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Why Write Mystery Fiction? September Mystery Panel with Alison Gaylin, Carol Goodman, and Erica Obey
Erica Obey is the author, most recently, of the historical mystery The Horseman’s Word, as well as the IPPY and Foremost Indie award-winning The Curse of the Braddock Brides, which Publisher’s Weekly described as “a smoothly unfolding, satisfyingly twisty tale.” She has also published two other novels, Back to the Garden and The Lazarus Vector, a paranormal mystery that Publisher’s Weekly called “fascinating” in a starred review, as well as scholarly work on 19th-century female folklorists. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and taught courses on Arthurian romance, fantasy and mystery fiction at the college level, before she decided that she’d rather be writing the stories herself. There are two places you can find Erica when she isn’t writing: covered in mud in her far-too-ambitious garden or hiking the Catskills in search of ghosties and ghoulies and other things that go bump in the night.
USA Today and International Best-selling author Alison Gaylin has been nominated for the Edgar four times. Most recently, her thriller IF I DIE TONIGHT, won the award in the category Best Paperback Original. Her critically acclaimed suspense novels have been published in such countries as the U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan and Romania. She has won the Shamus and RT Reviewers Choice Awards for her books, and has been nominated for the ITW Thriller, Anthony and Strand Book Awards. Her books have been on the bestseller lists in the US, Germany and Belgium. Her current novel Don't Look Back was released this July.
Carol Goodman is the author of twenty-one novels, including The Lake of Dead Languages and The Seduction of Water, which won the 2003 Hammett Prize, and The Widow’s House, which won the 2018 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family, and teaches literature and writing at The New School and SUNY New Paltz. Her latest novel is The Night Visitors.