Miss Demeanors is a group of mystery and suspense writers who– when not killing off characters–let their better angels share tidbits about writing, reading and research.
Who are the Miss Demeanors?
CONNIE BERRY, author of the Kate Hamilton Mystery series set in the UK, was born in Wisconsin to second-generation immigrants from Scandinavia and the British Isles. Like her main character, Connie grew up in the world of fine antiques. Her parents, unrepentant antique fanatics, eventually opened a shop, not because they wanted to sell antiques but because they needed a plausible excuse to keep buying them. Besides writing and her family, Connie loves foreign travel, cute animals, and all things British. She has degrees in English from DePauw University and The Ohio State University. She also studied at the University of Freiburg in southern Germany and St. Clare’s College in Oxford, England. Connie is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and is on the board of her local SinC chapter, Buckeye Crime Writers. Connie lives in Ohio with her husband, Bob, and adorable dog, Millie.
SUSAN BREEN is the author of the Maggie Dove mysteries. The first, Maggie Dove, was published by a digital imprint of Penguin Random House on June 14, 2016. The sequel, Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency, came out on October. 18, 2016. Susan’s short stories and essays have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, American Literary Review and anderbo.com, among other publications. One of her stories was selected for inclusion in Best American NonRequired Reading. She is also a proud finalist in the Writer’s Policy Academy Golden Donut story competition. Susan’s first novel, The Fiction Class, won a Washington Irving Award from the Westchester Library Association. Susan teaches creative writing at Gotham Writers in Manhattan. She’s also on the faculty of the New York Pitch Conference and New York Writers Workshop. She lives in a small village in the Hudson Valley with her husband, two dogs (cockapoos) and a cat. Her three grown children are flourishing elsewhere.
LA CHANDLAR is a 2019 Agatha nominated, National Best Selling author with Kensington Publishing. Her debut novel, The Silver Gun – Book One in the Art Deco Mystery Series debuted in 2017. The Gold Pawn (Best Historical Agatha Nominated, Silver Falchion Finalist) released in 2018, and Book 3, the Pearl Dagger, released September 2019. Laurie takes a fresh lookout the innovative and artful side of 1930s New York City and features mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Her Fight To Keep Creativity Alive series focuses on creativity and how it helps work play and live more fully. Laurie lives in New York City with her family.
C. “MICHELE” DORSEY is the author of the acclaimed Sabrina Salter mysteries set on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. No Virgin Island, the first in the series, was published by Crooked Lane Books in 2015. Permanent Sunset, the second in the series, released in October 2016 and received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Michele is also a lawyer, mediator and adjunct professor of law, who finds inspiration and serenity on the island of St. John and on Cape Cod, where she and her husband divide their time. Michele is the Vice-President of Mystery Writers of New England, Co-Chair of the New England Crime Bake, and served for many years on the board of Sisters in Crime New England.
ALEXIA GORDON is the author of paranormal mysteries starring Gethsemane Brown, an African-American classical musician, stranded in Ireland. The first in the series, Murder in G Major, was published in Sept. 2016. Alexia won her first writing prize in the 6th grade. She continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She established her medical career then returned to writing fiction. Raised in the southeast, schooled in the northeast, she relocated to the west where she completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program. She admits Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. She practices medicine in El Paso. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.
TRACEE DE HAHN is the author of the Agnes Lüthi Mysteries published by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books. The first in the series, Swiss Vendetta, released 2017, followed by A Well Timed Murder. She serves on the national board of Sisters in Crime and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Tracee was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and spent most of her youth in Kentucky. After receiving degrees in Architecture and European history from the University of Kentucky she moved to Switzerland with her husband. Currently they and their two Jack Russell terriers live in Virginia.
ROBIN C. STUART is a veteran cyber crime investigator and contributing author to the NorCal Sisters in Crime short story anthology, Fault Lines, coming March 2019. Her non-fiction work includes contributing to Handbook for Information Security (John Wiley & Sons, 2006). She consults on all things cyber security for Fortune 100 companies, screenwriters, media outlets including BBC and NowThis News, and appears on panels at writers’ conferences including Left Coast Crime and Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference. Robin was a significant contributor to the Tech Museum of Innovation’s acclaimed Cyber Detectives interactive installation, one of the museum’s most popular permanent exhibits, which earned praise from the Obama Administration. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.