All of the first round judges will be joined by the following in the Final Round of Judging:

Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His new and upcoming novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel
novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT & RUIN, V-WARS, the NY Times bests-selling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, and others. His books EXTINCTION MACHINE and V-WARS are in development for TV. A board game version of V-WARS was released in early 2016. He is the founder of the Writers Coffeehouse, and the co-founder of The Liars Club. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Jonathan spent twenty-five years as a magazine feature writer, martial arts instructor and playwright. He was a featured expert on the History Channel documentary, Zombies: A Living History and a regular expert on the TV series, True Monsters. He is one third of the very popular and mildly weird Three Guys With Beards pop-culture podcast. Jonathan lives in Del Mar, California with his wife, Sara Jo. www.jonathanmaberry.com

Anne Perry is the international bestselling author of over eighty novels, which have sold over 27 million copies.  The Times selected her as one of the 20th Century’s "100 Masters of Crime".  In 2015 she was awarded the Premio de Honor Aragón Negro.

Her first series of Victorian crime novels, featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, began with The Cater Street Hangman.  The latest of these, The Angel Court Affair, is her most recent of many appearances on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 1990, Anne started a second series of detective novels with The Face of a Stranger. These are set about 35 years before the Pitt series, and feature the private detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. The most recent of these (21st in the series) is Corridors of the Night (April 2015).

Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story "Heroes". The main character in the story features in an ambitious five-book series set during the First World War.  Her other stand-alone novels include her French Revolution novel The One Thing More, and Sheen on the Silk, which is set in the dangerous and exotic city of Byzantium.

Peter Dunne, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer and writer brings three decades of experience in story development, writing, and producing to his workshops. He served as Vice President of
Development for three Hollywood studios before beginning his career as a screenwriter and producer. He has produced and/or written are such classics as the extraordinary mini-series Sybil starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward, The Judy Garland Story, starring Andrea McArdle, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,  JAG, Melrose Place, Dallas, Police Story, and Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.
Website:  www.pdunne.com

Victoria Zackheim authored The Bone Weaver and edited six
anthologies, including The Other Woman, adapted to theater and given simultaneous staged readings at twenty theaters nationwide on 11/9/15. She wrote the PBS documentary Where Birds Never Sang: The Story of Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps, the screenplay Maidstone, and the play Entangled.Victoria teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Chantelle Aimee Osman
Chantelle Aimée Osman is the founder of Author Connect, where aspiring writers can get their work in front of experts in their genre. A freelance editor and consultant as well as the editor of RT Digital Extra magazine,
she is an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. A former lawyer and head of development for production companies in Hollywood, Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing THE QUICK AND DIRTY GUIDE TO… she has also published numerous flash fiction and short stories. She is currently editing an episodic anthology, SERIAL KILLER, for Polis Books to be released Fall, 2016. Visit Chantelle at:

2011 Anthony Award Nominee

Charles Harper Webb.
Called by Lifescape “Southern California’s most inventive and accessible poet,” Charles Harper Webb, Ph.D. has published eleven books of poetry, includingReading the WaterLiver, Tulip Farms & Leper ColoniesHot
Popsicles, Amplified DogShadow Ball: New and Selected PoemsWhat Things Are Made Of, and his most recent, Brain Camp, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2015.  His book of craft essays, A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.  Webb's awards in poetry include the Morse Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Felix Pollock Prize, and the Benjamin Saltman Prize.  His poems have appeared in many distinguished journals and anthologies, including American Poetry ReviewParis ReviewIowa ReviewYale Review, Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Tin House, Poets of the New CenturyBest American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize. A former professional rock musician and psychotherapist, he is the editor of Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, and recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, a fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation, and the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.   He is Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, and teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing there.

Elizabeth White resides on the Central Coast of California and authors the San Luis Obispo County lifestyle blog, Elizabeth in SLO. Since 2009, readers from around the globe have shared her discovery of SLO County's regional avant-garde. 
Elizabeth's taste for adventure dates back to the 90s, when she taught English in rural Japan. She reveled in discovering the local cuisine and customs while surrounded by lush fields of rice, stunning tulip farms, and towering alps. She later served as the media coordinator for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program's Alumni Association of Southern California, where she sourced writers, edited articles, and published several of her Japanese escapades in Sushi and Sake Magazine. 
She continues to explore and write about local novel events, and holds steadfastly to the belief that truth is stranger than fiction. Her love of documentaries led her to volunteer for the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, where for several years she wrangled wine for Festival events and also served as a board member. This experience kindled her interest in the budding Central Coast wine scene.
Elizabeth's blog stories chronicle her vino-infused exploits throughout the rolling SLO County vineyards and culinary hot spots, as well as her experimentation with recipes influenced by local flavors and products. In the past few years her interviews with local chefs and wine makers have been published in VINO Wine Lifestyle Magazine and Templeton Life. 
When out exploring the local terrain, Elizabeth carries a camera to capture the regional sights, flavors and events. She is a published photographer and uses her photos to bring her stories to life. You can follow along at elizabethinslo.blogspot.com. 
Later this year, look for Elizabeth's new website, The Quiet Blogger: Writing Out Loud About Spirited Travel.

Matthew Fleming teaches poetry, critical thinking, composition, and literature at Cuesta College where he has taught for the last eighteen

years.  His poetry has been published in the journals Night Roses, the University Review, The Forum, and he was awarded the Dominic J. Bazzanella Literary Scholarhip for poetry as well as being honored as the 2002 "Teacher of the Year.” His other writing pursuits include screenwriting for film and t.v. as well as music performance and recording.  

Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Not as it Seems from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel is A Crushing Death

from Oak Tree Press. She was an instructor for Writers Digest School for 10 years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writers Retreat, and she presented at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/

Deborah Foss is a writer, editor, and college writing instructor living in Atascadero, California.  She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing, and her MFA in Fiction from University of Utah in 1993. Deborah has taught Writing and Children’s Literature at University of La Verne’s SLO campus for nine years; prior to that, she taught writing classes at Cuesta College and Salt Lake Community College. 
Deborah’s creative writing work began with the Wild Goose Company in Salt Lake City.  For five years she wrote and edited award-winning
humorous science books and experiment instructions for clients, including Steve Spangler, Mr. Wizard, Lawrence Hall of Science, and Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. After moving back to California, Deborah worked on the California Education and the Environment Initiative Model Curriculum, writing over 80 introductory narratives called California Connections. She also wrote California’s Natural Regions, a book for third-grade students describing the diverse ecosystems in our State.
Deborah’s short stories and poems have appeared in various literary journals over the years, including Shades, Sister Song, and Silver Vein. She was a contributing writer to Biomes and Ecosystem: An Encyclopedia, in 2013, and recently acted as ghostwriter for My Country or My Company, a memoir about free trade, outsourcing, and manufacturing in the United States. In early 2015 she completed a screenplay, Airlansea, based on a novel by the same name. She is currently working on her book, Environmental Intelligence: How Poetry, Art, and Storytelling Can Reconnect Children with the Natural World.

Brenda Knight began her career at HarperCollins, where she fell in love with publishing and had the thrill of working with luminaries such as Huston Smith, Paolo Coelho, and Melody Beattie. Knight served as publisher of Cleis Press, founded Viva Editions and was awarded
IndieFab's Publisher of the Year in 2014.  A prolific writer, Knight is the author of The Poetry Oracle, Wild Women and Books, The Grateful Table, Be a Good in the World, and Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award. Brenda volunteers for the American Cancer Society as a counselor for the newly diagnosed and leads a writing workshop titled “Putting Your Passion on Paper” at the San Francisco Writers Conference, Book Passage, and East West in Mountain View. Brenda might have begun her life in a West Virginia holler, but she's settled in the San Francisco Bay Area to bring her message of fun, gratefulness, and connection to the whole wide world.

Paul Alan Fahey is the author of the Lovers and Liars gay wartime romance series—a 2014 finalist for a Rainbow Award. He is the editor of the 2013 Rainbow Award-winning nonfiction anthology, The Other Man: 21 Writers Speak Candidly About Sex, Love, Infidelity,
&Moving On. His short fiction has appeared in Byline, Palo Alto Review, Long Story Short, African American Review, The MacGuffin, Thema, Gertrude, Kaleidoscope, and in various anthologies from Cup of Comfort, My Mom’s My Hero, to The Best of SLO NightWriters in Tolosa Press 2009-2013, and Somewhere in Crime. Paul is an emeritus member of SLO NightWriters and Sisters in Crime. For eight years before retiring from Allan Hancock College, he created and edited the award-winning international literary journal, Mindprints, for writers and artists with disabilities. Paul lives on the California Central Coast with his husband, Robert Franks, and a gaggle of shelties. Visit him at: http://paulalanfahey.com
Twitter: @paulfahey12

Theresa-Marie Wilson was instrumental in starting the Coast News in 2004 and has been the managing editor ever since. She is also the Tolosa Press special section editor as well as a member of the
creative team for four of the publication’s magazines, and a consultant for advertising campaigns. She takes far too many photos of her cats, none of which have been in the paper, yet. T, as most people know her, is working on her first novel and writes a blog, CatNoirCC.com, dedicated to saving black cats from high kill rates in shelters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Literature from Humboldt State University.

Mindy Conde.  With a Master’s degree in Literature and a lifelong passion for the written word, Mindy is in her element as an editor for TheCrimsonQuill.com, which she runs along with friend and business partner, Natalie McDermott. She loves working with authors to help them perfect their manuscripts and turn those tricky passages into
masterpieces. After graduating from Cal Poly, Mindy and her husband didn’t want to leave the area and now call the Central Coast their home. She lives in the lovely, and often foggy, little town of Los Osos with her husband, two cats, and piles and piles of books. When she’s not editing or reading, Mindy enjoys local wine tasting, baking, and hiking in the many beautiful areas the Central Coast has to offer. 

Maria V. Eyles, aka Maria Christina Vidale, is the author of The Virtual Pen, a blog devoted to the passion of the moment whether plastic pollution on beaches, service dogs, or spiritual musings. She has
extensive experience as an editor and copyeditor as the owner of The Polished Page. For many years she taught college essay writing at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA. She received a degree in French Literature and History at La Sorbonne in Paris, France, and completed her education at Stanford University with a Master of Arts in French and Linguistics. An award winning poet, Maria recently published her first novel, God’s Beautiful Dream, about a young priest in Paris in 1972 who falls in love.

Natalie McDermott's love for the written word began in the first grade, and it simply never stopped flourishing; her family was not surprised when she received her Master’s in Literature, since seeing her
with her nose in a book was not uncommon.   Since she now runs TheCrimsonQuill.com with her friend and business partner, Mindy Conde, this sight is still not uncommon, except now she has a red pen in her hand.   As an editor, Natalie’s passion for the written word has grown exponentially, as she thoroughly enjoys helping authors with their craft.  She lives in Burbank with her husband and their small dog, and she dreams of the Central Coast.

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is a bestselling, multi-award winning author of thirteen books in the Fantasy and Young Adult Paranormal Romance genres.  A California native, Jenna grew up and still resides on the Central Coast, a place she finds as magical and enchanting as the worlds she creates.
While attending the University of California at Berkeley, Johnson focused on the field of fine arts and Celtic Studies, two subject areas she has drawn from to create her novels.  Her Legend of Oescienne series (a middle grade, epic fantasy adventure) was inspired partly by the
geography of the Central Coast.  Her Otherworld series (young adult, paranormal romance) is set in her hometown of Arroyo Grande and interweaves the mythology of ancient Ireland with modern-day characters and situations.
Johnson’s Otherworld novel, Lorehnin, was a 2014 New Apple Book Awards Medalist in the Young Adult category, and was also named the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Young Adult Paranormal Silver Medalist.  For more on the author and her books, and for contact information and to sign up for the author’s newsletter, visit:www.jennaelizabethjohnson.com or send an email to:authorjejohnson@gmail.com
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Thomas Patchell has taught writing and literature courses at Loyola Marymount University, Mount Saint Mary's College, and East L.A. College all in Los Angeles, and at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He co-edited the anthology Veterans of War Veterans of Peace with Maxine
Hong Kingston. In 2012 his short story, “A Woman in the Boss Man’s Yard” was selected for the New Short Fiction series and performed on stage live at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood--it is available in the e-anthology War Stories edited by Sally Drumm. He has been a judge for Poetry Out Loud and the Ingrid Reti Creative Writing Contest for ARTSObispo. He now teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Cuesta College in California where he has edited, co-edited, and produced Tellus, The Literary Journal of the college since 2008.

Sean Boling is the author of six novels and a collection of short
stories. He teaches English at Cuesta College and Creative Writing at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation. He lives in Paso Robles with his wife and two children.

Randi Barros is an award winning film editor and screenwriter.  She recently finished editing “Lives Well Lived,” a feature documentary by director, Sky Bergman.  She co-edited the documentary, “Botso, The Teacher From Tblisi” which won the
Audience Award at the Maine International Film Festival, the Waimea Film Festival, the Tblisi Film Festival and the San Luis Obispo Film Festival in 2013-2014.  She has also won awards for her screenplays, and currently teaches Screenwriting and Filmmaking courses at Cal Poly and Allan Hancock College.  Randi attended the MFA film program at Columbia University School of the Arts and holds her BS degree in Film Studies from Ithaca College.  She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband and daughter.

Dianne Emley is a Los Angeles Times bestselling author who has received critical acclaim for her Detective Nan Vining thrillers (including Killing Secrets—Random House) and Iris Thorne mysteries (including Pushover—Simon and Schuster). Dianne’s also written a standalone paranormal mystery, The Night Visitor (Random House.) Her short fiction has been published in Literary Pasadena (Prospect Park Books) among
other anthologies. Her books have been translated into six languages. She has a B.A. in Philosophy and an MBA in marketing, both from UCLA. She’s held day jobs as varied as drill press operator, California Department of Consumer Affairs complaint handler, clothing boutique buyer, egg and poultry industry marketer, software company sales manager, and technical writer. She finally escaped the cubicle warren of business middle management and is delighted with her favorite and final profession: crime writer. A Los Angeles native, she lives in the Central California wine country with her husband, where she’s a pretty good cook and a terrible golfer.  “Emley masterfully twists, turns, and shocks.” —Tess Gerritsen  
Website: www.DianneEmley.com
Twitter: @DianneEmley
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/83073.Dianne_Emley

S.L. Gore.  Born with wanderlust, forever living in a fantasy world, S. L. Gore escaped the prairies of Kansas to follow the yellow brick road on a twenty-year odyssey that took her to Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Starting with a one way ticket to Iceland, she returned with a Viking husband, an art degree and speaking five languages.

A love of travel, classical history, languages, mysticism, food, shopping and adventure led Gore to create the epic time travel romance novels of the Isis Trilogy: The Red Mirror, The Emerald Tablet and The Black Scroll.
Her non-fiction publications include the self-help manual Sex and the Zen of Shopping: How to Live Rich by Shopping Smart and inspirational memoir contributions to three Life Choices anthologies.
Gore is a regular contributor to Life Choices on-line magazine with the cooking and table art column Beauty and the Feast, Dining with Sandra. From time to time, you can find samples and photos of both simple and exotic dishes on her blog www.SLGore.com. Expect a future cookbook of Gore’s own recipes plus those of talented, foodie friends from around the globe.
Gore’s next project is a memoir of her years in North Africa hitchhiking the sands of the Sahara and exploring the back alleys of the souks in the underbelly of Maghreb. Working title: Not In Kansas Anymore. Gore is a frequent guest on talk radio discussing Middle East politics and the impact of Islamic culture on the West.
Joyously married forty-one years, the Nielsens hang out in a quintessential beach bungalow in a coastal California beach town. You can follow her on twitter @GoreNovels or like her Facebook page S. L. Gore. Email her at GoreNovels@gmail.com.

Sue McGinty.  With little more than an urge to live at the beach, write mystery novels, and mollify a cat who’d never ridden in a car before Sue McGinty left Los Angeles June 17, 1994, the same day OJ Simpson took his infamous ride. Unlike OJ, Sue had a destination in mind: the
Central Coast hamlet of Los Osos. Not the Cabot Cove of “Murder She Wrote,” but close.

Her Bella Kowalski Central Coast mysteries include “Murder in Los Lobos,” “Murder at Cuyamaca Beach,” “Murder in Mariposa Bay,” and the forthcoming “Murder in a Safe Haven.” Her short fiction has been featured in four other Sisters in Crime Central Coast Chapter anthologies.

Tony Piazza is a mystery writer, film historian, and veteran storyteller renowned for his passion for writing and movies. He is the
author of four mystery novels, a non-fiction work, and numerous short stories. Actor and stand-in for movies and television, Piazza has appeared in such notable films as Magnum Force and The Streets of San Francisco. From Clint Eastwood to Steve McQueen, Piazza’s stories read like a who’s who of Hollywood. He is also a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and SLO Nightwriters.

Sandra Tyler authored Blue Glass, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and After Lydia, both published by Harcourt Brace. She is editor-in-chief of The Woven Tale Press (www.thewoventalepress.net), an online magazine featuring works by writers and artists from across the Web. With a following of over 5,000, The Woven Tale Press is gaining traction as cyberspheres premier literary and fine arts magazine, publishing both
established and emerging writers and artists. Contributors span a wide creative gamut, from poets and writers of flash fiction, memoir, and the experimental to painters, photographers, sculptors, mixed-media and installation artists
Tyler was awarded her BA from Amherst College and MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has taught creative writing on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including at Columbia University, (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), and Manhattanville College, (NY); she was  an assistant editor at Ploughshares and The Paris Review literary magazines, and production freelancer for Glamour, Self, and Vogue magazines. For the past ten years, she has served as judge for Stony Brook Universitys national annual fiction contest. She was one of the 2013 BlogHer.com Voices of the Year. 

Jo Haraf’s fiction and poetry have been published in the California Writers Club Literary Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, and Ragnarok. She’s currently working on a collective biography based on the early
venture capitalists who funded Charles A. Lindbergh’s 1927 flight to Paris. Jo earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Pacific University. A popular speaker on the craft of writing, she is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Biographers International Organization, and the California Writers Club. She lives near the Golden Gate Bridge with a scruffy terrier whose adoration sustains her through revisions and rejections. www.JoHaraf.com

Joyce Krieg is Vice President of California Writers Club (CWC) and is scheduled to become president of the venerable organization by the time the 2016 Central Coast Writers Conference takes place. CWC
currently has 2,000 members in 21 branches throughout the state and is one of the oldest organizations for writers in continuous operation in the nation. Joyce is the author of three mysteries published by St. Martin's Press (MURDER OFF MIKE, SLIP CUE and RIDING GAIN). A graduate of San Jose State University, Joyce had a long-time career in print and broadcast journalism before turning her talents to fiction. She has taught classes in writing crime novels through the UC-Santa Cruz Extension.

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