Gwen Mayo

About me

Gwen Mayo is a history junkie. Her writing is steeped in the rich history of her native Kentucky. Circle of Dishonor, her first novel, and upcoming sequel Concealed in Ash are set during the turbulent political upheaval of post Civil War Kentucky: a time when vigilantes and secret societies wielded power, and violent death was more common in Kentucky than anywhere else in the United States. She currently lives and writes in Tarpon Springs, Florida, but grew up in a large Irish family in the hills of Eastern Kentucky.

Gwen is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society and Sisters in Crime. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, at online short fiction sites, and in micro-fiction collections. In 2008 she teamed up with co-author Sarah E. Glenn to write mystery stories. They have since formed Mystery & Horror, LLC and are collaborating on a new mystery novel set in the Roaring Twenties.

From my website

The Derringers...How do we Choose?

There is a huge debate going on in the Short Mystery Fiction Society about self-published stories and how they should be included in the Derringer Awards. I've remained silent on the subject because I have a foot on both sides of the argument. There is a lot of crap being…


Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers: GUEST AUTHOR AND HISTORY JUNKIE GWEN MAYO: Civil War Army Field Surgery Kit Gwen Mayo is passionate about blending the colorful history of her native Kentucky with her love fo...

Republican Platform One Hundred Years Ago

The 1916 Republican Platform was written by conservatives. The statement above is fact not wishful thinking. The party's liberals had been lost in the previous presidential election cycle when Teddy Roosevelt split the party. These conservatives emerged from their convention with the following plank in the party platform.Right of ExpatriationWe reiterate…

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