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Lois Winston

USA Today and Amazon bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.


Video Appearances and Podcasts


Killer Nashville Mystery Conference 

(with Book Signing open to the public)

Embassy Suites

820 Crescent Centre Dr.

Franklin, TN 37067

Click here to listen to my interview on author Nicole Asselin's Baseball, Books, and Banter podcast.

Baseball-books-banter podcast featuring Lois Winston
Writing Awards

Winner, Winter Rose Award for Excellence
Winner, Laurie Awards
Winner, More Than Magic Award
Winner, Readers and Book Buyers Best Award
First Runner Up, Dorchester Publishing American Title Competition
Finalist, St. Martin's Press Malice Domestic Competition
Finalist, Daphne du Maurier Awards
Finalist, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year
Finalist, Salt Lake City Library System Readers' Choice Award
Finalist, Canyonland Press Readers' Choice Award
Finalist, Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award (thrice)
Finalist, Golden Quill Awards
Finalist, Golden Leaf Awards (twice)
Finalist, Reviewers' Choice Awards

Second Place, Beacon Awards (twice)
Second Place, Laurel Wreath Awards

A Sew Deadly Cruise Named a Best Books of 2020 by The Book Decoder

Finalist, Killer Nashville Silver Falchion for Best Cozy Mystery, 2021 

Finalist, Killer Nashville Silver Falchion for Best Cozy Mystery, 2022

Finalist, 2023 Killer Nashville Readers' Choice Award

Finalist, Top Pick & Readers' Choice Award 2024 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion

Articles About Lois

Two Country Gals Talk Books podcast featuring Lois Winston
Lois Winston interview

Click here to watch my interview

on Two Country Gals Talk Books

podcast or click here for the audio only version.

Click here to watch my Blackbird Writers


Talking to Myself Writing podcast featuring Lois Winston

Click here for my interview about book marketing at the Talking to Myself Writing podcast.

Chatting with Authors Lois Winston interview

Click here to watch my
Chatting with Authors

Sleuthing Women

Click on the sleuth
to play Mystery Trivia
with me and other authors.

Fun Facts About Me

Favorite Color: black (because it's so slimming)
Favorite Drink: vanilla latte
Favorite Dessert: Crème brûlée

Favorite City: Manhattan
Favorite Vacation Spot: a cruise to anywhere 
Favorite Activity: going to Broadway shows
Favorite Contemporary Author: Janet Evanovich

Favorite Historical Author: Ariana Franklin
Favorite Modern Movies: The Greatest Showman
Favorite Classic Movie: Casablanca
All-time Favorite TV show: M*A*S*H

Favorite Broadway Show: Hamilton
Favorite Song: anything written by George and Ira Gershwin
Favorite Singer: Andrea Bocelli
Favorite Actor: Pierce Brosnan
Favorite Actress: Meryl Streep
Pet Peeves: reality TV and people who don't answer their emails and texts or return phone calls
Historical Person I'd Most Like to Meet: Leonardo da Vinci 

Contemporary Person I’d Most Like to Meet: any big name Hollywood producer interested in turning my books into movies or TV shows

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