where the writers are

Chester D. Campbell's Biography

Member Info

Madison, TN
Jan 2008

Chester Campbell is the author of two Sid Chance mysteries: The Surest Poison (2009), and The Good, The Bad and The Murderous (2011), and five Greg McKenzie mysteries: Secret of the Scroll (2002), Designed to Kill (2004), Deadly Illusions (2005), The Marathon Murders (2008), and A Sporting Murder (2010). He has also written a trilogy of post Cold War political thrillers, Beware the Jabberwock (2012), The Poksu Conspiracy (2012), and Overture to Disaster (2013). Chester is a former reporter for The Knoxville Journal and The Nashville Banner, freelanced for national magazines, founded and edited Nashville Magazine, wrote speeches for a Tennessee governor, worked in advertising and public relations in Nashville, and served as executive vice president of the Tennessee Association of Life Underwriters. An Air Force intelligence officer in the Korean War, where he was awarded a Bronze Star, he retired from the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. Currently a fulltime writer, he is past secretary of the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and Immediate Past President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Sisters in Crime. He also holds membership in the Military Writers Society of America and Tennessee Writers Alliance. He and his wife Sarah live in Madison, TN.


I became interested in writing mysteries while in college when I read two books by Horace McCoy, They Shoot Horses, Don't They and No Pockets in a Shroud. In later years I've been influenced by such writers as Robert B. Parker and James Lee Burke. Over the course of six published books, I've created my own fast-paced style using Elmore Leonard's dictum, "I try to leave out the parts people don't read."

Upcoming Works

I'm currently at work on the sixth book in the Greg McKenzie Mysteries series. It is yet untitled.


Night Shadows Press

Interests & Hobbies

I suppose my main hobby is wasting time on the Internet. What I like to do but can't find enough time is travel, use my camera and camcorder, and read.