Guests of Honor
Simon Wood is an ex-racecar driver, licensed pilot, occasional private investigator, and author of crime fiction. He has produced 13 novels or short-story collections for the mystery and thriller shelves and published more than 150 stories and articles. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, garnering him an Anthony Award and a CWA Dagger Award nomination, as well as several readers' choice awards. He's a frequent contributor to Writer's Digest, a past chapter president of Mystery Writers of America, and a member of Sisters in Crime.
Fan Guest of Honor
Al Abramson grew up in New York. After a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and a master's in environmental communication, he spent eleven years in Montana, then moved to Wisconsin, and retired twenty years later as a marketing specialist for a major university. Throughout his life, he has read or listened to numerous mysteries, and even started one of his own.
An epic and injurious game of basketball at the 1999 Bouchercon, plus the drugs given to him in the hospital later that day, led to Abramson agreeing to volunteer for more mystery conventions. He led the 2006 Bouchercon in Madison, WI; has served on the Bouchercon board; and will chair the 2013 Bouchercon in Albany, NY.
American Guest of Honor
J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 45 mysteries, with more than 20 million copies of her books in print. She writes three different series set in locales she knows well: the J.P Beaumont series, featuring a retired Seattle police officer; the Joanna Brady series, starring an Arizona County Sheriff; and the Ali Reynolds series, centered on an ex-television journalist's return home to Sedona, AZ. In addition, Jance has published a book of poetry and four interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, based on what she learned while teaching on the Tohono O'Odham reservation west of Tucson, Arizona.
Before becoming an author, Jance worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation, as a teacher, and selling insurance. She was born in South Dakota, brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, and currently lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.
International Guest of Honor
Edward Marston was born and raised in Wales before reading History at Oxford University, lecturing for a few years, and becoming a full-time freelance writer in 1966. He has written plays for radio, television, and the stage, as well as contributed hundreds of episodes to various drama series. He has also worked in the film industry, taught drama at a prison, and run his own small-scale professional theater company.
But Marston has been most prolific in the world of mystery, publishing forty crime novels under four different names and setting his work in at least five different time periods. He has explored a variety of occupations, pursuits, and characters, including medieval robber barons, Elizabethan actors, Restoration rakes, Victorian villains, Edwardian adventurers, and modern-day professional golfers.
Marston is a former Chairman of the Crime Writers Association in the U.K. and now lives in the Cotswolds with his wife, fellow-author, Judith Cutler.
YA Guest of Honor
Since 2001, Eoin Colfer's internationally best-selling Artemis Fowl series (dubbed "Die Hard with fairies") has delighted fans worldwide, selling over 9 million copies in the United States alone. Starring an irresistible antihero, these middle-grade must-reads follow Artemis on his James Bond-like adventures. In addition to his Artemis Fowl series, Colfer has penned graphic novels, novels for older readers, and a variety of other young-adult adventures, all laced with his trademark high-tech action and humor. His newest novel, WARP—The Reluctant Assassin, is a high-stakes, high-tech pursuit through time and the first in a brand-new series. Colfer lives in Wexford, Ireland, and in the South of France.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jeffery Deaver is the international bestselling author of 29 novels, two collections of short stories, and a non-fiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. He has written a number of series and standalone novels throughout his career, and is currently alternating between books featuring special agent Kathryn Dance and quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhymes. In addition, he was selected by Ian Fleming Publications to write the James Bond novel Carte Blanche.
Deaver has received awards for Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association as well as Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger awards and the Nero Wolfe Award. Among other honors, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award, a Gumshoe Award, and six Edgar Awards. He was born in Chicago and holds degrees from University of Missouri and Fordham University. Before embarking on his successful career in fiction, he worked as a journalist, folksinger and attorney.