Fast Facts

LS Hawker grew up in suburban Denver, indulging her worrisome obsession with true-crime books, and writing stories about anthropomorphic fruit and juvenile delinquents. She wrote her first novel at 14.

Armed with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, she had a radio show called “People Are So Stupid,” edited a trade magazine, and worked as a traveling Kmart portrait photographer, but never lost her passion for fiction writing.

Her first novel, THE DROWNING GAME (2015), was a Best First Novel finalist in the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards and a USA TODAY bestseller. It’s been translated into eight languages and is also available as an audiobook. Her second novel, BODY AND BONE (2016), will be translated into seven languages. Her third, END OF THE ROAD, was released at the beginning of 2017.

She’s the current webmaster of the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Technology Chair.

She’s got a hilarious, supportive husband, two brilliant daughters, and a massive music collection. She lives in Colorado but considers Kansas her spiritual homeland.

First record album:

Inna Gadda da Vida by Iron Butterfly

First completed novel:

age 14, titled The Last Run, written in a pink Minnie Mouse binder sitting on a cherry wood loveseat, which I still own today

First rejection slip:

age 15, from Playboy Magazine for a story based on the Eagles song “Hotel California” 

First film credit:

as an extra in One on One

First radio show:

“People Are So Stupid,” KQLA, Manhattan, Kansas

First car:

4-door 1965 Mercedes 220 SE

Favorite cemetery:

Lincoln, Kansas

Favorite publishing credit:

Denver Broncos Insider

Favorite entrepreneurial idea:

Selling glow-in-the-dark earrings at the Indy 500 to finance the weekend.

Favorite weird job:

Traveling Kmart portrait photographer

Television appearances

from my entrepreneurial days.

My photo in a ton of magazines

More entrepreneurial stuff

Nonfiction clips

From sheep to OSHA regs

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