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. Authors will set their talks to your audience. For a definition of membership status, please Click Here.

Glynn Marsh AlamGlynn Marsh Alam is the author of the Luanne Fogarty mystery series set in the swamps of north Florida and one literary novel set in the same area. Her first book, Dive Deep and Deadly, was nominated for a Barry Award. Her seventh, Moon Water Madness, won the Florida Book Award. Besides writing mysteries, Glynn was a teacher for many years in Los Angeles. She has appeared on many panels at conferences and conventions and has been both a speaker and a leader of workshops at libraries, conferences and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Speaking topics include The Fun World of Field Research for Your Novel, The Elements of the Mystery Novel, and The Idea Germ. Active Status Member. http://www.glynnmarshalam.com

Miriam AuerbachMiriam Auerbach is the author of a satirical mystery series set in Boca Raton and featuring Harley-riding, wisecracking female private eye Harriet Horowitz. Her debut novel, Dirty Harriet, won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Series Romance. Miriam can only assume that this is because the heroine kills her husband on page one. There are currently two more books in the series, Dirty Harriet Rides Again and Dead in Boca, with the fourth installment scheduled for Fall 2014. Miriam is currently Vice President of the Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter. In a parallel universe, Miriam is known as Miriam Potocky, Ph.D., professor of social work at Florida International University in Miami. She has over twenty years’ teaching experience and has twice received awards for excellence in teaching. Speaking topics include How to Write Humor and How to Get a Literary Agent. Miriam also has spoken about her personal experience as a second-generation Holocaust survivor and how that impacts her life. Active Status Member. http://www.miriamauerbach.com

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, and won 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 the Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America. Speaking topics include How to Get Published, Writing the Cozy Mystery, Book Promotion on a Budget, and Plotting Made Perfect. Active Status Member. http://nancyjcohen.com

Lesley DiehlLesley 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. He chairs the Central Florida discussion group meetings of the Florida Chapter of MWA. 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 four 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 the historical mystery series, The Gilded Newport Mysteries, featuring sleuth Emmaline Cross, a less-well-heeled relation of the Vanderbilt family, who solves murders committed at the posh estates along Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI. Titles include Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, and Murder at Beechwood. Maxwell is also writing A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries., a historical series set in post-WWI England, in which an earl’s granddaughter and her lady’s maid team up to find the guilty culprits at a country manor house and nearby village. The first in the series is titled Murder Most Malicious. Speaking topics include Writing the Historical Mystery, Using Setting & Character to Build Suspense, Blending Historical Fact with Fiction, and Staying Inspired to Keep Writing. Active Status Member. http://alyssamaxwell.com

Carla NortonCarla Norton is a journalist, novelist, and bestselling true crime author. Her books include Perfect Victim, which was put on the reading list for the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. That true case of kidnapping and captivity inspired The Edge of Normal, Carla’s debut fiction, which won a Royal Palm Literary Award and is nominated for a Thriller Award for Best First Novel. She has an MFA degree in creative writing, and teaches both fiction and nonfiction writing workshops. Speaking topics include Stockholm syndrome, psychopaths, and crime. Active Status member. http://carlanorton.com/

Jeffrey PhilipsJeffrey Hammerhead Philips is the author of the Underwater mystery series. Murder on Devil Ray Reef, featuring Jesse Stoker, owner of a scuba diving boat charter operation in West Palm Beach, was released in 2011. His second book, Death at Obeah’s Fire, will be released in 2014. Speaking topics include: Using South Florida as a Character, Mysteries of the Underwater World, and How to Write Descriptions of Life Beneath the Sea. Affiliate Member. http://www.jeffreyphilips.com

Joanna Campbell SlanJoanna Campbell Slan is the national bestselling and award-winning author of twenty-five books. She writes three mystery series including the Kiki Lowenstein mysteries featuring a contemporary amateur sleuth along with crafts and recipes; the Jane Eyre Chronicles starring Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre set in 1820 England; and the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series set on the Treasure Coast of Florida. She’s won the Daphne du Maurier Award and finaled in the Agathas. Joanna has been named by Sharing Ideas Magazine as “one of the top 25 professional speakers in the world.” Speaking topics include Motivation (Joanna came from a welfare family, put herself through college, and now lives on Jupiter Island), Research (Joanna has done extensive research into the Regency era) and Writing (A former adjunct faculty member at Illinois State University, she has taught a variety of writing topics to adults). Active Status Member. http://www.JoannaSlan.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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