KGB: MWA Reading

August 12, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sylvia Di Saverio started her professional career as a classical violinist and violist but the desire to write fiction was always in the back of her mind. Now she works in corporate coffee sales (Lavazza anyone?) and has completed writing her first mystery story. She lives in Astoria with her husband and her cat, Tiger, and they drink coffee while listening as she reads, outloud, her revisions.

Lokke Heiss currently practices medicine in New York City. He has a degree in film studies from the University of Southern California. His published work includes fiction and nonfiction in journals and newspapers including the New York Post, Cinefantastique, and the South Carolina Review. He is a Dracula scholar and has traveled to Romania to investigate the sources behind the vampire legends. Heiss recently completed a gothic medical thriller, Pronounced Dead, about a hospital in Los Angeles, where people don’t always come out the same as when they came in.

Patricia King/Annamaria Alfieri set her first three historical mysteries in South America.  Her debut garnered this praise from The Washington Post: “As both history and mystery City of Silver glitters.” Of the first of her Africa series, Strange Gods, placed in British East Africa in 1911, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said “the flair of Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, the cunning of Agatha Christie and Elspeth Huxley.” The Idol of Mombasa joined the series in 2016. The next The Blasphemers will launch in December.  Alfieri, along with Michael Stanley, edited the anthology Sunshine Noir.  Two of the stories have been shortlisted for the prestigious British award, the CWA Dagger. She is a past president of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and serves on the board of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Thomas Pluck has slung hash, worked on the docks, trained in martial arts in Japan, and even swept the Guggenheim museum (but not as part of a clever heist). He hails from Nutley, New Jersey, home to criminal masterminds Martha Stewart and Richard Blake, but has so far evaded capture. He is the author of Bad Boy Boogie, his first Jay Desmarteaux crime thriller, and Blade of Dishonor, an action adventure which BookPeople called “the Raiders of the Lost Ark of pulp paperbacks.” Joyce Carol Oates calls him “a lovely kitty man.”

Sterling Savage is new to writing fiction, and this is his first reading. His day job is working as an emergency physician and instructor at Yale’s Bridgeport Hospital. He has led a strange life. A former military officer, he has been a SWAT team officer, an Operational Space Flight Surgeon for NASA, and is a certified Master Scuba Diver. When not writing, he enjoys being taken for walks in the Connecticut countryside by his rescue Great Dane, Sally.

Rich Zahradnik is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coleridge Taylor Mystery series (Lights Out Summer, A Black Sail, Drop Dead Punk, Last Words).
The first three books have been shortlisted or won awards in the three major competitions for novels from independent presses. Zahradnik was a journalist for 25 -plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine and wire services. He held editorial positions at CNN, Bloomberg News, Fox Business Network, AOL and The Hollywood Reporter . Zahradnik was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1960 and received his B.A. in journalism and political science from George Washington University. He lives with his wife Sheri and son Patrick in Pelham, New York, where he writes fiction and teaches kids around the New York area how to write news stories and publish newspapers.