Debut Mystery Writers on Taking the Leap

On our continuing series the Satellite Sisters Word Write Festival, author Lian Dolan talks to two first time mystery writers: Kris Calvin and Anne Flett-Giardano.  Both women enjoyed long, distinguished careers in their field of choice, politics and TV writing. Then decided at mid-life to give mystery writing a go. If you are an aspiring mystery writer or just interested in embarking on a creative project that is outside your comfort zone, you’ll take away some inspiration from these two women. I enjoyed speaking to them about their work and whipped through each of their books– which I think is the point of fast-paced, fun mysteries. Best of luck to both Kris and Anne as they expand their careers into mystery writing.




Kris Calvin One Murder More

A former local elected official, Kris Calvin, author of debut novel One Murder More, knows politics from the inside out. She lives minutes from Sacramento, capital city of California and has been honored by the State Assembly and the California Governor’s office for her leadership in political advocacy on behalf of children.  Educated at Stanford and UC Berkeley in psychology and economics, Kris has been employed as a college-level lecturer in economics and as the CEO of a 5000-member nonprofit association in children’s health.

Kris is a single parent of a daughter and two sons who make every day worthwhile, and the guardian (never owner) of  black cat Nigel  and cattle dog Lily, both strays who found their way to Kris and family and never left. You’re most likely to run into Kris at regional mystery writers, readers conferences, in the halls of the Capitol of Sacramento or at a sporting venue or sports bar watching her favorite teams: the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco Giants and the SF Forty Niners.  One Murder More is the first in Kris Calvin’s new Maren Kane Mystery series.

For more information on Kris Calvin, please click here. 



Anne Flett-Giordano Marry, Kiss, Kill

Anne Flett-Giordano is a five-time Emmy-winning television writer and producer whose credits include Frasier, Hot in Cleveland, Becker, and Desperate Housewives. In addition to the three Best Comedy and two Best Writing in a Comedy Series Emmys, Anne (with her screenwriting partner Chuck Ranberg) has won a Producer’s Guild Award and a Golden Globe and was nominated for the Writer’s Guild Best Writing in a Comedy Series award. Anne divides her time between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California, where she shares a home with her husband, Arnie, and two book-blocking cats, Raider and Gracie. Marry, Kiss, Kill is her debut novel and the first in a series.

For more information about Anne Flett-Giordano, please click here. 


Listen to more of our Satellite Sisters Word Write Festival 2015:

Daniel Silva, International Best-Selling author of The English Spy

Matthew Quick, author of Silver Lining’s Playbook, on his new novel Love May Fail

Eleni Gage on her lush summer family drama The Ladies of Managua

Elyssa Friendman on her fun, flirty fiction Love & Miss Communication