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Loved being interviewed by AllAuthor- such thoughtful questions!

Excited to share that MISSED CUE was named a Top Pick for the Silver Falchion Award!  Also, my work-in-progress, DEATH IN THE END ZONE, was named a Claymore Award Top Pick.


Enjoyed being interviewed by Mike Briggs on his Briggs on Books show:

MISSED CUE received the 2024 “Distinguished Favorite” Independent Press Award in the category of mystery: :

Excited to share that DEADLY SETUP was a Maincrest Media Book Award winner for young adult fiction:

MISSED CUE, my first mystery for adults, came out on August 8th from Melange Books!

MISSED CUE received a lovely review in Midwest Book Review:… 

Thrilled to report that MISSED CUE was an Editor’s Pick on BookLife:

DEADLY SETUP was named a 2023 NYC Big Book Award Winner
in the category of Young Adult Fiction:

Excited to share that DEADLY SETUP was a Silver Falchion finalist, and my work-in-progress, MISSING MOM, was a Claymore Award finalist.

Thrilled that my unpublished middle grade novel, THE BIG SWITCH: VARNEY AND CEDRIC, was named a finalist for the Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize in the young adult/middle grade category.

My article on character development appeared in Writer’s Digest!

My piece on mysteries for performing arts lovers appeared in CrimeReads:

I was interviewed by The Indie View:

My essay on what preoccupies me as a writer appeared on Debra Goldstein’s blog:
Appeared on Janet Buck/Ally Shields’ blogs:

Interview on JL Buck blog:
Book Spotlight on Ally Shields blog:

My essay on writing for adults versus teens appeared on George Cramer’s blog:

On August 9th as part of Book Lover’s Day, I was interviewed about MISSED CUE on Big Blend Radio:

Appeared on Lois Winston’s blog to talk about MISSED CUE:

My essay on “Changing Lanes” as an author appeared on Judy Penz Sheluk’s website on August 5th:

Books Forward included a nice writeup on their website about MISSED CUE:

Edith Maxwell and I were interviewed by A.D. Price on the New England settings of our novels:

Interviewed by Shey Saints for HubPages:

My essay on the challenges of growing up female appeared in the June 16 issue of GIRLTALK:

DEADLY SETUP was a finalist for the Imadjinn Award for best young adult novel:

Book Excellence named DEADLY SETUP as a finalist for the Book Excellence Awards in the mystery category:

DEADLY SETUP was a finalist in the M&M Chanticleer International Book Awards:

My guest essay on the importance of backstory appeared on Hasty Book List:

Interviewed by George Cramer on my journey from dancer to author:

Guest blog with Crime Cafe:

Interviewed by Sarahlyn Bruck on “Author Spotlight” in December 2022:

DEADLY SETUP was an Editor’s Pick and received a lovely review from BookLife:

Interviewed by Allison Stalberg Siebens of Knee Brace Press on family dynamics in my novels, November 22, 2023:

DEADLY SETUP came out on July 5 and is a Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards’ silver medalist! 

Thrilled to share that MISSED CUE, my first adult mystery, will be published by Melange Books in the summer of 2023.

At Killer Nashville in August, LEISHA’S SONG won the Silver Falchion Award for best juvenile/YA mystery.

In August, DEADLY SETUP received a lovely review in Shelf Unbound:

On July 8, my guest essay, “Beyond the External Plot: What Is Your Book Really About?” appeared on Sarah Glenn’s blog:

On July 9, LEISHA’S SONG received the Imadjinn Award in the young adult category.

My article on mystery novels featuring mother-daughter relationships appeared in MYSTERY TRIBUNE:

On July 17, received lovely review of DEADLY SETUP in MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE magazine:

Joy Held featured LEISHA’S SONG on “Books by My Friends” June 17 and DEADLY SETUP on July 19:

On July 19, I appeared on Ally Shields’ Coffee Chat to talk about DEADLY SETUP: Mystery Author Lynn Slaughter Stops by the Blog!

On June 15, my guest essay, “Confessions of a Nosy Writer,” appeared on Lois Winston’s blog:

Participated in Authors panel discussion on June 8 on Big Blend Radio:

LEISHA’S SONG received a lovely review from Franklin Bauer posted on THE BOOK COMMENTARY site. Bauer called the characters “unforgettable” and the story “a page-turner”: htpst//

MISSED CUE won the Florida West Coast Writers contest in the mystery-suspense category. MISSED CUE is an expansion of a short story I wrote for Malice Domestic’s anthology, MURDER MOST THEATRICAL.

Thrilled to share that LEISHA’S SONG was nominated for an Agatha Award for best mystery novel in the children’s/YA category.

LEISHA’S SONG was awarded a bronze medal in the YA mystery category by the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards!

Midwest Book Review highly recommended LEISHA’S SONG and described it as “a captivating story of intrigue, tangled relationships, and passion for music.”

Upcoming Events (Due to upcoming surgery, having to put on hold attending!)

August 3, 2024: Participating author at LaGrange Book Festival, LaGrange, Kentucky.

August 24, 2024: will be at Killer Nashville, Franklin, Tennessee.

August 28-September 1, 2024: Participating author at Bouchercon Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee.

Past Events

March 23, 2024: Signed with author Elaine Munsch at the Hurstbourne Barnes and Noble in Louisville.

April 6, 2024: Along with mystery author Elaine Munsch, signed books at the Paddock Shops Barnes and Noble in Louisville.

April 7, 2024: Participating author at the Spring Fling Book Bash, Forest Edge Winery, 1910 Clermont Rd., Shepherdsville, KY.

April 20, 2024: Participating author at the White Squirrel Arts Festival, Bowling Green, KY:

February 21, 2024: I was interviewed on “Briggs on Books” at 2 PM. You can watch the live interview at:  Web Channel:      Youtube Channel:

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February 24, 2024: I participated in an author panel and book signing as part of the City of Florence, KY Book and Literacy Festival::

October 18, 2023: Participating Author at Bluegrass Book Bash, Lexington Senior Center,  Lexington, KY, 10-3 p.m.

November 4, 2023: Participating author at the Bards & Friends Book Sale at the Hardin County Public Library, Elizabethtown, KY, from 10-2 p.m.

November 9, 2023: Participating author at the Bluegrass Writers Coalition Festival of Books  at the Foundry, Frankfort, KY, from 3-8 PM.

November 10 & 11, 2023: Participating author at the Louisville Book Festival, Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, KY:

September 30, 2023: Presented workshop on “Writing Young Adult Fiction 101” at Louisville Literary Arts’ Block Festival at the Logan Street Market.

August 17-20, 2023: Participating author/faculty member at Killer Nashville, Franklin, Tennessee

August 5, 2023: Signed books at the La Grange Book Fair

July 14-16, 2023: Guest panelist and workshop presenter on “Writing the Romantic Mystery” at Imaginarium, Louisville, KY

May 27, 2023: Participating author at the Canal Town Book Festival, Dover Public Library, Dover, Ohio.

April 22, 2023: Participating author at the White Squirrel Arts Festival, Bowling Green, KY:

April 28-30, 2023: Participating author at Malice Domestic, Bethesda, Maryland

January 28, 2023: Signed books and appeared in conversation with Ellen Birkett Morris, award-winning author of LOST GIRLS, at Joseph Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY 

December 3, 2022: Signed books with Derby Rotten Scoundrels, the Ohio River Valley chapter of Sisters in Crime, at the Hurstbourne Barnes and Noble, Louisville, KY

October 28, 2022: the Louisville Book Festival, Louisville, KY

October 29, 2022:  the Kentucky Book Festival, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, Kentucky

November 12, 2022: Louisville Literary Arts’ Block Festival, Ivy Tech Community College, Sellersburg, IN- presented a workshop, “Writing Young Adult Fiction 101”

September 30-October 1, 2022: the Heartland Book Festival, Elizabethtown, KY

August 18-21: Participating author at Killer Nashville, Franklin, Tennessee

July 21, 2022: I was a participating author in “Voice & Vision: Presented by Spalding’s School of Writing, The Louisville Review & 21c Museum Hotel.” 

On Thursday, January 13, enjoyed talking about and reading from LEISHA’S SONG as part of the Louisville Literary Arts InKY series,

Enjoyed participating in the Louisville Book Festival October 22nd and 23rd– participated in a panel on “Creating Authentic Female Characters” with writers Ellen Birkett Morris and Mary Popham and did a reading from LEISHA’S SONG.

Loved participating in the Flemingsburg County Book Festival on October 2nd and seeing LEISHA’S SONG shelved in their YA section!

Enjoyed being interviewed as guest author in September for Hasty Book List

Participated in Lexington’s Legendary Book Bash on August 28th

Guest author on George Cramer’s blog on August 30th

My article, “The Three Best Pieces of Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received,” appeared in Teen Ink’s August 15th issue

Loved chatting with Leah Stuhler about Leisha’s Song in late July on her podcast, YA Book Chat


Thrilled to announce that my third YA novel, Leisha’s Song, came out on June 22 from Fire and Ice, the YA imprint of Melange Books.

June 16, 2021: Interviewed on Ally Shield’s Coffee Chat,

June 17, 2021: Guest author at meeting of The Bard’s Corner Writer’s Group,

June 17, 2021: Guest author on Vicki Batman’s blog,

June 8, 2021: Guest author at Women Who Write,

May 22, 2021: Presented a talk on combining romance with suspense and writing outside your identity group to Kentuckiana Romance Writers.

April 10, 2021: Gave talk on “Writing for Young Adults” to my local chapter of sisters in Crime. For link, visit our website:

November 12, 2020: I appeared on @pagestreetya reading the first chapter of IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU, answering questions, and offering words of encouragement I’ve found helpful to writers participating in NANOWRIMO or working on other projects.

My short story, “Missed Cue,” appears in Malice Domestic’s 2020 anthology, MURDER MOST THEATRICAL. Publication birthday was October 1st, 2020. Love the cover!

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020: Presented a workshop on “Writing Outside Your Identity Group” at the Imaginarium 2020 Virtual Conference and Convention, 

Saturday, November 16, 2019: Participated in panel, “Feeding the Fire: Building a Vibrant Writing Life” with writers Mary Lou Northern and Ellen Birkett Morris at the Writer’s Block Festival at Spalding University in Louisville.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Was guest speaker on how to choose books to give as holiday gifts for YA readers at the Women’s Club of Louisville.

Friday & Saturday, September 21-21, 2019: Was participating author at the Heartland Book Festival in Elizabethtown, KY.

Thursday-Sunday, August 22-25, 2019: Attended Killer Nashville Conference held at the Embassy Suites in Cool Springs, Tennessee where participated in several panels, including moderating “Coming of Age: Writing YA Mysteries, Suspense & Thrillers.” IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU Was a Silver Falchion Award finalist in the young adult/juvenile category.

Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27, 2019: Participating author at the Southern Kentucky Book Festival (SOKY) in Bowling Green, KY. On Friday’s Teen and Children’s Day, was panelist on “Mystery Mavericks and Thrills that Chill” with fellow authors Ben Woodard, Gia Cribbs, and Brian Tucker. On Saturday, participated in YA Contemporary panel with David Arnold, Courtney Stevens, Ingrid Palmer, Anica Mrose Rissi, and Gwenda Bond.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, May 3-5, 2019: Participating author at Malice Domestic in Bethesda, Maryland, where served as panelist on “Newshounds on the Case” with fellow authors Glen Echo, R.G. Belsky, John DeDakis, Nancy Cole Silverman, and James W. Ziskin. Leone Ciporin moderated.

Saturday, November 10, 2019:  Signed books with Derby Rotten Scoundrels, local chapter of Sisters in Crime, at Barnes and Noble, 801 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, from 2-4 PM.

Thursday, November 15, 2019: Opening of Authors and Artists Exhibit (including It Should Have Been You) at Library, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana.

Saturday, November 17, 2019: Panelist on “Fierce Females in YA Literature” at 10 AM and participating author at the Kentucky Festival Book Fair, Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY, 9-4 PM.

Friday, August 31, 2018: Signed books at the Kentuckiana Author’s Book Blitz, 300 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana, 6-10 PM.

Friday, September 14, 2018: Signed books at the Dessert & Autograph Party as part of the Fall SCBWI Midsouth Conference, the Embassy Suites Nashville South, 820 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin, TN  37067, 7:30-8:30 PM.

Saturday, June 23, 2018: Signed books at Seton Hill University as part of their In Your Write Mind Conference.

April 14, 2018: Participated in the 8th Annual Kentuckiana Authors Fair in LaGrange, Kentucky.

March 24, 2018:  Did a reading as one of the participating artists in the 2018 SWAN (“Support Women Artists Now”) celebration in Louisville. 2-3 PM, Louisville Free public Library, 301 York Street, Centennial Room.

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU was one of the featured YA books on Justine magazine’s book site page.

January 26, 2018: I appeared in Jenn Christensen’s Author Spotlight who reviewed IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU

January 30, 2018: Official release date for IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU!

January 31, 2018: I appeared in a “Coffee Chat” in a blog by author Ally Shields

February 2, 2018: Book signing for IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU at Barnes and Noble on Hurstbourne, Louisville, KY, 3-5 PM

February 12, 2018: Reading an excerpt from IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU as part of Flying Out Loud monthly series. Sunergos Coffee Shop, 2122 Preston Street, Louisville, KY

December 8, 2017: Wrote guest column for, “Confessions of an Accidental Novelist”

October 14, 2017, 1-4 PM: Signed books at Indie Author Day at the South Central Regional Library in Louisville, KY.

October 6-8, 2017: Served as a panelist at the Imaginarium 2017 Convention, held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Louisville, KY.