Lisa Brackmann

Lisa Brackmann is the NYT best-selling author of the Ellie McEnroe crime fiction trilogy set in China — Rock Paper Tiger, Hour of the Rat, Dragon Day — and suspense novels Getaway, Go-Between and Black Swan Rising. Her books have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Strand Critic’s best first novel, SCIBA’s T. Jefferson Parker award, as well as landing on some “best of” lists, including  Amazon’s Top 100 Books of the Year and Top 10 Mystery/Thrillers. Her work has also appeared in San Diego Noir, The Wall Street Journal, Travel+Leisure, Salon, LARB, Murder-a-Go-Go's: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of The Go-Go's and CNET. In addition, Lisa teaches at San Diego Writers Ink, edits (including serving as co-editor of Sisters in Crime San Diego’s first anthology), crafts the occasional screenplay, ghost-writes and does explainers about foreign affairs. She’s been a keynote speaker at various writers’ conferences and writers’ groups and has done more panels at various events than she’s able to remember. In past lives, she was a teacher in China, an issues researcher for a presidential campaign, a mid-level film studio bureaucrat and the singer/songwriter/bassist in an LA rock band. She lives in San Diego with a cat, far too many books and a bass ukulele, and plays a regular bass in a local band. You can find her online at



Benjamin Buchholz is the author of the novel One Hundred and One Nights (Back Bay Books/Little, Brown), the nonfiction book Private Soldiers (Wisconsin Historical Society Press), two poetry chapbooks, Thirteen Stares (Magic Helicopter Press) and Windshield (BlazeVox Press). He is also co-author, with Sam Farran, of the memoir The Tightening Dark: An American Hostage in Yemen, (Hachette Books, forthcoming). His novel The Sirens of Manhattan (Bradley Publishing, forthcoming), was commissioned on-spec and will appear in 2020. Ben teaches fiction and novel writing through Gotham Writers' workshop on-line. His short fiction is featured in Storyglossia, Hobart, Mad Hatter’s Review, Eclectica, Identity Theory, AliceBlue Review and others and has been twice anthologized in the Dzanc Press Best of the Web collections. He writes the Path to Professionalizing column for The Writer magazine and the Stories from the City column for Burning Man's Jack Rabbit Speaks journal. He has published articles in Military Review magazine and Infantry magazine, served as a foreign area officer and U.S. Army attaché in Oman and Yemen and lectured at Princeton University. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed the Omani Royal Air Force Staff College in Arabic Language, and holds an MA in Near East Studies from Princeton University. He has just enrolled in a second MA program in Strategic Studies at the US Army War College and will deploy to South Sudan and Uzbekistan in 2020 and 2021. See for a full list of publications and other whatnots.


Dana Fredsti

DANA FREDSTI is the author of the Ashley Parker series—touted as Buffy meets the Walking Dead—as well as the urban fantasy series, Spawn of Lilith, and is co-author of the science fiction series, Time Shards. She also wrote the cozy noir mystery Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon, is co-author of The Joe Ledger Companion and What Women Really Want in Bed and has written several spicy genre romances under the pen name Inara LaVey.  She co-edited Demon Lovers, an anthology for Ravenous Romance, served as submissions editor for Weird Tales, and published multiple short stories in various anthologies, along with essays for the popular Morbid Curiosity ‘zine. In addition, she’s written articles for, Huffington Post, and numerous other online publications. Dana was also co-writer/associate producer on Urban Rescuers, a documentary on feral cats and TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return), which won Best Documentary at the 2003 Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles. She is also a freelance editor and script doctor and has co-written several optioned screenplays. Her Hollywood experience extends to the other side of the camera. Dana is an ex B-movie actress with a background in theatrical combat—a skill she utilized in Army of Darkness as a sword-fighting Deadite and fight captain. Through ten plus years of volunteering at Exotic Feline Breeding Facility/Feline Conservation Center, Dana’s had a full-grown leopard sit on her feet, been kissed by tigers, held baby jaguars and had her thumb sucked by an ocelot with nursing issues. She is the Marketing/Events Coordinator for the Clarke Historica Museum in Eureka, CA where she lives with her husband and fellow author David Fitzgerald. They share their 132-year-old Victorian house with their dog Pogeen, and a small horde of felines. Check out her website for more information and cute cat pictures.