Maria Lima writes dead people . . . no, really. Author of the Blood Lines series from Pocket/Juno and an Agatha-nominated short story, "The Butler Didn’t Do It" (Chesapeake Crimes), Maria keeps one foot in the real world and the other in the make believe. Her role models include Tanya Huff, Joss Whedon, Christopher Golden, and Charles deLint. She has a soft spot for both the Trickster and the Winchester Boys. Like Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, Maria also hails from Texas, but now lives elsewhere. Visit her at www.thelima.com.