About Katy

Katy Munger  is a North Carolina-based mystery author who has written under several different pseudonyms. She is the author of the Dead Detective series, writing as Katy Munger (Angel Among Us and Angel of Darkness) and as Chaz McGee (Desolate Angel and Angel Interrupted); the Casey Jones crime fiction series writing as Katy Munger; and the Hubbert & Lil mystery series, writing as Gallagher Gray. She has also been a book reviewer for the Washington Post and served as North Carolina’s 2016 Piedmont Laureate.

The Dead Detective series is available in all book stores and e-book formats. It is a serious series with some comic overtones and takes a deeper look at both life and death than most commercial mysteries.  The Casey Jones series is a humorous, semi-hardboiled series set in North Carolina featuring a female unlicensed private investigator and numerous recurring sidekicks. It takes place.  The Hubbert  &  Lil series takes place in New York City and has been described as using a “cozy with attitude” approach.

A Longer Version, For Hardcore Fans Only:

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii’s Star of the Sea Hospital on December 29, 1956: you do the math. My first excursion was a trip to the hospital roof at the tender age of one day to view the Chinese New Year’s fireworks exploding in the night sky. I like to think that this first, star-spangled glimpse of the world exploding above me gave me a taste for the surprises of life in all of its unpredictable, multi-colored glory.

My very large family (six kids, parents, a live-in grandfather, dogs, birds and assorted parasites) moved to North Carolina in 1960. We lived in a series of tumble-down lodges and crumbling mansions in Greensboro and, ultimately, Raleigh. It was a loud, dramatic and emotional upbringing. Saving grace: a constant parade of interesting people from all over the globe ringing the doorbell to visit my parents, giving me an appreciation for the uniqueness of people who dare to be different. I came of age in the early 70’s amidst a family that thoroughly embraced the counterculture. I attended Broughton High School in Raleigh, then ended up at UNC-Chapel Hill for an erratic four years, an experience rendered hazy by the usual 70’s influences. I did manage to graduate from its creative writing program, with many thanks to Marianne Gingher, Max Steele, Daphne Athis and the wonderful Bill Hardy.

I moved to NYC on St. Patrick’s Day of 1980 in search of adventure, finding it in a crazy, shallow and thoroughly enjoyable decade. Despite a succession of bad haircuts and scruffy but artistic boyfriends, not to mention late nights at jazz bars and New Wave clubs, I worked on Wall Street, where I became the black sheep of my family by discovering an interest in finance. At the age of 30, I began my career as a writer, making my debut under  the pen name Gallagher Gray. Somewhere along the way, I met and married my first husband, a lovely man… but a rock musician. My reaction to the unabashedly mysogenistic world of rock music inspired the first Casey Jones adventure –- my Southern roots were showing. Sixteen years in the fast lane of New York City gave way to a deep homesickness for the kinder and gentler South. In 1996, I moved back to North Carolina and settled in Durham.

In warp speed time, I found myself with an irrepressible daughter named Zuzu, a confusing not-quite-marriage that involved a ceremony and a lost marriage license and, oh, really, it’s too much to go into. But I just want to point out that, technically speaking, I’ve only been married and divorced once, okay?!

I’ve enjoyed getting older and developing a different perspective on what’s important in life.  I now spend my days dipping back and forth between fiction writing and political activism.  I spend my free time with my daughter, seeing friends and traveling. In short, I am happy and well — and lucky to have many amazing friends and readers. Life is good.

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