Author Bios


Gayle Lynds

New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of ten international espionage novels, including The Assassins, The Book of Spies, and The Last Spymaster. Gayle’s career began with her short stories being published in literary journals while she also wrote male pulp novels. Since then, her books have won numerous awards. Publishers Weekly lists her thriller Masquerade among the top ten spy novels of all time. Library Journal hails her as “the reigning queen of espionage fiction.” Lee Child says she’s “today’s best espionage writer.” The Associated Press calls her “a master of the Modern Cold War spy thriller.” With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series. The first—The Hades Factor—was a CBS miniseries. A member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, she is co-founder (with David Morrell) of International Thriller Writers, Inc. She lives in Maine with her husband and two bossy geriatric cats. www.gaylelynds.com



KJ Howe

Travel and adventure are high on KJ’s priority list, including racing camels in Jordan, surfing in Hawaii, ziplining in the Costa Rican jungle, diving alongside Great White Sharks in South Africa, studying modern combat in Arizona, and working with elephants in Botswana. Home is Toronto, Canada, but she is often missing in action.
KJ Howe is the Executive Director of the International Thriller Writers’ annual conference, ThrillerFest. She holds a Specialists Degree in Business as well as a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction. She writes The Freedom Broker series, which features elite kidnap negotiator Thea Paris. KJ spent extensive time researching the dark world of kidnapping, interviewing former hostages, negotiators, hostage reintegration experts, special forces operatives, and K&R insurance executives. www.kjhowe.com



Robin Burcell

New York Times Bestselling author Robin Burcell spent nearly three decades working in law enforcement as a police officer, forensic artist and hostage negotiator. The fifth book in her FBI forensic artist series, The Kill Order, was named as one of Library Journal’s Best Thrillers of 2014. The Last Good Place, released in 2015 was a continuation of the late Carolyn Weston series on which The Streets of San Francisco TV show was based. Burcell also co-writes with Clive Cussler in the Fargo series. The Gray Ghost came out June 2018, and The Oracle in May 2019. www.robinburcell.com



Karna Small Bodman

Karna Small Bodman is the author of four international thrillers that have hit “#1 in Thrillers” on Amazon and won several awards. Karna’s new international thriller is Trust but Verify, and her four previous thrillers have been revised, updated and are being re-released. They are Checkmate, Gambit, Final Finesse and Castle Bravo.
Her novels have been described by, among others, Lee Child as “Gripping and Authentic,” by Nelson DeMille as “Frightening with the crystal ring of truth,” by Tess Gerritsen as “High stakes thrillers,” and by Christopher Reich as “Smart, slick, and exciting as hell.” These stories were inspired by Karna’s six years serving in The White House, first as Deputy Press Secretary, later as Senior Director and Spokesman for the National Security Council where she was the highest-ranking woman on the White House staff. She also was on the air for 15 years as a TV reporter and anchor in San Francisco and Washington, DC and did political commentary for the ABC Network in New York. www.karnabodman.com



Chris Goff

Chris Goff is the award-winning, Anthony-nominated author of eight novels—six mysteries based on environmental themes, and two international thrillers featuring Diplomatic Security Service Agent Raisa Jordan. Goff's most recent release, RED SKY, set in Ukraine and Asia, was a 2018 Colorado Book Award Finalist.  Her debut thriller, DARK WATERS, set in Tel Aviv amid the Israel-Palestine conflict, was a finalist for a 2016 Colorado Book Award, Colorado Authors’ League Award and Anthony Award for Best Crime Audiobook. A former journalist, Goff also edited rock and ice-climbing guides for Chockstone Press and worked in graphic production for “Living the Good News,” a division of The Morehouse Publishing Group. A long-standing member of multiple writing organizations, she currently serves on the national boards of the International Association of Crime Writers, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. An intrepid traveler, when not hard at work at her desk, Goff may be found frolicking in the waves in Kauai, sailing off the coast of Maine, kayaking rivers in Michigan, or strolling among the penguins in Antarctica.  www.christinegoff.com



Jamie Freveletti

Jamie Freveletti is an internationally bestselling and award winning author of seven novels, four short stories and is published in four languages. Her Emma Caldridge series won an International Thriller Writers Best First Novel award, a Barry award, was a VOX media pick in Germany and an international bestseller. In addition to her own novels, the Estate of Robert Ludlum has asked her to write for his Covert One series. She's the author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janus Reprisal and The Geneva Strategy. In addition to her fiction, she’s a contributor to the 2017 non-fiction anthology, Anatomy of Innocence, Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted edited by Laura Caldwell, of the Life After Innocence project, and Leslie Klinger, author. She is a former trial attorney with a diploma in international studies, an avid distance runner, and a black belt in aikido, a Japanese martial art. She lives in Chicago with her family. www.jamiefreveletti.com



Lisa Black

Lisa Black has spent over twenty years in forensic science, first at the coroner’s office in Cleveland Ohio and now as a certified latent print examiner and CSI at a Florida police department. Her books have been translated into six languages, one reached the New York Times Bestseller’s list and one has been optioned for film. The first two, written as Elizabeth Becka, were followed by seven Theresa MacLean forensic thrillers. Her current Gardiner & Renner series includes That Darkness, Unpunished, Perish, and, in August 2018, Suffer the Children. www.lisa-black.com




Lynne Constantine

Lynne Constantine is an internationally bestselling author who writes as Liv Constantine with her sister Valerie. Their debut thriller, THE LAST MRS. PARRISH, was a Reese Witherspoon book club selection, a People Magazine book of the week, and a Target book club selection. Their latest book, THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU, was published in May. Both are in development for film/tv. She also writes solo as L.C. Shaw and her next thriller, THE NETWORK, is coming out in December. Lynne’s work has been translated into 27 foreign languages. She is a former marketing executive with a Master’s in Business from Johns Hopkins University. When Lynne’s not writing, you can find her curled up with her Labrador and Golden Retrievers reading a good book. www.livconstantine.comwww.lcshawauthor.com



Valerie Constantine

Valerie Constantine is half of the writing duo of Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Selection and published in twenty-seven languages. Their latest thriller, The Last Time I Saw You, is described by the Providence Journal as “a terrific tale of brooding noir that echoes Patricia Highsmith and her classic Ripley series, as complex as it is ambitious.” Both books are in development for film and television. She is active in Assistance League of the Chesapeake, a non-profit organization meeting needs in the community, and the Caritas Society of St. John’s College, which provides financial aid to students. Early in her career she served as a White House Assistant in the President’s Scheduling and Advance Office. She has a degree in English Literature. Constantine lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and Zorba, their brilliant Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. When she’s not writing, you won’t find her, as she and her husband will be traveling to some far away destination. www.livconstantine.com