Penny Rudolph has worked as a bartender, truck driver, chile picker, science writer, and medical writer. She has also taught high school and college English, creative writing and journalism. Lifeblood is second in her series featuring Rachel Chavez. The first, Thicker than Blood, finds Rachel caught in the crossfire of California water politics. Rudolph won the 2003 EPPIE Award for Listen to the Mockingbird, an historical mystery/thriller set in New Mexico during the Civil War, and has also earned awards from the National Writers Association, Southwest Writers, Florida First Coast Writers, and Panhandle Professional Writers. She lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband Ralph and a small menagerie of stray animals.