Heywood Gould is contributing the short story “He’ll Kill Again” to Killer Nashville Presents…First Kills. Gould is the author of eight novels, among them Cocktail, Fort Apache the Bronx, and Double Bang, which he adapted and directed for the screen. He was a Hammett Award finalist for Leading Lady and Greenlight for Murder, and his novel Serial Killer’s Daughter has been optioned for television. He has written nine movies, including Boys From Brazil and One Good Cop, which he also directed. He also rewrote the cult classic Rolling Thunder.
Blake Fontenay is contributing the short story “The Coal Torpedo” to Killer Nashville Presents…First Kills. Fontenay spent more than 25 years as a reporter, columnist and editorial writer for metropolitan daily newspapers – including the Sacramento Bee, (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, Orlando Sentinel and (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.
Since leaving the newspaper business, he has worked as the communications director for Tennessee’s Comptroller, Treasurer and Secretary of State. He is currently the coordinator for the Tri-Star Chronicles project at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
He has two published novels, “The Politics of Barbecue,” which won an Independent Publishers Book Awards gold medal for fiction in the South region, and “Scouts’ Honor.”
Robert Dugoni is contributing the short story “A Matter of Honor” to Killer Nashville Presents…First Kills.
Dugoni is the #1 Amazon and New York Times Bestselling Author of eight novels. His latest, My Sister’s Grave, was nominated for the Harper Lee Award for legal fiction (his second nomination) the International Thriller Writers thriller of the year and the Nancy Pearl Award. Amazon, Library Journal and Suspense Magazine also chose it as a 2014 Best Book of the Year. Dugoni is also the author of the best-selling David Sloane series, The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One and The Conviction, as well as the stand-alone novel Damage Control and the expose, The Cyanide Canary. His books have twice been recognized by the Los Angeles Times as a top five thriller of the year.
Paula Gail Benson is contributing the short story “A Matter of Honor” to Killer Nashville Presents…First Kills.
A legislative attorney and former law librarian, Benson’s short stories have appeared in Kings River Life, the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Mystery Times Ten 2013 (Buddhapuss Ink), A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder (Dark Oak Press and Media 2014), A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman (Mozark Press 2014), and Fish or Cut Bait: a Guppy Anthology (Wildside Press 2015). Benson regularly blogs about writing mysteries. Her personal blog is Little Sources of Joy and you can visit her website here.
Jeffery Deaver is contributing the short story “Repressed” to Killer Nashville Presents…First Kills. A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages.
The author of thirty-seven novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, and a lyricist of a country-western album, he’s received or been shortlisted for dozens of awards. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller The Broken Window and a stand-alone, Edge, were also nominated for that prize.
Daco is contributing the short story “The Virgo Affair” to Killer Nashville Presents…First Kills.
Daco is a writer and attorney in Huntsville, Alabama. Her international-spy thriller, The Libra Affair (April 2013), was an Amazon #1 Bestseller (Suspense, Romantic Suspense). According to Publishers Weekly, The Libra Affair “intrigues with fast-paced, high-stakes action that forces the take-charge heroine to balance her clandestine mission with obligations to her heart.” Her short story The Pisces Affair, also featuring Jordan Jakes, is a 2015 Semi-Finalist, Florida Writers Royal Palm Literary Awards. Publishers Weekly says of The Pisces Affair, “Jakes is a lively and witty narrator with the wits and skills of James Bond, and readers will savor her fresh perspective on being a woman in the male-dominated spy world.” Daco is a member of International Thriller Writers, Killer Nashville, and the Florida Writers.
C. Hope Clark is contributing the short story “Rich Talk” to Killer Nashville Presents…First Kills. Clark pens Southern crime fiction with two series under her belt, “The Carolina Slade Mysteries” and “The Edisto Island Mysteries,” published with Bell Bridge Books. She is also the editor of FundsforWriters.com, a resource for writers honored by Writer’s Digest for its “101 Best Websites for Writers” for over a decade. Hope speaks across the country about writing and mysteries and is known for her motivational voice. She lives on Lake Murray in central South Carolina when she isn’t at Edisto Beach.
Dana Chamblee Carpenter is contributing the short story “Lullabies and Lightning Storms” to Killer Nashville Presents…First Kills. Carpenter’s debut novel, Bohemian Gospel, won Killer Nashville’s 2014 Claymore Award and was published by Pegasus Books in November 2015. Pegasus Books published its sequel, The Devil’s Bible, in March of 2017. She teaches creative writing and American Literature at a university in Nashville, TN, where she lives with her husband and two children. You can catch up with her at all the usual places—Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—or at danachambleecarpenter.com.
Mary Burton is contributing the short story “The Keepsake” to Killer Nashville Presents…First Kills.
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author, Burton’s latest romantic suspense novels include Cover Your Eyes and Be Afraid, which features the Morgans, a preeminent law enforcement family in Nashville. The third in the series is I’ll Never Let You Go (November 2015) and the fourth is Vulnerable (April 2016). The author of twenty-six published novels and five novellas, Burton is a member of International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. A Richmond, Virginia native, Mary has made her home there for most of her life.
The late Donald Bain has contributed the short story “The Hunt for Skippy Walker” to Killer Nashville Presents…First Kills. Donald Bain was the author/ghostwriter of over 120 books, including the bestselling “Murder, She Wrote” series of 45 murder mysteries, 28 novels in Margaret Truman’s Capital Crime series, and Coffee, Tea or Me? which sold more 5-million copies worldwide. His autobiography, Murder HE Wrote: A Successful Writer’s Life, was published in 2006. A Purdue graduate, he was named a Distinguished Alumni. Other writing includes westerns, investigative journalism, biographies, historical romance, crime novels, and comedies. Bain was the 2014 recipient of the Killer Nashville John Seigenthaler Legends Award.