KGB: MWA Reading

April 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gary Anderberg is a recovering academic. In his day job he is the SVP of Claim Analytics for a large, multi-national financial services company and a designer of cutting edge decision support systems, but by night he turns on his right brain to write New Adult mysteries. In The Connoisseur of Chaos, Cody, a high school student with a recent crippling brain injury, is accused of murdering his girlfriend. He doesn’t think he did it, but he can’t be certain. Perhaps Mandie was strangled by the elusive, self described serial killer, the Connoisseur of Chaos. Cody struggles to find the answer before another kid is killed.

Lammy and Goldie winner, native New Yorker Ann Aptaker’s first book, Criminal Gold, was a Golden Crown Literary Society’s Goldie Award finalist. Her next book, Tarnished Gold (Book Two in the Cantor Gold Crime Series), was honored with a Lambda Literary Award and a Goldie Award, the only book in the mystery category to win both awards. Her third book in the series, Genuine Gold, was released in January 2017.  Ann’s short stories have appeared in two editions of the crime anthology Fedora. Her flash fiction story, “A Night In Town,” appeared in the online zine Punk Soul Poet, and another flash fiction story is included in the anthology “Happy Hours: Our Lives in Gay Bars,” edited by Lee Lynch and Renée Bess. Ann still occasionally curates and designs art exhibitions, is an art writer for various New York clients, and a contributing writer to the children’s science television show “Space Racers.”

Susan Breen is the author of the Maggie Dove mystery series, published by Penguin Random House’s Alibi digital imprint. Her first mystery story was published by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and her second one is to be published Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She teaches at Gotham Writers in NYC and lives in Irvington, NY with her husband, two cockapoos and two cats. Her three children are flourishing elsewhere. 

Gary Cahill is an active member of MWA-NY, International Thriller Writers, and Irish American Writers and Artists, as well as a two-time Colts Neck New Jersey Country Fair Great American Apple Pie Contest blue-ribbon champion. His first short story was published as a Black Mask-style homage in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and other work has appeared in print, online, and audio versions with Shotgun Honey, The First Line Literary Journal, the Big Pulp Magazine “Kennedy Curse” anthology, and Volumes I, II, III of the lamented Plan B Magazine. Recently he has written and performed hard-boiled and noir short-short stories geared to live readings at the Bergen County New Jersey and Hudson Valley New York Irish festivals, and sings lead with the “classic rock” cover band Tomorrow’s Money.

Albert Tucher is the creator of prostitute Diana Andrews, who has appeared in more than seventy hardboiled short stories in venues including THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2010. Diana’s first longer case, the novella THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE, was published in 2013. Albert Tucher’s favorite place on earth is the rainy side of the Big Island of Hawaii, and Diana says it’s about time he started writing about it. THE PLACE OF REFUGE from Shotgun Honey is the result. Albert Tucher works as a librarian at the Newark Public Library.

Rich Zahradnik is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coleridge Taylor Mystery series from Camel Press, including A Black Sail, Drop Dead Punk and Last Words. The first two books were shortlisted or won awards in the three major competitions for books from independent publishers. Drop Dead Punk collected the gold medal for mystery ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. He was a journalist for 30-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media. He now volunteers helping students create and publish online and print newspapers.