Arizona Daily Star
Gwen Florio is the author of a dozen novels that draw on her award-winning journalism. She has covered stories ranging from the shooting at Columbine High School to the glitz of the Miss America pageant. She also reported on the Miss Navajo contest, where participants slaughter and cook a sheep. She has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming (population three).
Florio turned to fiction in 2013 with the publication of "Montana," which won a High Plains Book Award and a national Pinckley Prize for debut crime fiction. Her latest mystery is "Best Be Prepared," which was released in October.
Florio recently returned to the East Coast after nearly two decades in Montana. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, retired American Civil Liberties Union of Montana Executive Director Scott Crichton.
Awards: High Plains Book Award; Pinckley Prize (national prize for women writers of crime fiction); finalist for International Thriller