Jan Burke Biography
Jan Burke is a critically acclaimed and national bestselling author of novels and short stories. She is the recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, the Macavity Award, the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award, and the Romantic Times's CareerAchievement Award for Contemporary Suspense. Her mystery series, featuring Southern California newspaper reporter Irene Kelly, includes Goodnight, Irene; Sweet Dreams, Irene; Dear Irene,; Remember Me, Irene; Hocus; Liar; Bones; Bloodlines; and Kidnapped. She is also the author of Flight, featuring Irene's husband, homicide detective Frank Harriman; Nine, a standalone thriller; and a collection of her short stories, entitled Eighteen.
Burke was born in Texas, but has lived in Southern California most of her life. She attended California State University, Long Beach, and graduated with a degree in history. She comes from a close-knit family, and remains close to her parents and her two sisters.
Burke served as the original editor of Sisters in Crime's guide to getting published, Breaking And Entering. She is a past president of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and has served on MWA's National Board. Jan served as an associate editor, with Barry Zeman, on Writing Mysteries, the MWA handbook edited by Sue Grafton, published in 2002. Jan also contributed the chapter on Revision to the book.
Burke lives in Southern California with her husband, musician Tim Burke.
This biography was last updated on 05/13/2009.
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