Civil Wars: North vs. South
2:30 PM14:30

Civil Wars: North vs. South

I'll be part of a panel with Felicia Mason, Margaret Moseley, Brian Panovich, Rob Pierce, and moderated by Kathleen Kent.

The war between the states may have ended a long time ago, but join us for a rousing discussion as some Yankee writers talk about regional writing with some Southern writers; the similarities, the differences, what you have to get right, and what will get you run out of town on a rail.

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South Carolina Mystery Author Book Signing
6:00 PM18:00

South Carolina Mystery Author Book Signing

Join us for a special mystery writers panel featuring David Burnsworth, author of the Blu Carraway series. David will be joined by Susan Crawford, author of The Other WidowJohn Carenen, author of The Face on the Other Side, and Bonnie Kistler, author of House on Fire. If you read or write mysteries or thrillers, you don't want to miss this evening!

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11:00 AM11:00

The Detective in the South

To paraphrase Raymond Chandler, “Down the mean streets a detective, man or woman, must go, who is not himself or herself mean.” What happens when those mean streets happen to be in the American South? Does the setting change the crime or detective, or both? Join us for a lively discussion involving traditional and unique fictional detectives whose investigations have a Southern flair!

Paula Gail Benson, moderator

Panelists: David Burnsworth, Sasscer Hill, Roger Johns, Raegan Teller, and Maggie Toussaint.

Paula Gail Benson is the moderator for The Detective in the South panel. She is a legislative attorney and writer of short stories.

David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting for his Brack Pelton novels was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife call South Carolina home. He also writes a series featuring private detective Blu Carraway.

Sasscer Hill is the author of the Agatha and Macavity nominated Nikki Latrelle horseracing series. Her latest novels, Flamingo Road and The Dark Side of Town, have followed Fia McKee, who after being put on leave for use of excessive force as a Baltimore police officer receives a second chance working for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. Flamingo Road won the $10,000 Dr. Tony Ryan Best in Horse Racing Literature Award for 2018. In addition, Sasscer, herself and expert horsewoman, has written a Nikki Latrelle prequel for Young Adults and a number of short stories.

Roger Johns writes the Wallace Hartman Mysteries from St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books: Dark River Rising (2017) and River of Secrets (2018). He is the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year (Detective·Mystery Category), a 2018 Killer Nashville Readers’ Choice Award nominee, a finalist for the 2018 Silver Falchion Award for best police procedural, runner-up for the 2019 Frank Yerby Fiction Award, and the 2019 JKS Communications Author-in-Residence. His articles and interviews on writing and the writing life appear in Career Authors, Criminal Element, and the Southern Literary Review. He co-authors the MurderBooks blog at

Raegan Teller is the award-winning author of the Enid Blackwell series. Murder in Madden (Pondhawk Press, 2016) was her debut novel, followed by The Last Sale (2018) and Secrets Never Told (2019)Her mystery novels are set in and around Columbia, where she lives with her husband and two cats. Teller writes about small town intrigue, family secrets, and tales of murder, and while her books are fiction, her books are inspired by real events. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Queens University, Charlotte, and a member of Sisters in Crime, South Carolina Writers Association, and Charlotte Writers Club.

Maggie Toussaint is a scientist by training, a romanticist at heart, and an award-winning author of mystery, romance, romantic suspense, and science fiction. Her series protagonist Baxley Powell has inherited the ability to dreamwalk in order to find answers about crime. Through her investigations, Baxley seeks justice for the dead and solace for the living in a unique lowcountry setting. Maggie is the Past President of the Southeast Mystery Writers of America and a member of Low Country Sisters in Crime.

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2:00 PM14:00

Indie Author Day at the Simpsonville Library

I'm looking forward to being a part of the Simpsonville Library Indie Author Day. I hope you'll come out and hear me talk about my experiences in the industry. Then I'll be participating in my first reading slam where I'll be reading short excerpt from BAD TIME TO BE IN IT AND other independent authors read a short excerpt from their works and you can vote on the best reading. Afterward, chat with the authors and purchase your favorite titles.

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12:00 PM12:00

Author Extravaganza

Join us on Saturday, March 24th for our quarterly Author Extravaganza! We've got a great line up of authors ranging from children's books to mysteries and thrillers! We will be featuring John Carenen, Raegan Teller, Linda Lovely, Molly Symons, David Burnsworth, and Mikayla Lowery! Be sure to stop by for the chance to chat and purchase signed copies!

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3:30 PM15:30

Local Mystery Author Panel

Come out and meet local mystery authors David Burnsworth, John Carenen, and Linda Lovely. All three authors have mystery series that range from cozy to noir, but each series focuses on more than just the murder. Each author develops their characters so thoroughly, that by the time you turn the final page in the first book, you feel as if you've known them forever and can't wait to find out what happens next.

David Burnsworth (In It For The Money), became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. He is the author of both the Brack Pelton and the Blu Carraway Mystery series. He and his wife call South Carolina home.

John Carenen (The Face on the Other Side), a native of Clinton, Iowa, graduated with an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the prestigious University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has been writing ever since. His work has appeared in numerous popular and literary magazines, and he has been a featured columnist in newspapers in North and South Carolina.

Linda Lovely (Bones to Pick), an enthusiastic Sisters in Crime member, finds writing pure fiction isn’t a huge stretch given her years penning PR and ad copy. She writes a blend of mystery and humor, chuckling as she plots to "disappear" the types of characters who most annoy her. Her newest series offers good-natured salutes to both her vegan family doctor and her cheese-addicted kin.

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