Editorial Staff

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EDITORIAL BOARD:

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
D.P. LYLE MD is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar (2), Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, Silver Falchion, and USA Today Best Book Award (2) nominated author of many non-fiction books as well as numerous works of fiction, including the SAMANTHA CODY, DUB WALKER, and JAKE LONGLY thriller series and the ROYAL PAINS media tie-in novels. His essay on Jules Verne’s THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND appears in THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS and his short story “Even Steven” in ITW’s anthology THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER.
He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, 1-800-Missing, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars.
He attended college, medical school, and served an internship at the University of Alabama; followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas at Houston; then a Fellowship in Cardiology at The Texas Heart Institute, also in Houston. For the past 40 years, he has practiced Cardiology in Orange County, California.
He is the co-host, along with Jan Burke, of CRIME AND SCIENCE RADIO, a twice-monthly program on SUSPENSE RADIO.
CRIME AND SCIENCE RADIO: Co-Host with Jan Burke, 2013-Present

STEVEN G JACKSON is an SCWA Board member, multi-genre full-time writer, a published thriller author, an award-winning short story author, and a five-time produced playwright. His 2015 thriller, The Zeus Payload, has received outstanding reviews. His novels range from techno-thrillers to mainstream thrillers to horror. He also writes comedy, mostly for the stage.

PAMELA L. SHEPPARD has represented major NY publishers and sold to scores of independent bookstores in nine states. She has had the rare privilege of working with some of the best book buyers and the most respected book editors and authors of the past few decades. Literary and commercial bestsellers, amazing successes and spectacular failures, the effort has always been to recognize the books and ideas that key into exactly what the marketplace wanted. Selling hundreds of new fiction and non-fiction titles every year shaped the instincts for recognizing good, original projects and led naturally to editing and consulting with new and accomplished writers. A couple of years as assistant instructor for Cal State Long Beach’s Ghostwriting Certification Program has made Pam well equipped to address both the quality and market viability of all kinds of publishing projects for today’s challenging market.

SHARON GOLDINGER is a book shepherd, editor, and publishing and marketing consultant. With an eye for details, she leads authors and publishers through the often-complicated publishing process (writing, editing, design, printing, marketing, distribution) and uses her business, marketing, and editorial experience to help produce exceptional, award-winning books

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE:

MADELINE MARGARITA spent much of her life as a corporate executive and business owner, before she chose to enter the “real” world and re-discover her passion for fiction. A love-affair born of intricately crafted absentee notes that later progressed to creative resumes and articles. But it was her almost primal need to connect with people and make them laugh that drove her to write her first novel.
Maddie has lived in Tucson, New York, and Miami and currently resides in Southern California. When not writing, Maddie is traveling, speaking and producing Lit Up!OC –a monthly author event that has showcased the work of more than a hundred local writers. She also serves as Chief Talent Wrangler and Board member for the Southern California Writer’s Association and belongs to Sisters-in-Crime OC.

DON WESTENHAVER served with the Marines in Vietnam as a radioman and interpreter.  His fascination with different cultures grew with many visits to Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa as a finance executive. These experiences, backed up by intense research, inspired his five historical thrillers.  Don and his wife assist with three different charities, play golf, read novels, and love to travel.   They are blessed with two daughters and two grandchildren.

LORENZO “LARRY” PORRICELLI is an executive in the film industry, as well as a film producer. He has written specialty for Simon & Schuster, and has been a journalist for the Times Mirror newspapers in New York City and Connecticut. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, and he won the film industry’s Film Marketer of the Year Award from several studios. He has marketed films and books at the world’s largest surf contest as well as on college campuses. He is noted for work within the Hispanic community through Premiere Weekend, which encouraged young people of Hispanic heritage to enter the film business. Larry has also overseen and developed 4 annual college scholarship programs that awarded 65 scholarships in 2017 for young people with hardship. Larry also developed a program where young people with autism and other issues can see a sensory friendly movie each month. Additionally, Larry has worked assisting the efforts of the Variety Boys & Girls Club in East Los Angeles for more than 20 years.

ANNE SALLIER –Owner BOOK CARNIVAL and premiere scout of new writerly talent!