Kaia Misk is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, otherwise known as a “Yinzer.” Her parents grew up across the street from each other in a small town where most people worked in the steel mills. Their Italian and Slovak families were a strong part of her childhood, which included foods, holidays and religion. Several of her characters are based on her family members and other Pittsburghers.


Kaia has a background in legal and technical writing including training manuals, training presentations and legal documents. She is also an excellent tailor and patternmaker, although she spent many years as a legal secretary and paralegal.


She is particularly inspired by the Hat Squad books of Karen Rose and Joe Lansdale’s novels. David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter Series is also a favorite. Her first love was Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. She follows numerous authors and reads every day. She currently lives in suburban Pittsburgh with her Norwegian Elkhound, Boss. 



Someone once asked me this stuff:

Morning or night? Definitely morning.

Coffee or tea? Tea

eBook, paperback, or audiobook? Paperback

Favorite season? Fall

Dogs or cats? Dogs

Night on the town or cozy evening in? Cozy evening in

Beach or mountains? Beach

Stilettos or flipflops or sneakers? Flipflops