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Author Information: Leslie O'Kane

 
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Mystery novelist Leslie O'Kane grew up in upstate New York. She began college in Oswego, NY as an art major, but soon switched to creative writing and aspired to become a novelist. At age 19, deciding that she'd led a boring life with nothing worth writing about, she dropped out of college and moved to Boston where she worked as a cocktail waitress at night and went to college at Suffolk University by day, majoring in journalism. One night, the bar was robbed and she was taken hostage for five hours. Now armed with something to write about -- but disenchanted with the city -- she soon graduated, packed up her Toyota Corolla, and headed west, intending to move to California to work in a vineyard. En route, she visited Boulder, Colorado -- and never left. Although she never lost her desire to write novels, the necessity of earning a living took precedence. After earning a two-year degree as an electrical engineer technician, she was hired by IBM to repair computers, where she met her husband, Mike. She subsequently worked as a technical writer and ran a freelance business. Around the time her second child, Andrew, was born, she began writing again, promising herself that she'd quit if she still wasn't published by the time her son graduated first grade. A contract offer for her first book, Death and Faxes, came four months before Andy finished first grade. She never looked back. Today, Lelsie writes two series for Ballantine Books: a humorous mystery series which stars surburban mom, cartoonist and amateur sleuth Molly Masters, and a new series about a dog psychiatrist set in Boulder, Colorado, which will be introduced in the Fall of 1998. She also pens a monthly advice column for the local chapter of Sisters in Crime, is active in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is an avid golfer.

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