Honora Finkelstein has been an intelligence officer with the U. S. Navy, a
small-press publisher, a professional technical editor and writer, and a prize-
winning features editor for Arundel Communications in Northern Virginia. She
has been a contributing editor for Pathways Magazine in Washington, D.C. for
24 years. She has been widely published in newspapers, magazines, and
journals; has co-authored two nonfiction books; has taught futurist and self-
development workshops across the United States, in Canada, and in Europe;
and was a workshop director for the International Women’s Writing Guild for
15 years. She has a Ph.D. in English and has been an associate professor in
Western culture, literature, and writing at several Midwestern universities.
Finkelstein’s interest in metaphysical subjects goes back to childhood when she had her first out-of-
body experience while learning to tie her shoes. In the 1990s she produced and hosted a talk show on
self-development and futurist topics called Kaleidoscope for Tomorrow on community cable television
in Fairfax, Virginia, an experience that qualified her as an “agent provocateur.” To the embarrassment
of some of her more traditional friends and academic colleagues, she also does past life and Tarot card
readings and occasionally talks to ghosts.
Finkelstein is also a Reiki teacher-master, interfaith minister, certified hypnotherapist, Free Soul
instructor, and Hemi-Sync® outreach trainer for the Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia. With Susan
Smily, she is a co-founder of Sunweavers, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to
supporting writers, artists, and creative visionaries in all fields.
Finkelstein is the author of Magicians (1994), touted by one reviewer as “a New Age tour de force.”
With Susan Smily, Finkelstein has co-authored three published novels in the Ariel Quigley Mystery
Series, including The Chef Who Died Sautéing (2006), which won the “Love Is Murder” Lovey award in
2007 and was nominated for an Agatha award that same year; The Lawyer Who Died Trying (2007);
and The Reporter Who Died Probing (2008); three Killer Cookbooks that were published in separate
editions to accompany the novels and that have recently been republished in combination editions with
the novels; and the new thriller Walk-In (2012), out from Oak Tree Press.
Finkelstein and Smily are also the founders of El Amarna Publishing, a fine art and literature press for
an eclectic reading audience. For more information on this venture, please visit
Honora Finkelstein’s Author Site
Join Honora Finkelstein and co-author Susan Smily at Killer Nashville - August 23-26, 2012
Panels: Friday, August 24, 2:10PM: The Light Side: Humorous and Cozy Mysteries (Susan)
Saturday, August 25, 8:20AM: Author Reading and Q&A: Thrillers, Procedurals, Medium-to-Hardboiled Crime Fiction (Honora)
Walk-In, the new thriller by Honora and Susan, won 3rd Place, Published Fiction,
at the PSWA Conference, July 12-15, 2012!
Many thanks to the committee and the judges!