Steven James

Award-winning Novelist

Steven James is the critically-acclaimed author of fifteen novels. He’s a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest and the author of the groundbreaking book Story Trumps Structure and the guidebook used by thousands of novelists, Troubleshooting Your Novel—both from Writer’s Digest Books.

He has received wide critical acclaim for his work including five Storytelling World Honor awards, two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, and three Christy Awards for best suspense.

Steven earned a Master’s Degree in Storytelling from ETSU in 1997 and is an active member of International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, and International Association of Crime Writers. He has taught writing and storytelling principles around the world, and is a regular keynote speaker and workshop teacher at premier writing conferences and retreats nationwide.

In 2010, Steven developed the Novel Writing Intensive Retreats to provide a concentrated time of study and feedback for fiction writers of all levels. 

He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. When he's not writing or speaking, he's trail running, playing disc golf, or slipping away to a matinee.

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Robert Dugoni

NYT Bestselling Author

Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of The Tracy Crosswhite series: My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath, In the Clearing, and The Trapped Girl. The Crosswhite Series has sold more than 2,000,000 books worldwide and My Sister’s Grave has been optioned for television series development.

He is also the author of the best-selling David Sloane series: The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One and The Conviction; and the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon and The Cyanide Canary (A Washington Post Best Book of the Year), and several short stories.  

Robert is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction, and the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel in the Pacific Northwest. He is a two-time finalist for the International Thriller Writers, and a finalist for the Mystery Writers of America Award for best novel. His David Sloane novels have twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for legal fiction. His books are sold world-wide in more than 25 countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish. 

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