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Featured Authors

We’re very proud of our relationship with our authors—it’s one based on mutual respect and trust as well as a commitment to producing the highest quality work and reading experience possible. They represent a broad spectrum of genres, styles and audiences—and each places a high value on their relationship with their readers.

Dana StabenowDana Stabenow

Dana is an award-winning Alaskan author who writes mystery, suspense and thriller, science fiction/fantasy, and most recently, historical novels. She’s undoubtedly best-known for her Alaska-based mysteries featuring Kate Shugak, the tough-as-nails private investigator. The first Kate Shugak novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar Award. Dana is currently at work on a three-volume historical adventure set along the ancient Silk Road. Look for book two, By the Shores of the Middle Sea, in the autumn of 2014.

All told, Dana has written over thirty novels and is an active blogger with a vibrant social media presence. For the official skinny, go to

Joe R. LansdaleJoe R. Lansdale

A native Texan, Joe has written many novels, novellas and short stories (even comic books) that span many genres—from Western, mystery and suspense to science fiction and horror—as well as several inventive and brilliant criss-crosses between all of them. He’s received many accolades for his work, including the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award and seven Bram Stoker Awards.

Joe’s work regularly features ironic or strange situations and characters, stinging and sometimes raw humor and whipsnap dialogue. Oh, he’s also an accomplished martial artist (a member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, no less) so we do pretty much what he tells us. Hit up Champion Joe’s website for more.

Steve AltenSteve Alten

Steve grew up in Philadelphia and has several degrees, including a Doctorate of Education from Temple University. His first novel—MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror—was written over many late nights and weekends while Steve worked a “real job” to support his family. On Friday the 13th, he lost his “real job,” but four days later landed a two-book publishing deal. MEG would eventually be sold in more than twenty countries, hit every major best seller list (#19 on the New York Times) and even become a popular radio series in Japan.

Since then, Steve has written several more books in the MEG series, as well as new novels and screen plays across a variety of genres and topics. Steve also launched the Adopt-an-Author non-profit program designed to encourage students to read. Check out his website for more details.

Warren MurphyWarren Murphy

Warren Murphy was born in Jersey City, where he worked in journalism and politics until launching the Destroyer series with Richard Sapir in 1971. A screenwriter (Lethal Weapon II, The Eiger Sanction) as well as a novelist, Murphy’s work has won a dozen national awards, including multiple Edgars and Shamuses. He has lectured at many colleges and universities, and is currently offering writing lessons at

A Korean War veteran, some of Murphy’s hobbies include golf, mathematics, opera, and investing. He has served on the board of the Mystery Writers of America, and has been a member of the Screenwriters Guild, the Private Eye Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the American Crime Writers League. He has five children: Deirdre, Megan, Brian, Ardath, and Devin.


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