Jess McConkey is the alter ego of Shirley Damsgaard, the author of the popular Ophelia and Abby Mystery Series from Avon Books. Not only do the two look remarkably alike, but they share many of the same interests—family, friends, gardening, and of course, writing. Her debut novel under this pen name, LOVE LIES BLEEDING, was Midwest Connections Pick in 2011. She has followed up that release with a second, THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY– William Morrow, July 23, 2013. Retired from her “day” job, she devotes her time to writing, cleaning up after two dogs, and chasing around numerous grandchildren.