Crime Fiction: Write Like a Girl

With Marlene Adelstein, Alison Gaylin, and Frankie Y. Bailey.

Join three of today’s most prominent crime fiction writers as they discuss the ever-increasing presence of women in the previously male-dominated genre. All three panelists are at different points in their careers, but share common challenges as female writers in crime fiction.

Merely a decade ago, women were relegated to writing “cozy mysteries” or “romantic suspense,” while men earned the big bucks and top spots on the bestseller lists. Gone Girl (and books like it) changed all that, and now many male authors are writing books with female protagonists, some even using “initial names” like AJ Finn, that sound like they could be women. Go figure!

alison-gaylin-photo-michael-gaylin-woodstock-bookfest-2019USA Today and international bestselling author Alison Gaylin has been nominated for the Edgar Award four times – most recently this year, for her novel If I Die Tonight. Her work has been published in the US, UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Romania and Denmark, and she has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including the Shamus, ITW Thriller, Strand Book Award and the Anthony Award.

In addition to her novels, she has published numerous short stories, and collaborated with Megan Abbott on the graphic novel, Normandy Gold (Titan/Hard Case Crime, 2018). Her 11th book, Never Look Back, comes out in July 2019, from William Morrow.


Marlene-Adelstein-Woodstock-Bookfest-2019Marlene Adelstein is a writer and freelance book editor. Her debut novel, Sophie Last Seen, was just published by Red Adept Publishing. Her personal essays have appeared in Longreads.com, Manifestation.com and Rewireme.com.

She edits novels, memoirs and screenplays. Prior to her editing career, she worked for over twenty years as a film and TV development executive for a variety of top Hollywood producers. Marlene lives in the Hudson Valley and can be found at fixyourbook.com and marleneadelstein.com.


frankie-bailey-woodstock-bookfest-2019Frankie Y. Bailey is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, at the University at Albany (SUNY). Her areas of research are crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture and material culture. She is the author of a number of non-fiction books, including local histories and books about crime fiction. Her mystery novels feature Southern-born crime historian, Lizzie Stuart, in five books, beginning with Death’s Favorite Child and A Dead Man’s Honor. The books are being reissued by Speaking Volumes. Frankie’s two near-future police procedurals feature Albany police detective, Hannah McCabe, in The Red Queen Dies and What the Fly Saw (Minotaur Books). Frankie has also has written several short stories, including “In Her Fashion” (EQMM, July 2014), “The Singapore Sling Affair” (EQMM, Nov/Dec 2017), and “The Birth of the Bronze Buckaroo” (The Adventures of the Bronze Buckaroo, 2018).

She is currently working on a nonfiction book about dress and appearance in American crime and justice, a historical thriller set in 1939, and the plots of the next Stuart and McCabe books. Frankie is a past executive vice-president of Mystery Writers of America, and a past president of Sisters in Crime.


Get a Full Festival pass and you’ll get to take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

All of the above PLUS the One Day Intensive of your choice.

Kleinert/James Center
34 Tinker Street
Woodstock
Saturday March 30, 2019
4PM