Award-winning author of the Marti MacAlister mystery series, Eleanor Taylor Bland was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 31, 1944. At only fourteen she married a sailor, and eventually they settled near the Great Lakes, his last duty station. Bland graduated from College of Lake County and Southern Illinois University, later working at Abbott Laboratories as an accountant. After surviving a serious bout with cancer, she adopted a “live in the present” philosophy, one that is also evident in her writing. Her heroine, African-American police detective Marti MacAlister, made her first appearance in the novel Dead Time and soon resurfaced in Slow Burn and Gone Quiet. The thirteenth book in the series, A Dark and Deadly Deception, was published in 2005. An interesting note: the town of Lincoln Prairie, fictional location for her novels, is actually a mix of Waukegan, North Chicago, and Zion.