About the Author

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in northern Oklahoma, and now live in Texas. Awarded a full-tuition college scholarship, I earned a chemical engineering bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from New Orleans' Tulane University, followed by a finance MBA from the University of Chicago. While at Chicago I played for a women's intramural basketball team, the Efficient Mockettes.

Working for well-known energy companies in engineering, marketing, and finance from refineries to corporate offices prepared me to write my first two accessible, award-winning, and reader-praised global energy thrillers 13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy and Strike Price. Strike Price won a first place award as the best mystery/thriller from the Texas Association of Authors. In addition to my books, two of my short stories have been published in Amazon Shorts, a third in an anthology, and a fourth independently at KDP. I've completed my third global energy thriller and look forward to working on my fourth! I'm published on writing topics by Mystery Readers Journal, Sleuth Sayer (MWA-SW newsletter), and at several authors' and professional blogs. Altogether I've appeared at over 150 book marketing events. Additionally, I served as development co-chair, investment oversight chair, and treasurer of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.

L.A. Starks

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  Doug Layton
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On energy investing and related topics I'm multi-published at two Seeking Alpha platforms, at Starks Energy Economics, and in several print publications. My engineering research was recognized when I was included as a co-inventor of a US patent for lithium alumina. And I've run fourteen half-marathons, the solitary training for which has much in common with writing.


STRIKE PRICE (Lynn Dayton Thriller #2), winner of Texas Association of Authors' 2014 award for best mystery; thriller; print edition from Nemaha Ridge Publishing Group (2014)* Returnable basis, standard wholesale terms at Ingram. ISBN 978-0991110704

13 DAYS: THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY (Lynn Dayton Thriller #1), print edition from Nemaha Ridge Publishing Group (2016)*. Returnable basis, standard wholesale terms at Ingram. ISBN 978-0991110711

Short Stories

"Josh Rosen and Bubbe," 2014, Amazon Kindle

"A Time for Eating Wild Onions", 2007, originally Amazon Shorts, now Kindle

"Robert and Thérèse Guillard: Choices", 2007, originally Amazon Shorts, now Kindle

*Both books, along with a third short story, were formerly published in e-books editions, and Strike Price and the short story also in print, by International Thriller Writers'-recognized publisher L&L Dreamspell.

A books and stories chronology is provided here.