Presenters and Instructors

Presenters for the 2019 workshop to be finalized
and listed here as soon as possible.

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Screen Shot 2018-12-08 at 11.19.49 AM.pngUSA Today best-selling author Don Bruns is the author of three mystery series. His first novel, Jamaica Blue was championed by author Sue Grafton and became the cornerstone for his Caribbean series. His second series, the Stuff series, involves two twenty-four year old private detectives in Miami. The books have been praised for their humor, their compelling story lines and the characters. A starred review in Booklist compares the novels to Mark Twain’s Huck Finn.

Bruns’s newest series, the Quentin Archer mysteries, involves a New Orleans homicide detective and a voodoo practitioner who team up to solve crime in the Big Easy. Read about the series here.

Bruns is a musician, songwriter, advertising guru, painter, cook, stand-up comic and novelist who has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up.

At the 2019 Tampa workshop, Don will be teaching on how to write great mystery/thriller, and also critiquing manuscripts for attendees in the genres of mystery, thriller, suspense, and crime.


Screen Shot 2018-12-12 at 9.25.53 AM.pngCheryl Hollon writes full-time after an engineering career designing and installing military flight simulators in England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Living the dream, she combines a love of writing with a passion for creating glass art in the small studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Cheryl is Past President of the Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime, a member of Mystery Writers of America, and belongs to International Thriller Writers. Find all of Cheryl’s books here.

At the 2019 Florida workshop, she will be teaching on time management for writers.


Screen Shot 2018-12-13 at 9.59.08 AM.pngErik Deckers is the owner and President of Pro Blog Service, a content marketing agency.

At the 2019 Florida workshop, Erik will be teaching, and he is also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on element for attendees.

Erik co-authored Branding Yourself: How to Use Social Media to Invent or Reinvent Yourself (Pearson, 2nd. ed. 2012), No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing (Pearson, 2011), and The Owned Media Doctrine (Archway Publishing, 2013). He also helped write Twitter Marketing For Dummies. He is currently writing a fifth book. Find all his books here.

Erik has been blogging since 1997, and has been a published writer for more than 27 years. He has been a newspaper humor columnist for over 20 years, and is published in 10 newspapers around Indiana. He is also an award-winning playwright, both for stage and radio theatre.

Erik frequently speaks about blogging and social media, especially as it relates to personal branding, small business marketing, crisis communication, and citizen journalism. Erik is a graduate of Ball State University with a B.S. in Philosophy and an M.A. in College Student Personnel Administration. He is married with three children, and lives in Orlando, FL.


Screen Shot 2019-01-05 at 1.56.38 PM.pngLorna Hollifield is a published Southern fiction author. Her first novel is Tobacco Sun.

At the 2019 Tampa workshop, Lorna is offering critiques for manuscripts, and also teaching on how to write Southern fiction.

Lorna is represented by Kimberly Whalen of Whalen Literary. She is a former officer with the South Carolina Writers Association. Learn more about Lorna at her website.

Lorna was born in Asheville, North Carolina, but now enjoys the island life outside of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Kimsey, and two mutts, Scarlet and Daisy.

She’s been an author from the time she could speak, always spinning yarns for anyone who would listen. She began her professional writing journey as a tourism and travel blogger, before finally deciding to pursue her dream of publishing fiction. Tobacco Sun is her first novel, and she’s delighted to share it with the world, When Lorna isn’t writing fiction, she enjoys blogging about writable women at


Screen Shot 2019-01-05 at 11.10.44 PM.pngKelly Coon is the YA author of GRAVEMAIDENS (Delacorte Press/Random House Fall ’19 and ’20).

At the 2019 Florida event, she will be teaching on how to write great middle grade and young adult, and will also be doing critiques for young adult manuscripts.

Kelly Coon is an editor for Blue Ocean Brain, a member of the Washington Post Talent Network, a former high school English teacher, ACT test prep book author, and a wicked karaoke singer in training. She adores giving female characters the chance to flex their muscles and use their brains, and wishes every story got the happy ending she’s living near Tampa with her three sons, dashingly handsome husband, and a rescue pup who will steal your sandwich.