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Melissa LenhardtMelissa Lenhardt writes mystery, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Heater Mystery Magazine, The Western Online, and Christmas Nookies, a holiday romance anthology. Her debut novel, Stillwater, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest. She is a board member of the DFW Writers’ Workshop and president of the Sisters in Crime North Dallas Chapter. Melissa lives in Texas, with her husband and two sons.


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Pam McWilliams lived and worked in New York City during her early career in PR and on Wall Street, but she’s lived in the Dallas area long enough to have raised two sons, two Golden Retrievers, and one husband. She’s passionate about any good read but writes mysteries; so far her fiction has appeared in Shooter Literary Magazine and the mystery anthology Murder Across the Map. Pam blogs about the arts in Shouts from a Third Act.



Charlotte Gruber, Sisters in Crime North DallasCharlotte Gruber has loved to read her whole life. Growing up, she hoped to live the exciting life of a protagonist–instead, she found herself working as an exercise jockey, women’s apparel buyer, Registered Nurse, and auctioneer. She brings this checkered past to her crime fiction novels. She’s a member of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, where she serves as newsletter editor. A third generation Texan, Charlotte lives in Dallas with her husband, daughter, and two very crazy dogs.

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Barbara Spencer enjoyed careers in newspaper and in advertising, and then creating and presenting corporate training manuals, materials and other business communications for a Fortune 500 company before deciding to pursue her true love of writing fiction, especially mysteries. While her completed novel, “Family Business”, is in its last edit before traveling the circuit looking for a publisher to love it enough to house it, she spends time on a follow-up novel and short stories. A Frisco resident, she has three outstanding adult daughters, three perfectly wonderful grandchildren and one adorable fur baby.

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Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, Texas. Her debut novel, Board Stiff, was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. It features Elliott Lisbon, a mostly amateur sleuth who is only 5000 hours away from getting her PI license. Kendel is the Vice President of Sisters in Crime, the Immediate Past President of SinC North Dallas, the Vice Chair of Bouchercon Dallas, and the Managing Editor of Henery Press, a mid-sized press with a primary focus on mysteries from cozies and crime capers to paranormals and PIs.


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David Douglas was born and raised in Jonesboro, AR, and has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree from Arkansas State University. After college, he spent several years working as website developer, but in 2014, he moved to Texas and began pursuing his dream of a career as a writer. His first success came from the short story, The Bruised Banana, which won awards in two Texas writing competitions. Presently, David is continuing work on his first novel, a romance/mystery set in Texas, and is an active member in several writers organizations. His future plans include writing more short stories, a sequel to his first novel, and his ultimate goal is to write an acclaimed theatrical play.