being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats and a purse called Trog. Want more? Visit her website at www.mariaalexander.net.

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Matt Cook, Sabotage

Matt Cook

Matt is the author of SABOTAGE, which he wrote at 19 while an undergraduate at Stanford. There he also published two nonfiction books and cofounded a nonprofit dedicated to government transparency. A professional close-up magician trained at the Hollywood Magic Castle, he has performed in over 90 countries, and enjoys weaving exotic locales into his stories. Matt is now a doctoral candidate in Economics at Penn. He enjoys music, scuba, and Latin dancing for fun. 

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Neal Griffin, Benefit of the Doubt

Neil Griffin

Neal Griffin is a 25- year police veteran who brings his wide range of experiences to life in his first book, Benefit Of The Doubt.  Neal conveys the heroic nature of policing but also exposes the price paid for allowing malfeasance and incompetency to fester in a law enforcement agency. Neal pulls no punches in his portrayal of modern-day cops, both the good and the scandalous. Benefit Of The Doubt was released by in May, 2015.

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Rich Zahradnik, Last Words (Coleridge Taylor Mystery)

RICH ZAHRADNIK

Rich Zahradnik is the author of the Coleridge Taylor Mystery series. Last Words is the first in the series. The next, Drop Dead Punk, will be out Oct. 1. He was a journalist for 30-plus years, working as a reporter and editor for web sites, newspapers, cable networks, magazines and wire services.

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Rob Brunet, Stinking Rich: A Crime Novel

ROB BRUNET

Rob Brunet’s debut Stinking Rich asks, What could possibly go wrong when a backwoods biker gang hires a high school dropout to tend a barn full of high-grade marijuana? His award-winning short crime fiction appears in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, and numerous anthologies. He is co-host of Toronto’s Noir at the Bar reading series and teaches creative writing at George Brown College.

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Ronnie Allen, Gemini: The Sign Behind the Crime ~ Book 1

RONNIE ALLEN

Ronnie Allen is a NYC gal transplanted to rural Central Florida. Her debut novel, Gemini, is the first in The Sign Behind The Crime Series. Ms. Allen, a retired NYC teacher and NYS licensed School Psychologist incorporates her careers and the locations in which she has lived into Gemini, a psychological thriller.

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Shannon Kirk, Method 15/33

SHANNON KIRK

Shannon has been honored three times by the Faulkner Society in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for her works.  Her debut psychological thriller, Method 15/33 has received two starred reviews, Publishers Weekly and Booklist.  When not practicing law, Shannon writes in her free time. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son.

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Sherry Knowlton, Dead of Autumn

SHERRY KNOWLTON

Sherry Knowlton is the author of Dead of Autumn. A second novel in the Alexa Williams series, Dead of Summer, will be released in early summer 2015. When not working on her health care consulting business or traveling around the world, Knowlton lives in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania.

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Sherry Knowlton is the author of Dead of Autumn. A second novel in the Alexa Williams series, Dead of Summer, has just been released. When not working on her health care consulting business or traveling around the world, Knowlton lives in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania.

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Simon Gervais, The Thin Black Line: Mike Walton Thriller #1

SIMON GERVAIS

During his fifteen-year career as a federal agent specialized in counterterrorism and protective operations, Simon Gervais was deployed in numerous European and Middle Eastern countries. Using his knowledge of current world events and experience protecting heads of state like Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II, Simon’s debut THE THIN BLACK LINE is one of the most realistic spy thrillers in recents years. A #1 bestseller on the Canadian Fiction list, THE THIN BLACK LINE is the first book of a new exciting series featuring counterterrorism expert Mike Walton.

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 Steve P. Vincent, State of Emergency

STEVE VINCENT

Steve P. Vincent is a thriller writer from Victoria, Australia. His debut novel, The Foundation, was published by Pan Macmillan / Momentum in September 2014. The sequel and his second novel, State of Emergency, was published in June 2015.

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 Stu Strumwasser, The Organ Broker 

STU STRUMWASSER

Stu Strumwasser studied creative writing at Cornell University and went on to pursue dual careers on Wall Street and as a musician. In 2006 Stu left Wall Street and founded Snow Beverages to make natural soda. Stu then co-founded Tengrade in 2011. Stu was born in Queens, raised in Lynbrook, and now resides in Brooklyn, New York.  The Organ Broker is his first published novel.

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 Susan Philpott, Blown Red

SUSAN PHILPOTT

Susan Philpott holds a Master’s degree in both Science and Social Work.  She has worked as a university teaching assistant, zoo-keeper and mental health professional. The mother of three grown children, she lives in the wilds of northern Ontario, Canada, with her husband and yellow Lab. Blown Red, published by Simon & Schuster, Canada, is her first novel.

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SJI Holliday, Black Wood

SUSI HOLLIDAY

SJI (Susi) Holliday was born in Edinburgh and now lives in London. When not writing psychological crime and horror stories, she works in Pharmaceuticals and loves to travel, even if it’s just to the nearest pub.

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Veronica Forand, Untrue Colors

VERONICA FORAND

Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense. She’s lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roman across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

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John A. Connell, Ruins of War

john connell

John A. Connell has worked as a cameraman on films such as Jurassic Park and Thelma and Louise and on TV shows including The Practice and NYPD Blue. He now lives with his wife in Paris, France, where he is at work on his second Mason Collins novel.

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