Author Bios

M. Kent Anderson has spent the past thirty-six years in the courtroom, and the twenty-five before that observing people. Brought up in his family's country store in rural Alabama, Kent has always loved storytellers and stories. His earliest memories are his great grandparents, and grandparents, telling stories of the "old days" around the fire. In 1972 he graduated from Jacksonville State University after studying writing under Dr. William Calvert, who remains a great influence on his work. In 1981, after graduating from the law schools at the Universities of Tennessee (JD) and Florida (LLM), and a stint in the Navy, Kent went west to seek his fortune in the oil business, only to see it crash. He lived in Oklahoma and Texas for almost 15 years, and developed a great love for all things western, especially for Native Americans and their story as a part of America's fabric. While representing the BIA police in a case, he was introduced to a Tony Hillerman book and soon was hooked on Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Kent has written numerous legal articles, and in 2006 won the Tony Hillerman Short Story Award. That story, which appears in this collection, was published in Cowboys and Indians Magazine in 2007, and made it possible for Kent to meet his literary hero, Tony Hillerman. Kent lives with his wife, Judy, and his one eyed cat, Gavey, near Sewanee, Tennessee. His two grown sons Jake, a science fiction writer, and Stewart, a college student, often read and critique his work.

Arthur Bachrach was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University and Director of the Environmental Stress Program and Chair of Psychophysiology at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, MD. He and his family owned Moby Dickens the exceptional book shop in Taos for over 25 years where he pursued his love of out of print and rare books. He researched and loved all aspects of Taos history and was founder of Friends of D.H. Lawrence.

Nita Murphy is Librarian at Southwest Research Center-UNM-Taos. She is an Avid Indy Car and Formula 1 enthusiast.

Judith Nasse is a writer of historical fiction and an artist living in Taos, New Mexico.

Fred Bales, a professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico, began volunteering at the Albuquerque Opportunity Center and working with the homeless when he retired in 2005. He also taught at Xavier University of Louisiana, the University of Texas, Brownsville, and the University of the Philippines and Santa Tomas University in Manila. After Peace Corps service in Chile, he was a reporter at The Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky

Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D., has labored for the past twenty years seeking to liberate individuals with disabilities from oppressive and death-making institutions. Following graduation from the prestigious George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, she has worked as a disability rights activist throughout the country, promoting the dignity and worth of all people, regardless of their disability. Over 1,000 people in Tennessee and elsewhere owe new lives in community settings due to the efforts of those she has organized and supported. She resides in Murfreesboro, TN.

Irene Blea is a New Mexico native, who earned her Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is an accomplished author of several textbooks, academic, and popular articles. Blea retired as a Tenured, Full Professor and Chairperson of Mexican American Studies at California State University-Los Angeles. Two of her seven textbooks, Toward a Chicano Social Science, and La Chicana and the Intersection of Race, Class and Gender are considered classics in her field. Blea has written and published much poetry and one play. Suzanna is the title of Blea's first novel in a trilogy about a thirteen year old girl married off to a thirty-two year old man in 1920's New Mexico. The second novel, Poor People's Flowers, continues Suzanna's story upon arrival in Colorado. Dr. Blea is an award winning academic, a New Mexico Humanities Scholar, who incorporates her cultural and scholastic knowledge of the people and history of the region to render solid accounts of migration patterns of the 1920's and 30's. Her most recent novel, Daughters of the West Mesa, is the story of a single mother whose daughter is missing while the remains of eleven women and an unborn fetus are discovered near her home.

Harlen Campbell, a writer of mystery/suspense novels, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His first novel, MONKEY ON A CHAIN, was released by Doubleday in 1993. In addition to favorable reviews (FIRSTS magazine recommended the book as a collectable), MONKEY was an alternate selection of the Book of the Month Club. The book is the first of a series built around the character of Rainbow Porter, who has been described as a "throwback to the outlaw/heroes of the old west."Campbell's interests lie in the nature of the individual’s relationships to society and to the world, but he is willing to apologize if they show up in his writing. In fact, he believes that a writer's primary obligation is to entertain, and that he should only be allowed to fool around with ideas if his readers don't notice what he's up to.

Although he admits to no hobbies and energetically avoids most forms of exercise, Campbell enjoys an occasional solitary walk. In general, he prefers beaches to mountains, warm to cold, indolence to industry.

Tom Claffey spent his growing-up years in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. He majored in English literature at New Mexico Military Institute and Creighton University and, in 1954, accepted an appointment to West Point. He graduated in 1958 and became a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. In civilian life Tom worked in investment securities and banking and began writing for publication in 1981. He lives in Santa Fe.

Lloyd Olivia Davis is a self-confessed "reformed Californian," whose award-winning column, "Uppity Woman," appeared regularly in THE TOPEKA CAPITAL-JOURNAL and in other publications. She lives with her husband and various invited and uninvited guests in Lenexa, Kansas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she reads, writes, and continues to look at the world from beneath a cocked (and formerly be-ringed) eyebrow.

Elizabeth Ann Galligan, Ph.D., poet and educator, retired in 2007 from Eastern New Mexico University and dared to write a novel, Secrets of the Plumed Saint. She enjoys the multicultural heritage of the Southwest and is enchanted by its ever-changing landscape. Her writing is informed by many years of teaching English to speakers of other languages in Brazil, Japan, on the Diné reservation, at Rikers Island jail, and in adult ESL programs in New York and California. The author admires the Hispanic and native cultures and religions of the Southwest. She was Coordinator of the Writing Lab at New Mexico Highlands University and has taught graduate courses in English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education, and Multicultural Education. She holds degrees in anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural Teacher Education.

Rather like his life, Michael Gray’s writing includes fiction and non-fiction. Before coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he resides with his family and has written four books, including The Flying Caterpillar (ABQ PRESS, 2012), he lived in Montreal, Canada, where he had short stories and poetry published in the Antigonish and Wascana Reviews. His various travels have taken him to Europe for six months and South America for three months, but it was during the two years he spent in Canada working on farms, ranches, and an open-pit copper mine that he heard a door into the future creak open. Later, a six-month program at the Nyingma Institute further developed this insight: “life opens when we dare to take a first step.”

Surviving youth and rumors of gathering age, he now feels well rooted in both family life and livelihood. For Gray, a surprising paradox has come true: a good way to value life is to be with people who are in the process of losing theirs. Working through “Friends in Time,” a non-profit that he co-founded with a friend who has ALS, the past twenty years have demonstrated that it is those who are losing their identities, occupations, and friends who can best teach us to appreciate what we still have.

Penelope Grenoble has spent over 30 years covering Southern California. She began her journalism career as editor of the Los Angeles Free Press where she led the paper to two Los Angeles Press Club Awards for investigative journalism, then managing editor at Westways magazine, Southern California?s oldest lifestyle and culture publication. Among others, she has also written for the Los Angeles Times on environmental and civic issues, and her essays have appeared in Orion, High Country News, the literary magazine Northern Lights and two consecutive anthologies of American Nature Writing.
No Good Deed is her first work of fiction and the second book in which she spotlights the landscape of Southern California. Malibu Diary: Notes from an Urban Refugee (University of Nevada Press Environmental Arts and Humanities Series) is a collection of essays based on her reporting for The Malibu Times, which earned her a third Los Angeles Press Club Award and was the inspiration for sleuth Brody Cooper.
Stephen Halstead was born in the UK. A lifelong racetracker he started running quarter horses in Arizona, later racing thoroughbreds in Mexico, across Canada and throughout the United States. He is former reservation social worker.

Violeta Parra's story captivated Karen Kerschen when she was caught in the Chilean coup d'etat, September 11, 1973, and forced to flee. A New Yorker by birth, Kerschen's lifelong interest in the threads of folkloric culture date back to childhood stories of her family's emigration from Eastern Europe. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC and worked in both humanities and technology. Kerschen now lives with her husband in rural northern New Mexico.

Robert Kresge is a former senior intelligence analyst and founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterterrorist Center. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri and a Masters in International Affairs from George Washington University. He helped found and is a former president of “Croak and Dagger,” the Albuquerque chapter of Sisters in Crime, and is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America; International Thriller Writers; the Historical Novel Society; and Western Writers of America.

Rob is the author of six historical novels, including 2013’s Saving Lincoln, a Civil War spy thriller, and five volumes in the Warbonnet series of mysteries set in 1870’s Wyoming.

Lester Libo is a retired art dealer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the former owner of ArtReach. He has also served as art curator at three medical centers in Albuquerque.

Gary McKee divides his time between New Mexico and the Southeast. A lawyer, who for many years limited his practice to county law, McKee is also a commercial mediator. He developed the Bob McGregor Mystery series while co-authoring and editing legal manuals for county officials. Soon to be published is the second book in the series, Tomato Fog, a Bob McGregor Mystery. McKee is currently working on Calvin House - Book One, an historical novel authored by Bob McGregor about the infamous founding of Calvin County by the notorious Sheriff Clayton Calvin.

Merimée Moffitt has done workshops and public classes for years, including but not limited to SW Writers, Open Space, The Women of the World Slam Poetry held in ABQ recently, classes at the Source, the NM Poetry Society, and various elementary and high schools. She has performed poetry at Fixed and Free, a reading she co-founded, the Range in Bernalillo, the Duende Series in Plactias, the summer readings at Elena Gallegos Open Space to name a few. Her publications include local and national journals and reviews such as El Malpais, Mas Tequila Review, The Times They Were A ‘Changin,’ Pemmican, Santa Fe Literary Review, NM Literary Review and Women Made Gallery in Chicago.

Laura Sanchez, has lived in New Mexico for most of her life, acquiring an education in art and art history along the way as well as running an architectural design and drafting business and writing for regional publications. Sanchez is also the author of Freaking Green and, with Alex Sanchez, of Adobe Houses for Today and Fallingwater in 3D Studio.

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Born in a French nunnery in China, Stephen Scott was raised on the northwest frontier of India and educated (more or less) in England. Then he began his checkered career: selling encyclopedias, building 50 foot metal trees for London exhibitions, landscaping (poaching water plants from an absent Scottish laird to sell in London), and various tent shows. Never in prison. Lured abroad by cheap airfares to the US, he was persuaded to overstay his visa by a designing woman and apprehended by Texas Rangers. After marrying the designing woman in a Scottish fishing village in a howling gale, he returned to New Mexico, where he continues to write in a tower by the Rio Grande.

Heidi Sieg-Smith came to New Mexico via Switzerland, Vermont and North Carolina. She and husband Trent Smith live in Taos.Heidi is a former chef and business owner. After 27 years of serving her real estate clients she retired last year. She loves to paint, cook, hike in the mountains and tend her flower garden. Heidi is also working on her next book Nine Lives and More.

Christina Squire Christina is retired from the University of New Mexico. She has worked at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University Art Museum, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and has taught Theatre Appreciation. She has a Master's degree in Theatre and Dance. She has played in many community theatre productions. She wrote and performed a thirty-minute monologue that was featured at the Filling Station's 3rd Annual Solo Fest in 2011. Christina and her husband live in Albuquerque.

Judith Van Gieson is the author of a children’s book, a collection of poetry and short stories, and thirteen mysteries. Her short stories have appeared in several mystery anthologies. In the first mystery series eight books, featuring female Albuquerque attorney/sleuth Neil Hamel, were published by HarperCollins. Neil’s work often involved environmental issues including endangered species and wildfires. Books in this series were published in England, Japan and Germany. It was optioned by CBS. The Lies That Bind was a finalist for the Shamus Award for best detective novel. The series won the Spirit of Magnifico Literary Award.There are five books in the second series with heroine Claire Reynier published in paperback by Signet, in hardcover by University of New Mexico Press and in a large print edition by Thorndike. Claire works as an archivist and librarian at the Center for Southwest Research at UNM. This series involves rare artifacts and New Mexico history. The Stolen Blue was a finalist for the Reviewer’s Choice Award. The Shadow of Venus was a finalist for the Barry Award and won the Zia Award given by New Mexico Press Women for Best Work of Fiction by a New Mexico woman.

Both series have been regional and IMBA (Independent Mystery Booksellers Association) bestsellers.

Judith lives in Albuquerque’s North Valley and is currently working on a travel memoir.

When Andy Wasowski was two months old, the Nazis dropped bombs on him. He believes this experience prepared him for a career in advertising. Today, after almost four decades in ad agencies in New York, LA and Dallas, Clio-winner Andy Wasowski lives in the mountains of northern New Mexico with his wife, Sally, and two cats Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn.

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William H. White ( now lives in rural New Mexico where he writes stories of adventure and treasure hunting when not conducting tours in the Caballo Mountains. The Pancho Villa Treasure of the Guadalupe Mountains is the second book in the series with Carl Webb and Jack Morgan as the main characters. Aztec Treasure in the Caballo Mountains is the third book in the series.