The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

S.A. Cosby

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Faculty 2021

About S.A. Cosby

S.A. Cosby is an Anthony Award-winning writer from Southeastern Virginia. He is the bestselling author of Blacktop Wasteland, Amazon's #1 Mystery and Thriller of the Year and #3 Best Book of 2020 overall, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and a Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist. He is also the author of the upcoming Razorblade Tears. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, and his story "Slant-Six" was selected as a Distinguished Story in Best American Mystery Stories for 2016. His short story "The Grass Beneath My Feet" won the Anthony Award for Best Short Story in 2019. His writing has been called "gritty and heartbreaking" and "dark, thrilling and tragic". His style and tone are influenced by his varied life experiences which include but are not limited to being a bouncer, construction worker, retail manager and for six hours a mascot for a major fast food chain in the world's hottest costume.