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Gary Alexander has written 16 novels. He's written 150+ short stories and sold travel articles to 6 major dailies. One story appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2010, another in Ice Cold, last year's Mystery Writers of America anthology. His website is www.garyralexander.net Read More >>>
I grew up in Appleton Wisconsin, a medium sized city, as the middle kid in a family of five siblings. From an early age I was drawn to the interests of science, science fiction, and fantasy books. I remember well spending hours reading the encyclopedia set we had. Read More >>>
Jessica Argyle is a writer from Montreal, Canada. She holds an MA from the Creative Writing program of Concordia University and has had many stories published in literary magazines and a collection of short stories (Arrest Me Before I Write Again) published in 2011 . Read More >>>
Brooke Babineau came to Key West in 1985. While sampling the "tropical life" (shark hunting, and working on fishing boats), Babineau met playwright Budd Schulberg who immediately warmed to a kindred creative spirit and encouraged him to develop his stories. Read More >>>
Barthélemy Banks is the nom de plume of a former supervisor for a publishing company secretly backed by the CIA. He spent a number of years in the Bahamas where he rubbed elbows with spies, smugglers, international bankers, and reclusive millionaires. Read More >>>
Randolph W.B. Becker
Randolph W.B. Becker has spent his professional career as a Unitarian Universalist Minister and a spiritual adventurer. He has taught at several colleges and theological schools and had one of the first podcasts on a religious theme as the Internet developed. Read More >>>
David and Nancy Beckwith
David Beckwith is a three-generation native of Greenville, Mississippi, with a BBA and an MBA from Ole Miss. David's wife Nancy earned a doctorate in finance and was the largest commercial lender and underwriter for Florida National Bank/1st Union/Wachovia. Read More >>>
F.W. Belland and Chris Belland
F.W. Belland and Chris Belland are brothers born in Miami, Florida, in 1944 and 1948 respectively.
The brothers grew up in Miami when it was much different from the Miami of today.
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A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Leah Benner majored in English. Between raising her children and making a living, she had little time for writing until she and her husband uprooted and took off in their boat. Their travels led them from Maryland to . . . Read More >>>
Joel Biddle has written music for Concerto Soloists in Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony Orchestra in Boston and has had compositions performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Read More >>>
Elissa Bishop-Becker's professional journey began with her own grief journey. After experiencing multiple losses, she returned to school and received her M.Ed. (Master of Education) degree from the College of William and Mary in 2000. Read More >>>
Carl and Jane Bock
Carl and Jane Bock are retired Professors of Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Carl is an ornithologist and conservation biologist. Jane is a plant ecologist and an internationally recognized expert in the use of plant evidence in criminal investigations. Read More >>>
Rosalind Brackenbury grew up in England and has lived in France and Scotland and traveled widely; she has lived in Key West for 20 years. She is the author of novels, short stories and poetry, as well as many book reviews. Read More >>>
Lucy Burdette (a/k/a Roberta Isleib)
Lucy Burdette (a/k/a Roberta Isleib) is a clinical psychologist and the author of ten mysteries, including Death In Four Courses, the second in the Key West food critic series. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Read More >>>
William R. Burkett, Jr.
William R. Burkett, Jr. is an acclaimed sci-fi writer, listed in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. He published his first novel at 18. A strapping youth who lived with his grandparents at Neptune Beach, Florida, his first job was as a copy boy for the Florida Times-Union. Read More >>>
Peggy Butler retired from hospice nursing in 2002, after 47 years in several diverse fields of nursing, including tuberculosis control. A community and political activist, the author lived on the island of Key West for several years Read More >>>
A full professor at the University of Maryland (UMUC), Anne Carlisle teaches online writing courses worldwide to U.S. military students. She also teaches writing for American Intercontinental University as an online adjunct.
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Brewster Chamberlin spent several decades of his life working as a historian, archivist, university teacher, lecturer, poet, essayist and writer of longer and shorter fictions while living in Manhattan, Germany, France (Provence), Italy, Washington DC and Greece. Read More >>>
Robert Coburn is originally from Norfolk, Virginia. After high school in Norfolk, he spent three years in the US Army as a helicopter crew chief stationed in Berlin, Germany. He returned home to attend college at Richmond Professional Institute (Now VCU). Read More >>>
Tom Corcoran is a Florida-based writer of mystery novels. He has also authored three books on classic Ford Mustangs. Corcoran is friends with Jimmy Buffett and shot photographs for seven of Buffett's album covers, as well as co-wrote the hit "Fins." Read More >>>
George Cook (G. J. Cook)
George Cook (G. J. Cook) lives in Key West, Florida. He is originally from Newark, New Jersey. Besides writing short stories, he also writes songs, poetry, and is a blues musician. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012. At one time he also hand-designed personal greeting cards. Read More >>>
Bill Craig taught himself to read at age four and began writing his own stories at age six. He published his first novel at age 40 and says it only took him 34 years to become an overnight success! He has been publishing steadily ever since . . . Read More >>>
The DarkLight represents the first novel in the new Commando, Inc. series from C.J. Daniels, author of The Coming. With degrees in marketing and English, C.J. has a passion for all things sci-fi Read More >>>
Dale Dapkins is a 1968 psychology graduate of the University of Rochester.
He lived in Turkey for two years with the Peace Corps making a movie for the Turkish Tourism Ministry in the late sixties. Read More >>>
James Darrigo is a lover of nature and science who has always wondered how and why, when and where as it pertains to the workings of our vast universe. The mechanism to life, fitting into the realm of the universe's power and control, continues to fascinate him and inspired his imagination. Read More >>>
George "Harley" Davidson's unfortunate nickname has carried over from childhood. He has never owned a motorcycle. He has worked for publishing houses in New York and London. Sometimes he moves to the other side of the editor's desk to create a book. Read More >>>
Jane Dawkins was born in Palestine and grew up in Wilton, a small English country town in Wiltshire, neighboring county to Jane Austen’s Hampshire. She now resides in Key West, Florida, with her husband and her Golden Retriever. Read More >>>
Monica De Vargas
Monica De Vargas, in her debut novel, “The Typing Room,” explores an entirely different approach to the world of Alzheimer's patients and the nearly 16 million family caregivers in the United States whose lives are profoundly affected by this disease. Read More >>>
Alexandra Dietz is a photo documentarian driven by an insatiable curiosity to better understand people - their stories, what motivates them, and the way they live their lives. This is the focus of her photography, to immerse her audience in the excitement and strength of each subject. Read More >>>
Mike Dennis has been a professional musician (piano) and a professional poker player. He turned to writing when his first novel, , was picked up by a publisher in 2009. His second book, , was the first of a series called Key West Nocturnes. Read More >>>
Roberta DePiero was born in Cleveland, Ohio and transplanted to Key West in 1991. Her theatre photography has appeared in print and posters. Following her love of history and her own genealogy search, she became a www.Findagrave.com volunteer photographer Read More >>>
Robin Elder was born in Washington DC, but grew up in north Florida and then eastern Tennessee. In 1983, just one week out of graduating from the University of Tennessee, she drove to Charleston, South Carolina to visit a friend.
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After a classical education and an intensive study of music, James Esposito served in British Intelligence before entering academic life as a philosopher of the later Greek and early mediaeval period. James is the author of numerous books. Read More >>>
Growing up in the 1940s, I knew my mother declined to reveal the makings of her salad dressing to admiring guests because its base was olive oil, which almost everyone we knew in northern New Jersey considered "disgusting."
A long-time denizen of New York City. Read More >>>
James R. Fox has been putting his thoughts onto paper for many years. "I touch upon many topics such as religion, music, family and friends, politics," said Fox.
Now retired, he devotes his time to writing, music, photography, traveling, and reading. Read More >>>
Hollis George is editorial director of The New Atlantian Library and Absolutely Amazing eBooks. A former journalist, college professor, and museum president, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the books he writes and edits. A long-time denizen of New York City. Read More >>>
Lura Gorman grew up in the Deep South of the United States. A writer from childhood, she created books for her younger siblings, full of watercolors and scraps of bark, pressed flowers, silk, and velvet, illustrating the dreamscape of childhood. Read More >>>
In 1972, a friend from college introduced me to Key West, the perfect antidote for cultural misfits like myself. I've lived there ever since, working a multitude of inconsequential jobs, none of which had to be taken home with me.
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Robert J. Green
Robert J. Green hails originally from New Jersey. As a teenager he served as an altar boy at All Saints Episcopal Church in Scotch Plains. He graduated from Watchung Hills Regional High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University. Read More >>>
John L. Guerra
John L. Guerra is a career reporter and writer and a long-time resident of Key West. As a former editor and reporter at the Island's daily newspaper, he has witnessed and written about the daily turn of events as well as witnessed some of the biggest events in the island's history. Read More >>>
Ben Harrison was born on September 8, 1945, in San Antonio, Texas, and spent his early years in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he attended W. B. Ray High School. Earning an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Southern Methodist University . . . Read More >>>
Lewis C. Haskell
Lewis C. Haskell is a former international corporate executive and today is a fresh water conch who has owned property in Key West for 15 years. A diver, sailor, and Harley owner he can be found riding his bicycle around town most mornings or with a glass of wine at Grand Vin in the evening.
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Susan has lived in Canada and on both US coasts and the Midwest. She was an Operating Nurse assisting in hip replacements to heart surgeries. As a traveler, she has experienced over 50 countries. But being a Mum was her favorite job.
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Michael Haskins is the author of seven Mick Murphy Mysteries, five of them set in Key West. His short stories have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post and he has been nominated for the Shamus Award. Read More >>>
John Holt spends as much time as possible fishing and hanging out in sparsely-populated country with his wife, photographer Ginny Holt, mainly the remoteness found on northern high plains east of the continental divide in Montana that runs north into the Yukon.
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Frank Holtzer has been called "an international adventurer" and "a Lothario of some note." Well, at least he makes those engrandized claims . . . He swears that many of the risqué stories in his books are true. You decide.
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It was as a student at Britain's Cambridge University that Mark Howell hitchhiked to Morocco and to Afghanistan. But his trip across America was made with a friend in a 1964 electric-blue Plymouth Savoy. Read More >>>
Hal Howland is the author of , , and and , a finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Read More >>>
J.E. Irvin is a career educator and award-winning author. Her stories have appeared in both print and online journals and magazines, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Spark a creative anthology. Avid canoeists, Irvin and her husband live in Springboro, Ohio. Read More >>>
Roberta Isleib (a/k/a Lucy Burdette)
Roberta Isleib is a clinical psychologist and the author of ten mysteries, including Death In Four Courses, the second in the Key West food critic series. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Read More >>>
Maryjane Elizabeth Jones
Maryjane Elizabeth Jones loves to cook and share her recipes almost as much as she loves to write. She got the idea for the Phantom Cooks mysteries from a friend who actually started a catering business called Phantom Cooks, home-cooked meals. Read More >>>
Wayne "Skip" Kadar (a/k/a Justin Maxwell)
Wayne "Skip" Kadar (a/k/a Justin Maxwell) taught at the high school level for several years then became a high school principal. Now fully retired, Skip spends time with his wife, Karen, in Michigan and winters in the fabulous Florida Keys. Read More >>>
Albert L. Kelley
Albert L. Kelley is an attorney located in Key West, Florida and concentrates primarily in the areas of business, corporations, contracts, copyright, trademark, and entertainment law.
In 2002, Al Kelley produced an award-winning video biography of Capt. Tony Tarracino. Read More >>>
Ben Kelley comes from a family of journalists and writers. After a stint in Japan in U.S. Army intelligence, he remained in Tokyo as a newspaper editor for three years. He returned to the U.S. to work as a news reporter in Washington, D.C., Read More >>>
Renee Kumor has lived in North Carolina for over thirty years. The setting for the series reflects her early life in Ohio and her later years in North Carolina. She was a stay-at-home mom for several years developing a personal ethic of community service. Read More >>>
P. A. Lassiter
P. A. Lassiter grew up on a cattle and wheat farm in the Midwest and now lives a bi-coastal life, in Seattle, Washington, and Key West, Florida. She holds degrees in English Literature, Psychology, and Computer Science, and her alter ego wrote two best-selling computer books. Read More >>>
The western Oklahoma panhandle was John Leslie's home for many of his earliest years before south central Kansas claimed him from teens through college. Next Europe and the Middle East took over for more than ten years of seasoning. Read More >>>
Writer/composer Bill Lorraine was born in Miami and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. Lorraine has published one novel, The Heat; one book of poetry, From the Balconies of Key West . . . Read More >>>
James D. Loy
James D. Loy was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and for twenty-five years, he studied and wrote about the social behavior of monkeys. In the mid-1990s, however, unable to think of anything else he wanted to know about monkeys, Jim shifted his research . . . Read More >>>
Joe Mc Kay
Joe Mc Kay grew up with a precocious ear for language. Standing in his baby carriage, he "read" aloud the full names of grocery items, e.g., "Kemp's Sun-Rayed Tomato Juice," to audiences of appreciative shoppers as his gloating parents held up the cans and boxes. Read More >>>
Kerry Gene Martin
Kerry Gene Martin is a sixth-generation native of East Texas who grew up on Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock. A graduate of Baylor University, he enjoys long his career as an architectural illustrator. His passion for historic restoration has exposed him to many mysterious places. Read More >>>
David Matteson taught psychology and counseling for almost three decades at Governor’s State University, south of Chicago, an educational institution founded on experiential teaching. Read More >>>
Rosemary Mason's byline has appeared in publications for more than 40 years. Rosie writes both non-fiction feature articles and books that range from children's stories to mysteries to cookbooks. She enjoys editing and reviewing ebooks … and loves her Kindle Fire. Read More >>>
Justin Maxwell (a/k/a Wayne "Skip" Kadar)
Justin Maxwell (a/k/a Wayne "Skip" Kadar) taught at the high school level for several years then became a high school principal. Now fully retired, Skip spends time with his wife, Karen, in Michigan and winters in the fabulous Florida Keys. Read More >>>
Jack Mazur studied creative writing at Southern Connecticut State University in the 1980s under Richard Russo, who would go on to win the Pulitzer for Empire Falls in 2005 or so. Read More >>>
William B. Mead
William B. Mead is the author of six books on baseball history, plus a seventh in partnership with Paul Dickson.
Mead and the former Jennifer Hilton of Richmond met as seniors at Northwestern University and married in 1956, when he was a private in the U.S. Army. Read More >>>
Oscar Blas Fernandez Mesa
"Although my full name is Oscar Blas Fernandez Mesa, I answer to the name with which Ernest Hemingway baptized me, Cayuco 'Jonronero.' From childhood, my friends always called me Cayuco which simply refers to someone with a large but not unattractive head.
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Bud Navero has been a writer, teacher and learner in Key West. "It's always been a place that encourages you to live in your imagination and follow your passion. That's what sets it apart. That's what this book embraces, celebrates and urges everyone to cultivate."
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Jane Newhagen grew up in Denver, Colorado. Armed with an unexpected scholarship and what she now recognizes as astonishing bravado, she flew east to attend Brown University. She settled in Key West where she’s the archivist at the city cemetery.
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Howard Lowell Osterman collected a few rejection slips from popular magazines before deciding he preferred the steady salary of a staff writing position with a newspaper. That led to other "writing gigs" with magazines and book publishers. "A good living," as Osterman tells it. "
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A long-time journalist and feature writer, Pamela Paige got her start writing for a newspaper Sunday magazine. For years her feature articles were a weekly staple in the Florida Times-Union. After three marriages, she specializes in the Romance genre and loves reviewing new books.
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Norah-Jean has spent her working life in Ontario, Canada, as a newspaper reporter, freelance writer and editor, and fiction author. She has published five novels. Her inspiration has come from West Africa, Australia, and Ontario.
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Captain Mark T. "Reef" Perkins
Captain Mark T. "Reef" Perkins is a marine surveyor with a colorful past. From commanding a 150-foot 300 DWT US Army diving ship off Vietnam to smuggling in the Caribbean, Reef Perkins has become a living legend. . Raised in rural Michigan, Reef now lives in Key West. Read More >>>
Louis Petrone was first a successful environmental attorney in New York who maintained a national reputation. He retired to Key West. He has blossomed into a blog writer, television and blog talk radio host, a newspaper columnist and writer with an international following.
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Justin Phillips lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and son, where in addition to writing he is a practicing acupuncturist and professor of Eastern Medicine.
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Larry Presby grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, taught English at Southold High School and Sayville High School, both on Long Island. He graduated from Plymouth State University and University of Massachusetts; served in the New Hampshire and New York National Guard.
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Diana Reif first came to the Keys in the 70s and it was love at first sight. She left to attend law school in Miami and then practiced law in the Lower Keys for many years. Diana is an avid painter as well as a writer. She and her husband live in Key West with their rescued dog, Picasso. Read More >>>
Shirrel Rhoades is a writer, critic, filmmaker, former college professor, art collector, and publishing consultant. These days, he calls Key West home. He and his wife share their historic classic temple revival style house in Old Town with a number of dogs and cats. Read More >>>
Marjory Sorrell Rockwell
Marjory Sorrell Rockwell says needlecraft arts – quilting, crocheting, knitting – are pastimes every woman can appreciate. And she loves quiltmaking. “It’s like painting with cloth,” she says. But when not quilting she writes mysteries about a midwestern sleuth not unlike herself. Read More >>>
Born in a small town in Upstate New York, Mark Ryno grew up in quite a tranquil setting. After graduating high school, Mark made a move to South Texas where he embarked on a career in radio and writing. The Whiskey Hollow in the book was near where the author grew up. Read More >>>
Allison Seaborn is twice-divorced, a mother-in-law, and a grandma. Just like many of her lady boomer sisters, she has started over emotionally and financially -- learning from both success and failure. . . . Read More >>>
Formal education finally concluded with a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art. Leslie is a published poet: in magazines, anthologies, in her own chapbooks, on the internet. She has participated in well over 150 open mic readings . . . Read More >>>
R.K. Simpson lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Patty. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the Marine Corps and the war in Vietnam. He served as a diplomat in several of our embassies in Europe and Africa for over twenty years. Read More >>>
Brian Gordon Sinclair
Brian Gordon Sinclair, author of Hemingway On Stage, is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Denver. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. Read More >>>
Chuck Van Soye
Chuck Van Soye's career has ranged from Army officer to Chemical Engineer to Writer and Editor for McGraw-Hill's Chemical Engineering magazine, to Sales & Marketing Executive for Du Pont. Now retired, Chuck relaxes with boating, fishing . . . Read More >>>
Edward Squires studied short story writing at a noted southern university and has worked as a fiction editor before turning to filmmaking. He draws a parallel between short stories and films, both aimed at telling stories in a finite amount of time. Married, he has one son and a houseful of animals. Read More >>>
Born in Blue Island, Illinois, Del Staecker grew up in two very different worlds: The surreal artist’s community of Chicago’s Old Town (where the likes of Jack Kerouac Bob Dylan hung out at his Uncle Erling’s exotic bird shop), and the small town normalcy of Boy Scouts and working on his relatives’ farms. Read More >>>
Robert L. Stave
Robert L. Stave, is a former Airborne Ranger and graduate of the University of Minnesota. He has taught creative writing and photography at the Shattuck School. He has also worked as a cowboy, rancher, in personal protection, park ranger and as a dock master in Key West. Read More >>>
Teresa Taylor and her husband, Robert Feger, divide their time between Sarasota, Florida and the North Fork of Long Island, where she continues the teaching, writing and coaching activities that give her life such pleasure. This is her first published book. Read More >>>
Carol Tedesco is a photographer, publicist and historic shipwreck professional. Her documentary and news photographs have appeared in print and online publications worldwide; her fine art photography on walls in the US and abroad. Read More >>>
Richard Watherwax has more than 30 years experience in advertising, editorial, and wedding photography. After 25 years in Manhattan shooting for clients such as Coca Cola, TWA, AT&T, Buick, and Nabisco, to name a few, Watherwax found his home in Key West. Read More >>>
Lewis M. Weinstein
Lewis M. Weinstein began writing novels when he was 55 years of age, finally taking the advice of his high school English teacher, who said he should write. This updated edition of Case Closed follows his passion for seeing the truth come out in the FBI’s handling of the Amerithrax Case.
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Paul Wolfe has written in virtually every medium, from fiction and advertising to songs and plays. He has spent three decades primarily as an advertising writer and creative director. Read More >>>
Jonathan Woods divides his time between Key West, Florida and Dallas, Texas. His stories have appeared in , the special noir issue of . He is the author of noir crime stories. Read More >>>
Igor Zakowski completed his studies at the faculty of Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He studied at the department of Graphic Arts in graphic arts techniques and computer graphics studios. He got his Master of Arts Degree in 2000. Read More >>>