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Author: Midnight Hour Crime Writer Panel

Frankie Y. Bailey, Tracy Clark, Delia Pitts, Faye Snowden and Abby L. Vandiver discuss Midnight Hour: A Chilling Anthology of Crime Fiction by 20 Authors of Color.


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From a simple robbery gone horribly wrong to a grisly murder in a secret love dungeon, this stellar collection of crime fiction short stories showcases some of today’s finest voices of color. Edited by bestselling author Abby L. Vandiver, this thrilling anthology will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Frankie Y. Bailey, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice University at Albany (SUNY). She studies crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture and material culture. She is the author of five mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Lizzie Stuart and two police procedurals novels featuring Albany police detective Hannah McCabe. 


Tracy Clark, a native Chicagoan, is the author of the Cass Raines Chicago Mystery series, featuring ex-cop turned PI Cassandra Raines. A multi-nominated Anthony, Lefty and Shamus Award finalist, she is also the 2020 winner of the G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award. Clark is a member of Crime Writers of Color and serves on the boards of Mystery Writers of America Midwest, Sisters in Crime Chicagoland and Bouchercon national. Her most recent book, Runner, was released in June 2021.


Delia C. Pitts was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor’s degree in history. After working as a journalist, she earned a Ph.D. in African History from the University of Chicago. She is a former university administrator and U.S. diplomat. Murder My Past is the fifth book in her contemporary noir mystery series. The newest entry, Murder Take Two, will be published on February 22, 2022. She has published several short stories and is featured in an anthology of Black American Literature edited by National Book Award-winning novelist Charles Johnson. She is an active member of Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers of Color. Pitts and her husband live in central New Jersey and have twin sons living in Texas.


Faye Snowden is the author of A Killing Fire, Spiral of Guilt, The Savior and Fatal Justice, and several short stories, as well as a little poetry, sprinkled here and there in various literary journals. Her work has been featured in several anthologies, and her new book in her noir mystery Killing series, A Killing Rain, is due out soon. She has a master’s in English literature and a deep curiosity in all things noir—especially stories populated with people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Snowden is a member of Sisters in Crime and serves as secretary for SinC National. She is currently working on her latest novel from her home in California. 


Abby L. Vandiver, a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author who also writes as Abby Collette, has always enjoyed writing, combining that with her gift for telling stories and love of mystery she became an author. Vandiver has written as an indie as well as a traditionally published author. She has penned more than twenty-five books and short stories.She writes cozy mysteries with Penguin Berkley including A Deadly Inside Scoop and A Game of Cones in the Ice Cream Parlor Mystery series. Vandiver resides in South Euclid, Ohio, and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and facilitating self-publishing and writing craft classes at her local library.



Frankie Y. Bailey - Website | Frankie Y. Bailey - Twitter | Frankie Y. Bailey - Facebook

Tracy Clark - Website | Tracy Clark - Twitter | Tracy Clark - Facebook

Delia C. Pitts - Website | Delia C. Pitts - Instagram | Delia C. Pitts - Twitter

Faye Snowden - Website | Faye Snowden - Instagram | Faye Snowden - Twitter

Abby L. Vandiver - Website | Abby L. Vandiver - Instagram | Abby L. Vandiver - Twitter




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