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Mary Higgins Clark was the first suspense writer whose work I fell in love with. I don’t remember quite how I found her books, but it was somewhere around age 10 or 11. Certainly, I’d known her name for a while; the “Queen of Suspense” was an icon of every bookstore, supermarket mass-market paperback section, and library front table.

Alena Dillon

Alena Dillon's work has appeared in Slice Magazine, The Rumpus and Seventh Wave, among others. She earned her MFA from Fairfield University. MERCY HOUSE is her debut novel. She lives on the north shore of Boston with her husband, son and their black labrador, Penny.

Liz Moore

Liz Moore is the author of the acclaimed novels HEFT and THE UNSEEN WORLD. A winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Philadelphia.

Jean Kwok

Jean Kwok is the New York Times and international bestselling author of SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE, MAMBO IN CHINATOWN and GIRL IN TRANSLATION. Her work has been published in 18 countries and is taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honors, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist.

Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali, born in Turkey to Iranian parents, spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran and the United States. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley, Columbia University and New York University. Her work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in two anthologies: TREMORS and LET ME TELL YOU WHERE I'VE BEEN. An excerpt from THE STATIONERY SHOP was published in Solstice Literary Magazine and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sarah McCoy

Sarah McCoy is the New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES; THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN; THE BAKER'S DAUGHTER, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; THE TIME IT SNOWED IN PUERTO RICO; the novella “The Branch of Hazel” in GRAND CENTRAL; and LE SOUFFLE DES FEUILLES ET DES PROMESSES, a French exclusive title.

Wendy Wax

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax “writes with breezy wit and keen insight.” Her contemporary women’s fiction explores family, friendship and self-discovery and has been compared to that of Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green and Mary Alice Monroe.

Kim Michele Richardson

Kim Michele Richardson was born in Kentucky and resides part-time in Western North Carolina. Her works include LIAR'S BENCH, GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD and THE SISTERS OF GLASS FERRY. THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK is her fourth novel.

Donis Casey

Donis Casey is the author of 10 Alafair Tucker mysteries. This award-winning series, featuring the sleuthing mother of 10 children, is set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s. Donis has twice won the Arizona Book Award for her series, and been a finalist for the Willa Award and a seven-time finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Her first novel, THE OLD BUZZARD HAD IT COMING, was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book in 2008. Donis is a former teacher, academic librarian and entrepreneur. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.