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Ellison Cooper has a Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA, with a background in archaeology, cultural neuroscience, ancient religion, colonialism, and human rights. She has conducted fieldwork in Central America, West Africa, Micronesia, and Western Europe. She has worked as a murder investigator in Washington DC, and is a certified K9 Search and Rescue Federal Disaster Worker. She now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son.
Her debut novel, Caged, has been listed as one of the “Best Summer Reads for 2018” by Publishers Weekly, as well as one of the “19 Biggest Thrillers of Summer” by BookBub and one of the “25 Best Thriller Books of the Summer” by the NY Post. NY Times bestselling author Lisa Garnder said about Caged that it’s “Dark and mesmerizing…channels equal parts KATHY REICHS and THOMAS HARRIS.”
During this interview, we talk about Ellison’s interesting background, her writing process, her love for whiteboards, thrillers, and a lot more.