Thalia Press was founded in 2010 as a way for traditionally-published authors to pool their resources, support each other’s work, and collaborate on group writing projects. Since then, the cooperative model has expanded. Thalia Press now publishes reprints of books by our authors, sponsors anthologies that feature multiple writers in the same genre, and issues new titles throughout the year on independent platforms. If you are a proven crime, romance, or contemporary fiction author who interested in becoming part of Thalia Press, please email us with details on your books and fan base.

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Lise McClendon is the author of numerous novels, short stories, and articles, including the Bennett Sisters mysteries, Rory Tate thrillers, Dorie Lennox mysteries, and the Alix Thorssen mysteries. She also wrote and directed the short film, The Hoodoo Artist, featured at the Telluride Indiefest.

Lise has served on the national boards of directors for Mystery Writers of America and International Association of Crime Writers/North America. She is also on the faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and co-presents a novel workshop for writers. Learn more at or her Amazon author page.

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Katy Munger is a North Carolina-based mystery author who is the author of the Dead Detective series; the Casey Jones crime fiction series; and the Hubbert & Lil cozy mystery series. She has written under the pen names Gallagher Gray and Chaz McGee and has also contrbuted to a number of short story collections, including Tar Heel Dead.

Katy was a founding member of Tart Noir and is a proud participant in North Carolina’s Noir at the Bar reading series. She has also been a book reviewer for The Washington Post and served as North Carolina’s 2016 Piedmont Laureate. Learn more  at or her Amazon author page.

Original Co-Op Authors

In 2011, Thalia Press debuted one of the industry’s first multi-author blogs called Views From the Muse. (You can view an archived copy of the blog here.) Views From the Muse featured writing-related columns by Thalia’s founders as well as the five well-established mystery writers shown below. Later the group would go on to write Thalia’s first group novel, Beat, Slay, Love, under the pseudonym Thalia Filbert. 

Taffy Cannon

Taffy Cannon is the author of fourteen series or standalone mysteries, an Academy Award-nominated short film, and Convictions: A Novel of the Sixties. Her Booked for Travel mystery series is written under the pseudonym Emily Toll.

In recent years, she has published several award-winning non-fiction books to aid family caregivers. View all of books on Amazon.

Kate Flora

Kate Flora is the author of 19 books and over 20 short stories, including the Thea Kozak mystery series and the Joe Burgess mystery series. Her most recent book isCareful What You Wish For, a collection of crime stories. Her nonfiction work includes true crime novels that focus on aspects of the experiences that public safety officers go through. View all of her books on Amazon.

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips is the author of numerous novels, comics, and short stories. He is also the editor of several anthologies, including Orange County Noir and The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir. His most recent novel, One-Shot Harry, was published in 2022 to widespread critical acclaim and commercial success.

View all of his work on Amazon.

Sarah Shaber

Sarah Shaber is the author of the 6-book Louise Pearlie historical mystery series, which features a young widow who works for the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, DC during World War II. She is also the author of the Professor Simon Shaw cozy mystery series and edited the short story anthology Tar Heel Dead. 

View her books on

J.D. Rhoades

J.D. Rhoades is a North Carolina-based attorney and newspaper columnist who is also the author of the Jack Keller series — which includes The Devil’s Right Hand,  Good Day in HellSafe and Sound, and Devils And Dust — as well as the stand-alone novels Breaking Cover and Broken Shield.

Follow J.D. Rhoades on Twitter and Facebook.


Our latest anthology, A Sampling of Sleuths, includes short stories by Lise McClendon, Katy Munger, Kate Flora, Gary Phillps, and Sarah Shaber as well as the following participating authors:

Michelle Bennington

Born and raised in the beautiful Bluegrass state of Kentucky, Michelle Bennington developed a passion for books early on that has since progressed into a mild hoarding situation and an ever-growing To-Be-Read pile. She delights in transporting readers into worlds of mystery, both contemporary and historical. In rare moments of spare time, she can be found engaging in a wide array of arts and crafts, reading, dance, traveling, and attending tours involving ghosts, historical homes, or distilleries.

Find out more about her series at www. With three different series involving bourbon, hoarders, widows, ghosts, in contemporary or historical settings, you never know what amusement you might find! You can also connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or Goodreads.

Anne R. Allen

Anne R. Allen is the author of twelve funny mysteries and two how-to books for writers. Her bestselling Camilla Randall Mysteries series are a laugh-out-loud mash-up of mystery, rom-com, and satire. She also has a collection of short stories and verses called Why Grandma Bought That Car, which has been translated into French, Italian, and Spanish, and is the co-author of How to be a Writer in the E-Age…a Self-Help Guide, written with Amazon #1 seller, Catherine Ryan Hyde. Her latest nonfiction book, The Author Blog: Easy Blogging for Busy Authors was named one of the Best 101 Books on Blogging and one of the Best Books on SEO by Book Authority. She’s also a contributor to Writer’s Digest and Writer’s Market. Anne shares her award- winning writing blog with NYT million-copy seller, Ruth Harris, at Anne R. Allen’s Blog…with Ruth Harris.

Visit for more information on the author. You can also find Anne on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Bookbub.

Connie Shelton

Connie Shelton is the author of more than 50 books, including the bestselling Charlie Parker myster‐ ies, the Samantha Sweet cozy paranormal mysteries, and the Heist Ladies series. She’s known for a light touch when it comes to sex and violence in her stories, but is much more lavish with food and chocolate. She taught fiction and non-fiction writing courses for six years before developing her own novel writing course, Novel In A Weekend. In the early 2000s she was a frequent conference speaker and a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul. She now lives in northern New Mexico with her husband and dogs.

Get a free book when you sign up for her newsletter at You can also follow Connie on Amazon, Bookbub, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Susan Slater

Kansas native Susan Slater lived in New Mexico for thirty-nine years and uses this enchanting Southwest setting for most of her mystery novels. Her Ben Pecos series reflects her extensive knowledge of the area and Native American tribal ways. In 2009, she made her first foray into women’s fiction with 0 to 60, a zany, all too true-to-life story of a woman dumped, and the book was immediately optioned by Hollywood. Her other stand-alone novels include historical book club fiction, The Caddis Man, and the spellbinding thriller Five O’Clock Shadow. As an educator, she directed the Six Sandoval Teacher Education Program for the All Indian Pueblo Council through the University of New Mexico. She also taught creative writing for UNM and the University of Phoenix.

Get a free book when you sign up for Susan’s newsletter or visit Susan’s website at Follow Susan Slater at Amazon, Bookbub, Facebook, and Twitter.

Jeffrey M. Poole

Jeffrey M. Poole is a best-selling author who specializes in writing light-hearted cozy mystery and epic fantasy stories with a healthy dose of humor thrown in. He began as an indie author in 2010, but now has all 30+ of his titles traditionally published. His series include the cozy Corgi Case Files and the epic fantasy Bakkian Chronicles series. He is a proud and active member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association.

To learn more about the author and his books, please visit his official website at or follow him on Facebook at