About the Author

L. A. Starks was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in northern Oklahoma, and now lives in Texas. Awarded a full-tuition college scholarship, she 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.

Working for well-known energy companies in engineering, marketing, and finance from refineries to corporate offices prepared her to write accessible, award-winning, and reviewer-praised global energy thrillers 13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy, Strike Price, and The Second Law. Strike Price won a first place award as the best mystery/thriller from the Texas Association of Authors.

In addition to her books, two of her short stories have been published in Amazon Shorts, a third in an anthology, and a fourth independently at KDP. Altogether she's appeared at over 150 book marketing events. Additionally, she served as development co-chair, investment oversight chair, and treasurer of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.

She's run fifteen half-marathons and--similarly--looks forward to working on her fourth Lynn Dayton thriller.

L.A. Starks

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  Doug Layton
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On energy investing and related topics she's multi-published at two Seeking Alpha platforms and in several print publications. Her engineering research was recognized when she was included as a co-inventor of a US patent for lithium alumina.

Books

THE SECOND LAW (Lynn Dayton Thriller #3 print edition from Nemaha Ridge Publishing Group, LLC (2018). Returnable basis, standard wholesale terms at Ingram. ISBN 978-0991110742

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, LLC (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, LLC (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.