Saturday, January 26, 2013

10th Murder Goes South Festival Held Today

The 10th Murder Goes South... a Festival of Readers and Writers of the Southern Mystery, was held today. FOSL thanks the writers, moderators, volunteers and attendees who made it a success.


TONY BURTON, writer, educator and publisher. His novels include Blinded by Darkness and A Wicked Good Play. He edited Seven by Seven and Crime and Suspense Anthology: 2005-2006.

LEE KELLY’s work in the medical and pharmaceutical industries was put to good use in her novel Vengeance in Blood.

BRANDON MASSEY, published his original novel Thunderland in 2002. He has since published a number of thrillers including The Other Brother, Twisted Tales, Dark Dreams and Covenant.

JOESEPH MORGAN, author of Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator, was Senior Investigator, Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, Atlanta, GA for 14 years. He investigated 200 - 300 deaths per year.

MIRANDA PARKER, writes fun, feisty, redemptive stories about “bad girl” gone good. Her iconic character Kensington Dafina is featured in her comic romance suspense novels.

CHERYL RITZEL, works include Runner’s High and Beginner’s Luck. She is a teacher who is also pursuing a Private Investigator Certificate.

FRAN STEWART, a free-lance editor, has written many novels which include Violet as an Amethyst and A Slaying Song Tonight. Her mystery series, Biscuit McKee, is set in a small town in Georgia.

LESLIE TENTLER’s Midnight Caller is a finalist in the 2012 International Thriller Awards for Best First Novel. It is the first book in her Chasing Evil Trilogy.

JO ANN COOK is a Smyrna resident who has written short stories, poetry, children’s books and novels which includes her southern mystery, entitled Murder, Magnolias and Mansions.

KAREN KIRKPATRICK KENNEDY has been an active member of Sisters in Crime for many years. She has served as president, vice president, treasurer and more for the Atlanta Chapter. She has written several mysteries, has an agent she loves and respects, and looks forward to the day one of her books sells.

VR BARTKOWSKI is a native Californian now living in Atlanta. Winner of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold for Mystery, and a finalist for both the 2012 Claymore and Daphne Du Maurier Awards, VR’s short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E, Spinetingler, and Vine Leaves Literary Journal. At present she is researching her third novel while pondering a fourth. VR is a member of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters-in-Crime.

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