Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a bachelor's degree in Society and Law from Purdue University. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a bartender, a computer consultant, and an insurance specialist. Her first book, Beyond the Highland Mist, was published in 1999. She writes the Highlander series, the Fever series, and the Fever World series. Her first graphic novel, Fever Moon, was published in 2012. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the RITA Award.