Libby Fischer Hellmann writes “Compulsively Readable Thrillers.” With eleven novels and twenty short stories published, she has also written suspense mysteries, historicals, PI novels, amateur sleuth, police procedurals, and even a cozy mystery. At the core of all her stories, however, is a crime or the possibility of one --- the more political, the better. Her latest release, NOBODY’S CHILD, is a dark crime thriller featuring PI Georgia Davis.
She 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 five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24,” the harder-edged four-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and several stand-alone novels that Libby calls her “revolution trilogy:” SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, A BITTER VEIL and HAVANA LOST.
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.