Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Writers Born Today - Harley Jane Kozak

It's the birthday of actress and mystery writer Harley Jane Kozak, born January 28, 1957 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She was raised in Nebraska, but went to New York to study acting after appearing in numerous local plays. She credits her upbringing in an interview with BookGuide, where she stated "I found that Nebraska has a very open heart when it comes to the creative arts, without the intensity and competition that comes with the territory in New York and L.A. So it was a wonderful pace to come from". She graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts in 1980.

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.

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