Bestselling historical novelist Anne Perry is the keynote speaker at next year’s Central Coast Writers Conference.
Perry, who launched her career with the crime novel “The Cater Street Hangman” in 1979, is best known for two popular series of detective novels set in the Victorian era — one following policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife, Charlotte, the other featuring private detective William Monk and nurse Hester Latterly.
The English author has also written a mystery series set during World War I, several Christmas-themed novellas, two fantasy novels and a young adult series about time travel, as well as a handful of stand-alone books.
Perry had her own personal brush with crime as a teenager. In 1954, the 15-year-old, then known as Juliet Hulme, and her best friend, Pauline Parker, murdered Parker’s mother in New Zealand; the incident inspired the 1994 movie “Heavenly Creatures.”
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Also being honored at the 30th annual Central Coast Writers Conference is Morro Bay resident and KCBX-FM travel correspondent Tom Wilmer.
The Central Coast Writers Conference takes place Sept. 19 and 20, 2014, at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. For more information, call 546-3132 or visit www.communityprograms.net/wc/wcindex.htm.