Margit Liesche is the daughter of Hungarian refugees who arrived in the States in 1947 following eight years of missionary service in war-torn central China. Weaned on her parents' tales of isolation, escape, and the arduous journey to America aboard a military ship, intrigue is part of her DNA. So when she began plotting Lipstick and Lies, she couldn't help transmitting what she had absorbed into the story's events and characters. She lives and writes in Marin County, California. This is her debut novel.