and her writing partner Lee Duran
They met eleven years ago when they both ran for the same office of a national writers organization. Though they totally disagree on who won and who lost, their friendship has since survived an earthquake, rising floodwaters, family tragedies, beauty makeovers, and a panicky trip through a snowstorm to reach a daughter about to go into labor. They also wrote and sold a two-year story projection for their favorite CBS soap. It seemed only natural that they write a book together, a mystery that turned out to be almost as funny and sexy as they are.
Not even living in two different states can cramp their style. They simply send chapters back and forth via e-mail (and have learned to make "Your last chapter stinks" sound like "You've just won the Pulitzer"). Though they seldom come to blows over story lines, they have been known to disagree (loudly) over a dead body or two.
Though Spittin' Image is their first mystery, both are multi-published romance writers. The author of more than 20 books, Margaret Brownley has written for Topaz, Harlequin and St. Martin's Press.
Former journalist Lee Duran, writing as Ruth Jean Dale, has more than 40 books to her credit and has written for Harlequin and St. Martin's Press.