Joanne Pence was born and raised in San Francisco, the setting for her Angie Amalfi and Rebecca Mayfield mystery series, and now makes her home in Boise, Idaho. She had been president of the Boise chapter of Sisters in Crime, board member of the Popular Fiction Association of Idaho, founding member of the Idaho Writers Guild, and has held offices in the California Writers Club. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a master's degree in journalism, Joanne has written for magazines, worked for the federal government, and taught school in Japan. Her books have won and been nominated for numerous awards and have been USA Today bestsellers.