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Country vs. City Crimes

        An age old debate….City vs Country. Two worlds, very different in atmosphere and in tone of mentality present varying challenges when it comes to crime. Let us examine these opposing siblings as we discuss their unique quantities.

Dennis Royer has enjoyed a lengthy career in information technology as a programmer and network administrator. He began writing novels in 2000 as an artistic release from the unforgiving logic of bits and bytes. During the past twenty-three years he has written sixteen novels in a wide variety of genres ranging from mysteries to young adult to post-apocalyptic. When not writing, Dennis

coaches and encourages new writers as a way of giving back to all those who helped him learn the craft. He is a member of Pennwriters, Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, and Perry County Council of the Arts.

            Dennis Royer - Author (Thriller)

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USA Today bestseller Annette Dashofy is the author of over a dozen novels. Her standalone,
Death By Equine, is the 2021 winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for excellence in
thoroughbred racing literature. She is also the author of Where the Guilty Hide, the first in her
new Detective Honeywell series set on the shores of Lake Erie. HELPLESS is the twelfth and
latest in her multi-Agatha-Award-nominated Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic-
turned-coroner in rural Pennsylvania.

            Annette Dashofy - Author (Traditional Mystery)

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Moderated by Author Sandy Nork

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Novelist, writing coach, and manuscript editor John DeDakis is a former editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." DeDakis is the author of five mystery-suspense-thriller novels. He regularly teaches at literary centers, writers’ conferences, and bookstores.

            John DeDakis - Author (Suspense/Thriller)

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Tj began writing in grade school and continued to dabble through his career as a military federal agent with the Air Force OSI, where he was an anti-terrorism agent and investigator, and through his years as a senior executive and international security consultant. Aside from writing, Tj is an independent security consultant in Northern Virginia. He has lived and worked around the world in places like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Americas—among others. His latest novel, The Hemingway Deception, is now available from Suspense Publishing.

            Tj O'Connor - Author (Political Thriller)


Greg Stone is the author of the new mystery novel Dangerous Inspiration (published by Paper
Angel Press). It features a detective with synesthesia, a condition that gives him colorful visions that may help him solve a series of murders at an artists' colony where he was accepted as a novelist. Greg has also written two management books: Branding with Powerful Stories: The
Villains, Victims, and Heroes Modell (ABC-Clio) and Artful Business: 50 Lessons from Creative Geniuses. A three-time Emmy nominee, Greg began his career as a journalist and now runs his own communications firm in Boston.

            Greg Stone - Author (Traditional/Detective)

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