Libby Fischer Hellmann
Libby Fischer Hellmann writes “Compulsively Readable Thrillers.” With fourteen award-winning* best-selling novels and over twenty short stories published, she has written suspense mysteries, historical thrillers, PI novels, amateur sleuth crime fiction, a police procedural, and even a cozy mystery. At the core of all her stories, however, is a crime or the possibility of one. Her 2017 release, WAR, SPIES & BOBBY SOX, is a collection of World War Two stories on the homefront.
Libby is a transplant from Washington, D.C., where, she says, “When you’re sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you’re talking politics.” Armed with a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University, and a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, she started her career in broadcast news. She began as an assistant film editor at NBC News in New York, but moved back to DC where she worked with Robin McNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS. When Watergate broke, she was re-trained as an assistant director and helped produce PBS’s night-time broadcasts of the hearings.
In 1978, Hellmann moved to Chicago to work at Burson-Marsteller, the large public relations firm, staying until 1985 when she founded Fischer Hellmann Communications. Currently, when not writing, she conducts speaker training programs in platform speaking, presentation skills, media training, and crisis communications. Libby also writes and produces videos.
Her novels include the 5 volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as across between “Desperate Housewives” and “24,” the hard-boiled 4-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and several historical stand-alone novels set in Iran, Cuba, and the late Sixties, that Libby calls her “revolution trilogy.
In 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3,400 plus member organization committed to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers.
Libby hosts a monthly radio show, “Second Sunday Crime” on the Authors on The Air network.
* She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony, three times for Foreword Magazines Book of the Year, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne and has won the Lovey multiple times.
Praise for Libby: “You’re in for a real treat. What a novel! It takes your breath away and doesn’t come back until the book (or case) is closed…I can’t wait for Libby Fisher Hellman to write An encore?! Dynamic action and suspense collide with intellect in this psychological spy thriller.”
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