Lisa Preston is a fiction and nonfiction author of eight books, including "Orchids and Stone," "The Measure of the Moon" and "The Clincher." Her most recent book is "Dead Blow," the second entry in the Horseshoer Mystery series. Born in Phoenix, Lisa lived in numerous Arizona towns as a child and later spent several years in California. By young adulthood, she was in Alaska and started mountain climbing. She climbed in South America on different expeditions, seeking summits in Ecuador, Chile and Argentina. She also traveled solo through Europe and Asia.