Meet the amazing line-up of authors who contributed exercises to Now Write! Mysteries.


A retired Near Eastern archaeologist, Aileen G. Baron is the author of the Lily Sampson series, set in the Middle East featuring archeologist Lily Sampson. The series includes A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes, The Torch of Tangier, and The Scorpion’s Bite. The Gold of Thrace is the first book in her contemporary series about the intrigue and deceit in the antiquities trade.  Download her exercise: Plausibility.


Deborah Coonts has been a storyteller from an early age—something that used to get her in trouble. She authored Wanna Get Lucky? a New York Times Notable Book for 2010. The sequel, Lucky Stiff, came out in 2011, with So Damn Lucky to follow. Download her exercise: The Offbeat Protagonist.


Gerard Bianco is an award-winning author of the mystery/thriller The Deal Master. The marketing techniques he developed to promote his novel were featured in Carol Hoenig’s book, The Author’s Guide to Planning Book Events. He is writing his second book, Poor Choices—a group of short stories, poetry, and two plays. Download his exercise: Planting a Seed.

All contributors with site links:

Lou Allin  Amazon page

Emily Arsenault

Deborah Turrell Atkinson

Frankie Y. Bailey

Aileen G. Baron   Amazon page

James Scott Bell

Gerard F. Bianco

Juliet Blackwell

Jon P. Bloch   Amazon page

Rhys Bowen

Rachel Brady

Simon Brett

Jan Brogan

Graham Brown  Amazon page

Robert Gregory Browne

Andrea Campbell

Rebecca Cantrell

Lorenzo Carcaterra

Thomas B. Cavanagh

Henry Chang

Philip Cioffari

Jane K. Cleland

Reed Farrel Coleman

Sheila Connolly

Deborah Coonts

Douglas Corleone

Bill Crider

Bruce DeSilva

Matthew Dicks

Sean Doolittle

Wayne D. Dundee   Amazon page

Peggy Ehrhart

Hallie Ephron

Brian Evenson

Kate Flora

Jack Fredrickson

David Fulmer

Meg Gardiner

Kathleen George

Kate M. George

Sophie Hannah

Karen Harper

Gar Anthony Hayward

Lynne Heitman

Vicki Hendricks

Reece Hirsch

Roberta Islieb

Peter James

Chris Knopf

Harley Jane Kozak

William Kent Krueger

Ken Kuhlken    Goodreads page

Will Lavender

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