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, thereby "professionalizing" her long time volunteer career in public service, local government, and environmental protection. Then, after a stint as Assistant Director for New Technologies at Rutgers’ newly established National Transit Institute, she was offered 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. Unresistable! In 2007 she retired from UCB and took up the writing of fiction, a life-long dream. What fun! Fog was the happy result, the first Morgan Kendall mystery, a second installment is in process. Linda currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, and when not busy with a writing, teaching, or photography project , she may be found either working in her sprawling garden or taking off to parts unknown (by me anyway), usually with her husband, her boon companion for more than twenty years. She is also a carefully not-so-active member of Sisters in Crime, a national support group of mystery writers.