Instructors



Laura Belgrave

Laura Belgrave is the author of the Claudia Hershey mystery series and the newly published Funny Money, a humorous standalone novel. She’s a long-time writer and editor whose career background has taken her from the “murder and mayhem” side of the newspaper business to the editorial side of the book publishing business, and on to the business of web design, video and social media. Her staff positions have included everything from police reporter and then city editor of a major Florida daily to managing editor of a children's book publishing house. Her website is www.laurabelgrave.com.


Prudy Taylor Board

Prudy Taylor Board is the author of 28 books including mysteries, horror novels, histories and a how-to. She's edited newspapers, newsletters and magazines. Prudy is also the author of 101 Tips on Writing and Selling your First Novel. In addition, she has taught creative writing for 20+ years as well as lectured, appeared on panels and conducted writers' workshops throughout the United States and in Canada.




 Nancy J Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, and won third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. As the author of over twenty novels, Nancy is a featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events. She’s served as president of both the Florida Romance Writers and the Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter. NancyJCohen.com



Marcia King-Gamble

Romance writer, Marcia King-Gamble originally hails from a sunny Caribbean island where the sky and ocean are the same mesmerizing shade of blue. She is a former travel industry executive who has spent most of life in the United States. A National Bestselling author, Marcia has penned over 34 books and 8 novellas and has written for the major publishers.




Eliot Kleinberg

Eliot Kleinberg is that rarest of Floridians: a native. Born in South Florida, he has spent 35 years in both broadcast and print news, including a quarter century at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach.  He has published ten books, all focusing on Florida, including Black Cloud, a 75th anniversary book on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane; two Weird Florida books, and Palm Beach Past and Wicked Palm Beach, both collections of his weekly local history column in the Post that’s run continuously for a dozen years.



Victoria Landis

Victoria Landis is a professional writer and editor, and a veteran member of one of the toughest critique groups ever to grace South Florida.  Since 2004, she’s written a monthly humor column for The Parklander magazine.  She has two novels published:  Blinke It Away, a suspense novel set on Oahu, is a BookRooster Reviewer’s pick and  Alias: Mitzi & Mack is a humorous womens’ crime fiction set in South Florida.  She has been teaching and designing book covers for over five years.



Michael Meeske w/a VS Alexander

Michael Meeske w/a V. S. Alexander writes women’s historical fiction for Kensington Publishing and mysteries for Cleis Press. His first book for Kensington, The Magdalen Girls, is currently in its fourth printing since its release in January of 2017. His second, The Taster, will be released in February of 2018. Currently, he is writing a third novel for Kensington and a fourth is planned. Michael is the author of nine novels and numerous short stories. He writes across genres, including historical fiction, mystery, romance, horror and psychological suspense. 



DJ Niko

Daphne Nikolopoulos writes archaeological and historical thrillers under the pseudonym DJ Niko.  Her debut novel, The Tenth Saint, won the Gold Medal for popular fiction in the juried Florida Book Awards 2012 and inspired a series of thrillers based on the lead character, Sarah Weston.  A career journalist, she is also editor-in-chief of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group.  She is a native of Athens, Greece and resides in West Palm Beach FL. 


Randy Rawls
Randy Rawls is a retired U.S. Army officer and Department of Defense civilian where he served in an intelligence and security capacity.
He recently completed a term as President of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, an organization he has supported through voluntary positions since joining in 1999. He was the Chairman/Co-Chairman of SleuthFest, a premier mystery conference, for five years, during which time SleuthFest was a resounding success each year. He has thirteen published books and several short stories in various anthologies. Randy writes because he enjoys it and smiles, because life is fun.

 


Gloria Rothstein
Gloria Rothstein has been a switchboard operator, an Avon Lady, and a TV game show contestant. And she’s still hoping to add superhero, princess, and fairy godmother to her resume. She’s the author of Sheep Asleep (HarperCollins), a picture book PBS Parents calls “hysterical;” Real-Life Writing Activities, Read Across America, (Scholastic); “Curious George” cartoons; and more. Gloria has been a speaker at SCBWI events, the Miami Book Fair, the Willow Theatre, the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, and the Conference on Children’s Literature. She does writing workshops/camps at Sugar Sand, critiques manuscripts for SCBWI, and has publishing credits with Children’s Television Workshop, Harcourt, Holt, Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and others.


Brenda Serotte

Brenda Serotte grew up in the Bronx, earned her Masters in literature from Lehman College of The City University of New York, and her Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Miami as a James A. Michener Fellow. She’s in the Who’s Who of Translators for Ladino (ancient Spanish) poetry, has published a book of poems, The Blue Farm, and also a book club favorite memoir, The Fortune Teller’s Kiss, University of Nebraska Press. She teaches literature and writing part time at Nova Southeastern, and does memoir workshops for the library system.


Deborah Sharp

Deborah Sharp was a reporter for USA Today before turning her talents to writing fiction with a comical twist. Her latest book, Mama Gets Trashed, is the fifth in the Mace Bauer Mystery series. Foul play and fetish gear in little Himmarshee, Fla? Mama's blushing 50 shades of pink!  In reverse order, Book No. 4 is Mama Sees Stars (Midnight Ink, 2011). When a Hollywood film crew comes a'calling, Mama gets her close-up with murder! Things are just as
dicey in No. 3, Mama Gets Hitched (July 2010), when Mama ties the sacred knot of matrimony for the fifth time. What's a Bridezilla to do when the caterer winds up dead at the VFW, even before the first pig-in-a-blanket is passed?

 
Tom Swick

Thomas Swick was the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel from 1989-2008. He is the author of three books, the most recent being The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them, and his work has appeared in six editions of The Best American Travel Writing. He teaches an online travel writing course as part of the MFA program of Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.





Charles Todd
Charles Todd (the team of Caroline and Charles Todd a mother son writing team) is the New York Times and USA today best selling author of the Ian Rutledge Series, and Bess Crawford Series. This award winning team Todd has published thirty titles and over 20 short stories.  Racing the Devil is their latest Rutledge Mystery and The Shattered Tree is the latest in the Crawford Series. A Casualty of War (Crawford) will be released September 25th and The Trophy (Short Story) will appear in the September/October issue of Alfred Hitchcock Magazine.



Elaine Viets

Award-winning author Elaine Viets's mysteries span the full range of the genre: hardboiled, cozy, and funny, traditional mysteries. Elaine's 15th Dead-End Job mystery is The Art of Murder, featuring South Florida private detectives Helen Hawthorne and her husband, Phil Sagemont. She's also written ten Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper mysteries. Elaine began writing dark mysteries with the four-book Francesca Vierling newspaper series. In Brain Storm, the first novel in the Angela Richman, Death Investigator series, Elaine returns to her hardboiled roots and draws on her personal experiences as a stroke survivor, as well as her studies in the MedicoLegal Death Investigators Training Course at St. Louis University. Elaine is a director-at-large of the Mystery Writers of America and a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine as well as anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Lawrence Block. She has won the Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Awards.