The authors for the 2012 Spring Green Literary Festival are:
Self-described as two dudes and a dudette, The Crime Wave consists of mystery writers Ellen Hart, Carl Brookins, and William Kent Krueger. Between them they have published more than thirty novels and have received nearly two dozen local, regional, and national awards for their writing. They have toured the country many times, presenting over 100 events and workshops at libraries, bookstores, conferences and book festivals.
Ellen Hart, a trained chef, is author of 26 crime novels in two different series, the Jane Lawless mystery series, featuring a culinary and attractive, and the Sophie Greenway mystery series, featuring a food critic. Allen's newest Sophie Greenway mystery is No Reservations Required. Cruel Ever After, the eighteenth Jane Lawless Mystery, was released in 2010. A multiple award winner, including a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for best popular fiction, Hart lectures and teaches the art of mystery writing throughout the country.
Carl Brookins, a former academic and avid recreational sailor, is the author of three mystery series. He writes the sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney, a married pair of sailing sleuths, most recently in Red Sky. The Sean Sean series features a very short, very funny and sometimes very dark private investigator with an identical first and last name in The Case of the Great Train Robbery. Third is the Jack Marston academic series, Reunion. Brock ends currently reviews mystery fiction, appearing on Barnes & Noble and Amazon Internet sites plus many others.
William Kent Krueger
William Kent Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part of Ojibwe. His work has received numerous awards. His most recent novel, Northwest Angle, has just been nominated for the 2012 Minnesota book award. It is a New York Times bestseller as well as a Heartland bestseller. Vermillion Drift, released in September of 2010, also was a NYT bestseller. Raised in the cascade Mountains of Oregon, Kent, as he likes to be called, work construction, lot timber, tried his hand at freelance journalism, is now a full-time author and makes his home in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Victoria Houston, author of the Loon Lake Mysteries, Bases her popular mystery books in the regions fishing culture of Rhinelander, her hometown. Her latest novel, Dead Tease, the twelfth in the series, features Loon Lake Police Chief Lew Ferris and Doc Osborne, a retired dentist and forensic expert. while trying to solve the murder of a young woman, the to take a break, persuaded by Ray Pradt ( a fishing guide who wears a stuffed trout on his head), to try flyfishing from kayaks. Lew and Doc find themselves in life-and-death straits on the river that leads to an unexpected and macabre discovery that may help solve the murder mystery. When not writing novels, Houston conducts workshops on mystery writing.
Steve Thayer is the New York Times best-selling author of The Weatherman, Silent Snow and The Wheat Field. His first book, a classic gangster novel, Saint Mudd, was self-published in 1988. It became a small press publication, a Viking Penguin hardcover and then paperback. Now it is in its ninth edition as a trade paperback from North Star Press. His most recent powerful and gripping novel is The Leper. Thayer says everything he learned about writing he learned in theater, especially building a character. Create good characters and readers will follow them anywhere, he says.
Gail Lukasik is the author of the Door County Mysteries, including Deaths Door and Destroying Angels. She holds a PhD in English with a specialty in writing poetry. During the time she was teaching writing and literature, she became hooked on female detective novels. Her latest novel, The Lost Artist, is about a Chicago performance artist who discovers four mysterious murals in an old farmhouse. As she uncovers the buried secrets, she finds that beneath the layers of time lurks a truth worth killing for.
Pat Lawrence is the pen name for Wisconsin husband/wife writing team, Pat and Daniel Burke. Their first novel, Jarred Into Being, is a gripping portrait of survival that gives life to emotionally charged topics written from today's headlines. Getting five-star reviews by readers, Book Buzz says the story could easily be the next day blockbuster movie. Pat and Daniel also own Murder By Design, producing live performances of interactive murder mystery's special occasions and stage plays or performance.
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