“Authors from Sisters in Crime, a national organization of mystery and thriller authors, will talk about how great fiction starts in the real world.
Connie Johnson Hambley writes high-concept thrillers featuring remarkable women entangled in modern-day crimes. Growing up on a dairy farm would have been idyllic if an arsonist hadn’t burned her family’s barn down. Bucolic bubble burst, she began to steadfastly plot her fictional revenge after receiving her law degree from Vermont Law School. She has written for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Nature, and more. She honed her skills of storytelling with vivid characters and stories that feel too real to be fiction in her suspense novels, and her short story, Giving Voice, won acceptance in New England’s Best Crime Stories: Windward. Join Connie as she moderates “We’re Not Making This Up,” a discussion of how authors use threads of real life to weave better stories. Learn more at www.conniejohnsonhambley.com.
Roberta (Robbie) Harold is a novelist, poet and non-fiction writer from Montpelier, Vermont. As R.A. Harold, she is the author of two historical mysteries, Heron Island, set in Vermont, and its sequel, Murdered Sleep, set in Washington, DC. Murdered Sleep won the 2015 Genre Fiction award from the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE). Her work has been published in Vermont Life, Hunger Mountain, Synezoma, and South Carolina Review. A 2001 graduate of Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, she won its Robert Haiduke Poetry Prize in 1999. She is a frequent contributor of articles and reviews to the Montpelier Bridge and is active in community theater. She is currently at work on two new novels, neither of them mysteries (except, at this point, to herself).
Born in Sacramento, California, Kate George has crisscrossed the continent, living in places like Catalina Island, Vancouver, British Columbia and Vermont. She currently lives miles from anywhere content to write mystery and romance surrounded by her dogs (3) and children (4). She has published two Bree MacGowan mysteries, Moonlighting in Vermont and California Schemin’ and is currently working on the third in the series.”