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To Our Treasured Sponsors

The Writers Police Academy, and the writing community, wish to extend a deep and heartfelt “Thank You” to each of our generous supporters. Without you, dear friends, this celebrated event would not be possible.

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Dell Magazines

Corporate Sponsor

Dell Magazines is known for its many puzzle magazines and astrology magazines, as well as fiction magazines such as Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction, and Analog Science Fiction and Fact. It is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, under the same ownership as Penny Publications, LLC, which publishes PennyPress puzzle magazines.

Lisa Regan

Silver Star

Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Education degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Crime Writers Association, and Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.

The Drowning Girls

A knock on the door late in the evening can only mean trouble for Detective Josie Quinn, but fear chokes her at the news that the one of her own team is missing. No one has seen Denton PD’s beautiful Press Liaison Amber for days. Sweet-natured and totally dedicated to the job, she’d never let her colleagues down. A message scrawled on the frosted windscreen of Amber’s car leads Josie to a nearby dam. But the body they pull from the water is not Amber…

Tami Hoag

Medal of Valor

Tami Hoag is the #1 International bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide, with more than forty million books in print. Renown for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, crackling dialogue and well-research police procedure, Hoag first hit the New York Times bestseller list in 1996 with NIGHT SINS, and each of her books since has been a bestseller, including her latest, THE BOY. She lives in the greater Los Angeles area.

The Boy

An unfathomable loss or an unthinkable crime? #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag keeps you guessing in her most harrowing thriller yet.

A panic-stricken woman runs in the dead of night, battered and bloodied, desperate to find help...

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Kendra Elliot

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Kendra Elliot has sold ten million books, hit the Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller list over a dozen times, and is a three time winner of the Daphne du Maurier award.

She is an International Thriller Writers' finalist and a Romantic Times finalist. She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest but recently spends most of her time on a warm beach, always wearing flip flops.


Dr. Katherine Ramsland

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Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she is the Assistant Provost. She has appeared on more than 200 crime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and has consulted for CSI, Bones, and The Alienist. The author of more than 1,500 articles and 70 books, including The Forensic Science of CSI, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, How to Catch a Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations, and Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer, she was co-executive producer for the Wolf Entertainment/A&E documentary based on the years she spent talking with Rader. Dr. Ramsland consults on death investigations, pens a blog for Psychology Today, and she's currently writing a fiction series based on a female forensic psychologist. The first book in the series is "I Scream Man."

Dr. Katherine Ramsland


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We are a dynamic digital publisher of bestselling commercial fiction and a division of Hachette UK. We also publish commercial non-fiction under our Thread imprint.

Our unique publishing model and transformative campaigns have created unrivalled international author brands. We connect stories, authors and readers globally, publishing books that reflect the diversity of the societies we live in.

Our submissions are always open as we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to share their story. Over 60 million copies sold worldwide.


Terry Odell
Deadly Relations book

Terry Odell


An avid mystery reader, she thought she’d try writing a mystery, but her daughters pointed out, it was more of a romance. She realized that even when reading a mystery, she was captivated by the relationships between the characters.
Now she’s a multi-published, award-winning author of over thirty novels, novellas, and short stories. She writes four series of mysteries and romantic suspense: Pine Hills Police, Triple-D Ranch, Blackthorne, Inc., and Mapleton Mysteries, but she calls them all “Mysteries With Relationships.”
Her awards include the Silver Falchion, the International Digital Awards, and the HOLT Medallion, among others. A Los Angeles native, she moved to Florida where she spent thirty years in the heat and humidity. She now enjoys life with her husband and rescue dog in the cooler, dryer climate of the Colorado Rockies, where she watches wildlife from her windows.
You can learn more about her and her books at her website, terryodell.com.  
Melinda Leigh

Melinda Leigh


#1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh has written twenty novels and sold over 10 million copies of her books. Her stories have been been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her debut novel, She Can Run, was an International Thriller Award finalist. Since then, she has garnered numerous writing awards, including two RITA® Award nominations. 
Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She's dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women's self-defense. She lives near the beach with her family and two spoiled rescue dogs. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting www.melindaleigh.com.
Patti Phillips

Patti Phillips


Patti Phillips is the person behind Detective Charlie Kerrian at www.kerriansnotebook.com. Her second ebook, “Kerrian’s Notebook, Volume 2: Fun, Facts, and a Few Dead Bodies,” covers a wide range of law enforcement procedures and techniques. Ms. Phillips has experienced seven of the Writers’ Police Academies. Many of her stories and non-fiction articles are based on the interviews she conducted at WPA as well as the intensive WPA sessions and weeklong classes at SIRCHIE she attended over the years. Hundreds of Phillips’ photographs seen on her blog and around the internet attest to the fun and knowledge gained by all at WPA.

Her book reviews can be read at www.nightstandbookreviews.com

A Very Special Thank You

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The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits, including Country-Pop chart-topper "Elvira," as well as "Bobbie Sue," and "Dream On." In 1977, Paul Simon tapped the Oaks to sing backup for his hit "Slip Slidin’ Away." In 2021, Mike Rowe ("Dirty Jobs"), John Rich of Big and Rich, and the Oaks teamed up to release the hit song "Santa's Gotta Dirty Job," which quickly reached the number one spot on the iTunes chart.

They’ve scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national Number One singles. During their career, the group has earned top honors such as Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards, to name only a few.

*The Oaks’ organization is a longtime supporter of the Writers’ Police Academy. In 2019, Joe Bonsall (on the left in the photo above), the lead voice on the hit songs "Elvira", "It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometime," and "Love Song," joined several authors in writing a collection of short stories for the Writers’ Police Academy's anthology, After Midnight: Tales form the Graveyard Shift. 



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Joe Bonsall

In addition to singing with the Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Bonsall is an avid writer. He published his first children’s books in 1997, The Molly Books, a four-book series. In 2003, Joe published G. I. Joe and Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty, an inspirational biography about his parents. His song by the same name was included on the Oaks’ Colors album and a music video of the song became a YouTube phenomenon with more than five million views.

Joe authored the text for the Oaks’ coffee table book, An American Journey and a Christmas story titled An Inconvenient Christmas, On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys (2015), and From My Perspective (2010), a collection of commentaries, stories and other writings. He also wrote Sunshine Berkman, a short story in the Writers' Police Academy 2019 anthology, After Midnight: Tales from the Graveyard Shift.

*Bio source and images - oakridgeboys.com

Kathy Harris
Deadly Conclusion book

Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business. For several years she freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote, as well as ghostwrote, news stories and columns for various music publications. Her first novel was released in 2012 from Abingdon Press. Deadly Conclusion, the final book in her three-book The Deadly Secrets romantic suspense series, was released in 2022 by Iron Stream Fiction and was a finalist in the 2023 Maggie Awards.

In addition to her writing career, Kathy is the marketing director for country music legends—and Country Music Hall of Fame and Gospel Music Hall of Fame members—The Oak Ridge Boys. Her lifelong fascination for books and editing led to her working as literary agent for The Oak Ridge Boys’ vocalist Joe Bonsall. Joe, subsequently, published several books, including his bestselling inspirational biography, G.I. Joe & Lillie (New Leaf Press).

To learn more about Kathy, visit her website at www.kathyharrisbooks.com.

Friends of the WPA

Level Best Books

Well-regarded by readers and reviewers, stories published by Level Best have won the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Derringer and Robert L. Fish Award for Best First Short Story presented at the Edgar® banquet. Level Best short stories have also been recognized as Best and Distinguished Mystery Stories by the editors of the Best American Mystery Stories series.

In addition to the Best New England Crime Stories, Level Best is the publisher of crime fiction anthologies from The Writers’ Police Academy and the New York/Tri-State Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Level Best has also published themed anthologies on the subjects of Law Enforcement, Culinary Noir, Me Too short stories and, in addition to crime fiction anthologies, Level Best Books also publishes quality mystery, thriller, and crime fiction novels.

The Graveyard Shift

A blog about police procedure and investigation, forensics, and the craft of writing.

by renowned expert Lee Lofland


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