About The Authors


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


Francine Mathews

Francine Mathews, who also writes as Stephanie Barron, is the author of 25 novels of mystery and suspense. A graduate of Princeton and Stanford, she spent four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA, where she was trained in paramilitary and tradecraft techniques; worked on the investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland; crafted psychological profiles of world leaders; and debriefed former President George H. W. Bush. She lives in Denver with her husband and two sons. www.francinemathews.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. 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. Please visit her website: www.karnabodman.com


Chris Goff

An award-winning mystery author, Goff began her career as a newspaper columnist and later published six books in the bestselling Birdwatcher’s Mystery series. Switching genres, her debut international thriller, DARK WATERS (Crooked Lane Books, September 2015), was a nominee for the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Crime Fiction Audiobook, a finalist for both the 2016 Colorado Book Award and 2016 Colorado Authors' League Award, and was published internationally. Her second in the Raisa Jordan thriller series, RED SKY, is scheduled for release on June 13, 2017. Goff has taught writing workshops nationally and internationally, and is active in a number of writers’ organizations. She lives in Colorado, and is currently at work on a third thriller. www.christinegoff.com


Jamie Freveletti


Jamie Freveletti is an internationally bestselling, ITW and Barry award winning author of six novels, four short stories and is published in four languages. The first in 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 is the author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janus Reprisal released in 2012 and The Geneva Strategy, released in February, 2015. She’s a contributor, along with Lee Child, Sara Paretsky and Laurie King, among others, to the 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. The anthology released in March, 2017. The next in her Emma Caldridge series, Blood Run, will launch in October, 2017. She is a former lawyer, avid distance runner and black belt in aikido, a Japanese martial art. She lives in Chicago with her family. www.jamiefreveletti.com


Sonja Stone

Sonja Stone developed a taste for life on the lam at an early age, as her family moved to more than a dozen small towns across the country and abroad before she turned fifteen. She collected intel on psychology and creative writing from Washington College, trained at Le Cordon Bleu for a cover job as head pastry chef, and completed a handful of courses at the same survival school where Tom Hanks prepared for Cast Away. Currently, she’s raising two covert agents masquerading as typical teenagers. Just to be safe, Sonja’s learned to throw knives, fire guns, and navigate the desert, because…well, you never know. Her debut novel, Desert Dark, a young adult thriller, was released in April, 2016. When she’s not stalking coyote through the desert, she’s working on the sequel, slated for release in the fall of 2017. www.sonjastone.com


S. Lee Manning

S. Lee Manning spent two years as managing editor of Law Enforcement Communications before realizing that lawyers make a lot more money. A subsequent career as an attorney spanned from a first tier New York law firm, to working for the State of New Jersey, to solo practice. In 2001, Manning agreed to chair New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NJADP), writing articles on the risk of wrongful execution and arguing against the death penalty on radio and television in the years leading up to its abolition. She also published literary short stories, winning the Cincinnati Mercantile Library short story contest. Currently, she is a full-time writer, living in Vermont. 

Trojan Horse is the first Kolya Petrov thriller. www.sleemanning.com