Growing up in West, Texas, (note the comma—it’s a town, not a region) during the 1950s, Kathleen Kaska’s average-American parents and the nuns at St. Mary’s School foisted “good girl” values upon her, indelibly stamping her character. For pure respite from this engrainment, she began writing fiction with strong female characters who say and do things she could “never try at home.”

Kaska’s Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series is set in historic hotels, during in the fifties (of course). Her nonfiction Classic Triviography Mystery Series features Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sherlock Holmes. The Hitchcock and Holmes trivia books were finalists for the 2013 EPIC award in nonfiction.

When not writing, Kaska travels the country’s back-roads and byways, looking for new locales for her mysteries and bird-watching. Her passion for birds led to the publication of The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story. When too road-weary, she splits time her between her two favorite places, the Pacific Northwest and the Texas coast.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in physical anthropology, Kaska taught middle-school science for twenty-five years. Her travel and other articles have appeared in AustinFit, Cape Cod Life, Marco Polo, Agatha Christie Chronicle, Texas Now, Home Cooking, and Texas Highways magazines.