Meet the Authors


Matt Coyle

Matt Coyle is the author of the Anthony Award-winning and bestselling Rick Cahill mysteries. Coyle's books have won and been nominated for a variety of other awards. He hosts the Crime Corner podcast on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network, and lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus. His latest book, Wrong Light, was nominated for a Shamus Award, and his next book, Lost Tomorrows, will be released in December 2019.

T. Greenwood

T. Greenwood is the author of thirteen novels, including her recent release, Keeping Lucy. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council. She has won four San Diego Book Awards, and five of her novels have been BookSense76 / IndieBound picks. Bodies of Water was a finalist for a Lambda Foundation Award. Greenwood teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer's Ink and the Writer's Center. She and her husband, Patrick, live with their two daughters in San Diego, where she is also a photographer.

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Carl Vonderau

Carl Vonderau grew up in Cleveland. After majoring in economics and dabbling in classical guitar, he ended up with a career in banking. Carl has lived and worked in Latin America, Canada, and North Africa, and has managed to put his foot in his mouth in several languages. Now a full-time writer, Carl published his first thriller, Murderabilia, with Midnight Ink in July 2019. The online reviewer Criminal Element called it “a powerful, poignant, chilling and original thriller."

Shilpi somaya gowda

Shilpi Somaya Gowda is the award-winning, bestselling author of three novels: Secret Daughter, The Golden Son, and The Shape of Family (coming in March 2020). Her novels have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Secret Daughter, which was inspired by her work at an Indian orphanage, became a New York Times and #1 international bestseller, and was also a Target Book Club Pick. The Golden Son was also a #1 international bestseller and Target Book Club Pick, and was awarded the French literary prize Prix des Lyceens Folio.

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Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over 30 years and survived high school and college together. They've co-authored five novels, including The Two Lila Bennetts. In their former lives, Liz worked in the pharmaceutical industry, and Lisa was a talk-show producer. They now both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in San Diego.

Eric peterson

A third-generation Californian, Eric Peterson grew up in Los Gatos, a town some 50 miles south of San Francisco. He studied at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his degree in communication at Stanford University in 1979, majoring in journalism. Peterson's debut novel, Life as a Sandwich, was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards. The Dining Car, winner of the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Popular Fiction, was his second novel. Peterson lives in Southern California with his wife, Teresa.

Kristin Rockaway


Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker and recovering corporate software engineer. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of code. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, browsing the aisles of her neighborhood bookstores, and planning her next big vacation.

Her second novel, How to Hack a Heartbreak, was released on July 30th. Her debut, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World, is in stores now.

matthew quirk


Matthew Quirk is the New York Times bestselling author of The 500, The Directive, Dead Man Switch, Cold Barrel Zero, and The Night Agent. He spent five years at The Atlantic magazine reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs before turning to fiction. An Edgar award finalist and winner of the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel, Quirk lives in San Diego.


susan meissner

Susan Meissner is a USA Today bestselling novelist with more than half a million books in print in fifteen languages. Her novels include The Last Year of the War, a Library Reads and Real Simple top pick, and As Bright as Heaven, starred review from Library Journal. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University. When she’s not working on a book or spending time with her family, she volunteers as writing workshop facilitator for Words Alive.

Mike Sager

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Mike Sager is a best-selling author and award-winning reporter. A former Washington Post staff writer under Watergate investigator Bob Woodward, he worked closely, during his years as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Sager has served for more than two decades as a writer for Esquire and is a winner of the National Magazine Award for profile writing. Sager is the author of more than a dozen books. Several of his stories have inspired films and documentaries, including Boogie Nights, Wonderland, Veronica Guerin, and the Todd Marinovich Project for ESPN. More info: