About the Author

I was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Kansas. I’ve lived in Austin for …well, never mind how long. We non-natives say things like, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could.” Then we snort.

I graduated with honors in English from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, then moved to Austin and managed to obtain semi-respectable employment as a technical writer.

As time passed, I found myself thinking that it was time to dust off the dreams I’d had as a kid. I joined the Writers’ League of Texas, bought a laptop, and stared at the blank screen in between endless rounds of FreeCell (at which I’m exceptionally proficient). Then I had the opportunity to take a tour of Egypt, and I was dazzled. By the time I got back, I had a plot, I had characters, and I couldn’t wait to get started.

DEATH ON TOUR was published after winning the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel award, soon followed by DEATH MAKES THE CUT, and DEATH RIDES AGAIN.

Since then, I’ve focused on really living. I took a sabbatical to move to Edinburgh, Scotland for a year and earned a masters in history at the University of Edinburgh. I came back, found the love of my life, and have spent the past few years traveling the world. My typing fingers are getting itchy though, so hopefully new books will be on the way soon.

Janice Hamrick, Author