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"A Killing Rain", a sequel to "A Killing Fire", is coming in 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



Raven Burns spent a lifetime running from the sins of her father, notorious serial killer Floyd “Fire” Burns. Now a Louisiana homicide detective, Raven is still running, because Floyd’s voice is always in her head, shadowing her steps, reminding her of who she is and sins of the past.

Not that anyone would ever let her forget. Distrust of Raven’s background runs deep in the small Louisiana town that remembers Floyd well. The ritualistic murder of a local socialite fuels the fire, giving many the ammunition they need to see Raven gone, including those in her own department. With her badge on the line, Raven hunts for the killer, finding clues that make her question if the murder is more closely tied to Floyd Burns than even she’s willing to admit.

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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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