Ona Russell holds a PhD in literature from UC San Diego. She lectures nationally on the topic of "Literature and the Law" and is a regular contributor to Orange County Lawyer magazine. She has been published in newspapers and literary anthologies, and is the author of two 1920s legal mysteries, O'Brien's Desk and The Natural Selection. Ona was named a finalist for The Natural Selection-a story set against the backdrop of the Scopes trial-by the prestigious 2009 California Book Awards, fiction category. She lives in Solana Beach, where she is at work on her third Sarah Kaufman mystery situated in 1920s Los Angeles.