Baton was the publisher and Editor-In-Chief for MYSTERICAL-E for five
years. She ran contests, set up a CD anthology and interviewed a number
of respected mystery authors. Denise Baton began writing professionally
when she was hired as researcher for a small production company in Santa
Monica.The position evolved into writer/producer on the project, The
Shaping Of America, a series of historical spots on American history.
A forerunner to the popular Ken Burns style of dramatic portrayals of
historical figures and events, The Shaping Of America featured
narrators, Sally Kellerman, Robert Guillaume, Dennis Weaver and was voted
Phil Mann is the author of textbooks in mathematics and computer programming. He has two film script sales to his credit and has written a variety of short pieces that have been published in magazines and in book form. His mystery story "Touch of a Vanish'd Hand" is included in the anthology A DEADLY DOZEN, which was produced by the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime. He has been editing both fiction and nonfiction for the past decade and has also found work as a ghost writer.
In his spare time, he is a lawyer, though he hopes this fact will not be held against him.
Jeffrey Marks was born in Georgetown, Ohio, the boyhood home of Ulysses S. Grant. Although he moved with his family at an early age, the family frequently told stories about Grant and the people of the small farming community. At the age of twelve, he was introduced to the works of Agatha Christie via her short story collection, The Underdog and Other Stories. He finished all her books by the age of sixteen and had begun to collect mystery first editions.
After stints on the high school and college newspapers, he began to freelance. After numerous author profiles, he chose to chronicle the short but full life of mystery writer Craig Rice. That biography (which came out in April 2001 as Who Was That Lady?) encouraged him to write mystery fiction. The Ambush of My Name is the first mystery novel by Marks to be published although he has several mystery short story anthologies on the market. His work has won a number of awards including the Barnes and Noble Prize and he was nominated for an Edgar (MWA), an Agatha (Malice Domestic), a Maxwell award (DWAA), and an Anthony award (Bouchercon). Today, he writes from his home in Cincinnati, which he shares with his dog.
Born in France, Nadine Bozon-Vialle studied art at the BEAUX ARTS ACADEMY in Lyon. She developed an interest in black and white photography.
photography contract in New York brought her to the states in the eighties.
Ultimately, she has established herself in the artistic communicty of
Topanga Canyon just south of Malibu in Southern California where she co-owns
a design company.
His short stories have been published in RED HERRING Mystery Magazine, FUTURES Magazine and ORCHARD PRESS MYSTERIES. He's co-president of the Orange County California Chapter of Sisters in Crime. He is working on a novel featuring a cruise ship investigator.
Byron McAllister has always been intrigued by whatever appeared to be "fundamental." This led him,successively, into chemistry, physics, mathematics, philosophy, and now mystery writing.
These days he usually teams up with his spouse to write, though the columns in MYSTERICAL-E are his own. He's published some technical and historical papers, a couple of dozen poems, and half a dozen mystery short stories, and has written lots more, including some unpublished novels. He feels that all that qualifies him to have strong, if variable, opinions on everything.
Benjamin Jones, born in Toronto, Ontario, has lived in Rhode Island for most of his life and graduated from Rhode Island College, class of '94.
He has sorted mail for the state, cashiered in a discount bookstore, and entered date for a social service agency. He angrily denies rumors of having "a beautiful soul."
Jodie L. Ball
Lee Lipps, born in 1950, began reading at an early age because he had no friends. He read his first book at the age of six, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
Lee taught high school and junior high school English and history for twenty years and began collecting first edition hardback fiction of his favorite authors. Today he has a library of over 1000 volumes and over eighty authors including the complete works of Robert B. Parker, Robert Crais, James Crumley, Michael Connelly, Joseph Wambaugh, Carl Hiaasen, Edna Buchanan, Laurence Shames, Kinky Friedman, Stephen Hunter, and Dan Jenkins, all alias's for AS.
Depending on his workload, Lee reads about eighty novels a year and arbitrarily ranks them for his colleagues and others. While working for the California Teachers Association as a negotiator for the local teacher unions, Lee has been working on his first book, The Autobiography of Anna Sewell.
still has no friends.
Her combined interests in writing and background in computers led to web design specializing in author and writing promotional sites. Her work was recently recognized with a Web Writer News award. She is currently working on her first novel and some short fiction.
Janell currently resides in Southern California with actor/prop maker Mike Logan Schiffbauer and is the mother of six children.
Patricia "Pat" Harrington