Speakers Bureau


Florida Chapter of MWA members are available to speak at community groups, conferences, workshops, bookstores, libraries, book festivals, schools and more. Our authors can discuss any aspect of writing, teach workshops, or entertain with anecdotes of the writing life.

While an honorarium and/or travel expense reimbursement is always welcome, many authors are willing to speak within a certain radius without charging local groups. Contact our authors, regardless of your resources, and express your desire for them to share their talents with your group. Opportunities to sell our books at the event would be appreciated.

Please contact each author individually to discuss terms and speaking topics. Those mentioned below are suggestions only. For a definition of membership status, Click Here.

Nancy J. Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day Mystery SeriesNancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, won a Readers’ Favorite gold medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy is also the author of the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. A frequent speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, she is past president of FMWA. Speaking topics include How to Get Published, Writing the Cozy Mystery, Book Promotion on a Budget, Developing a Mystery Series and more. Active Status Member. http://nancyjcohen.com

Lesley Diehl

Lesley A. Diehl writes cozy mysteries and has both self-published and published with four small presses. She has a Ph.D. in psychology, which has helped her create interesting and provocative characters. Lesley inserts humor into her work because it’s “fun for me, fun for the reader and just plain healthy to do.” Speaking topics include Humor in Murder Mysteries, Retirement is Murder and The Psychology behind Writing a Mystery. Affiliate Member. http://www.lesleydadiehl.com


Dallas GorhamDallas Gorham lives in Florida where he has followed his lifelong love of reading mysteries and thrillers into writing them. He is a member of the Florida Writers Association and Mystery Writers of America. Dallas has spoken for professional audiences on marketing and management of public accounting firms. As a fiction writer, he has served as a moderator at the annual SleuthFest conference and has spoken to the Golden Triangle Kiwanis Club. He has written one short story and seven mystery/thriller novels featuring his fictional Private Investigator, Carlos McCrary. When not writing fiction, Dallas is a frequent (but bad) golfer. Dallas is married, and he and his wife have visited all 50 states and over 90 foreign countries. Speaking topics include self-publishing and the craft of writing, such as plot development, character creation, writing realistic dialog, and crafting hooks. Affiliate Member. http://www.DallasGorham.com

Barbara FoxBarbara Fox is the author of the “Inn” mystery series and of Murder Is Served, a collection of short mysteries in which the reader is invited to solve the crime before reading the solution. She is the producer/director of Mystery On The Menu, an interactive theater company she founded in 1986. She writes plays and acts in them as well. In 2000, she developed the one-woman mystery where members of the audience receive parts to read as she, playing one of the characters, tells the story of a crime. Barbara is available to present this performance that can be tailored to a particular business or event and could include a discussion on problem solving. Other subjects include “The Good and the Bad about Self-Publishing”, “How to write a This is Your Life poem”, “Starting an Act Two in Life”, and many other subjects. When she’s not writing or acting in a mystery, Barbara enjoys line dancing, going to the beach and cruising. Associate Member http://booksbybarbara.com 

Alyssa MaxwellAlyssa Maxwell is the author of two historical mystery series. The first, The Gilded Newport Mysteries, features society reporter Emma Cross, a less-well-heeled relation of the Vanderbilt family, who solves murders committed at the posh estates along Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI, during the Gilded Age. Her second series, A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries, is set during post-WWI England and pairs Phoebe, an earl’s granddaughter, with Eva, her lady’s maid. Together they investigate the aristocrats and common folk to find the guilty culprits at the manor house and nearby village. Alyssa would be delighted to address book groups and take part in writing/reading seminars and library events.  “…One of the best author visits we had. She was genuine, witty, and gave us truly helpful advice.” — Rachel Stevenson, Erie County Public Library. Active status member. http://alyssamaxwell.com 

Carla NortonCarla Norton is an award-winning novelist and bestselling true crime author. Her books include Disturbed Ground, about a female serial killer, and Perfect Victim, a #1 New York Times bestseller that made the reading list for the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit. Carla’s award-winning fiction includes The Edge of Normal and What Doesn’t Kill Her, both featuring a tenacious survivor of kidnapping and captivity. Carla has an MFA degree in creative writing and loves teaching students of all levels. Speaking topics include advice and insights into writing fiction &/or nonfiction. Active Status member. http://carlanorton.com/


Dirk WyleDirk Wyle believes there are no stone walls separating the realms of popular science, serious literature, formal mystery and cliff-hanging suspense. Thus his stories play out in all four arenas. The scientific twists come from his professional life as a biomedical research scientist. His quick-witted protagonist, Ben Candidi, accepts “straightforward” scientific projects with a ton of idealism, an appraising eye, and a candid desire to share the full experience with the reader. But the projects quickly turn perplexing, mysterious and sinister. They usually leave Ben and soul mate Rebecca Levis, MD, fighting for their lives. Speaking topics on writing include Blending Popular Science with Fiction, Using Your Professional Experience to Write a Mystery/Thriller, The Scientist as a Hero in Fiction, and Using Fiction Writing Techniques in Reports and Grant Proposals. Dirk can also speak on scientific topics such as Discovering New Drugs in the Amazon and Stories in Biomedical Science. Active Status Member. http://www.dirk-wyle.com



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