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Manhattan, KS
About Me:
A native of Germany and nomad by choice, Nadja Gassert has lived and traveled in Europe, the United States and Japan before settling in Kansas this July. Her years on tropical islands inspired her to set The Protector, the first book in a gay suspense series, on lush, tropical Guam.

A former, professionally-trained concierge, Nadja earned a master's degree in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University, NJ, and worked as a magazine editor and ESL teacher in Japan.

She currently explores the plains of Kansas and works on the next book in her suspense series.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
I love to read Cindy Gerard, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Marliss Melton, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, Patricia Briggs, MaryJanice Davidson, Janet Evanovich, JA Konrath, Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy. I recently discovered Deborah Turrell Atkinson’s book “Fire Prayer” and loved it.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
This season I watched Torchwood, Chuck, Heroes, Journeyman, Bones, Life, Criminal Minds, Survivor, Supernatural, Blood Ties and Numbers. (I don’t know how I get anything done with that much TV in my life.) And when I have way too much time on my hands, I also check out what’s on the Discovery Channels and National Geographic and the History Channels. Oh, and I love Anderson Cooper.

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goals, resolutions and such

In no particular order:

1. finish THE STALKER by March

2. finish Riley’s and Ever’s story by April or earlier

3. write Finn’s and Peyton’s stand-alone novel by the end of the year

4. travel to Chicago to get passport and visit bestest friend in the world

5. travel to Germany to visit family over the summer

6. do silly things once a week (ask kids for help)

7. become a Lambda Literary Awards finalist and travel to NYC to celebrate

8. win a Lambda… Continue

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 12:24pm


Best wishes for a wildly successful new year. May it bring you peace, happiness and the fulfillment of dreams.

Viel Glück, Erfolg und alles erdenklich Gute im Neuen Jahr.

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 3:58am

I'll be at the Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave

I just received my program for the 5th annual Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave (Oct 31 – Nov 02, 08) here in Manhattan, KS, and there it was, my name in black and white. How exciting is that? Not only is it my first conference, but it’s my first public appearance, complete with author signing and panel.

If you’re a reader, writer or fan and you live in the area, please feel free to stop by the Holiday Inn at 17th & Anderson Avenue. I’ll be there Friday night and most of the… Continue

Posted on October 25, 2008 at 7:08am

“Why I Write Mysteries” (part 2)

Yesterday I admitted to liking the chase better than the puzzle. Sure thing, ask anyone who knows me. My monkey mind doesn’t have the patience it takes to solve puzzles, play chess or tinker with things. So that’s why I chose suspense over traditional mysteries. But why this genre to begin with?

I like the relative freedom and flexibility of it. Within the very broad constraints that come with the mystery/suspense genre, I can pretty much do whatever I want. I can keep the plot… Continue

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 5:01am

“Why I Write Mysteries” (part 1)

I will attend the 5th annual Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave (Manhattan, KS) at the end of this month. My first conference, yay :-) I was even offered a spot on one of the panels. Then I realized yesterday that a) the end of the month is nearer than I thought and b) I need to prepare. If my information is still correct I’m sharing the panel with a few other writers new to the mystery genre. Subject of our panel: Why I Write Mysteries.

In all truthfulness and for the sake of… Continue

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 11:16am

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At 8:35pm on July 23, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 2:35am on August 17, 2008, carole gill said…
love your profile!
one nomad to another!
At 2:48pm on December 12, 2007, Timothy Hallinan said…
Hi, Nadja --

I LOVE the yellow on your cover. The main function of a cover, I think, is to jump across a bookstore and strike the (usually glazed) eye of a shopper. I like the cover as a whole, but the element that does the jumping is going to be the yellow. Look at the cover of my next one when you go to my blog (the piece is called "Cover Story" and it's probably the second page back. It's pretty much ALL yellow, and that knocked me out when I saw it.

Nice to befriend you. Hope you stick a foot into the "Dickens Challenge."

At 12:04pm on December 12, 2007, Jeri Westerson said…
Hey there, nice to be a friend.
At 10:25pm on November 30, 2007, Michael Warden said…
Moring Nadja,

Mohalo Ku'u-lani .......if I spelled it right?

At 8:54pm on November 30, 2007, Rick R. Reed said…
Great to see on here, Nadja.
At 9:51am on November 30, 2007, Neil Plakcy said…
Welcome to Crimespace, Nadja!
At 5:50am on November 30, 2007, Josh Aterovis said…
Hello Nadja! Thanks for finding me on here. Love the new cover!

At 5:46am on November 30, 2007, Michael Warden said…
Howdy NL,
Now that we are online pals what would you liked to be called other than NL??

It must be nice to live in Hawaii, expensive but nice. Took my wife there on our fourth wed. ann. That was sixteen years ago so I guess it's time to go back.

I'll check out your website a little later as I am getting ready to go home for the day. My day starts at 2:45 am and I get to work at 4:00am. Although it is the "Happiest place on earth" somebody has to work early.

Happy holidays to you and yours.
To answer L.A. Starks:
Well...A Bio can be lots of things but in this industry, and I am no expcert, they want a quick snipet of you the author and what you have written.
At 10:27pm on November 28, 2007, L. A. Starks said…
What a bio!

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