Kathryn Long’s passion is writing mysteries, creating the intricate details and weaving them together into the clues which the reader will enjoy collecting to solve the crime. However, she’s worn many hats over the years—bookseller, teacher, mom, wife, and author. Many of her works include Native American elements and hints of the paranormal. She loves a scary ghost story!

Her writing inspiration began with reading about Nancy Drew and the heroines of romantic suspense authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Her first creations were short stories meant to entertain anyone who’d listen or read. Playing the guitar led to song lyrics, which she insists taught her the rhythm and pace of writing prose.

Writing took a serious turn several years ago when she had her first book published. To date readers can find her self-pubbed cozy, Lilly M Mysteries; her traditionally published work, paranormal mystery, Dying to Dream; and latest, a romantic suspense, A Deadly Deed Grows at online retailers and in bookstores. Buried in Sin is her first book with Black Opal Books. She keeps actively involved with fellow authors as a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.

When writing and the creative muse take a break, this author loves to travel, watch Castle, and of course, read mysteries. Oh, and there’s always an author event or two she will attend in order to—you got it—talk about mystery. Long lives in the City of Green, located in northeast Ohio, with her husband and little pooch, Max.