Forsyth County Public Library invites you to the Blue Room at the Millennium Center Saturday morning at BOOKMARKS to talk mystery with three accomplished writers. Erica Spindler, Bonnie J. Doerr, and John Hart are our guests on the panel, from 11 – 11:45 a.m. in the Blue Room of The Millennium Center. In honor of the 2010 pick of The Maltese Falcon, these authors will discuss how to write a mystery. Erica will also speak in the Blue Room from 1 – 1:45 p.m. and John will do a program in the Speak Easy from 2 – 2:45 p.m. All programs are located in the basement of the Millennium Center.

More about our three guests…

Erica Spindler

Erica Spindler

Author Bio from BookMarks: A New York Times and international bestselling author, Erica Spindler’s skill for crafting engrossing plots and compelling characters has earned both critical praise and legions of fans. She is the author of Blood Vines, In Silence, Red, Breakneck, Copycat, Killer Takes All, Fortune, Last Known Victim, Forbidden Fruit, All Fall Down, Chances Are, Heaven Sent, Baby Mine, and more. Bone Cold won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence.

Listen to Erica introduce Last Known Victim as her response to Hurricane Katrina in a 2007 interview posted by Nola.com on YouTube. She has a great laugh.

Blood Vines

What do you call these little YouTube book teaser/commercialettes? The graphics in this one are wonderful–here, this will get you ready to read Erica’s Blood Vines. Give it a minute! And the author shares an excerpt from Chapter One of Blood Vines on her webpage.

Visit Erica’s webpage. Those YouTube videos are there, in addition to lots of event photos, books news, and a great feature on her recurring characters. Good stuff.

John Hart

John Hart

Author Bio from BookMarks: John Hart is the award-winning author of three New York Times bestsellers, The King of Lies, Down River, and The Last Child. These international bestsellers have been translated into 26 languages and published in over 30 countries. A graduate of Davidson College, Hart earned graduate degrees in accounting and law and worked as a banker, stockbroker and attorney. In 2009, he was awarded the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller of the year for The Last Child. In 2008, Down River won the Edgar Award for best mystery from the Mystery Writers of America.

Hart's The Last Child

In a 2007 interview at BookReporter.com John talks about setting his mysteries in Rowan County and developing a sense of place. And in this piece in the South Florida SunSentinel from 2009 he talks about the legal thriller as a genre. Visit John’s webpage where you can also enjoy Chapter One from The Last Child.

Bonnie J. Doerr

Bonnie Doerr

Author Bio from BookMarks: A lifetime educator, Bonnie J. Doerr, author of Island Sting, a 2011 nominee for YALSA’s crime scene list, and the forthcoming Stakeout, has taught students from kindergarten to college in eight states. Degrees in reading education, combined with a brief post as a science teacher, led her to write ecological mysteries celebrating “green” teens who take action. Years of teaching and living in the Florida Keys provided irresistible material. Her work has been honored by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) with a grant for its use in environmental education. When not nurturing her muse in the Florida Keys, she lives in a log cabin in North Carolina.

Doerr's Island Sting

You’ll find Bonnie online at her webpage. And don’t you like to share a great blog when you see one? This blog is a great find–Middle Grade Ninja–“A blog about reading and writing middle grade novels utilizing ninja stealth and skill.” Here’s their June review of Bonnie’s Island Sting, and an interview with the author.

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