A Heartfelt Thank You
To Our Sponsors
The Writers Police Academy, and the writing community, wish to extend a deep and heartfelt “Thank You” to each of our generous supporters. Without you, dear friends, these events would not be possible.
Silver Star Sponsor
Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series, which has sold over a million copies, as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.
She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers’ Association, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.
Medal of Valor Sponsor
Denise Grover Swank
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area with her six kids and four dogs. She's published in mystery, romance, and paranormal. (She's a Gemini. Enough said.)
She's a hybrid author, but got her start with indie publishing. She's sold over three million books and is published in eight languages.
Kendra Elliot has sold over 7 million books, hit the Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller list eleven times, and is a three time winner of the Daphne du Maurier award.
Her 2017 release, A MERCIFUL DEATH, was a #1 Amazon overall bestseller and has been optioned for TV.
She is an International Thriller Writers' finalist and a Romantic Times finalist. She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest but recently relocated to a Florida beach where she achieved a life goal of living in flip flops every day.
Library Journal has compared New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s fiction to the work of Lisa Gardner and Lisa Jackson. Fresh Fiction likens her writing to that of James Patterson.
Mary’s first book was published in 2000 and she’s now the author of thirty-one novels of romance and suspense, five novellas, and five works of contemporary fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor.
Noted for her “tense, sexy and pleasingly complex” writing by Publishers Weekly, Mary’s latest, Cut and Run, takes readers to Texas Hill Country, where long dormant cold cases hold the key to saving a missing pregnant teen’s life.
Mary is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and Romance Writers of America.
Tami Hoag is the #1 International bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide, with more than forty million books in print. Renown for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, crackling dialogue and well-research police procedure, Hoag first hit the New York Times bestseller list in 1996 with NIGHT SINS, and each of her books since has been a bestseller, including her latest, THE BOY. She lives in the greater Los Angeles area.
Patti Phillips is the person behind Detective Charlie Kerrian at www.kerriansnotebook.com. Her second ebook, “Kerrian’s Notebook, Volume 2: Fun, Facts, and a Few Dead Bodies,” covers a wide range of law enforcement procedures and techniques.
Ms. Phillips has experienced six of the Writers’ Police Academies. Many of her stories and non-fiction articles are based on the interviews she conducted at WPA as well as the intensive WPA sessions and weeklong classes at SIRCHIE she attended over the years. Hundreds of Phillips’ photographs seen on her blog and around the internet attest to the fun and knowledge gained by all at WPA.
Lee Goldberg’s many books include the non-fiction Successful Television Writing and Unsold Television Pilots as well as the novels My Gun Has Bullets, The Walk, King City, McGrave, Dead Space, and Watch Me Die, which was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Novel from the “Private Eye Writers of America.” He’s also the writer/co-creator of The Dead Man, the monthly series of original novels published by Amazon’s 47North imprint, and co-author with Janet Evanovich of the five international bestselling Fox & O’Hare novels (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The Scam and The Pursuit) and two New York Times bestselling prequel novellas (The Shell Game and Pros & Cons).
His latest books are Fake Truth and Lost Hills.
Stacy Allen served as an officer on the Board of Trustees of PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writers Association) and currently serves on the Board of the SEMWA, the southeast chapter of MWA. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, MWA (Mystery Writers of America), International Thriller Writers, January Writers, and Historical Novel Society. She has taught for Mystery Writers of America University, Pacific Northwest Writers of America, Killer Nashville Writing Conference, Sisters In Crime, SleuthFest Writing Conference, Writers Policy Academy, and is on the faculty of MWA Annual Writing Retreat. Stacy’s debut novel, EXPEDITION INDIGO, was a finalist at the Killer Nashville Conference in two categories: Best Novel, and Best Debut Novel. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her latest short story will be published in an upcoming anthology published by Level Best Books in August 2020.
Chief of Detective Sponsor
From childhood, Terry Odell wanted to "fix" stories so the characters would behave properly. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write turned into a romance, despite the fact that she'd never read one. Odell prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships." She writes the Mapleton Mystery series, the Blackthorne, Inc. series, the Pine Hills Police series, the Triple-D Ranch series, as well as a scattering of short stories.
Her books have won numerous awards, including the HOLT Medallion. Her short story collection, “Seeing Red” is a Silver Falchion award winner.