Chicago Crimewriter Beth Anderson
Crimewriter Beth Anderson

Chicago area crimewriter Beth Anderson is the author of seven published novels.  After her first book, a romance built around a corporate mystery, was published, she moved rapidly into mainstream mystery and thrillers, where she subsequently sold six more of them.

Two of her books have been nominated for the International Frankfurt Award. Two were EPPIE finalists in their e-book incarnations. Her bestselling release, SECOND GENERATION, won the AllAboutMurder Bloody Dagger Award, the Rendezvous Review Magazine Rosebud Award, and the FMAM (Futures Magazine) Fire to Fly Award.

Beth started writing when she attempted a screenplay for a radio show at age eight. She could barely spell, much less write a script, but she already knew she was going to become a writer.  At twelve she began a lucrative but short career writing love stories for her junior high girlfriends for a dollar apiece. That caper ended shortly after the principal got wind of it. She tried again a little later with Womens Day Magazine, where she won a short story contest with her Halloween  story of a widower with three young sons and a divorcee with a head cold.

After she married and raised four children, and while working as an accountant in a large corporation, she attended Illinois Benedictine College, where she earned a cum laude degree in business management. Soon after that she began writing novels part-time while working full-time. Her first full-length novel, a Harlequin Superromance titled COUNT ON ME, was followed by ALL THAT GLITTERS, Ballantine/Ivy, and DIAMONDS, Dorchester/Leisure. Those were eventually followed by three more novels published in print and e-book by Amber Quill Press–NIGHT SOUNDS, MURDER ONLINE, and her bestselling award-winning political thriller, SECOND GENERATION, all of which can be found at and Barnes & Noble, as well as smaller independent bookstores nationwide.

Beth, a Chicago ex-pat, now lives in Washington State among the beautiful mountains outside of Yakima.  Her children, Rick, Beth Lyn, Barb and Debbie, are scattered here and there across the U.S.

She published her seventh novel, RAVEN TALKS BACK, another mainstream thriller, this time taking place in the haunting fishing village of Valdez, Alaska, where she spent months researching her novel. This book was published by Krill Press in print, Kindle, and Nook e-books in May, 2011. Beth currently has three new novels in various stages of completion.

An accomplished public speaker, Beth has lectured at many writers’ conferences, Purdue University, Moraine Valley College, numerous bookstores and libraries, and has been active in the Literacy movement. She has been featured on the ABC Evening News and Chicago WGN’s Cathy and Judy Show, as well as other local and cable television shows.

She is always available for speaking engagements and can be contacted at: bethanderson43 [at]

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