C. M. Surrisi


C. M. Surrisi is the author of the Agatha nominated middle grade mystery series The Quinnie Boyd Mysteries (The Maypop KidnappingVampires On the Run, and A Side of Sabotage) and adult short stories (You Know How Actresses Are in Malice Domestic’s anthology, Mystery Most Theatrical, and The Bequest  in Sisters in Crime’s anthology Crimes of the Heartland). Not only does she write for middle grade and adult readers, she’s the author of The Best Mother, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard picture book selection. Surrisi practiced law for many years before pursing an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Since her graduation she has taught writing in UNC’s Great Smokies Writing Program as well as many SCBWI and librarian conferences. She is a member of the Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and The National League of American Pen Women, and is the current president of the Minnesota chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives on five acres in Minnesota with her husband, two loveable and patient Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Sunny and Milo, and two incorrigible teenage kittens, Cosmo and Casper. Surrisi is repped by Kelly Dyksterhouse. 


Fun Fact: In left brain/right brain function tests she scores in the middle. This may explain why she brought giant colorful exhibits to court as a lawyer and wanted to sing and dance her opening statements.

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