Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and author. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. She is currently in post-production on the feature documentary The Eight Faces of Jane (2019). She is the author the of The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury 2005); the award-winning book Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), translated into Spanish by Plots Ediciones, adapted as a play by La Recua Teatro in Toledo, Spain (2012) and adapted into the documentary, Be Natural, by Pamela Green (2018). Her fiction includes: a historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), which won the Rosemary Award for Best YA Historical in 2014 and the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award in 2015. Her short mystery "The New Score" appeared in the Fish Out of Water Anthology (Wildside Press), and "The Drive By" in the Busted anthology (LevelBest Books), both April  2017, both nominated for Derringer Awards. “Kamikaze Iguanas” appears in the MWA anthology for middle grade readers entitled  Scream and Scream Again, edited by R.L. Stine, (HarperCollins, 2018). She is represented by Gina Panettieri of Talcott Notch Literary.

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Caged, debut Thriller by Ellison Cooper

Cover for Ellison Cooper's CagedEvery year the International Thriller Writer's organization (ITW) organizes various a series of events to encourage authors who have had their first book published in the preceding twelve months. At Thrillerfest there is a dinner for the authors to meet and a Debut Author breakfast where Steve Berry introduces the authors and gives them each a minute to talk about their book.