Bourne Morris developed a passion for writing at Bennington College where she studied under the late poet laureate, Howard Nemerov. But poetry eluded her and, in 1960, she went to work for David Ogilvy’s ad agency in New York. She succeeded at copywriting and was ultimately promoted to head of Ogilvy & Mather, Los Angeles. She moved west to manage 200 employees serving clients Mattel, Columbia Pictures, and Baskin-Robbins. She became a member of the 1984 Olympic Organizing Committee.

Morris is married to Robert Buss. They enjoy four children and seven grandchildren. They also love living in Reno, Nevada, where Morris was invited by the University of Nevada to join the journalism faculty as a full professor. She retired in 2009 to devote her time to writing fiction. In addition to her new novel, A Woman of Two Minds, she is the published author of three mysteries, the Red Queen series.