DMUND X. DeJESUS is a professional technical writer in the Boston area. He’s married, with two kids in college. For him, writing started in high school, when his English teacher passed out free notebooks and told students to write whatever they wanted. As an adult, he’s published hundreds of magazine articles on technical topics. A few years ago, he self-published a mystery novel and has written five other novels. He’s written dozens of short stories and is gradually getting them published. He tries to write stories that he himself would like to read.
ELLEN B. HOLZMAN was a community journalist for 20 years. Midway through her career, she fell under the spell of a mischievous troll called Arrogance and became co-owner, editor and publisher of The Alpine Sun, a small-town newspaper on the outskirts of rural San Diego County. Ellen sold the paper five years later after discovering that being a publisher was a lot harder than it looked. A few years later, while working as Letters Editor for the North County Times, Arrogance made an encore appearance, and Ellen started writing a short story about letter writers solving a murder mystery. Five years later she decided it was a lot harder than it looked. She joined Sisters and Misters in Crime of San Diego, a group of readers and writers of mysteries whose purpose is to support equality for women mystery writers. With much mentoring from this group, Ellen is now looking forward to an honor reserved for members who have been published: her name on the Sisters and Misters in Crime quilt. That troll will probably be in stitches, too.