Kathleen Delaney, the author of the Ellen McKenzie real estate mysteries, and now the Mary McGill canine mysteries, came to writing later in life. She raised five children, assorted dogs, cats, 4H animals and horses before starting a career in real estate, and later, writing.
An avid reader who grew up reading, mostly mysteries, she'd never tried writing. Or, she'd never shown anyone what she had written, but one day, after she'd written an article about her family's adventures in 4H, she gathered up enough courage to send it to Disney's Family Fun. They published it, and she never looked back.
Her first full-length novel, Dying for a Change, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic best first mystery contest, and was later purchased by Harlequin for their book club. Other books in the Ellen McKenzie series have been praised by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. BookSense named And Murder for Dessert a "notable mystery."
Her new series, including Purebread Dead and Curtains for Miss Plym, have also garnered praise from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Book List has strongly recommended them to fans of Laurien Beringer. A short story, Fire, appeared in an online mystery magazine in April 2016 and Kathleen blogs regularly with Creatures N Crooks and is a frequent guest on other blogs.
Kathleen, a California native, now resides in Georgia, close to two of her grandchildren, and enjoys the company of her three exuberant dogs and a grumpy cat.