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 Non Required 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.

C. “MICHELE” DORSEY is the author of the acclaimed Sabrina Salter mysteries set on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tropical Depression, the third in the series was recently published. No Virgin Island, first in the series, was followed by Permanent Sunset, which received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Michele is a lawyer, mediator, former adjunct law professor, and nurse, who didn’t know she could be a writer when she grew up. Now that she does, Michele writes constantly, whether on St John, outer Cape Cod, or anywhere within a mile of the ocean.  Michele has served on the boards of Sisters in Crime New England and Mystery Writers of America New England for many years. She was co-chair of the New England Crime Bake for three years.

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.​

EMILYA NAYMARK is the author of the novels Hide in Place and the upcoming Behind the Lie, out February 8, 2022.
Her short stories appear in A Stranger Comes to Town, edited by Michael Koryta, Secrets in the Water, After Midnight: Tales from the Graveyard Shift, River River Journal, Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories 2017, and 1+30: THE BEST OF MYSTORY. When not writing, Emilya works as a visual artist and reads massive quantities of psychological thrillers, suspense, and crime fiction. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family.

KEENAN POWELL is the Agatha, Lefty, and Silver Falchion nominated author of the Maeve Malloy Mystery series, Deadly Solution, Hemlock Needle, Hell and High Water. While still in high school, she was one of the illustrators of the original Dungeons and Dragons. Art seemed an impractical pursuit – not an heiress, wouldn’t marry well, hated teaching – so she went to law school instead. When not writing or practicing law, Keenan can be found oil painting, studying the Irish language, or hanging out with her friends at mystery conventions.

SHARON WARD is the author of In Deep and Sunken Death. She is an avid scuba diver. She was a PADI certified divemaster and has hundreds of dives under her weight belt. She wanted to share the joy and wonder of the underwater world–hence,  she wrote In Deep and Sunken Death. I hope you love them.

CATHERINE MAIORISI lives in New York City and often writes under the watchful eye of Edgar Allan Poe, in Edgar’s Café near her apartment. Catherine writes both mystery and romance novels and short stories. Her mystery, A Matter of Blood, was the very first fiction she wrote and the first in her planned NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli Mystery series. Over the next thirteen years, Catherine rewrote and edited that manuscript to bring it up to her standard for publication. While working on A Matter of Blood she continued to write new material, including the second in the NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli Mystery series, The Blood Runs Cold.