Mark your calendars for Friday, May 19, 2017, That’s the date for the Mystery Writers of America Skillbuild that will be held in Jackson, Mississippi. Registration is now open at Here’s the lineup:

Carolyn Haines – USA Today bestselling author of 25 books under her own name and 40 Harlequin Intrigues titles under the pseudonym Caroline Burnes. A native of Lucedale, Mississippi

Maggie Toussaint –  A scientist by training, a romanticist at heart, EDGAR award winning author Maggie Toussaint is President, Southeast Chapter, Mystery Writers of America

John Floyd – Author of more than 1000 short stories, EDGAR Award nominee and three-time Derringer Award Winner

Michael Kardos – Novelist and short story author. His works have won Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, and the 2015 Pushcart Prize

Darden North, MD – National award-winning author of four mystery and thriller novels, most notably an IPPY in Southern Fiction. His fifth novel and thriller, “The  Five Manners of Death,” will be released June 15.

Joe Lee, Publisher, Dogwood Press – Author of seven mystery/suspense novels and over 500 non-fiction articles.

Martin Hegwood – Author of a private eye series set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Winner of MS Library Association’s Author’s Award for “Green-Eyed Hurricane.”

Phil Hardwick, author of the Mississippi Mysteries Series.


An award-winning columnist for the Mississippi Business Journal Phil Hardwick also writes mystery novels.

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