Welcome to Killer Nashville!
A Writers’ Conference and So Much More…
October 29 – November 1, 2015

  • Register for the 2015 Killer Nashville's Writers' Conference
  • Network with Bestselling Authors
  • Agent, Editor, and Publisher Roundtables
  • Sessions, Panels, and Interviews
  • Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet
  • Free Book Signings
  • Nashville Skyline at Night


Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded

For the first time, bestselling authors and rising stars will come together in a short story collection that proves Music City is a deadly place to be when your song gets called.

Featuring stories by alumni of the annual Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference, look for some well-known writers of the mystery, thriller, suspense genre such as Jeffery Deaver, Anne Perry, Donald Bain, and Robert Dugoni, as well others who are up and coming.

Read more about Cold-Blooded and learn how to pre-order!

Release Date: October 27, 2015

Killer Nashville in the News

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    Killer Nashville Founder Clay Stafford’s profile of Killer Nashville in The Williamson Herald
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    Killer Nashville Founder Clay Stafford and son participate in read-a-thon together in Examiner.com
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    Killer Nashville Conference featured on Examiner.com
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    Killer Nashville Founder Clay Stafford and son featured in Publisher’s Weekly
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    Killer Nashville and Founder Clay Stafford’s large donation of books to the Nashville Public Library on Examiner.com

Meet the 2015 Killer Nashville Guests of Honor


John Gilstrap

John Gilstrap

John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of Against All Enemies, End Game, High Treason, Damage Control, Threat Warning, Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan’s Run, At All Costs, Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. He is contracted to write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom.

A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, hazardous materials, and fire behavior. John lives in Fairfax, VA.

Gilstrap will meet for an interview with Killer Nashville Founder Clay Stafford and will be recognized during the Guest of Honor dinner October 31. He will also be on hand to meet with other writers and fans.

M. William Phelps

M. William Phelps

M. William Phelps is the New York Times best-selling author of 30 books and winner of the 2013 Excellence in (Investigative) Journalism Award. He is also a crime, murder, and serial killer expert, creator/producer/writer and former host of the Investigation Discovery series Dark Minds.

A respected journalist, beyond his book writing, Phelps has written for numerous publications—including the Providence Journal, Connecticut Magazine, and Hartford Courant —and consulted on the first season of the hit Showtime cable television series Dexter. He is also one of the regular and recurring experts frequently appearing on two long-running series, Deadly Women and Snapped.

Killer Nashville Founder Clay Stafford will interview Phelps during a special session. Phelps will give a presentation during a breakout session, be available to sign books, and be recognized during the Guest of Honor Dinner, October 31. Take time to meet him during the conference!


Publishers Weekly has recognized Killer Nashville and its founder Clay Stafford as playing
“an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.”
(Publishers Weekly 6/10/13)

The Killer Nashville Writers' Conference is Held Annually in Downtown Nashville, TN


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