Meet the Contributors of Serial Sleuths, Volume I: Haunted
I am a writer, a mother, a grandmother, a widow, a member of Sisters In Crime. I’ve taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Traveled. Grew up on the north side of Chicago, but lived most of my adult life in the east. So, like Faulkner’s Dilsey, I’ve seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. I’ve seen worlds blow apart and life turn inside out in less time than it takes to type this sentence. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, I write.
DEATH OF A SERPENT, the first in the Serafina Florio series, published January 2012. It began as a painting of the Lower East Side and wound up as a mystery story. I just published NO MORE BROTHERS, a novella, the second in the Serafina Florio series and am working on the third Serafina book, DEATH IN BAGHERIA.
DV grew up in the Midwest, received her BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Several years and at least a dozen moves later, she now resides outside of Seattle, Washington with her sweetheart Mark, an ex-chef-turned-contractor, and writes whenever she gets a chance. You’re welcome to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with her on Facebook- she loves to hear from readers as well as other writers. For more information, you can visit her website at www.dvberkom.com.
Jen is a freelance journalist, reviewer, and editor, and author of the critically-acclaimed Erin Solomon mysteries. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, where she became known as the only student in history to set fire to both herself and a faculty member’s home in a single semester (on separate occasions, no less). Jen runs seminars and one-on-one tutorials on writing, social media, and online marketing for authors, and she also runs the website http://bloodwrites.com, which features reviews, interviews, excerpts, and writing-related posts for readers and writers of the mystery/suspense and thriller genres.
Joanne is the author of PANDORA’S BOTTLE, a novel inspired by the true story of the world’s most expensive bottle of wine (Flint Mine Press, 2010), which Paperback Dolls named one of the top five books of 2010. THE TEMPORARY DETECTIVE (Dulcet Press, April 2012) introduces Isobel Spice, aspiring actress and resourceful office temp turned amateur sleuth. No stranger to the theatrical world, Joanne enjoys an active performing career, and with her husband, composer/conductor Joshua Rosenblum, has co-authored several musicals, including the cult hit FERMAT’S LAST TANGO and EINSTEIN’S DREAMS, based on the celebrated novel by Alan Lightman. Her play, CRITICAL MASS, received its Off Broadway premiere in October 2010 as the winner of the 2009 Heiress Productions Playwriting Competition. For more information, please visit http://joannelessner.com.
Wayne Zurl worked for twenty years as a police officer in New York before retiring to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. Prior to his police career, Zurl served in the US Army during the Vietnam war and continued on in the Reserves. Before all that, he worked in the fledgling business of computers–when they were seven feet tall. Somewhat disenchanted with the IBM/data processing business, Zurl decided computers were nothing but a passing fad–something that would never replace humans, and he scrapped reentry into that world after returning from his stint with the Army overseas, and collected unemployment insurance until he was offered the only job somewhat compatible with his military background. In 2006 he began writing police stories.
For more information about Wayne, visit www.waynezurlbooks.net, where you can find a list of available books, photos, other writing available only from the author, special messages, and several recent interviews with the media. Sign up for eMail notifications about new releases or follow Wayne via his Facebook link on the web site.