Lisa Q. Mathews prepped for her writing career by answering ads in the back of her mom’s magazines (“We’re Looking for People to Write Children’s Books!”). Years later she learned that most writers need day jobs. She found a great one: editing Nancy Drew mysteries for a big New York publisher. Of course, then she realized that dream publishing jobs also required moonlighting to pay the rent, so she lined up freelance gigs and wrote for kids’ series such as Mary-Kate & Ashley and The Lizzie McGuire Mysteries. She eventually became Executive Editor at Random House and the mom of three amazing kids. 


Lisa now writes mysteries for grownups, and she is hard at work on both a new, humorous cozy series and a dark comic thriller. And yep, you guessed it: She also has a day job, Kill Your Darlings Editing Services. Lisa lives with her family and pets in New Hampshire, where she directs an amusing black-fly circus as a seasonal hobby. Her short story "Fly Me to the Morgue" will be published in the upcoming Malice Domestic anthology MYSTERY MOST DIABOLICAL. She is represented by Stephany Evans of Ayesha Pande Literary.

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