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Catherine Coulter is the author of over 84 novels, including 79 New York Times bestsellers, occasionally, after exhaustive prayers, hitting #1. She earned her reputation writing historical romances to pass the time while aboard the ark. She added suspense thrillers to her repertoire – with great success. The Cove, the first book in her bestselling "FBI Suspense Thriller Series" spent nine weeks on the New York Times list and has to date sold well over 3 million copies. Since then she’s written more bestselling thrillers in the FBI series, including The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, Tailspin, Knockout, Whiplash, Split Second, Backfire, Bombshell, Power Play, Nemesis, Insidious, Enigma, Paradox, and Labyrinth. Her 24th FBI thriller DEADLOCK is set to be released July 28, 2020 in all formats. Coulter also has another suspense thriller series – A Brit in the FBI – co-written with bestselling author JT Ellison. The 6th book in this action-packed series, The Last Second, is available now in all formats
For Coulter's first novel, The Autumn Countess, she chose a Regency setting for her debut because, says Coulter, "as any published author will tell you, it's best to limit the unknowns in a first book, and not only had I grown up reading Georgette Heyer, whom I worship, but I earned my M.A. degree in early 19th century European History and could fight in Napoleon's army, or join the Allies and beat his butt with Wellington."
Following The Autumn Countess, Coulter wrote six more Regency romances. She then turned to long historicals and eventually interspersed them with contemporary suspense novels, beginning with False Pretenses in 1988, her very first hardcover.
Coulter grew up on a horse ranch in Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas, receiving her graduate degree from Boston College. She became a speechwriter on Wall Street, then, to her joy, she was able to quit her day job and become a full-time writer.
Pamela Samuels Young
Attorney and award-winning author Pamela Samuels Young writes fast-paced legal thrillers that tackle important social issues. Her novel Anybody’s Daughter, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction, provides an eye-opening look into the world of child sex trafficking. Her latest legal thriller, Failure to Protect, takes on the bullying epidemic and it’s devastating aftermath.
Prior to embarking on a full-time writing career, Pamela worked as an attorney for O’Melveny & Myers LLP and served as Managing counsel for Toyota, specializing in employment law. The prolific author of more than a dozen books also writes dangerously sexy romantic suspense under the pen name Sassy Sinclair. A former news writer and associate producer for KCBS-TV, Pamela received a bachelor’s degree from USC and also earned graduate degrees from Northwestern University and UC Berkeley School of Law.
The Compton native is a frequent speaker on the topics of child sex trafficking, bullying, online safety, and pursuing your passion at any age. Visit her website www.PamelaSamuelsYoung.com.
Ryan McCulloch and Suzanne Cotsakos
Ryan McCulloch is the Chief Artist & Designer and Co-Head Writer of Mutasian Entertainment, a children’s entertainment company. Since its conception, Ryan has designed the multitude of original characters and critters inhabiting the island of Mutasia. He has illustrated several books in Mutasia’s award-winning children’s book series, including: Land of Illogical & Utterly Impossible Critters, Figley’s New Favorite Food, The Nib Book, and A Nib Christmas. In spring 2017, he co-authored and illustrated Mutasia’s “#1 New Release” on Amazon, Figley’s Search for the Perfect Pet, followed by the award winning titles: Figley’s Little White Lie in fall 2017 and Figley vs. the Mookling Hat in 2018. Additionally, Ryan worked on the production of Mutasia’s first animated special, The Mish Mash Bash, and Mutasia’s music album Nature Calls: Songs from Mutasia. On both projects he voices Chadwick, a character that is a mix of cheetah, elephant, and frog.
Ryan is an award-winning clay-animator whose animations have screened at numerous film festivals, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., HBO, HBO Family, and more. He has produced an educational film for the Partnership for a Drug Free America and environmental commercials in Northern California.
Suzanne Cotsakos Suzanne Cotsakos is co-founder and Co-Head writer for Mutasia, a children’s entertainment company. Suzanne is also the award winning co-founder of Tertiary Productions, an independent film production company, and a main company member of the comedy troupe Duchess Riot, which has been voted “Best Theatre Group” on LA Hotlist for the last four years. The first book that Suzanne co-authored in the Mutasia children’s book series, ‘Figley’s New Favorite Food,’ was awarded the “Mom’s Choice Gold Seal Award” as well as “Honorable Mention” at the Los Angeles and Pacific Rim Book Festivals. The second book she co-authored, ‘Land of Illogical & Utterly Impossible Critters,’ also received a “Mom’s Choice Gold Seal Award.”
In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, and China Dolls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the strong bonds between women. These books have been celebrated for their authentic, deeply researched, lyrical stories about Chinese characters and cultures. Now, in The Island of Sea Women, Ms. See writes about the free-diving women of South Korea’s Jeju Island. Booklistcalled The Island of Sea Women“stupendous… enthralling…and engrossing.” Jodi Picoult has given her praise: “Lisa See excels at mining the intersection of family, friendship and history, and in her newest novel, she reaches new depths exploring the matrifocal haenyeo society in Korea, caught between tradition and modernization. This novel spans wars and generations, but at its heart is a beautifully rendered story of two women whose individual choices become inextricably tangled.” Independent booksellers honored the novel by selecting it as an Indie Next pick, while Barnes & Noble chose the novel for its nationwide March 2019 Book Club.
Ms. See has always been intrigued by stories that have been lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up, whether in the past or happening right now in the world today. For Snow Flower, she traveled to a remote area of China—where she was told she was only the second foreigner ever to visit—to research the secret writing invented, used, and kept a secret by women for over a thousand years. Amy Tan called the novel “achingly beautiful, a marvel of imagination.” Others agreed, and foreign-language rights for Snow Flower were sold to 39 countries. The novel also became a New York Timesbestseller, a Booksense Number One Pick, has won numerous awards domestically and internationally, and was made into a feature film produced by Fox Searchlight.
Sheldon Siegel is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon best-selling author of the critically acclaimed legal thriller series featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez, who have been described as two of the most compelling characters in contemporary crime fiction. His latest novel is THE DREAMER. He is also the author of the thriller novel THE TERRORIST NEXT DOOR featuring Chicago homicide detectives David Gold and A.C. Battle. His books have been translated into a dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide.
A native of Chicago, Sheldon earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1980, and his law degree at UC-Berkeley in 1983. He specializes in corporate and securities law with the San Francisco office of the international law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.
Sheldon began writing his first book, SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, on a laptop computer during his daily commute on the ferry from Marin County to San Francisco. A frequent speaker and sought-after teacher, Sheldon is a San Francisco Library Literary Laureate, a member of the national Board of Directors and the past President of the Northern California chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and an active member of the International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. His work has been displayed at the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley, and he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Illinois and a Northern California Super Lawyer