2019 All-Iowa Writers' Conference Presenters
Tracey Garvis Graves is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into thirty-one languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, Cherish, Heart-Shaped Hack, White-Hot Hack, and The Girl He Used to Know. She is hard at work on her next book. Tracey loves to interact with her readers and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Maggie Ann Martin hails from Des Moines, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She has a shiny new BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa, the most welcoming literary community in the world. When she is not writing, you can find her binge watching TV shows or passionately fangirling over fictional characters on the Internet. Maggie is the author of To Be Honestand The Big F.
In addition to writing the Sugar and Spice series for Kensington Books, she also writes as half of the writing team of Sparkle Abbey, author of the national bestselling Pampered Pets mystery series from Bell Bridge Books. Prior to publishing, Mary Lee won first place in the Daphne du Maurier contest, sponsored by the Kiss of Death chapter of RWA, and was a finalist in Murder in the Grove’s mystery contest, as well as Killer Nashville’s Claymore Dagger contest. She is the founding president of Sisters in Crime – Iowa and a current board member of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest chapter, as well as a member of Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death the RWA Mystery Suspense chapter, Sisters in Crime, and the SinC internet group Guppies. She loves encouraging other writers and is a frequent presenter for writers’ groups. Mary Lee has a passionate interest in creativity and teaches a university level course in Creative Management to MPA candidates, as well as presenting workshops and blogging about creativity. She currently resides in the midwest with her husband, Tim, and Sparkle, the rescue cat namesake of the Sparkle Abbey pseudonym. Her delights are reading and enjoying her two sons and daughter-in-laws, and six grandchildren.
As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading romance novels. She never left.Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, two teenaged kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of will power, Marci would embrace healthy living but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local grocery store, she’ll put that ambition on hold and appease her guilt by reading self-help books and promising to join a gym “soon.”
M.L. Williams is an award-winning ex-journalist. He retired after 39 years of battling deadlines to venture into the world of science fiction.Williams lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He spend his time reading, writing and enjoying his role as Grandpa. His novels include Seers of Verde: The Legend Fulfilled and Return of the Earthers.
Chief Dennis Reilly began his law enforcement career with the Morris Township (N.J.) Police Department in 1987. During his career in Morris Township he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1995, Lieutenant in 2000, and Caption in 2007. In January, 2011, he was appointed Chief of Police for Morris Township, where he remained until his appointment as Chief of Police for Grinnell on June 4, 2012. During his career, Chief Reilly has instructed in a number of law enforcement areas, including constitutional law, firearms, first aid, and RADAR operation. He has also served as a Field Training Officer and Officer in Charge of Detectives. Chief Reilly holds a B.A. in Management Sciences from St. Bonaventure University and an M.A. in Education from Seton Hall University. He is a graduate of the 241stSession of the F.B.I. National Academy, as well as a graduate from and instructor for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy.