Lisa Gardner is an American author of fiction. She is the author of several thrillers including The Killing Hour and The Next Accident. She also wrote romance novels using the pseudonym Alicia Scott. Raised in Hillsboro, Oregon, she graduated from the city's Glencoe High School. As evidenced by her 2003 work, The Killing Hour, Gardner has been heavily influenced by both the novel and film version of The Silence of the Lambs. Her novel Gone is set in a fictionalized version of Tillamook, Oregon. As of 2007, Gardner lives in New Hampshire.