She appeared in soap operas before moving to the big screen, where she starred in numerous films including Parenthood, Arachnophobia and Necessary Roughness.
She turned to writing fiction after a successful acting career and her first novel, Dating Dead Men, won the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. It's been followed by three more novels in the series featuring greeting card designer Wollie Shelley, Dating Is Murder, Dead Ex, and A Date You Can't Refuse. Her short fiction has also appeared in such anthologies as A Hell of A Woman and Body Counts.
You can watch an interview Harley gave for The Patti Gribow show below, where she discusses her writing and acting career.