Barbara Nickless worked as a raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor, sword fighter, piano teacher, and instructional designer before turning to writing. Now an award-winning author, she loves to snowshoe, cave, and hike in the Colorado Rockies. Her debut novel, Blood on the Tracks, about a former-Marine-turned-railroad-cop, won the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence (under the title White Line Fever) and a Suspense Magazine “Best of 2016” for debut books. An active member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies in the United States and the United Kingdom. Learn more about Barbara at her website.