Mystery Fest Key West 2017 Writers


Author John H. Cunningham

Author John H. Cunningham has a background as eclectic as his literary subjects. Once the editor in chief of The Pro Review, a magazine for professional photographers, he has also enjoyed a long career as a commercial real estate professional developing projects in New York City, Washington, D.C., Toronto and other Mid-Atlantic states. Like his fiction protagonist, Buck Reilly, he’s also an aviation enthusiast, island hopper and an avid escapist.

John lived in Key West in the late ’70’s and early 80’s, but now lives in Virginia with his wife and two daughters, and spends much of his time traveling. His choices for the places and plots that populate the Buck Reilly series include many subjects that he loves: Key West, Cuba, the Bahamas, and multiple Caribbean settings, along with amphibious aircraft, colorful characters, and stories that concern themselves with the same tensions and issues that affect all of our lives.

He developed Buck Reilly as a protagonist who is more everyman than superman to create a hero on a human scale, with many of the same strengths and weaknesses as the rest of us. Wrapping these elements into a genre that is both popular and under-supplied, his work offers a compelling escape for readers who like against the odds stories in tropical settings.

Author Robert Coburn

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Robert Coburn graduated from Maury High School and then spent three years in the U.S. Army.  Upon his discharge he enrolled in the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary VPI as an engineering student.  A year later he transferred to Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) in Richmond, Virginia, as an advertising major, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Advertising.

Coburn spent his advertising career at major ad agencies in New York and Los Angeles.  He worked ten years with Doyle Dane Bernbach in New York, starting as a copywriter and becoming a Vice President Copy Supervisor.

He joined Rubin Postaer and Associates in Los Angeles where he became a Senior Vice President and Creative Director.

His television and print ads have won major awards in advertising shows nationally and internationally.  They include first place wins in The Clios, The Andys, New York Art Directors Club, The Beldings, and Gold and Silver Lions at Cannes.

After leaving the advertising business, Coburn turned his attention to writing novels.  His first, A Loose Knot–a mystery novel set in Los Angeles and Key West–was followed by A Deadly Deception, The Pink Gun and Little Boxes. Coburn’s latest, Bad Tidings, is due out in the summer of 2015.

Outside of writing, Coburn enjoys playing the saxophone and traveling.  He is also an instrument-rated commercial pilot.  He lives with his wife in Carmel, California.

Author Mike Dennis

For thirty years, Mike Dennis was a professional musician, retiring from full-time playing around 2003. He then became a professional poker player, and left Key West for Las Vegas. In late 2009, one of his novels was picked up by a publisher and he had to abandon poker to devote time to developing a platform for his books. Since then he has published five more novels, two novelettes, and numerous individual short stories. In December, 2010, Mike moved back to Key West.

In 2013, he had the opportunity to get into audiobook narration. Since then, he has over 40 audio titles available, about half in the crime/noir genre. His biggest title is I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane, the first Mike Hammer novel.

Author Siera London

I write about Sassy, Sensual heroines and the Alpha Males that love them, flaws and all.

Contemporary romance and women’s fiction is my therapy of choice. I served 22 years in the United States Navy as a registered nurse before I decided to focus on my writing career. It’s never too late, to follow your heart’s desire.

I live in Florida Keys with my husband and a color patch tabby named Frie. I am a pet lover at heart. I would gladly welcome more furry friends into the household; however, I had to guilt my husband into the cat. As a native Floridian, it’s nice to leave the DC weather in the rearview mirror.

When I’m not writing, I love getting lost between the pages of a great book. I get a thrill searching through recipe books with my sister in-law. I enjoy cooking  huge meals to share with friends and family. I would like to think I’m a pretty good cook since folks keep showing up at the front door to eat my food.

When I can whisk my husband away from his job we enjoy warm, sunny places anywhere in the world. We have plans to start a blog titled “Reading, Writing, & Walking the Keys.”


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