License to Thrill

Date: April 17, 2024

Time: 6:30-8:00PM

Location: Zoom

Join us for a lively discussion with a panel of thriller authors, moderated by chapter co-president, and author of the On Pointe mystery series, Lori Robbins.

Patricia AKA T. M. Dunn is the author of the psychological thriller, HER FATHER’S DAUGHTER (Crooked Lane Books July 18, 2023.) She is also the author of REBELS BY ACCIDENT (Sourcebooks, 2014) and LAST STOP ON THE 6 (Bordighera Press, C.U.N.Y. 2021).  Dunn has served as Senior Director of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, where she holds an MFA in creative writing. She coaches aspiring and established writers and teaches creative writing workshops. She is a co-founder of Key to the Castle Workshop and is the co-host of the Westport Library’s podcast, “Go Ahead, Write Something” and co-chair of programming for Sisters-in-Crime CT.

She lives in Stamford, Connecticut where she is currently working on her next novel, with her rescue puppy Blanqui snuggled at her side.

When asked why she chose the thriller genre for her new book she says, “It chose me.” Dunn has been intrigued, some say obsessed, with serial killers since she was twelve when the Son of Sam (David Berkowitz) killed her friend’s cousin and her boyfriend blocks away from her home. 


Elise Hart Kipness is a television sports reporter turned crime fiction writer. LIGHTS OUT is based on Elise’s experience in the high-pressure, adrenaline-pumping world of live TV. Like her protagonist, she chased marquee athletes through the tunnels of Madison Square Garden and stood before glaring lights reporting to national audiences. (At five feet, she often stood on a milk crate to interview NBA players).

In addition to reporting for Fox Sports Network, Elise was a reporter at New York’s WNBC-TV, News 12 Long Island, and the Associated Press, covering events including the Olympics, NBA and NCAA Championships, and the US Open. She is currently Co-President of Sisters in Crime Connecticut. When not writing, Elise loves reading, binge-watching thrillers, and she will fight you for the last scoop of coffee ice cream.

A graduate of Brown University, Elise has two college-age sons. Elise, her husband and their three labradoodles split their time between Key West, Florida and Stamford, Connecticut.

Tim Maleeny is author of the award-winning Cape Weathers series of mysteries and the bestselling comedic thriller JUMP, which Publishers Weekly described as “a perfectly blended cocktail of escapism.” His latest novel is a global art heist called HANGING THE DEVIL, which which Library Journal calls “relentlessly fast paced with delightfully dry humor in a starred review. San Francisco magazine describes HANGING THE DEVIL as “a riveting thriller set in San Francsico’s Chinatown you won’t be able to put down, guaranteed.”

Tim has won both the Macavity and Lefty awards, and his short fiction appears in a number of leading anthologies. The Irish Times says, “If comic crime fiction is your thing, Maleeny delivers in spades.”

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Jodé Millman is the author of the “Queen City Crimes” Series. She is the recipient of the Independent Press, American Fiction, and Independent Publisher Bronze IPPY Awards, and was a Finalist for the Romance Writers of America Daphne DuMaurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards and the First Place Winner of the Clue Award. She’s an attorney, the host/producer of The Backstage with the Bardavon podcast, and the creator of The Writer’s Law School. Jodé lives with her family in the Hudson Valley, where she is at work on her next novel inspired by true crimes in the region she calls home.





Lori Robbins is the author of the On Pointe and Master Class mystery series and is a contributor to The Secret Ingredient: A Mystery Writers Cookbook. She won the Indie Award for Best Mystery and two Silver Falchions for Best Cozy Mystery. Short stories include “Leading Ladies” which was cited in the 2022 Best American Mystery and Suspense anthology. A former dancer, Lori performed with a number of regional ballet companies, as well as with Ballet Hispanico. Her commercial work included spots for Pavlova Perfume and Macy’s. After ten very lean years onstage she became an English teacher and now writes full-time. Lori is co-president of the New York/ Tristate Sisters in Crime and an active member of Mystery Writers of America. She is an expert in the homicidal tendencies everyday life inspires.