A native of Ohio, Linda Howe Steiger was educated at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania, finishing her doctorate in English Literature in 1978. Since then she has held a series of writing, editing, teaching, library, non-profit, and local government as well as university posts. Her more than 150 articles and reviews have appeared in diverse publications, from The New York Times and Planning Magazine to Criticism, EduCause Quarterly, and the Transportation Research Record of the National Academy of Sciences. In the early nineties she returned to school, earning a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Rutgers. Then, after a stint as Assistant Director for New Technologies at Rutgers’ newly established National Transit Institute, she won an academic appointment at the University of California Berkeley's Institute of Transportation Studies as Director of their technology transfer and local technical assistance programs. In 2007 she retired from that great public university to write Fog, the first Morgan Kendall mystery. She lives currently in the Bay Area with her husband, and when not busy with some writing or photography project or teaching writing at San Francisco's Center for Learning in Retirement, she may be found either working in her sprawling garden or taking off to distant realms. She is a member of Sisters in Crime.