San Francisco writer CJ Verburg is an award-winning playwright, theater director, and author of five international literature collections, a multimedia memoir, and two mystery series. She started her literary career early, telling stories to stuffed animals; she wrote her first novel and won her first prizes in her early teens. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, the venue for her first full-length theatrical production (a rock-protest musical), she became a part-time cocktail waitress, proofreader, and boat builder, and then an in-house and freelance editor and writer for book publishers on both coasts. Her adventures on the noir side of science publishing inspired her Cory Goodwin mystery Silent Night Violent Night. For its sequel, Another Number for the Road, she toured New England with a band and went looking for lost time in Paris. In between, her nonfiction anthology Ourselves Among Others kept her busy on Cape Cod by day and left her nights free for theater. Staging plays with her Yarmouth Port neighbor, the artist and writer Edward Gorey, inspired her multimedia memoir Edward Gorey On Stage and her play Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians, winner of the 2011 Ashland New Plays Festival and 2012 Centenary Stage Women Playwrights' Series. Their friendship also sparked her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery series, beginning with Croaked (one of their lunchtime idées du jour) and Zapped. Since Gorey’s death, Verburg has lived in San Francisco, where her roll-top desk holds his X-Files mug of pens and pencils (along with three computers) and overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge.