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"A Killing Rain" available for pre-order here. (Available June, 2022)



Writer from the dark

Faye Snowden is the author of noir mysteries, poems and short stories. Her novels include Spiral of Guilt, The Savior, Fatal Justice, and A Killing Fire, a dark, southern gothic tale featuring homicide detective Raven Burns. A Killing Fire is first in a four-part series. The sequel, A Killing Rain, will be released in June, 2022.

Faye has a master’s in English Literature. She has been awarded writing fellowships from Djerassi and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime (SinC) where she serves as Board Secretary for SinC National. She has participated in many writing panels, appeared as a guest lecturer in several university writing classes, and taught information technology courses at the university level. Today, Faye works and writes from her home in Northern California.

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“The past is never dead. It's not even past."

--William Faulkner



Dark, Southern gothic tale of homicide detective Raven Burns, with a complicated past and a desperate case to solve. Black Girls Lit recommends the first book, A Killing Fire "to crime fiction and mystery lovers and fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn.”

“Full-bodied and dynamic characters carry this one along a mystery, tying a brutal past with a bloody present that will keep you guessing right up to the finale.” — Unnerving Magazine on Book 1 in the series.

After former homicide Raven Burns returns to Byrd’s Landing, Louisiana to begin a new life, she soon finds herself trapped by the old one when her nephew is kidnapped by a ruthless serial killer, and her foster brother becomes the main suspect. To make matters worse, she is being pursued by two men— one who wants to redeem her soul for the murder Raven felt she had no choice but to commit, and another who wants to lock her away forever.

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A Killing Fire left me breathless. Driven by a complex, compelling female lead, the story twists with heart-pounding, raw energy against a lush Louisiana backdrop. I couldn't put it down!

--Jess Lourey, bestselling author of Unspeakable Things and Bloodlines

Full-bodied and dynamic characters…tying a brutal past with a bloody present that will keep you guessing right up to the finale.

--Unnerving Magazine

A solid contribution to a genre lacking in Black women authors with a strong sense of place, good character development, and a storyline that keeps you reading.

--Black Girl Reading

Faye Snowden's standout short story, Chefs in the anthology, Midnight Hour, evokes James M. Cain's tone and Stanley Ellin's fiendish mind.

--New York Times

Upcoming Events

  • SinCNorCal Panel & Conversation
    SinCNorCal Panel & Conversation
    Sat, Feb 05
    Sisters in Crime Members Only Event
    Feb 05, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST
    Sisters in Crime Members Only Event
    Faye and other panel members will discuss writing short fiction for anthologies, awards and contests!
  • Midnight Hour Crime Writer Panel
    Wed, Feb 16
    San Francisco Public Library
    Feb 16, 6:00 PM PST
    San Francisco Public Library
    Authors from Midnight Hour discuss their bone-chilling stories!
  • Mystery and Thriller Mavens with Faye Snowden & Tracy Clark
    Mystery and Thriller Mavens with Faye Snowden & Tracy Clark
    Mon, Feb 21
    Registration Link Coming Soon
    Feb 21, 12:00 PM PST
    Registration Link Coming Soon
    Get set for a fun, high-energy talk with me and Tracy Clark hosted by the wonderful Sara DiVello and Murder by the Book as we discuss all things mystery. There will be plenty of time for questions, and an opportunity for you to ask us anything.


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