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

11/30/21, 2pm EST

International Women's Writing Guild

"Show, Don't Tell!"

90-min. online presentation

11/30/21, 8pm EST 

Murder Meets Mirth Panel

Join me, along with humorous mystery authors Jacqueline Vick and J. Michael Orenduff, on Tuesday, November 30th at 5pm PST (6pm MST, 7pm CST, and 8pm EST) for an online discussion of funny mysteries and the launch of A Scaly Tail of Murder, Jacqueline Vick's fifth Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic mystery. Special guest moderator will be Kim Taylor Blakemore, author of the bestselling historical thriller After Alice Fell. Register here.

6/04/22, 6:30 EST

Contra Costa County Library

Cozy Mystery Book Club Zoom Event

FMI and to register

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Anastasia speaks! Click on the box to the right to listen to the first chapter of Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun.

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 Fachion for Best Cozy Mystery 2021 

Radio Interview

Articles About Lois

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: Wicked
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