Tod Goldberg is The New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and story collections, including, most recently, Gangster Nation, a sequel to the international bestseller and Hammett Prize finalist Gangsterland; The House of Secrets, which he co-wrote with Brad Meltzer; and Living DeadGirl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Formerly a book critic and columnist for a number of newspapers in Las Vegas, Tod earned 5 Nevada Press Association Awards for Excellence and, in 2016, was honored with the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in recognition for his continued excellence in the field. Tod founded and directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.
Deborah Reed is the author of four novels: The Days When Birds Come Back, Olivay, Things We Set on Fire—which sold over 100,000 copies in the first six months, and Carry Yourself Back to Me—an Amazon Editor’s Best Book of the year. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun. Deborah holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She has taught novel writing at the UCLA Writer’s Extension, and at many other creative writing workshops for conferences around the U.S. and in Europe. Her nonfiction has appeared in Poets & Writers, The Literarian, The Nervous Breakdown, Oregon Home Magazine, and elsewhere.