Libby Malin Sternberg was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and is still in love with the city of crabcakes, steamy summers, and ethnic neighborhoods. (What’s not to love about a city that names its football team after an Edgar Allan Poe character?)
Libby earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and also attended the summer American School of Music in Fontainebleau, France.
After graduating from Peabody, she worked as a Spanish gypsy, a Russian courtier, a Middle-Eastern slave, a Japanese Geisha, a Chinese peasant, and a French courtesan--that is, she sang as a union chorister in both Baltimore and Washington Operas, where she regularly had the thrill of walking through the stage doors of the Kennedy Center Opera House before being costumed and wigged for performance. She also sang with small opera and choral companies in the region.
Alas, singing didn’t pay all the bills so she turned to writing, working in a public relations office and then as a freelancer for various trade organizations and small newspapers.
During a period of self-unemployment, she took her sister’s advice and decided to pursue an unfulfilled dream--writing fiction. Her first young adult novel, Uncovering Sadie’s Secrets, was a nominee for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe award from Mystery Writers of America. The second in that mystery series was released in hardcover in November 2004. A third mystery in the series was released in 2008. She's also written a historical YA mystery, The Case Against My Brother. She is the author of two women's fiction books (writing as Libby Malin)--Loves Me, Loves Me Not and Fire Me!--and is under contract for a third. All of her books have received critical acclaim.
For many years, she and her family lived in Vermont, where she worked as an education reform advocate, contributed occasional commentaries to Vermont Public Radio and was a member of the Vermont Commission on Women.
She is married, with three children, and now resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Mending Ruth's Heart
The Heart's Journey Series, Book Two. Two years after her fiancé Miguel’s death, Ruth Sanchez still mourns. Sent to San Francisco in 1906, Ruth starts to heal with the help of Abigail Granville, a feisty young “reportress,” and Abby’s friend, Ted Crane. Ruth’s affection for Ted begin to crack, however, when she suspects him of following in the path of his criminal grandfather.
Kit Austen's Journey
The Heart's Journey Series, Book One. A touching story of betrayal, faith and love set on the Oregon Trail. As she bears the rigors of westward travel, Kit Austen also experiences a passage from meek to independent, from empty of faith to sure of her blessings. And one of those blessings is Daniel...
Lost to the World
In 1954 Baltimore, Sean Reilly, the detective from DEATH IS THE COOL NIGHT, investigates the murder of a Johns Hopkins researcher. The death appears linked to the polio vaccine trials about to begin across the country. LOST TO THE WORLD captures a moment when the world waited for the "summer plague," that had afflicted thousands, including the late president, to be wiped out once and for all.
Death Is the Cool Night
A brooding classical pianist-turned-conductor cannot remember the night his nemesis was murdered. Did he commit the crime—or did the beautiful soprano with whom he is falling in love? In the fall of 1941, as war approaches, Death Is the Cool Night goes behind the scenes of a music conservatory and into the heart of some of the most beautiful compositions ever written for voice.