Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A lifelong lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity when her youngest child entered first grade. During the next few years, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a book, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda s debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Her bestselling books have been nominated twice for the Daphne du Maurier Award. When she isn t writing, she is an avid martial artist: she holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate and teaches women s self-defense. She lives in a messy house with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs, and two rescue cats.