The 2018 Pitch Perfect-ers have been chosen! We had a huge response so thank you to all who took the time to apply to present their idea to our panel of crime writing and publishing experts.

We will be welcoming:

Daniel Culver

will be pitching Dissecting the Wren

Daniel Culver is an editor and author from Essex, interested in the gritty, often dysfunctional aspects of crime and the psychology of criminal behaviour. A former youth worker, much of his work is inspired by the disaffected young people he once worked with. Murderers included.

Forest Issac Jones

will be pitching Shadows

Forest Issac Jones was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and raised in Salem, Virginia. He learned to love reading and storytelling from his mother who taught reading for over 40 years. Forest taught History and Geography for 10 years and was a school principal for 12 years. He is currently the Director of Administrative Services for Salem City Schools.

May Rinaldi

will be pitching And Then We Sever

May Rinaldi (the pen name of Irene Paterson) lives in Dumfries with three pigs, six hens, three cats and a large Norwegian. She writes crime thrillers with a paranormal edge and has had several short stories published.

C.O. Vollmer

will be pitching Safer To Be Feared

C.O. Vollmer is the pseudonym of a writer making their first stab at crime fiction, after working in other media and different genres.

Anna Pietrzkiewicz-Read

will be pitching Behold The Man

Anna Pietrzkiewicz-Read comes from Poland and lives with her family in Edinburgh. The longest piece of writing she has produced so far is a PhD thesis on Icelandic folklore. She is working hard to change that.

Sandra Kohls

will be pitching This Ain’t the Summer of Love

Sandra Kohls has an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow and her short stories and poems have appeared in various anthologies. When she isn’t writing, she likes to run through the streets of Dunfermline listening to heavy metal or swim laps of the local pool making up vengeful tales about people who do doggie paddle in the fast lane.

Eileen Wharton

will be pitching Daddy Longlegs

Eileen Wharton is part Scottish (the best part.) She teaches English to teenagers and lives on a council estate in County Durham. She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty to ten years of age and has no plans to procreate further much to the relief of the local schools and police force.

Simon Cowdroy

will be pitching Trial Run

Simon Cowdroy lives as one part of a dog dominated family in the Yarra Valley near Melbourne, Australia. In the last year his short and flash fiction has been long and short listed in both Australia and the UK – most recently the June 2018 round of Bath Flash Fiction. His hobbies include writing – and that’s about it. Trial Run will be his first novel.

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