Glynn Marsh Alam
Glynn Marsh Alam is a native born Floridian. She graduated from FSU and from California State University with a masters in linguistics. Her birth, raising, and schooling background have given fodder for her mystery series featuring Luanne Fogarty, a North Florida swamp resident. She has also written a literary novel, River Whispers, also set in North Florida.
As a child, Glynn was a mystery freak. Her goal in life was to live in England and be a detective. It didn't quite turn out like that. After graduating FSU with a BA in Spanish, she went to work at NSA in Washington, D.C. After her brief encounter as what some would call a spy, she left the nation's capital for Los Angeles. There, she pursued her masters and taught literature and writing. Along the way, she became a member of Sisters In Crime, an international organization that promotes women in the mystery writing field. (They take male members, too.) The organization gave her the contact she needed to get published.
Glynn thought about the most mysterious place she could place her stories, and it always came back to the swamps around Wakulla Springs. The lakes, people, critters, and crimes of the place became the bases of her tales. Her protagonist, Luanne Fogarty, is a linguistics professor with a side profession as an adjunct diver for the sheriff's department. This came about through Luanne's upbringing and a father who taught her to dive in the deep spring caves.
The first book, Dive Deep and Deadly, was one of five nominated for the Barry Award. Hollywood has shown interest in her third book, Cold Water Corpse. In 2009, she won the Gold Medal in Popular Fiction at the Florida Book Awards for Moon Water Madness. The next book, Tide Water Talisman will be published in September, 2010. Glynn returned to live in the Tallahassee area in 2004 and continues to write.
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