David and Aimée Thurlo have, together and separately, written more than seventy novels in a variety of genres. The Thurlos' writing career began when Aimée was inspired to write a novel while David was teaching middle school. She sat down with legal pad and pencil, began a romantic intrigue, and soon found David looking over her shoulder whenever class was out. They quickly discovered that they could write with one voice, and their combined efforts resulted in books characterized by the unique stamp that defined their partnership in life and work.
In addition to many romantic suspense novels, the Thurlos have written three different mystery series, each featuring a very different primary investigator. In the Sister Agatha series, mysteries are solved by a nun; the Lee Nez series features a partnership between a Navajo vampire and an FBI agent. Their flagship series of Ella Clah police procedurals is set on the Navajo Reservation; Ella Clah is a Special Investigator for the Navajo Police Department.
The Thurlos' have sold over one million Harlequins to date, and their novels have been translated and sold worldwide in more than 18 countries. Their books have been widely praised by reviewers and critics and have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The Thurlos have received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, a Willa Cather Award for Contemporary Fiction, and the New Mexico Book Award for Mystery and Suspense. They've made various Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders national bestseller lists. Their Lee Nez vampire series has been optioned by a Hollywood production company.
David Thurlo was raised on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock. His father worked for the Bureau of Mines at the Navajo Helium Plant, where helium was extracted from natural gas, and the family lived near the Kerr-McGee uranium mill. Later, David's home and entire neighborhood were found to be hot beds of radioactive contamination and were subsequently demolished and buried.
David is a graduate of Shiprock High School and the University of New Mexico, where he received a Master of Arts in Teaching Science. During David's senior year of college, Aimée Salcedo Berndes moved in next door. Born in Havana, Cuba, she'd been living for some time in New Orleans before relocating to New Mexico on the advice of her doctors because she suffered from severe asthma. Aimée is a naturalized citizen of the United States.
David and Aimée fell in love at first sight and were married less than three weeks later. Theirs is a true partnership, both personal and professional. The Thurlos continue to live in New Mexico. They currently have three standard poodles.
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