The Author

Christine Goff always wanted to be a writer. From her first book (THE HAUNTED MANSION, published in her mother's scrapbook) to her current book (DEATH SHOOTS A BIRDIE, published by Berkley Prime Crime) she has gravitated toward mystery novels—exactly the sort of book she loves to read.

Growing up in Evergreen, Colorado (and after several false starts as a perennial student, ski bum, and "chain-gang" operator), Christine began her actual writing career penning non-fiction. She wrote columns for several local newspapers in Summit County, Colorado, then moved on to write articles for regional and national publication. Being multifaceted, she also edited rock and ice-climbing guides for Chockstone Press and worked in graphic production for "Living the Good News," a division of The Morehouse Publishing Group, before selling her first novel to Berkley Publishing Group in March of 1998

Since then she has focused on the Birdwatcher's Mystery series. She has published five novels. Her first two were chosen finalists for the prestigious Willa Literary Award for Best Original Paperback fiction, and all of her novels have landed top 5 or better on The Denver Post original paperback bestsellers' list. A long-standing member of several local and national writing organizations, Christine was named the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' 2002 Writer of the Year. and teaches occasional writing workshops for the Colorado Free University, the University of Colorado, and at various writers' conventions around the country.

Able to identify over 212 Colorado bird species, Christine is an avid field-birding enthusiast, though she still considers herself a "backyard bird watcher." She lives in Colorado with her husband, three of six children, three dogs, and assorted wildlife—her inspiration for murder.