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Make Mine Murder:  Connecticut Crime Writers Panel (in-person)

Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Make Mine Murder:  Connecticut crime writers discuss how they write their books – where their ideas come from, how they plot the twists and turns, and how they develop their characters. Our panelists include Kathleen Marple Kalb/Nikki Knight  (Moderator), Patricia Dunn/ T.M. Dunn, Katie Tietjen, and Jane Willan.

Books will be for sale at this event.
Part of our National Library Week Celebration!

Kathleen Marple Kalb describes herself as an Author/Anchor/Mom…not in that order. An award-winning weekend anchor at New York’s 1010 WINS Radio, she writes short stories and novels including the Ella Shane and Old Stuff series, both from Level Best Books. As Nikki Knight, she writes the Vermont Radio and Grace the Hit Mom series. Her stories, under both pen names, have been in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Weekly, and many anthologies, and short-listed for Derringer and Black Orchid Novella Awards. Active in writer’s groups, she serves as Vice President of the Short Mystery Fiction Society and Co-VP of the New York/Tri-State Sisters in Crime Chapter. She, her husband, and son live in a Connecticut house owned by their cat.

Katie Tietjen is an award-winning writer, teacher, and school librarian. Her debut novel Death in the Details—inspired by the real-life mother of forensic science, Frances Glessner Lee—comes out April 9, 2024, from Crooked Lane Books. Katie’s manuscripts won the Tassy Walden Award in 2019 and 2020. Her short story “Ivy” appeared in Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories. A lifelong Connecticut resident, Katie loves reading, spending time with her husband and sons, and snuggling with their four pets. She is an unrepentant tea snob, but otherwise a very nice person.  Visit her website at https://www.katietietjen.com/

Patricia Dunn (aka T. M. Dunn) is the author of the psychological thriller, Her Father’s Daughter (Crooked Lane Books July 18, 2023.) She is also the author of Rebels by Accident (Sourcebooks, 2014) and Last Stop on the 6  (Bordighera Press, C.U.N.Y. 2021).  Dunn has served as Senior Director of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, where she holds an MFA in creative writing. She coaches aspiring and established writers and teaches creative writing workshops. She is a co-founder of Key to the Castle Workshop and is the co-host of the Westport Library’s podcast, “Go Ahead, Write Something” and co-chair of programming for Sisters-in-Crime CT.   She lives in Stamford, Connecticut where she is currently working on her next novel, with her rescue puppy Blanqui snuggled at her side.  When asked why she chose the thriller genre for her new book she says, “It chose me.” Dunn has been intrigued, some say obsessed, with serial killers since she was twelve when the Son of Sam (David Berkowitz) killed her friend’s cousin and her boyfriend blocks away from her home.

Reverend Jane Willan, the author of the Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery series, loves to set her novels amid church life. She believes that ecclesiology, liturgy, and church lady drama make for twisty plots and quirky characters. When not working at the church or creating new adventures for her characters, Jane relaxes at her favorite local bookstore, enjoying coffee and a variety of carbohydrates with frosting. Otherwise, you might catch her binge-watching Netflix or hiking through the Connecticut woods with her husband and rescue dog, Ollie.  Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hiram College, majoring in Religion and History, a Master of Science degree from Boston University, and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University.  Jane writes contemporary women’s fiction, mystery novels, church newsletters, and a weekly sermon. To learn more about Jane and her writing, please visit www.janewillan.com.

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Tuesday, April 9
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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