Naked Came the Rogue, a serial mystery set in southern oregon's jackson county

Naked Came the Rogue, a serial mystery set in southern oregon’s jackson county was written in support of Jackson County Library Services’ 2011 Jackson County Reads initiative to entertain and, we hope, delight the many mystery and crime fiction readers in Southern Oregon. It’s also written to honor the public libraries of Jackson County, Oregon and the librarians that organize and deliver services, to acknowledge the many ways our public libraries enrich our lives.


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Naked Came the Rogue
a serial mystery set in southern oregon's jackson county

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Ed Battistella. Chapter 7. Gold Hill/Rogue River, Oregon

Ed Battistella teaches English at Southern Oregon University. He is the author of four books, most recently Do You Make These Mistakes in English? The Story of Sherwin Cody's Famous Language School (Oxford University Press, 2009). Battistella is the author and facilitator of the popular local blog,, reporting on writing and reading in Southern Oregon. He’s frequently seen on community television where he interviews visiting mystery and crime fiction writers on Ashland Mystery rvtv noir.

Carole Beers. Chapter 6. Central Point/Table Rock, Oregon.

Carole Thompson Beers is a retired journalist and avid horsewoman living in Grants Pass. She is crafting a final draft of Blood Rider, a young-adult mystery novel that moves between the Old and New West. The Monday Mayhem Mystery Writing Group headed by Tim Wohlforth keeps her focused.

Beers began writing at age seven, penning Western stories inspired by cowboy and mystery radio shows and novels. She earned a journalism degree at the University of Washington, and sold stories to romance and true confession magazines. Beers’ main writing experience was writing stories, columns and arts reviews for The Seattle Times newspaper. She interviewed scores of celebrities, from Microsoft honchos to Movieland icons, including Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne.

 Caren Caldwell. Chapter 5. Medford, Oregon.

Caren Hathaway Caldwell, an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, taught high school as a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa, worked in social service agencies, on community newspapers and is a long-time community activist. She writes plays and stories for children. Accounts of her experience raising an adopted son with special needs have appeared in Cup of Comfort anthologies. Caldwell developed early publicity for the Naked project.

Morgan Hunt. Chapter 2. Jacksonville, Oregon.

Morgan Hunt is the author of the Tess Camillo mysteries, featuring a contemporary Odd Couple, women -- one lesbian, one straight; one ditzy and dreamy, the other logical and linear-minded. They care deeply about each other through meals, jobs, love affairs, poker games and a bout with breast cancer. And then... they solve murders!

Hunt was raised on the Jersey shore in Brigantine where she was fascinated with things like conch eggs and learning the Hebrew alphabet. played at college, enlisted in the Navy serving at Brunswick, Maine and San Diego, then worked for 25+ years in communications and public relations. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, twenty miles from the actual location of Einstein's brain.

Maryann Mason. Chapter 8. Butte Falls / Prospect, Oregon.

Maryann Mason of Ashland Oregon, has taught history and English in the Midwest, Northwest, and Bolivia. She writes history spots for local public radio, interviews mystery writers for Ashland Mystery rvtv noir, and edits personal and family histories. Her poetry has appeared in Sweet Annie & Sweet Pea Review 1999, Rain Magazine 2007 and The Third Reader, An Online Journal of Literary Fiction and Poetry. In 2008 she published her first chapbook, Ravelings. Mason coordinated the Naked project, maintaining continuity and editing the overall work.

Michael Niemann. Chapter 9.  Shady Cove/Eagle Point, Oregon.

Michael Niemann is a writer and teacher. Educated in Germany and the United States, he has a Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

He is a latecomer to fiction writing, although he has been a mystery reader for as long as he has known of John Le Carré. His first introduction to writing fiction was a 2002 summer course taught by his friend, the late Fred Pfeil, winner of the Pushcart Press Editor's award for his collection What They Tell You to Forget. After catching the fiction bug, he took an advanced creative writing class with Lucy Ferriss, author of Unveiling the Prophet: The Misadventures of a Reluctant Debutante and five other novels.

Since moving to Southern Oregon from Connecticut in 2008, Niemann has been a member of the mystery writing group that includes author Tim Wolforth. Michael Niemann produced each Naked chapter in .epub and .mobi formats.

Mary Robsman. Chapter 3. Talent, Oregon.

Mary Robsman is a retired educator who taught elementary and junior high students in Illinois, California, Iowa, and Department of Defense schools in Germany. She was professor of education at University of Central Florida, Rollins College, and most recently Southern Oregon University. She is now a member of the Siskiyou Sleuths mystery book club and Friends of the Talent Library. She enjoyed her collaboration with local mystery authors to write a killer story to support the libraries’ Jackson County Reads Oregon Mysteries program. However, she admits, “I’ve never in my writing career killed anyone.”

Mary’s first book of nonfiction is What Made Us Who We Are Today, World War II Oral History. She co-authored a series of adventure stories intended for school-age reluctant readers that were published in the newspaper, Florida Today. She was an editor and contributor to Canine Capers: Mystery in Oak Valley, a chapter book featuring dog detectives in Talent, Oregon. Currently she is writing a creative nonfiction book based on the life of First Lady Julia Dent Grant who lived in Galena, Illinois, Mary’s hometown.


Tim Wohlforth. Chapter 1. Ashland, Oregon.

Tim Wohlforth’s thriller Harry, which deals with eco-terrorism and is set in the Northwest, was published in May 2010. The Pink Tarantula, a short story collection, was published in 2011 by Perfect Crime Books. A contemporary noir novel, No Time To Mourn, was published in 2004. Wohlforth has published over 75 short stories which appeared in Hardcore Hardboiled (Kensington), MWA’s Death Do Us Part, (Little Brown), Plots With Guns (Dennis McMillan) and other anthologies. Two of his stories have made the “Distinguished Mystery Stories” list in Otto Penzler’s Best American Mystery annual anthologies. He is a Pushcart Prize Nominee and received a Certificate of Excellence from the Dana Literary Society. Wohlforth framed the Naked project by defining the first victim and describing the protagonist. For more information on Tim Wohlforth, visit

Lyda Woods. Chapter 4. Ashland,  Oregon.

Lyda Woods, MFA, MA, runs the Gumshoe Gourmet, LLC, an entertainment production company the specializes in murderously-funny, slightly-historic mysteries. These interactive shows have entertained native Rogues for six years. Her Gumshoe clients include: the American Cancer Society, Ashland New Plays Festival, the Craterian Theater, Hearts & Vines, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Medford Police Association and Harry & David.

Woods’ MFA is from the American Conservatory Theater; her master’s thesis was a solo piece that was produced at Life on the Water Theater in San Francisco. She has taught writing at City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and other Bay Area colleges and now at Rogue Community College. You can reach her at, or find Gumshoe Gourmet on Facebook, or at As are many writer/adjunct professors, Woods is looking for a job with health insurance.