Longtime journalist Gwen Florio moved to fiction in 2013 with her first novel, MONTANA, which won the Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Fiction and a High Plains Book Award. Four more novels followed in the Lola Wicks crime series, termed “gutsy” by the New York Times. SILENT HEARTS (Atria), a standalone novel set in Afghanistan, was published in 2018. BEST LAID PLANS (Severn House) was released in the United Kingdom in 2020 and United States in early 2021, and a new series (Crooked Lane) featuring a young public defender is set for publication in fall 2021. She lives in Missoula, Montana.