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            served at a number of stateside posts as well as overseas in Vietnam and Germany during his time in the military. He is the author of six thrillers that draw from his military experience, including three tours in the Pentagon. He writes for TheBurg, a community magazine based in Harrisburg. His novel, Secret Assault, was selected as the Best Suspense/Thriller at the 2015 Indie Book Awards. Don is a member of International Thriller Writers, Military Writers Society of America, Pennwriters, a statewide writers group in Pennsylvania, and is a mentor with the Mystery Writers of America. You can reach Don at:

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            is an author, full-time police detective, and father of two. As a

twenty-year veteran police officer, he’s a court recognized narcotics

expert, a graduate of the prestigious Top Gun Undercover Law

Enforcement Training Program, child forensic interviewer, and

possesses a Class A certification in the use of wiretaps. A child actor,

Schaffer appeared in multiple television commercials, performances

at the Walnut Street Theater, Saturday Night Live, and Nickelodeon.

Schaffer is the author of multiple independently-published books, as

well as the Santero & Rein thriller series, the most recent of which is

An Unsettled Grave. A die-hard supporter of the Philadelphia Union,

he is proud to say that he’s never been ejected from a game. Yet.

Visit Bernard Schaffer online at

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is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of books including

Scorpion Strike, Final Target, End Game, High Treason, Damage Control,

Threat Warning, Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan’s Run, At All Costs,

Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. In addition,

John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of

Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. He is contracted to

write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to

Freedom. His newest book is Total Mayhem.

    A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on

suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local

libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life,

John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of

explosives, hazardous materials, and fire behavior.

            Moderator - Don Helin

            Author - Bernard Schaffer

            Author - John Gilstrap

            Researching the Perfect

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            Whether the crime took place in a different century or

in today’s world, research plays an important part in the plot. Get a “fact”wrong…and you might just hear from your fans.


            was raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a novelist, poet,

short story writer, and playwright who earned her MFA in creative

writing from American University. Her debut novel The Magician’s Lie

was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club

selection. It has been optioned for film by Jessica Chastain's Freckle

Films. Her novel Girl In Disguise, also an Indie Next pick, received a

starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it “a well-told,

superb story.” Her new novel Woman 99 is a historical thriller. A

regular contributor to Writer Unboxed and the Chicago Review of

Books, she lives with her family in Washington, DC.

            Author - Greer Macallister

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