Elise M. Stone was born and raised in New York, went to college in Michigan, lived in the Boston area for eight years, and most recently moved to sunny Tucson, Arizona, where she doesn't have to shovel snow. Her first degree was in psychology, her second in computers. She's worked as a pizza maker, library clerk, waitress, social worker, programmer, and data jockey.
Retired now, she spends her days doing her two favorite things: writing and reading. Agatha and Spenser, her two cats, keep her company while watching birds and lizards outside her office window.
Ms. Stone released her first book, Faith, Hope, and Murder, an inspirational mystery, in 2013. There are now three books in her Community of Faith mystery series. She is currently working on a second cozy mystery series that could be classified as geezer lit, but which she prefers to think of as fiction with mature characters. The African Violet Club mysteries feature retired librarian Lilliana Wentworth who, in addition to raising African violets, seems to have a knack for stumbling over dead bodies.