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Naked Came the Rogue
a serial mystery set in
southern oregon's jackson county
Battistella. Chapter 7. Gold Hill/Rogue River, Oregon
Ed Battistella teaches English at Southern Oregon
University. He is the author of four books, most recently Do You
Make These Mistakes in English? The Story of Sherwin Cody's
Famous Language School (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Battistella is the author and facilitator of the popular local
LiteraryAshland.org, reporting on writing and reading in
Southern Oregon. He’s frequently seen on community television
where he interviews visiting mystery and crime fiction writers
Ashland Mystery rvtv noir.
Carole Beers. Chapter 6.
Central Point/Table Rock, Oregon.
Carole Thompson Beers is a retired
journalist and avid horsewoman living in Grants Pass. She is
crafting a final draft of Blood Rider, a young-adult mystery
novel that moves between the Old and New West. The Monday Mayhem
Mystery Writing Group headed by Tim Wohlforth keeps her focused.
Beers began writing at age seven, penning Western stories
inspired by cowboy and mystery radio shows and novels. She
earned a journalism degree at the University of Washington, and
sold stories to romance and true confession magazines. Beers’ main
writing experience was writing stories, columns and arts reviews
for The Seattle Times newspaper. She interviewed scores of
celebrities, from Microsoft honchos to Movieland icons,
including Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne.
Caldwell. Chapter 5. Medford, Oregon.
Hathaway Caldwell, an ordained minister of the United Church of
Christ, taught high school as a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa,
worked in social service agencies, on community newspapers and
is a long-time community activist. She writes plays and stories
for children. Accounts of her experience raising an adopted son
with special needs have appeared in Cup of Comfort anthologies.
Caldwell developed early publicity for the Naked project.
Chapter 2. Jacksonville,
Morgan Hunt is
the author of the Tess Camillo mysteries, featuring a
contemporary Odd Couple, women -- one lesbian, one straight; one
ditzy and dreamy, the other logical and linear-minded. They care
deeply about each other through meals, jobs, love affairs, poker
games and a bout with breast cancer. And then... they solve
Hunt was raised
on the Jersey shore in Brigantine where she was fascinated with
things like conch eggs and learning the Hebrew alphabet. played
at college, enlisted in the Navy serving at Brunswick, Maine and
San Diego, then worked for 25+ years in communications and
public relations. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, twenty
miles from the actual location of Einstein's brain.
Maryann Mason. Chapter 8.
Butte Falls / Prospect, Oregon.
Maryann Mason of
Ashland Oregon, has taught history and English in the Midwest,
Northwest, and Bolivia. She writes history spots for local
public radio, interviews mystery writers for Ashland Mystery
rvtv noir, and edits personal and family histories. Her poetry
has appeared in Sweet Annie & Sweet Pea Review 1999,
Magazine 2007 and The Third Reader, An Online Journal of
Literary Fiction and Poetry. In 2008 she published her first
chapbook, Ravelings. Mason coordinated the Naked project,
maintaining continuity and editing the overall work.
Chapter 9. Shady Cove/Eagle Point, Oregon.
is a writer and teacher. Educated in Germany and the United
States, he has a Ph.D. in International Studies from the
Graduate School of International Studies at the University of
He is a latecomer
to fiction writing, although he has been a mystery reader for as
long as he has known of John Le Carré. His first introduction to
writing fiction was a 2002 summer course taught by his friend,
the late Fred Pfeil, winner of the Pushcart Press Editor's award
for his collection What They Tell You to Forget. After catching
the fiction bug, he took an advanced creative writing class with Lucy Ferriss,
author of Unveiling the Prophet:
The Misadventures of a Reluctant Debutante and five other
Since moving to
Southern Oregon from Connecticut in 2008, Niemann has been a
member of the mystery writing group that includes author Tim Wolforth. Michael Niemann produced each Naked chapter in .epub and .mobi formats.
Mary Robsman. Chapter 3.
Mary Robsman is a
retired educator who taught elementary and junior high students
in Illinois, California, Iowa, and Department of Defense schools
in Germany. She was professor of education at University of
Central Florida, Rollins College, and most recently Southern
Oregon University. She is now a member of the Siskiyou Sleuths
mystery book club and Friends of the Talent Library. She enjoyed
her collaboration with local mystery authors to write a killer
story to support the libraries’ Jackson County Reads Oregon
Mysteries program. However, she admits, “I’ve never in my
writing career killed anyone.”
Mary’s first book of nonfiction is What Made Us Who We Are
Today, World War II Oral History. She co-authored a series of
adventure stories intended for school-age reluctant readers that
were published in the newspaper, Florida Today. She was an editor and
contributor to Canine Capers: Mystery in Oak Valley, a chapter
book featuring dog detectives in Talent, Oregon. Currently she
is writing a creative nonfiction book based on the life of First
Lady Julia Dent Grant who lived in Galena, Illinois, Mary’s
Wohlforth. Chapter 1. Ashland,
Tim Wohlforth’s thriller Harry, which
deals with eco-terrorism and is set in the Northwest, was
published in May 2010. The Pink Tarantula, a short story
collection, was published in 2011 by Perfect Crime Books. A
contemporary noir novel, No Time To Mourn, was published in
2004. Wohlforth has published over 75 short stories which
appeared in Hardcore Hardboiled (Kensington), MWA’s Death Do Us
Part, (Little Brown), Plots With Guns (Dennis McMillan) and
other anthologies. Two of his stories have made the
“Distinguished Mystery Stories” list in Otto Penzler’s Best
American Mystery annual anthologies. He is a Pushcart Prize Nominee and received a
Certificate of Excellence from the Dana Literary Society. Wohlforth framed the Naked project by defining the first victim
and describing the protagonist. For more information on Tim
Wohlforth, visit TimWohlforth.com
Woods. Chapter 4. Ashland,
Lyda Woods, MFA, MA,
runs the Gumshoe Gourmet, LLC, an entertainment production
company the specializes in murderously-funny, slightly-historic
mysteries. These interactive shows have entertained native Rogues
for six years. Her Gumshoe clients include: the American Cancer
Society, Ashland New Plays Festival, the Craterian Theater,
Hearts & Vines, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Medford
Police Association and Harry & David.
Woods’ MFA is from the American Conservatory Theater; her
master’s thesis was a solo piece that was produced at Life on
the Water Theater in San Francisco. She has taught writing at City
College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and
other Bay Area colleges and now at Rogue Community College. You
can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find Gumshoe Gourmet
on Facebook, or at
GumShoeGourmet.com. As are many
writer/adjunct professors, Woods is looking for a job with health