From The Booking Desk:

Meg Gardiner likely needs no introduction, especially after last year’s smash novel prequel/sequel to the iconic film Heat, which she wrote with director Michael Mann. To my mind, she’s been releasing high-quality crime fiction from the start of her career and I rank Unsub as one of the best serial killer novels of all time. I was delighted when she accepted my invitation to participate in the Composite Sketch series. After reading her answers, I think you will be delighted as well.

Name: Meg Gardiner
Location: Austin, Texas

This person from my personal life is such an inspiration:

My grandmother. She radiated generosity, a love of learning, and a spirit of adventure, and was cool and collected whether shaking hands with the president or driving a tractor.

One of the people I admire most in the crime fiction community is:

Sara Paretsky, who led the way for a generation of women who write crime fiction, founded Sisters in Crime, served as president of Mystery Writers of America, and lives her values every day. I look forward to every novel she writes. Plus she’s a dog lover, and rocks an evening gown.

STALKER ALERT! If this fictional character were real, they would likely need to get a restraining order against me:

Kinsey Millhone. I know this, because long before I was published, I chased after Sue Grafton’s car on the freeway in Santa Barbara. I was cruising along in my Honda with three kids in car seats when I spotted a license plate—I think it was THNXKNZ. I gasped and put my foot down, hoping to catch up and yell, “I love your novels!”

When I pulled even, I saw Sue’s husband at the wheel. I backed off before he saw my crazed-fan act.

I still want Kinsey to be my best friend.

People are always surprised that I am a fan of this individual (singer, actor, or artist):

The Love Ways, a Brooklyn rock band. Okay, I’m lying. Nobody’s surprised, because that’s my son’s band. Mark writes the music and plays multiple instruments. But check out their new single, “Desire Lines”—it’s exhilarating!

Some people are surprised that I’m a fan of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails.

My personal catch phrase is (or should be):

Fall seven times, get up eight.

You can find out more about Meg Gardiner on her website and follow her on Twitter